Skip to comments.Hollywood's Propaganda Binge
Posted on 01/18/2006 5:11:41 AM PST by Quilla
The Golden Globe Awards, Hollywoods latest orgy of self-congratulation, demonstrated how utterly out of touch with mainstream America Hollywood has become. Far from the days when Hollywood celebrated traditional values, moral fiber and American heroes, modern films celebrate deviancy, moral relativism, and Americas enemies. This years nominees and winners for the Golden Globes were a case in point.
Felicity Huffman of Desperate Housewives fame took on yet another brush with degeneracy by playing the part of a man about to undergo a sex change in the not-so-subtly titled, Transamerica. It seems all an actor has to do these days is to gain or lose a considerable amount of weight, make themselves ugly, portray a pimp, prostitute or above all a transgender type (a la Hilary Swank in Boys Dont Cry) and accolades are sure to follow. Predictably, Huffman won the Golden Globe award for Best Actress and is being talked about for an Oscar nomination. Even if she had to play a man playing a woman to do so.
Similarly, Terrence Howard was nominated for his role as a rapping pimp with a heart of gold in Hustle & Flow. The adultery thriller Match Point was a nominee in several categories, while The Constant Gardener, a tale of evil pharmaceutical corporations exploiting African natives was also nominated. Crash, the film that purported to expose Americas alleged racial divisions but was instead filled with caricatures and outlandish situations picked up a nomination for best film.
Television offered more of the same. Geena Davis won the Best Actress in a Television Show award for her thinly disguised Hillary Clinton presidential campaign booster, Commander In Chief. Greys Anatomy, the show that seems to consist entirely of a hospital staff having sex with each other was a nominee. Desperate Housewives, no doubt competing with Brokeback Mountain for the greatest number of scenes with men kissing, was a nominee in several categories.
Liberal crusader George Clooney had a double-hitter this year with two of his films lavished with praise by an enamored Hollywood. Syriana, Clooneys version of the well-known antiwar slogan, No blood for oil! was a nominee, while his ode to the glory days of McCarthyism, communist heroes and old media, Good Night, and Good Luck, seemed to be a sure bet for best film.
But then along came Brokeback Mountain and stole the show, winning awards for Best Film and Best Director. While director Ang Lee has an admirable body of work to his name, his latest endeavor is beyond the pale. In addition to spawning a host of jokes with its unfortunate title, Brokeback Mountain puts forth a love story between two married men and expects mainstream America to embrace it. And the film just happens to take aim at an American icon, the cowboy.
Glowing reviews aside, filmmakers seem to have overlooked the ick factor. That is, most Americans dont want to watch two men getting intimate on the big screen. The miniscule gay population residing in liberal coastal enclaves may have thronged to theaters to see Brokeback Mountain, but I doubt many straight people, especially men, did the same.
The hype surrounding the film was completely self-generated with a propaganda campaign of which Goebbels would have been proud. Before it was even released, the buzz could be heard a mile away and now that its in theaters, it has risen to a crescendo. Meanwhile, one has to wonder if box office sales are being inflated by interested parties. In any case, its imperative for the cause that Brokeback Mountain be nominated and win every award possible. That way when children look to the entertainment industry for validation that homosexuality is the norm, they will be sure to find it.
Rounding out the list of winners was Paradise Now for Best Foreign Language Film. This is the film that provides a human face to Palestinian suicide bombers. In the process, Israeli lives are dehumanized, but in the realm of the politically correct thats an acceptable trade-off. Perhaps judges should also have viewed footage of the aftermath of one of Israels many suicide bombings before making their decision. But such uncomfortable truths would likely have been sidelined as inconvenient.
This award comes as little surprise from a crowd that also lionized Steven Spielberg by nominating his exercise in moral relativism, Munich, for several awards. No doubt Palestinian terrorists everywhere are thanking Spielberg for so generously adding to the cannon of anti-Israel propaganda they have fastidiously cultivated over the years. Hollywood may be run be Jews, but theyre certainly no threat to anti-Semitism.
The Golden Globes were just a preview for the Academy Awards, which is sure to feature much the same lineup. Where once Hollywood produced great films, todays offerings are little more than propaganda disguised as entertainment. But dont expect the liberal glitterati to take notice. Theyre too busy inhabiting a bubble world in which transgenderism, homosexuality, communism and terrorism have been deemed worthy of the highest praise.
And they wonder why no one goes to the movies anymore?
Plus the popcorn is too expensive.
Just briefly surfed over some shots from the G Globe media orgasms, couldn't help but felt sorry for them groomed, puffed, siliconed, painted, pathetic "actors" being self grandiozed for the filth and garbage they "produce" and slap themselves on their backs. Keep it up marooooons!
Yep! #1 hhhhhomosheepherderboys rock! (In pervert "community")
..his little feelings were so hurt, he totally skipped the post awards press thingie, where he was suppose to support the director and the movie.
If he had won.....it would be far worse, and we would have him being interviewed from here to China.--He would be so in our faces...
...I think little Heath is waking up to realize he's been had....literally and figuratively.
I truly doubt he will win any of the coming awards...
..and I think whoever told him....'Heath baby, this is your big break...you can be a contender'......is laughing ...
Heath, you lost.....bigtime!
I thought Crash was an excellent movie, one of the years few surprises. I also think the author missed the point entirely or was just determined not to like the movie because it explored issues of race. The thing I liked about Crash was that it wasn't preachy, didn't play favorites, and threw everything out there and let the audience come to its own conclusions. Also, the sterotypes the author refers to all end up breaking out of their sterotype by the end of the flick. The "good" characters end up showing a very bad side and the "bad" characters end up showing a noble side. All in all, a very good flick.
If the movies don't make back their investment, the companies will go broke...Not happening...
Since the Market was closed Monday for MLK day my wife wanted to go to a movie. We pulled the paper out and looked at what was showing.
Nothing was even remotely enticing.
We ended up going to lunch and drinking beer (uhmmm, beer; at least I did anyway).
I, on the other hand, do agree with the author. I found "Crash" to be insultingly simplistic with its "everybody's racist" approach, not to mention the sense that the filmmaker just discovered that racism exists and rushed out to inform everybody about the problem, as if it hadn't been far more intelligently and subtly communicated by many previous films.
The John Wayne's, Henry Fonda's, Robert Mitchum's, Lee Marvin's and Gregory Peck's of Hollywood are long gone, most likely never to be re-incarnated. I'm pretty much done with anything coming out of that depraved city.
/sarcasm, although I really DID like Victor/Victoria!
Here's a prediction: a day or two after the Academy Awards show, you'll see a story that this year's show had one of the lowest overnight ratings ever.
I realize I'm really going out on a limb with this prediction. ;)
Boy have times changed. Lets look back at the best picture nominations of the first 10 years of the Golden Globes. Back when in Hollywood Men were Men and the Women had class.
1943 1st Golden Globe Awards
The Song of Bernadette - William Perlberg
1944 2nd Golden Globe Awards
Going My Way - Leo McCarey
1945 3rd Golden Globe Awards
The Lost Weekend - Charles Brackett
1946 4th Golden Globe Awards
The Best Years of Our Lives - Samuel Goldwyn
1947 5th Golden Globe Awards
Gentleman's Agreement - Darryl F. Zanuck
1948 6th Golden Globe Awards
Johnny Belinda - Jerry Wald
Treasure of the Sierra Madre - Henry Blanke
1949 7th Golden Globe Awards
All the King's Men - Robert Rossen
Come to the Stable - Samuel G. Engel
1950 8th Golden Globe Awards
All About Eve - Darryl F. Zanuck
Born Yesterday - S. Sylvan Simon
Cyrano de Bergerac - Stanley Kramer
Harvey - John Beck
Sunset Boulevard - Charles Brackett
1951 9th Golden Globe Awards
Best Picture - Drama
Bright Victory - Robert Buckner
Detective Story - William Wyler
A Place in the Sun - George Stevens
Quo Vadis? - Sam Zimbalist
A Streetcar Named Desire - Charles K. Feldman
1952 10th Golden Globe Awards
Best Picture - Drama
Come Back, Little Sheba - Hal B. Wallis
The Greatest Show on Earth - Cecil B. DeMille
The Happy Time - Stanley Kramer
High Noon - Stanley Kramer
The Thief - Clarence Greene
After that the self-aggrandizing group of sleaze merchants decided to have a new and numerous group of awards for almost everything from music - T.V. - plays - movies. It SEEMED that everytime you turned on the boob tube there was some new face of some new, beautiful people getting some new award for SOMETHING.
They were impossible to keep track of, totally meaningless, with P.R. behind all of it.
One of these days there WILL be an award for the "best boobs/butt" or "most annoying singer" -- all with the usual nobodies attending the usual hype parties with the usual sleazy media photographing the usual sleazy performers for their standard mediocre performances in front of people with little or no taste and standards.
Groupies, wannabies and women with no lives will suck up all the inane nonsense and babble it back as vapid gossip in their vacuous, spiritually empty lives and wonder why, in middle age, that they aren't happier or more fulfilled in their lives.
That rant aside, Walk the Line was a very good movie but wild horse couldn't get me to Brokeback Mountain. The last love story I saw was Dr. Zhivago. But a homosexual love story with two modern-day "cowboys" and dumber'naboxofhair-wife-who-never-saw-it-coming? Didn't she ever see "Will&Grace" or "QueerEyeForTheStraightGuy"?
Harhar. Not a snowball's chance in H - E - double hockey sticks. Too sick and stupid for words.
Oh no, does that mean ANOTHER new bunch of equally meaningless "award" shows to boost ratings?
Oh golly, more T.V. not to watch, s.o.p.
any movie that would showcase attributes brought to the screen by the likes of john wayne would simply not get made. the nepotism and outright conspiracy of hollywood is so incredible, few really believe it. there are so many exellent books that can be turned into movies, it boggles the mind. yet, hollywood and the group that controls it will never let these projects get off the ground. now a last temptation of christ is what hollywood is all about. make no mistake, hollywood is the king of non free trade, why else do you think so many of that group were communists?
Instead of "cow pokes", do you call the two shepherds "sheep pokes"?
I think you've also just described Oprah's target audience. Great rant.
Is THAT... an understatement. The self-guilt of liberal, American Jews HELPS fire the hate in the hearts of jihadists and anti-semites alike.
I also do not go to movies anymore. The odds are that whatever movie you select (after either reading reviews, or else watching preview scenes) will unpleasantly ambush you with some blatant leftwing agenda - and you will leave irritated at having subsidised the nonsense.
There's no way to know beforehand, which movies are the propaganda screeds, and which are actual movies.
I did go out of my way to see "Beyond Borders" with Angelina Jolie, some while back. It was supurbly done, even if profoundly depressing at the end. No ambush about the message so I didn't mind. Every once in awhile when something obviously interesting like that comes along I'll go, otherwise I'll see it on cable, thanks.
Hollywood has gotten to the point where they've begun responding to being outside the mainstream, by going futher outside the mainstream. And raising prices to capture the loss of revenue.
Meanwhile as they abuse ever more consistently those who pay their bills, every day more and more genuinely interesting competition is available.
Basically, they're in exactly the same down spiral, as broadcast network television.
..I though it quite good!
I liked Ledger in Ten Things I Hate About You...a clever teen version take-off of Taming of the Shrew...
...He seemed pretty good in The Patriot...
..but I will not...am not, interested in seeing him in another movie....ever...
..because he lacks any credibility now!
He's either gay or bi....and who wants to watch someone playing a romantic interest with the opposite sex and knowing he's.........icky!
The same for Jake Gyllenhall....
..I thought him adorable in October Sky....
...I think both these young men have forfeited their careers.....they took a chance....they lost, IMO.
We don't go out to the movies at our home. Instead, we buy DVD's and watch them at our leisure. My teens get a bit stressed that so many "stars" are on my DO NOT BUY list, but after hearing about the anti-American antics of Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Sean Penn, George Clooney, et. al., they get the point.
Half of those movies/TV shows I've never even heard of, and I've seen none of them.
I've said this before and it's even more relevant now: Hollywood and the MSM is one of the few (if the only) industry that actively works to insult and repel it's customers. And they're doing a very good job of it.
Drudge has already written the headline.
Oprah, the Great Do-Nothing Mystifier.
Harhar, I remember way back when .... when she was on local L.A. television doing her usual crap. One show I recall. "Mothers of serial killers" was the theme of one of her standard garbage shows.
She hasn't come any farther in taste or standards, has she?
She IS a fabulous saleswoman, though, and, like Martha Stewart, can sell herself to the tune of billion$, to the tasteless, standardless American women T.V. audience.
"They say don't go.....on Brokeback Mountain.....if you're a-lookin'....for a wife...."
My apologies to Claude King's "Wolverton Mountain"
I've noticed that animated movies tend to have conservative themes, and do much, much better at the box office (Brokebutt Mountin': $30M; Narnia: $585M). Perhaps it's because a cartoon character doesn't have to suck up to some leftist toady to get a gig. And maybe (just maybe) the vast majority of Americans don't buy Hollywood's version of reality.
I remember years back would-be flick-makers wishing they could make the movies they wanted to make instead having to manufacture formulaic crap that the old movie system forced them to make. Well now that they are making what they want to make, most of it is worse than the old junk. The old maxim still holds true: Beware of liberals with messages and film-making equipment.
Really now. . .
The best thing about Hollywood's spate of virulent anti-Americanism is that it finally puts to rest that old canard that they're only interested in making money.
IMO, Heath made a poor decision to make Brokeback. I just don't feel like seeing any of his movies again.
you made my point!
I also loved "October Sky" and thought Jake Gyllenhall did a great job, but now I'm also wondering if he and Heath like gals AND GUYS!
I have a feeling there are good movies out there that don't come to my area. All the theaters around here play the same movies.
We never got the Gerard Butler movie called "The Game of their Lives." He was excellent in "Phantom of the Opera."
The ONLY thing I disagree with in this article is his assessment of the movie CRASH.
"That is, most Americans dont want to watch two men getting intimate on the big screen."
I skipped an Israeli film that got great reviews ("Yossi & Jagger") for that very reason. Yes, I know these relationships exist, and I know we are all sinners. I just do not want to see these stories portrayed in films or shows.
Stupid heath ledger, now in order for anyone to take him seriously as a male hearthrob, he'll probably go to the other extreme and have sex with lots of women in his next film. Wait... want did you say? Oh, he already has in Casanova. How come I haven't heard about it? That bad. Tough. Women just can't get past him butt $&Ck^%$ Jake. Jake's got nothing to worry about. Most people I know think he's a puffster anyhow.
Everybody said the same thing about the Golden Globes and it actually was seen by more people then in years. I believe that we conservatives are the ones who would not watch the Globes anyway. I believe the general public is much different than we are in regards to Hollywood.
Quilla, you want to talk anti-American antics, add Gwenyth Paltrow. Now that she lives in England with her phony accent, she's been pounding her homeland like a jihadist. Kathy Griffin is right about Paltrow too, she is so into herself.
They're all Cultural Marxists.
The only reason Jews in Hollywood hate other Jews is to get people not to notice they are Jewish. Speilbergh really thinks his moral relevancy will make him an honorary non-Jew but to anti-semites, a jew is a jew.
The best movies were made in the 30s and 40s IMO.
You can buy DVDs of old movies at incredibly low prices.
Just recently purchased the entire Charlie Chan series, 33 movies for $40. That's $1.20 per movie. The series ran from 1931 to 1949.
No kidding. As soon as they made the idiotic choice to have the hero only pretend to be acting in a cowardly fashion in order to protect his cover as a secret agent, instead of ACTUALLY acting that way, it demotivates his actions for the whole rest of the movie. He's no longer acting to redeem himself, only to show his friends that they were wrong. Plus it has the Old Colonel guy calling the Mahdi's army "the damned Fuzzywuzzies."
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