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David Simon vs. the Baltimore police commissioner

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Steak Snabler, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Speaking at the "Amplify Baltimore" event on Jan. 8, police commissioner Frederick Bealefield muses that he wishes "The Wire" was more like "CSI: Miami" in its depiction of its city and police detectives:


    David Simon fires back (as you knew he would):

  2. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    To me, one of the themes of "The Wire" - and perhaps the most important one - wasn't that Baltimore is a shitty place. It was that the only thing separating the detectives who "look like models" and "drive sports cars" from the criminals they are pursuing is the circumstances each was born into. And that bootstraps aren't always enough.

    Remember when Bunny Colvin tried to take the middle school kids to the fancy steakhouse? It was impossible for them to conform their behavior and tastes to the venue. That was a microcosm of life for anyone attempting the societal transition on a grand scale.

    Stringer Bell was working on a night school MBA and was at least trying to legitimize himself with some real estate ventures. But obviously his only point of entry was from amassing his first fortune through criminal activity.

    "Who is this guy?" McNulty said when they raided his apartment and saw his bookshelves stocked with the work of classic economic thinkers.
  3. Double Down

    Double Down Well-Known Member

    There is no point in fighting with people who are arguing for PR over something that reflects a greater truth, and who clearly aren't sophisticated enough to understand nuance. Police commissioners come and go in Baltimore. The city remains, in many respects, the same.
  4. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    The commish picked the wrong fight here. Nobody holds a grudge, or the means to express it, like David Simon.
  5. Bubbler

    Bubbler Well-Known Member





    "Balti- ... (glasses) ... more."

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  6. They were community college classes, but your point is still valid.

    Needless to say, the Bmore police commissioner is a moron pandering to an ignorant base. Got to love when people with a public platform shoot their mouths off on shit they have no clue about. Doubt this guy saw any of the show.
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