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A few months back Fox News went after The Muppets for "promoting the liberal agenda" (whatever the **** that means this week). Miss Piggy got back at them with a scathing remark during an interview shortly after the controversy and we all had a laugh at Fox's expense. Well... Fox is at it again...

This time they're going after Studio Ghibli's "The Secret World of Arrietty" and accusing, once again, that liberal Hollywood's agenda is corrupting children and turning them into "occu-toddlers." They also turned their sights on the new adaptation of Dr. Seuss's The Lorax. They claim that both movies "demonize the 1%" and that people "offended" by these movies should fight back by... littering. Don't believe me? Watch the video and get ready to facepalm: www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuFcWk…

Now I can understand (barely) how a conservative could possibly have an issue with The Lorax since it deals with criticizing the logging industry and promoting the dangers of excessive deforestation. But Arrietty?

Arrietty is not even an American movie and thus isn't bound by our "liberal hollywood's agenda." It's a movie about a family of tiny people in hiding who borrow things the big people don't need in order to survive. Now granted I can see where Fox is going with this, as the whole "Occupy Wallstreet" movement has this negative perception that it's just a bunch of poor people who don't want to work and want free money (which is not at ALL what Occupy Wallstreet is about). I don't know about you, but leaping into the logic that this movie sends a bad message to kids, or that it's about "demonizing the 1%" or whatever, is just absolutely ludicrous. I also can't honestly believe that any sane person, conservative or liberal, could possibly agree with the nonsense these guys are shoveling.

Liberal means wanting to have a lot of choices. Conservative means wanting to have restricted choices. That's all both those words are supposed to mean, but we've gotten so used to stirring in hot-button topics like abortion and gay marriage into the mix that many people seem to misunderstand the original intent.

As far as I am concerned, being a liberal means you want to have as many choices as possible for everyone to be happy. America is, after all, a melting pot of many very different political, social, and religious beliefs and we should not, as a country, try to restrict any one group simply because they're not a majority. So the liberal "agenda" as I see it is just encouraging people to think for themselves and have the freedom of choice. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't that what America is supposed to be about? The freedom of expression and choice?

I honestly don't know where I was going with this. I'm just annoyed that Fox News is going after Arrietty. I can't say anything about the Lorax movie since I haven't seen it yet and I've never been a huge Dr. Seuss fan (nor much of a fan of the film adaptations to his books), but Arrietty is a sweet and innocent movie and is unworthy to be dragged through the mud like this.

If Hollywood has a "liberal agenda" then how does that explain movies like "The Expendables," "Transformers," the "Die Hard" films, or pretty much ANY action adventure movie out there? Likewise, how does calling yourself the 1% make you sound LESS like an elitist asshole? If there's a negative perception surrounding the 1%, chances are there's good reason for it...

Thoughts?
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NightyofThunderClan Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015  Student General Artist
But....Arietty was such a cute movie...
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llirbwerdnadivad Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
...um...what?
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dayaman Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
Oh, Fox News.
Being idiotic assholes since 1996.
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frostyfire353 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The only thing that I can think of that would make this closer to an environmental issue, if that's the issue FOX has with Arrietty, is the scene where Sho is talking with her and says it's inevitable that Borrowers should become extinct. That the 6.7 billion beans in the world will make sure, like Haru, that the Borrowers, like other extinct species, will suffer the same fate as the extinct species.

That's me stretching my mind and really trying to find a "liberal message" in the film. I suppose that if that was the message they were talking about, then yes, thank you Japanese animation studio Ghibli. Well done on helping me to realize that human beans can be heartless, cold individuals that only care for themselves, not that I already didn't know that, but thank you for indoctrinating the future generation to know this too. OH, THINK OF THE CHILDREN!..... Though when I watched it, it didn't make me feel like I wanted to vote for any liberal party members or move their agenda forward, it just made me want to punch Haru in the face.
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MicroNekoGirlPur Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
pig headed narrow minded people looking to argue about anything and everything. arrietty is wonderfull!
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ShyKat Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
Fox News is known for its bias and exaggeration.

My argument for Arrietty is that is is based on The Borrowers, a children's book published in 1952, children's books often focus on pure imagination and entertainment for kids, any deeper messages are the interpretations of adults. Many movies have been made based on this book including the somewhat popular 1997 movie by the same name with John Goodman which I saw as a kid. The story has never had issues until now which I don't understand because I didn't think Arrietty was getting that popular. And you make a good point on how it is a Japanese movie and therefore has nothing to do with America's political issues especially when based on a book published 60 years ago. There isn't even any focus on borrowing in Arrietty, certainly not as much as in the other movie I saw.

So this issue should be ignored. I didn't think Arrietty was Miyazaki's best but I hope it does well for the studio's sake.
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Korlashadow Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
Pffft Fox forgot to see that the borrowers have to work hard in order to get what they need.
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SodaVampire Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Really, Fox? Really?
...there are no words.
It was painful, watching that video...
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Needleguns Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Fox news isn't a news channel, it's a fucking monkey's gossip channel. They do it for money. FOX IS SHIT AND WILL ALWAYS BE SHIT THEY CAN GO KILL THEMSELVES THOSE POOR SHITHEADS.
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tamakiluv95 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow...I just got the chance to watch the video. The whole time I was saying to myself, "This is a joke, right?" ....until I realized they were being serious.
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toocoolforswag Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
actually, the difference in liberal and conservative isn;t choices, it's about government involvement. real conservatives want less government activism, which is why they're against welfare. Other than that little nit picking good points made....and Fox news is...well..Fox news...
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DementedlyMe Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
Arrietty? REALLY?

I don't want to live in this country anymore.
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Magmos Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
I am amazed at how stupid Fox news is.
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HCShannon Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Maybe they don't like it because it's foreign!
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DragonRex1 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
FOX News, the latest in facepalming reports.

Coming up next: Is The Legend of Zelda racist for having so few African American characters?
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ProjectZuel Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well it is Fox News. I really don't see why such a biased, unprofessional and overly opinionated "news" program is actually allowed to exist and If ind it hard to believe that anyone can obtain some form of truth from it. As you point out this new issue Fox has brought forth is completely obsurd, with regards to Arrietty (which I own and love) as I don't see how that clip they show as any regards to a "liberal agenda" and the fact that Fox don't elaborate and expand on their point at all means it comes off as completely misdirected.

The guest speakers are not only one sided but loud, obnoxious and non-sensical. The point about fighting back by "buying a huge tub of popcorn,ram em in your face, their all made of paper, then y'know you cringle it all up and throw it on the floor..." and claims it as fighting back makes no sense at all and makes it further obvious when he attacks Arrietty that he has no clue what the film is about and deeming that it will form ocu-toddlers is nonsense.

This sort of conservative telivision needs to be put down.
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i-do-enjoy-music Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I honestly think that all programs are starting to become like that...like npr is like that too. I definately don't back up one side or the other beacause of how childish each acts..all both sides do is point fingers at each other and nothing ever gets done...i'm just saying...I tend to avoid affiliating myself with a certain side because I think both are acting nonsensical. THis kind of reiderates my last comment if any of you read it XD it was crazy long lol this one is too, sorry lol
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BrianPaulino Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012   Traditional Artist
Poor rich people, always being targeted by those Hollywood assholes over in Japan. Their lives are filled with such strife.... :facepalm:
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MaskOfFeathers Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
...I was about to comment, but then I read this, and I felt content. :)
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i-do-enjoy-music Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It bothers me how some channels act like babies and push agendas. If you think about it every group has it's extremists. Fox just happens to be the extremists for the right. There are left extremist channels too. Many now a days...now I am not saying either side is right or wrong, because in my opinion both sides have problems and almost all of our politions are corupt...anyways I know what you mean about this kind of stuff. It bothers me too even if I agree with the agenda they are pushing(rare) I would really like to talk more on this topic, but considering I have been rambling then I should stop...one last thought though...I agree that our wording has started to trip us up and that we are all getting caught in the logistics(paraphrasing the third to last paragraph) and I feel we just need to clean the slate...George Washington said that political parties would bring this nation down and look whats happpening we have people bickering over disney movies and others trying to control every aspect of our lives...Oops I rambled again sorry I am done now...
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Mike-Obee-Lay Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
Isn't "the secret world of Arrietty" a disney movie?
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Behomby Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
No not really. It's distributed by Buena Vista (Disney) but was made by Studio Ghibli.
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ilovenightcrawler Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
My God, I can't believe that was real. I stopped the video partway through, it was so stupid. You know, I think they're just bored and have to go after something, so they chose a sweet little movie from Japan as their main target :P
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LottiePennyfeather Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wait... Muppets? What? I don't...get it.
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Eyalane Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
They...are morons.
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mirosango14 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I can't WAIT for Obama to become president now. Fox News is REALLY annoying me now.
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GingerFoxy Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Professional
Does anyone even take Fox News seriously? Personally I can't help but wonder how they manage to keep a straight face each time
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Superfreexa Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
sounds like overkill _
glad I don't have to watch this fox stuff in the UK :)
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darkdragonfiendtamer Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist
Idiocy in it's finest. Both were stories from, I'll assume, the childhood of that Fox reporter. I guess he didnt like them.
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VaguelyCreepy Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Student General Artist
If I may quote an adaptation of a Dr. Seuss work:

"Oh the noise, oh the noise, noise, noise, noise!
There's one thing I hate: all the noise, noise, noise, NOISE!"

....like a freaking pack of hungry cats...
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pockyrocks Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
Also, isn't it based on the book The Borrowers (it is)? The Borrowers was published in 1952, so it was around before this whole Occupy thing even started. Fox is full of morons.
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FaustinePayne Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Jeez.
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Kryodrache Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
Last week I got verbally assaulted for posing bunny ears above someone's head because it was racially derogatory and could have been the starting point of the next world war.

....

Actually, no. But. I wouldn't be surprised if that DID happen, at this point.
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HalloweenFreak22 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
This is going on my top ten of stupidest things I have ever heard.
1. Who watched the movie Arrietty enough to notice that message?
I've seen the movie three times and all I saw was FRIENDSHIP!
The Lorax is about saving trees and the power of love...people are all ready GOING GREEN! It's not a BAD thing!

I think I faced palmed about ten times and I couldn't even watch the whole thing, after that guy suggested littering I was done...kids, don't believe or DO everything you see on TV, okay?

Another point I just love, don't let your kid watch the movie, if you really have to see the HORRIBLENESS of a CHILDREN'S movie then so be it, but please don't involve the smarter population.

Arrietty is an adorable movie, made me cry, and the Lorax is a Dr. Suess book. Dr. Suess is amazing, and I mean, are parents not going to read anymore Dr. Suess books then?
Seriously, that whole thing is just...MESSED UP!
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Kapten-N Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
Why am I logged out of YouTube when I watch that video? I'm not logged out anywhere else on YouTube.
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Nycket Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
What I'm really wondering is why anyone would want to corrupt and sway the minds of children about the controversies of today? Kids movies aren't meant to prove a point, they're meant to entertain.
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Daydreamer628 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
*FACEPALM* And you know what? This is going to cause facepalms IN THE FUTURE.
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GracefullyPantsless Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist
Oh, cuz, Dr. Suse totes wrote his book to promote Obamas point.
God damn Fox, stop being so damn stupid!
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Mmkaay Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thoughts? Well, some people are just idiots and I'm going to see Arietty today around 1.
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graphyt Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
I really want to be constructive here, but honestly, I can't force my brain onto the level to be able to make a coherent and comprehend what the hell these people are on. I mean, seriously!?? Arrietty specifically, its a Japanese movie that's based on an decades old English novel! I just... this makes my brain hurt.
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Dartpaw86 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Doesn't Fox have better things to do than attack movies made for little kids?

To quote Family Guy, Simpsons, and Futurama: Fox is pure evil!
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PhoenixSpartanX Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
I just wanna take an Arriety or Lorax poster, shove it in the guys face, and say "U mad bro?"
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PhoenixSpartanX Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
What a load of Bull. This guy obviously has the wrong idea. These... are...KIDS MOVIES!. If you want to go after these documentaries that say the exact things this guy is complaining about, fine by me. Just leave the kids alone, man.
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Negaduck9 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
I think the problem is that a lot of movies use the plot of The underdog Bucking The System and winning. Fox can't stand that, vecause they're all for The System. Might makes right, big business wins because it's big and therefore it wins. Little guys ought to shut up and resign themselves to their loserish lot in life. Fox can't see any nuances, it appears; they don't care that Tex Richman was a villian not for being an oil baron but because he was simply a nasty SOB, and that another example of Big Business, a TV exec, helped the Muppets.

I see "liberal" as meaning "willing to change" and "conservative" as "unwilling to change." The world is changing whether they (and we) like it or not, and we need to adapt. Decide what changes will improve the situation and make them rather than change for change's sake or refusing altogether.
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Time-Raining Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
:/ I bet they are arguing for the sake of more publicity :P
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ANG-Phoenix Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
Actually, Liberal means that the government has allot of control over the everyday going-ons of the state, while Conservative means very little government interference beyond what's absolutely necessary
Get you'r terms straight!

2nd
this only proves what morons the hacks at Fox are, seeing how they fail to do even as much research as to realize whether a movie is American or foreign
The fact that this network still has an audience only proves my preconception about America being a cesspool of ignorance and douche-bagery, that'd pulling the entire world down to it's inevitable demise by simply existing
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Plognark Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Uh... no, what you're saying here is absolutely incorrect.

Not the fox news part, they're all hacks, everyone knows that, I mean the liberal/conservative definitions. Your definition of conservative is actually idealized libertarianism. Liberalism isn't government control; you're thinking of socialism.

liberalism does not equal socialism, just as conservatism does not equal libertarianism.

This is why the dual-axis political spectrum is insufficient, but you probably get my point :)
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ANG-Phoenix Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
I'm just referencing from my political experiences from my country
I don't live in the US, but in a post-communistic European country

Here we have more than just two political parties, multiple parties often have to share power as part of a single government, and a wider spectrum than just Liberal and Conservative
We have Liberals, Conservatives, Socialists, Fascists, and Communists

For the past two decades, it were usually the conservatives who oversaw the privatization of institutions, and initiated reforms to make administrative units self-sufficient, and capable of solving their own problems without government interference
Liberals were generally more concerned with health-care and education, even at the expense of higher government control
The socialists so far only seem to be trying to find way to confiscate people's savings, and use them to fuel the national budget, as well as silencing the media (both unsuccessfully, thanks to our constitution)
Communists just want everything to belonng to the government again, and fascists want to kick out every foreigner, and isolate us from the rest of the world.

And yet for some reason I feel that our government does it's job better than the American one (yes, it it corrupt, but at least we respect the rights of our citizens)
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Plognark Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's true, the european political parties are completely different from what we have in the united states. Our liberals are the equivalent of slightly right leaning european centrists.

To put it in perspective, we can just barely get our liberal party to support a single payer health care system. We wound up with a mandated privatized system instead, and our conservatives are freaking out about how they think it's some sort of socialist apocalypse. :)
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ANG-Phoenix Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
yes, the closest thing we have to American conservatives are Christian Conservatives
they are like regular conservatives most of the time, but they hate the gays, religious minorities, and any sort of birth control
they however are rather small in numbers compared to regular conservatives

Another group the American conservatives remind me of are, ironically, the communists
They have the EXACT same ways of dealing with things and communicating their ideas
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