Boxers like the movie Rocky. The website's so full of crap embeds it's hard to paste from, but Boxing Scene wrote about how the original movie brought a whole new generation of young fighters to the sport. It's a story of blue collar men doing things for themselves, without help, getting up at 4:00am to run in the freezing morning, of pain and endurance and winning, even when you get knocked down and lose the match. You win because you did everything you could. No help asked for, or accepted.
In The Guardian, writing about recent sequels, Ryan Gibley wrote:
I'm not opposed to the continuing employment of these fine performers (Stallone excepted). And I don't doubt that they can still be entertaining in the action genre - what little enjoyment I took away from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull came entirely from seeing Ford accepting visibly the physical limitations of turning 65.But Gibley, and The Guardian, are out of touch with the overwhelming majority of people, thankfully. It was precisely the refusal of a 60 year old Rocky to lie down and accept his limitations that made the last of the franchise work.
This attitude, partly the advocacy of pre-emptive surrender, partly the idea that any blue collar, working class person who fights their own damn corner without help from a nice middle-class outreach worker is abhorrent, informs almost everything that appears in The Guardian.
Allied to this attitude is the idea that Stallone is inarticulate. He wrote the screenplay. He can talk the hind leg off a mule. He wrote an inarticulate character and played the part, and another - Rambo. That's actually the sign of a fine writer, and a fine actor. Inarticulate men, and women, exist, but they don't go to the sort of dinner parties Guardian writers frequent. Even though they might not be sure how to eat asparagus, they neither want nor need the help of people who do.
One proof that the Guardian is out of touch with people in general came recently, in this year's Britain's Got Talent competition. This was won by a young lad who had entered the previous year, not got through, so he went away and tried even harder. His determination to succeed - without help - won the hearts of the country and he won the show by popular vote. Here's his audition:
That young lad is walking in the footsteps of Rocky, and this country loved him for it and voted him the winner. The Guardian is an irrelevant sideline, or rather should be. In fact, they are part of a middle class conspiracy to transfer wealth from ordinary people to themselves, and this conspiracy has the support of the government.
There's evidence, in popular TV shows and cinema takings, that this conspiracy - let's call a Liberal Conspiracy - goes no further than that.
PS - also watch this cut from the last of the Rocky series. [UPDATE: I meant to comment on this, but Stallone's pretty cut for a man of his age in that clip. Fair play to him for that.]