Will Ferrell Parodies The Manifesto for Conscious Men

June 24th, 2011 by Pelle Billing

As you may know, I’ve commented on The Manifesto for Conscious Men before (here and here). I believe that the intention of the creators is good, but that they miss the mark by about a mile.

Apparently, the Manifesto is now getting even more attention than expected, but perhaps not in the way envisioned. Check out this parody (original available here):

7 Responses to “Will Ferrell Parodies The Manifesto for Conscious Men”

  1. Matte Matik Says:

    I saw it this morning and couldn’t stop laughing. It’s hilarious…

  2. Eivind F S Says:

    Although I appreciated hearing the reasoning of the original creators for doing this on the Ultimate Men’s summit (and could see that they had half a point), I still found this pretty hilarious.

    They nailed the voices :-)

  3. James Barrow Says:

    Thanks for posting this Pelle – I would’ve missed this otherwise. Hilarious indeed. :-)

  4. Mattias Ohlson Says:

    There are two levels to this video: firstly making a parody on the tone of voice of the original manifesto. I agree to this and to me at least it helps in objectifying the post-modern male condition (weak and arrogant). Secondly, I do not appreciate how the video uses sarcasm about the content of the manifesto/past wrong-doings of other men. While I agree to some of the previous reasoning in this blog (not collectively taking on blame/shame for others actions), being sarcastic about it doesn’t help anyone.

  5. Pelle Billing Says:

    Mattias,

    Don’t you think that humor could be a catalyst for further explorations and understanding?

    I don’t interpret the video as trying to hide or bypass human suffering or past wrong-doings.

  6. David Marshall Says:

    Thank you for posting this, Pelle. It is quite amusing.

    There are a couple of problems I would like to highlight about the original video.

    One is something they mention in the video: that neither the men making the pledge nor the women hearing it were actually present for the alleged misdeeds. I can see how in some cases a collective apology can make sense; I know, for example, that the Australian government made a formal apology to Australian aborigines and that that likely brought healing to that situation.

    But one of the troubles with making such a pledge/apology in this case is that it subtly perpetuates the myth that the discrimination against women is continuing in a systematic manner and that women now deserve special advantages because of the wrongs that have been done to other women in past generations and because of alleged systematic discrimination that continues today.

    There may have been a time when special privileges extended toward women was right and appropriate, when far fewer women than men attended college, for example. But now the situation has been reversed: now more women attend college than men, and in some cases women enjoy other advantages.

    One of the main problems with the video, I think, is that it is now well past the time for this kind of pledge about women’s rights. These men in the video are not speaking from a position of dominance or privilege (as males); in some cases, males are now at a disadvantage, particularly boys in schools. It is then quite inappropriate for men to start making apologies and pledges like this, when women are, generally, no longer at a disadvantage and when some males actually are at a disadvantage.

    The original video was simply put together by a bunch of men who got swept up in a postmodern myth and haven’t really questioned that myth or studied the various issues as they stand today.

    With regard to sarcasm, I think that sarcasm is generally an overused and abused rhetorical tool and should be used very sparingly. But I think in this case it is justified. It is used to undercut an unhealthy posture (unhealthy psychologically, culturally, socially) and to take the hipness or coolness out of that posture. If it succeeds in doing that, which I think it probably will to the extent that it is viewed, it will have done a great service.

  7. Eagle33 Says:

    I’m glad someone presented this Manifesto as the farce it is in regards to men and good health.

    Apologising for the wrongs commited by all men to women, collectively, is a personal insult because women and men hurt me in the past and nobody wants to deal with women and girls who hurt boys and men. Like society has some kind of sadomasochisitic fetish for the suffering of boys and men.


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