Winners & Losers in Entertainment: Summertime Edition
The successful sequel to a hit Pixar movie having libertarian undertones, Rob Reiner’s latest liberal flop, and a kids’ cartoon of all things joining the grievance industry highlight this latest installment in Winners & Losers in Entertainment, where we call out those who push an agenda in their work of art and praise those who achieved something big in the entertainment industry.
Winner – Pixar: Incredibles 2
It’s summer again, and everyone knows what that means; Disney is allowing its Pixar subsidiary to churn out its latest animated hit. The sequel to their hit movie The Incredibles happens to be just that, as it continues to do gangbusters at the box office. You’ve probably seen and loved the original film. But, you probably didn’t know that there were accusations of director Brad Bird taking a page out of one of libertarian author Ayn Rand’s books.
Well, it turns out Incredibles 2 is even more libertarian than the original. According to The American Spectator (where my writings were posted until late 2016), they make one of the heroes, Winston Deavor, a Koch brothers-like personality. However it turns out that (spoiler alert if you haven’t seen the movie) Winston’s sister Evelyn doesn’t want to follow his ambitions, and she wants to make sure superhero work is never legalized again. She goes on to trash the free market:
As the plan to welcome supers back into society goes perfectly, it turns out that she is instead planning to manipulate the public into banning Supers forever. Her reasoning? Well, one, she blames supers for the death of her parents (her brother blames their death on the government for banning Supers). Two, she believes that Supers prevent people from actually keeping themselves safe. Essentially, she thinks that allowing exceptional people to do exceptional things has prevented society from mounting a collective response. To hammer home the point, she sneeringly derides “my free market brother” and his faith in Super’s in the same rant.
Ah… a villain that wants socialism! It’s rare you see that in other modern movies and television where the socialist is the hero. On an interesting note, Bird actually denies the libertarian tone of his Incredibles movies, but that doesn’t stop people from people accusing him of referencing Rand’s work, especially her most famous novel Atlas Shrugged. Politics aside, it’s still a fantastic movie, and anyone who hasn’t seen it should check it out. That alone makes the film a Winner.
Winner – Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer: Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer
After years of getting rejected by liberal Hollywood, a movie based on the murder trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell is finally getting a release date. Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer is set for an October release. Ann McElhinney and her husband Phelim McAleer will co-produce of the film. Nick Searcy, who made an appearance in Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, will serve as the director.
It takes a lot of courage to tackle something as terrifying as the Gosnell story, and hopefully some pro-choice activists think twice after watching this movie. McElhinney, McAleer, and Searcy are clear winners for sure.
Loser – Rob Reiner: Shock and Awe
Reiner needs no introduction, the far-left director has made outrageous statements about Trump and other conservatives over the years. And he won’t even stop his left-wing rants, even in the movies he directs. His most recent film, Shock and Awe – starring Woody Harrelson, James Marsden and Tommy Lee Jones, and featuring Reiner, is an anti-Bush hit job focusing on a group of journalists (of course) on a mission to investigate the former president’s “weapons of mass destruction” claim.
And as it turns out, the film ended up like many other anti-Bush movies of the past and bombed big time at the box office. Fox News reports that the film grossed a paltry $41,000 in 100 theaters on its opening weekend. That’s a total disaster, and it just goes to show you that bashing Republicans and conservatives on and off screen can cost you an audience. Loser doesn’t begin to cover it.
Loser – Cartoon Network: Anti-Trump Propaganda in Gumball
Leave it to the Cartoon Network brand to invoke race and sex into just about everything.
This story is a month old, but it’s still worth talking about. Just days after telecom and wireless giant AT&T acquired Time Warner (which included Turner Broadcasting) and renamed it WarnerMedia earlier this summer, the network decided to go the way of left-wing sister channel CNN and use its popular original show The Amazing World of Gumball to trash President Trump. According to the Daily Mail, the series also engaged in race-baiting and gender-baiting by claiming women and minorities have been treated as inferior since the ’60s – when in realty, Martin Luther King actually helped race relations progress, which we take for granted today:
‘Well, they’re from the 60s, but look only 20 cents for the whole palette!’ Nicole says!
She then delivers the Trump burn: ‘I guess times were easier then…if you’re a man and not a minority and more comfortable with the constant threat of nuclear annihilation. Huh! How things have changed, huh!’
This was on a children’s cartoon. That is just disgusting, and it shouldn’t be happening on kids’ programming in America; or any other part of the world for that matter. This is beyond Loser status, and the executives, animators, and artists at Cartoon Network ought to be ashamed of themselves.