Monday, October 22, 2007

Hollyweird's Bias

Much has been made of the political implications inherent in the latest Star Wars flick Revenge of the Sith. Vader says to Obi-Wan, “If you’re not with me, then you’re my enemy”- Bush State of the Union speech. Obi-Wan says to Vader, “Only a Sith deals in absolutes”- moral relativistic Bush slam. Padme exclaims that diplomacy is the answer to war- peacenik Bush slam. When the Chancellor is given more power from the Senate Padme laments, “So this is how democracy dies- to thunderous applause”- Patriot Act. The Chancellor, in pulling Anakin to the “dark side”, states that “good” depends on one’s perspective- moral realtivism. Obi-Wan tells Padme that Anakin, and all other Jedi’s, were “deceived by a lie”- WMDs. After using a blaster (gun), Obi-Wan states that they are “uncivilized”- anti-NRA. Those with only a rudimentary knowledge of politics can see what George Lucas is trying to convey. It is the same thing that Hollywood, and the entire entertainment industry in general, have been conveying for years- liberal philosophy. Moviemakers have been pushing their views on audiences for some time now. What follows are some liberal themes and only a few of the films that support them.

Southerners are semi-retarded: Judge Dredd, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Deliverance, Wrong Turn, Smokey and the Bandit, Men In Black, Vacation. Corporations, corporate executives, and capitalism in general are sources of evil: all Alien movies, Resident Evil I & II, Wall Street, Jurassic Park II, Batman Returns, Christmas Vacation, You’ve Got Mail. The military and police are corrupt and evil: First Blood, Dances with Wolves, Mars Attacks, L.A. Confidential, Spies Like Us, Dark Blue. The government and even the president are corrupt and pernicious: Clear and Present Danger, Brainstorm, Dave, E.T., The Dead Zone, Splash, Escape From L.A., Canadian Bacon, Total Recall. Christians are crazy and mean: most Stephen King or John Carpenter movies, Sleepy Hollow, Contact, The Mosquito Coast, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Fletch Lives.
Environmentalism (The Day After Tomorrow, The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Batman Returns), animal rights (Ace Ventura When Nature Calls, Start Trek IV, Free Willy), the homosexual agenda (Alexander the Great, Shrek II, The Birdcage), and racism (Soul Man, X-Men II, Volcano) are also message mainstays in the movies.

Clarence Thomas, an innocent conservative, is portrayed as a sexual offender in Jerry McGuire. “Religion divides people,” was said by a man in Flight of the Phoenix. Pleasantville was, if nothing else, a statement about how prejudiced and oppressive the 50’s were. Suspect addressed homelessness. The Dead Poets Society portrayed the old school way of doing things as heartless, oppressive, and even deadly compared to the new school way, which is liberating and enlightening. Troy took several jabs at religion in general. Nuclear holocaust was the theme behind all of the Terminator movies, Wargames, and The Day After. In Scream II, the killer states that, “The Christian Coalition will pay my legal fees” and “Bob Dole will take the stand and testify [for me].” In Judge Dredd, the arch villain states that in order to curb the city’s escalating crime rate they must, “Expand execution for lesser crimes.” G.I. Jane, Alien Versus Predator, and Meet the Fockers are all replete with preachy liberal themes.

Hollywood films today are nothing more than glorified after school specials, and their bias continues to be more pronounced. They are being exposed due in part to the awakening of astute viewers, but also from the underestimation of them from brazen filmmakers who are losing their finesse and whose propaganda is becoming more and more transparent. Freedom of expression dictates the perfect right of moviemakers to incorporate their personal political, religious, and/or social views into their films. It also extends to those who wish to call them on it, and expose their personal biases for all who care to examine them. Movies influence people, especially kids who are heavily dosed with these stereotypes from a very early age. They are the most susceptible because these messages are imperceptible to them. This is why a watchful eye must be maintained. Now, “let’s all go to the movies.”

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