I was unaware of just how detached from reality Conservatives had become until the recent hair-pulling and gnashing of teeth that arose over the release of the new movie V for Vendetta. Apparently Conservatives see this movie as a real threat to their stranglehold on the minds of average Americans. Egads! The sky is falling! Americans might see this movie and throw off their brainwashing!
Okay, so the movie probably isn’t that profound. But you wouldn’t know it by reading Conservative blogs. They seem to think that in the mythical war of “Hollywood vs. America” (and yes, that’s an actual quote), those “latte drinking, tofu eating” Hollywood Liberals have stopped just short of working with Al-Qaeda to produce movies that undermine the moral fabric of America.
Hey. Just for a laugh, put in the prhase “latte drinking, tofu eating” into a Google search and see what comes up. It’s amazing how many supposedly intelligent Conservatives quote Larry the Cable Guy in their tirades.
Well, V for Vendetta has scared the hell out of them for some reason. I actually hadn’t paid much attention to the movie. It looked like it might be pretty good, and my wife and I had talked in passing about maybe going to see it, but I hadn’t thought of it as a broad-side against American culture and morality. But then, I have a habit of spending my days in the real world, and typically don’t have time to get all worked up about things like this.
Listen to this ranting …
Ted Baehr, a columnist for WorldNetDaily and the president of the Christian magazine Movieguide called V for Vendetta “a vile, pro-terrorist piece of neo-Marxist, left-wing propaganda filled with radical sexual politics and nasty attacks on religion and Christianity.”
“The ending of ‘V for Vendetta’ celebrates terrorism when the movie’s three most sympathetic characters carry out an evil plan to blow up England’s Parliament building, one of Western Civilization’s most enduring symbols of democracy and republican government with a small ‘r,’” he wrote.
Baehr also says the whole movie is “a thinly veiled attack on the War on Terror now being waged by Prime Minister Tony Blair in Great Britain and President George W. Bush in the United States” and “The rest of ‘V for Vendetta’ not only depicts Christians as evil people who oppress and torture ‘innocent’ people, it also depicts homosexuals as a persecuted, harmless minority of ‘nice’ people.”
I loved the emphasis on so-called “innocent” people and so-called “nice” homosexuals. But Baehr isn’t the only one. The Internet is full of panicked blatherings by angry Conservatives. Here are a few of the nicer quotes;
“Alan Moore is a liberal and he thinks that Conservatives will turn the world to hell and that Nazi’s were Conservatives.”
“Don’t go see it unless you’re ready for America, England, and Christians to come out looking bad.”
“What are the Warner Brothers studio and parent company Time Warner thinking? They’ve released a movie, ‘V for Vendetta,’ that is simply a pro-terrorism movie.”
You’ll see the phrase “pro-terrorist” used a lot in anything that seeks to disparage the movie. And I consciously used the word “disparage.” We’re not talking about people who saw the movie and didn’t like it. We’re not talking about bad reviews. We’re talking about people who are absolutely incensed that this movie was made in the first place.
Well, whether or not I was originally planning to go see this movie, I think I have to now. Anything that can get under the skins of the Conservatives so completely warrants a look.