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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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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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