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...