Canada’s own little Stalins are making politically incorrect authors disappear

Apr 17, 2018 by

The ‘disappearance’ of a young novelist is so satiric, someone should make a film about it.

Barbara Kay –

Actor Jeffrey Tambor, third from left, appears in a scene from The Death of Stalin.Nicola Dove/IFC Films/AP via National Post

Stalin and his monstrous inner circle aren’t obvious fodder for humour, but the film The Death of Stalin is indeed hilarious, without sidestepping the horrors of that regime.

Playing the role of Stalin’s vain and irresolute deputy Malenkov is actor Jeffrey Tambor, best known for his role as transwoman Maura in Amazon’s popular series, Transparent.

Tambor was Hollywood’s darling until he found himself #MeToo’d for sexual harassment by colleagues (he denies it) and fired from the series. Before the accusations surfaced — thanks to John Podhoretz for noting this in the Weekly Standard — posters for the Stalin film featured Tambor. After they were publicized, Tambor was “disappeared” from them.

Here’s rich irony. The archival or literal disappearance of political actors deemed inconvenient is a standard technique in the totalitarian playbook. Yet in democratic America, the film’s marketers employed the same purgative strategy for their own socially “incorrect” actor.

Segue to a far creepier story, springing from a similar impulse, which recently unfolded in the Canadian literature community. I’m referring to the strangely ignored “disappearance” of writer Shannon Webb-Campbell.


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