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To Big Hollywood’s John Nolte: The Left Doesn’t Have As Tight a Stranglehold on Cinema as You Fear

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Posted on September 8 2009 4:00 pm
David Swindle is the Managing Editor of NewsReal Blog and the Associate Editor of FrontPage Magazine. Follow him on Twitter here

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As if NewsReal hasn’t stumbled into enough debates already, now we have John Nolte, Editor-In-Chief of the essential conservative pop culture blog Big Hollywood challenging us.

On September 1 Chris Yogerst (who also writes for Big Hollywood and Parcbench in addition to NewsReal) wrote a post here jumping into the debate about “Inglourious Basterds” and why Hollywood often employs politically correct villains:

With the politics surrounding Hollywood, one thing people have to understand is that not every filmmaker thinks he or she is a politician. They don’t all want to make political statements with their films. Quentin Tarantino is one of those people. All of his films have remained entirely apolitical. His only concern is making a great film rather than making a political statement.

This was met with a friendly rebuttal from Nolte, Yogerst’s boss at Big Hollywood on September 2:

Yesterday, our own Chris Yogerst weighed in on Greg Gutfeld’s criticism of Hollywood — specifically Greg’s criticism of “G.I. Joe,” Stallone’s new Rambo film and “Inglourious Basterds” — for choosing politically correct villains over the real ones we face today. Chris is correct that turning Nazis into Jihadists is not something a filmmaker like Quentin Tarantino would do. If he has any, Tarantino’s politics have remained hidden in his work. Up on that screen the only thing he advocates for is overlooked 70’s B-movies and audacious entertainment. However, that doesn’t make the director’s decision to use Nazis any less politically correct or Hollywood’s moral cowardice in this area any more defensible.

Nolte challenges the idea that Hollywood is more concerned with money than ideology:

Like the mainstream media, Hollywood’s cry of being money-driven is a lie to cover an increasingly obvious Leftist political agenda. If Hollywood really is all about making money by “appealing to the largest audience,” why no follow up to one of the most profitable films of all time, “The Passion of the Christ?” Why the three-year run of A-listers starring in box-office embarrassments with the most politically correct villain of them all: Americans in the Middle East? Define these films any way you want, I define them as loss-leaders to put Democrats in office.

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Why no follow up to “Passion of the Christ”? Perhaps because Mel Gibson — who paid for the movie himself — wanted to make “Apocalypto” instead? Maybe because he’s more interested in the sadomasochistic carnage of the crucifixion than the intellectual theology of the book of Acts? If Gibson had wanted to make a follow up to “The Passion” he certainly would have. It’s not like he was blocked by leftist, secular Hollywood. He could have filmed and distributed the picture himself.

Nolte concludes:

For my money, mainstream Hollywood has chosen sides, and not ours. And that choice has nothing to do wanting to “appeal to the broadest audience possible.”

It’s not the economy stupid, it’s the agenda.

So what is Hollywood’s true color? Green or red? Do they care more about making money or pushing a leftist agenda? I feel in this there’s a very obvious point that’s being overlooked. And it can be summed up in one single question: what percentage of mainstream Hollywood films push a leftist agenda?

We can single out and rebut leftist Hollywood films all we want but I submit that the fact of the matter is that if you go to see a movie any given week chances are you’re going to arrive before a film that has very little political content. And in making this observation don’t think I’m ignoring the fact that when you do get political content it’s likely to be leftist.

I’ve been reviewing a movie every week for WTHR, Indianapolis’ NBC affiliate since the summer of 2007. So let’s just start with the 35 or so films that I’ve reviewed this year. Which ones have some political content and where does it fall? How might we look at the year’s films ideologically?

All-Out Leftist Pictures:

Slight Leftist nods here and there, but not particularly political films:

Conservative in Theme:

comedianPolitical but not blatantly ideological one way or the other, or taking shots at both sides:

Every other of the 20 or so films that I reviewed was pretty apolitical. One really needs to stretch to find politics in Up or The Hangover or the racist atrocity Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

When considered in this fashion the conclusion is clear: Hollywood might make a fair amount of leftist propaganda but for the most part it’s more concerned with making money.

So let’s continue calling out the totalitarian leftism of Hollywood’s most ideological productions, but let’s not depict the Left as more powerful than it actually is. At it’s core Hollywood is actually in love with capitalism, it’s just too terrified to acknowledge or even understand it.

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