Michael van der Galien

Throwing Tomatoes: Poliwood on Tom Hanks’ Anti-Americanism

Posted on March 21 2010 7:30 am
Michael van der Galien was born in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden in 1984. For as long as he can remember, he has been obsessed with the United States. When he was 17 years old, he started blogging - of course about America. His articles have been published at Big Hollywood, Pajamas Media, Hot Air (the GreenRoom) and Right Across The Atlantic. He's also an editor for the Dutch conservative blog, De Dagelijkse Standaard.
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At Pajamas TV, Roger L. Simon (author of Blacklisting Myself and Oscar-nominated screenwriter) and Lionel Chetwynd (Oscar-nominated filmmaker) talk about actor Tom Hanks’ recent outrageous statements about World War II. For those of you who don’t remember, Hanks said that America fought against the Japanese not because the latter were fascists bent on dominating and enslaving the entire region, but because they were “different.” The Japanese were seen as “yellow, slant-eyed dogs that believed in different gods. They wanted to kill us because our way of life was different. We, in turn, wanted to annihilate them because they were different” (emphasis obviously mine).

Chetwynd and Simon both believe that Hanks’ “heart is in the right place.” The problem, they say, is what’s in his head.

Since I don’t know Hanks personally, and these guys do, I won’t judge for myself. I always thought Hanks was a good guy, but I’ve got to say that his recent remarks made me lose most of my appreciation for him. They were so anti-American, so vile and so dishonest that I can’t help but wonder what kind of man could utter them.

Then again, “an anti-American elitist prick, out of touch with the rest of the nation” isn’t the only possible answer, of course. It could also very well be that he’s simply misinformed. He has been living in Hollywood for decades. I can imagine it’s pretty difficult not to be indoctrinated by the acolytes of Howard Zinn who have, after all, taken over America’s film industry.

I can only hope that Simon and Chetwynd are right when they say it’s a knowledge issue with Hanks. That way, we may be able to educate him. If, however, he has joined the dark side, I’m afraid “Angels and Demons” is the last Hanks movie I will have watched for the rest of my life.

I’m awaiting an apology from the Oscar-winning actor; it seems to me that he owes this to his fellow countrymen, to those – Americans, Asians, Dutchmen, the British, the Polish, Indonesians, Australian  and many, many more – who fought and died in World War II.

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