DIANA CHISTENSEN: Christ, you brought half the West-Coast office of the William Morris Agency with you. I'm Diana Christensen, racist lackey of the imperial ruling class.I was thinking about this relationship from Chayefsky's '76 magnum opus, between the profit-mad network Valkyrie Diana and the profit-mad Communist Laureen, and how Laureen must have been partly modeled on Angela Davis, and how Angela Davis was Who Is IOZ?-endorsed dead communist Gus Hall for President, and how we are all connected in the great parallelogram of life.
LAUREEN HOBBS: And I'm Laureen Hobbs, badass commie nigger.
When I was living in France as a student, I used to chat with an old gentlemen at a café I'd frequent near the ancienne Douane. He'd been a member of Action Française, a gang of Orléaniste monarchist restorationists who eventually spawned Jean-Marie le Pen and that whole gang of French far-righters. In other words, the dude had been a fascist, but he was serious about monarchism, and he liked to point out that democratic elections were no more or less likely to produce good, capable government than hereditary rule; as many bad presidents as bad Bourbons, I believe, was how he put it. What, anyway, was the difference between the two in the 5th Republic? What power did the monarchy claim that couldn't be arrogated to the President at his whim? If that's overreach, it's minor. Personally, I take the point.
HOBBS: Don't fuck with my distribution costs! I'm getting a lousy two-fifteen per segment, and I 'm already deficiting twenty-five grand a week with Metro. I'm paying William Morris ten percent off the top! (indicates the GREAT KHAN)--And I'm giving this turkey ten thou a segment and another five for this fruitcake--(meaning MARY ANN GIFFORD) And, Helen, don't start no shit with me about a piece again! I'm paying Metro twenty percent of all foreign and Canadian distribution, and that's after recoupment! The Communist Party's not going to see a nickel out of this goddam show until we go into syndication!