Weinstein took out a full-page color attack ad in The New York Times singling out Smith for abuse. It got his attention. "I've never been flogged in the public square, but now I have a rough idea what it's like," Smith responded.
In all capital letters, the ad proclaimed "The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and USA Today all praise 'Philomena' with a 92 percent certified fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes (the film review website). But the New York Post's Kyle Smith has a different opinion. 'Another hateful attack on Catholics.'"
Underneath that was part of a letter from the film's subject, Philomena Lee, who insisted the film "is meant to be a testament to good things and not an attack." She said to Smith: "I forgive you for not taking the time to understand my story."
Dissent is not welcome.
"Philomena" is yet another movie made by Weinstein's company trashing the Catholic Church, which in this case, attacks "evil nuns" in one of those stories it claims in the opening credits is "based on true events." Which part of this film is based on fact and which part on fiction? Hollywood doesn't dare make the distinctions.
Lee was one of the unwed teenage mothers in Ireland who was taken into the "Magdalene laundries," homes for unwed mothers and pregnant girls operated by nuns. To support these homes, the young women did laundry and other domestic work. Lee gave birth to a son at an abbey in 1952. He was taken away from her at age 3 and adopted by an American couple. Out of shame, she kept this secret from her other two children for 50 years, until she broke her silence in 2004.
This is when the movie's plot kicks in. Lee's daughter recruited the help of a leftist journalist named Martin Sixsmith to help find out what happened to Lee's lost son in America. After some research, it is discovered that he became a closeted gay Republican lawyer to Ronald Reagan and the first George Bush.
Now you can see why Weinstein would salivate over this film "based on true events." Bashing the Catholic Church and the "homophobic" Republicans? It's a Hollywood dream scenario. This takes us back to the attack on Smith, who called out this anti-Catholic, anticonservative crusade for what it was.