February 1, 2009

WE HAVE MET THE ENEMY, AND HE IS YOU:

Make a Bigger Pie (Doug TenNapel, Big Hollywood)

The fact that entertainment folks refuse to take personal responsibility for empty theater seats is more proof that they’re liberal. But I’m a “yes we can” kind of guy. It’s an ideal learned from the attitude of our great “yes we can” president…Ronald Reagan.

Why is it we get more laughs, see more amazing things and find more truth-telling on YouTube videos and reality programming than the average movie or TV series? Multiculturalism and rampant individualism have allowed for an ever growing divide between the content providers in Hollywood and the content consumers in Kansas. And it wasn’t the people in Kansas who walked away from stories of our soldiers achieving absolute victory against terrorists on screen. It’s the writers who took it upon themselves to campaign against the war in Iraq, the surge and any other value that Republicans endorsed.

Divisive political commentary was once approached with fear and trembling, generally buried deep within the mythos of a story. Today we have to get out the sledge hammer and hit everyone over the head with the message: Liberal-liberal-Bush-is-evil-Capitalism-is-bad-we’re-all-racist. After a while, we’re trained to wince when a new trailer is released that takes place during the Iraq War. I turn to my wife and whisper, “Don’t tell me; it’s about a gung-ho soldier who wants to fight for the good cause of America then sees enough friendly fire and slaughtered children to gain a conscience that the whole war is a lie for oil.”


I haven't seen any of the anti-American movies they've been making, but I watch a fair bit of British tv and they more than make up the gap. Tried watching a mini-series called The Midnight Man, with the great James Nesbitt. But then it turned out that the plot revolved around a conspiracy, led by Washington neocons including Secretary of Defense "Donald Hagan" (trying to save Christendom from terrorists--hold your laughter), to kill peace activists in Britain. Had to let the Tiger out of the Cage on that one pretty quick.

Likewise, I'd stopped watching Spooks (MI-5) a while ago. Nevermind how reflexively anti-American it is, there was a hilariously self-contradictory episode where the boss who always criticizes our methods in the WoT injects the heads of rival secret services with a deadly disease to make them reveal information concerning a terrorist attack. A more straightforward argument in favor of torture you never saw, though in this case it was torturing allies, not enemies. But a friend said Season 7 really got back on the beam, so I gave it a try, until the episode where the same guy cuts a deal with a "good guy" from al Qaeda. No, seriously... The idea is that just as al Qaeda's aims are noble and worthy but must be protected from the bad publicity accompanying some of their attacks--conspicuously not all--so too does Britain need help keeping America from stopping those sensible ends and inflicting needless war on al Qaeda. Where were the writers and producers of this show on 7/07?

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Posted by Orrin Judd at February 1, 2009 10:01 AM
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