March 21, 2015

EXCLUSIVE preview: New documentary "Flanagan" debuts at The Rebel on Sunday, March 22

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

As Rebel Commander, I'm proud to announce that a new documentary will debut here at The Rebel this Sunday, March 22. Here's a sneak preview:

Olivier Ballou is an independent filmmaker, author and artist with deep roots in the conservative movement. When he offered to premiere his new, short documentary on The Rebel, we jumped at the chance.

Flanagan is a film about Dr. Tom Flanagan, the professor, pundit and political activist who one day stopped discussing controversies, and became the centre of one himself.

Whether you think Flanagan made an innocent slip of the tongue and was hung out to dry, or you think he is an appalling man who made his own mess and refuses to take responsibility for it, Ballou's treatment will interest you, and anyone curious about crisis communications.

In the weeks ahead, The Rebel will curate a collection of films with an independent streak. We know you'll want to come back for more.

Be sure to visit at 5pm Eastern (3pm Mountain and 2pm Pacific) on Sunday, March 22, 2015 to watch Flanagan in its entirety.

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commented 2015-03-23 14:30:52 -0400
Flanagan needs to get the hell out of the way. He is nothing more than an unwanted hindrance, much like Joe Clark.
commented 2015-03-23 07:31:56 -0400
Joan- Just because Tom is an academic doesn’t mean his opinion has more value than others. All occupations got their work hazards. Teachers ,while in their classrooms,have to know the subject they teach. The same with Tom. Now here is the problem with these people; When out of their classroom they really believe they have all this knowledge on any subject which is not true. And this is Toms problem.The old adage “Shoemaker stick to your
last” should be Toms guiding light.
commented 2015-03-23 01:49:42 -0400
Hi Mark Bouckaert. Nice to see you here. But listen. Do you disagree with Flanagan? Do you think people should be condemned not for their sexual behaviours but for their tastes?
commented 2015-03-23 01:45:42 -0400
David – he was responding to a question. All academics have opinions on subjects of reason. All he was doing was mulling. His opposition, FN rights obbyists, pounced all over him for it, got it on tape, and used it to try to destroy him.

It’s the new reality. Real-time video of everything we say.
commented 2015-03-22 18:46:12 -0400
I have already posted on another pc. Oh well. Just a question What would an economic professor know about child pornography ? University professors know very little about anything outside their field. Ah! But they think they do. Herein lies the problem. It is good to see him gone And by his own hand.
commented 2015-03-22 16:20:25 -0400
I believe in free speech but I also think what we present or do has consequences. In this case the consequences are revulsion by the public. He deserves his exile. Those who support watching child porn will simply be looked upon as a sicko. If they break the law they go to jail. It’s that simple.
It’s unfortunate because he did quite a bit in the past but will never be able to contribute as he did before.
commented 2015-03-22 13:36:33 -0400
I’m not interested in hearing anything about this man. Child Porn disgusts me, written, drawn, filmed, photographed, in every form. His comments were reprehensible, he suffered the consequences of his speech and I have no sympathy for him.
commented 2015-03-22 12:45:58 -0400
Why is it only available for that time slot? I thought the rebel was moving away from the traditional cable model… Ezra bro :(
commented 2015-03-22 11:18:38 -0400
For all you who condemn Flanagan not for what he did but for what he said, I have a few questions.

1) Many survivors of sadistic child sex abuse can’t get those images out of their minds so they draw them and/or write about them. Technically, under the law, their means of healing constitutes a collection of child pornography. Are they criminals therefore?

2) How can we even hope to eradicate child abuse if we can’t even talk about it? If survivors cannot share with the rest of us their graphic re-collections of child abuse?

3) Do we really want to criminalize taste? That is what Flanagan said he had a hard time condemning – not collections of hard-core (depictions of real, not fantasized child abuse) but “taste in pictures”.

4) How do “tastes” develop? Experts tell us that when they grow up, children legally spanked on their bare buttocks under our current too-vague law often need to be spanked to achieve orgasm and intimacy, that it is not a want but a need. Are they criminals because as children their privates were sexually stimulated with forcible assault?

5) How else but in open conversation about these issues can the public learn that spanking is a large component of sadistic child abuse that the market in child porn specifically caters to? That Ben Levin has admitted to encouraging parents to do to their children for the purpose of sexual gratification?

6) Don’t believe me? Read the agreed statement of facts for yourself. Skip to number 11 if you don’t want to read the whole thing.

7). Don’t you think child sex abusers who abuse children for profit in the lucrative porn industry count our social taboo on talking about what constitutes child sexual abuse?

8) Wouldn’t it be nice if dominatrices like Terri-Jean Bedford were not allowed to bring a weapon into the Senate just because she threatened to expose Senators, MPs and Ministers on her BDSM client list? If it were not so damningly taboo to talk about taste?
commented 2015-03-22 05:17:19 -0400
I missed the documentary but if Flanagan thinks it’s ok to have child porn in any format and for any reason then he deserves what he got. Now the media needs to get out of Liberal pockets and do their job of reporting on Levin’s involvement in children’s sex education. Disgusting how the media can so easily be bought at the expense of innocent children.
commented 2015-03-21 23:54:37 -0400
Unfortunately I will not be able to see it Sunday. But I must say that one statement was extremely ill advised. It’s wrong to suggest that just having pictures is not causing harm. Being in the market to acquire pictures is in itself harmful. It creates a market. And sick people out there will abuse children to supply those pictures. And as Jamie has stated… there seems to be less sympathy for Flanagan than for Ben Levin. And that is most curious.
commented 2015-03-21 15:58:50 -0400
I am going to wait and see what the thesis of the documentary is before I post an opinion about what happened. I know what my view is based on what happened but want to see what the filmmaker says. Interesting hook.
commented 2015-03-21 15:57:19 -0400
Well, I’m not going to cut Flanagan any slack. He has been around long enough to know that collecting kiddy porn amounts to a lot more than just “a taste in pictures”.

Here is his comment: “I certainly have no sympathy for child molesters, but I do have some grave doubts about putting people in jail because of their taste in pictures,”

No one in Canada gets put in jail unless their “taste in pictures” amounts to a collection of photos or videos about sexual exploitation of children. To suggest as Flanagan did that there was no connection between this kind of “picture collecting” and the sexual abuse of children was somewhere between dumb and disingenuous.

However, even though I can’t cut him any slack, there’s something I can’t understand. Here in Ontario, we have a government that is forging ahead to introduce a sex education program for school children that was designed and developed by a pervert who has just been convicted on criminal charges – on evidence so graphic that the Marquis de Sade would have blushed.

Yet the same press that pissed all over Flanagan’s stupid musings have no concern at all about Benny-the-Diddler’s teachings. Funny that, eh?
commented 2015-03-21 13:35:03 -0400
It’s a bit disingenuous to suggest, as this trailer does, that Tom Flanagan’s political exile was the result of a single careless statement. He had previously enraged Stephen Harper with some unflattering remarks about the PM’s predatory style and micromanagement; his call for the assassination of Julian Assange and his appalling “First Nations, Second Thought” also come to mind.
commented 2015-03-21 12:18:40 -0400
I can’t wait! If ever there was a man crucified on the cross of political correctness, it was Mr.Flanagan. Kudos to TheRebel.