Hollywood is making another pathetic attempt to manufacture villains out of real Americans in its latest loud, dumb and explodey retread, White House Down. Surprise! The bad guys are, again, our military. Yet, bucking the trend, another big-budget film – the zombie apocalypse epic World War Z – not only depicts our American warriors as the heroes they are but even gives props to the Israeli Defense Force.
I know - it’s easier to believe in zombies than in a major Hollywood movie where American and Israeli fighters aren’t the bad guys.
My friend and Townhall columnist Lisa De Pasquale did us all a favor by seeing White House Down so we don’t have to. When the same movie about an attack on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue flopped two months ago it was called Olympus Has Fallen. Before that, it took place at Nakatomi Plaza and was called Die Hard.
At least in Olympus, the bad guys were North Koreans. In Down, the “military-industrial complex” and right-wing soldiers are mad because liberal President Jamie “Obama is Jesus” Foxx wants to take all US military forces out of the Middle East. Yeah, because it’s not like a bunch of liberals in the government would be pushing to intervene in the Middle East while the military resists the idea as short-sighted, unworkable and just kind of stupid.
These right wing monsters also blow up the Capitol, which was no doubt inspired by the real-life antics of conservative activist Bill Ayers and the Weatherman Tea Party Front.
Basically, the filmmakers’ big problem with these villains is that they behave like leftists.
It’s always refreshing to see popular culture take the lead from the Department of Homeland Security and finally confront the real threat to America – its fighting men and women. Except, according to De Pasquale’s review, there are no women on the terrorist team. Nor minorities. So, in the eyes of Hollywood, the military is an all-white, all-male organization so dedicated to unfocused imperialism that it is willing to commit mass murder of fellow Americans for the chance to die in some Middle East hellhole.
Who needs to risk getting a mouthful of fist by spitting on our soldiers in-person when you can do it safely from on-screen?