There is a building pile of crap over a movie–Wall-E. First, it is a animated movie, do any of the right wing idiots get that? OK and the Tele-Tubies were gay–at least one of them, according to people of similar thinking. These same people really hate it when others see their right wing agenda being portrayed in the media, but yet they continue to see those long dead “socialist” demons everywhere.
This is a piece written in the NY Times by Chris Suellentrop:
Two denizens of National Review Greg Pollowitz and Shannen Coffin think Pixar’s latest is a bit of “leftist propaganda about the evils of mankind,” as Coffin puts it.
“It was like a 90-minute lecture on the dangers of over consumption, big corporations, and the destruction of the environment,” Pollowitz writes at Planet Gore, National Review’s global-warming blog.
“I have been a huge fan of Disney Pixar’s movies,” Coffin writes at The Corner, the magazine’s staff blog. “Parents are usually just as entertained as their kids are. With WALL-E, that’s probably true only if you thought ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ was Oscar-worthy.”
Blogland moves at the speed of thought, however, and already the right-wing backlash to the right-wing backlash against “Wall-E” is underway. Jonah Goldberg chimes in with a brief rebuttal at The Corner. He calls “Wall-E” a “fascinating and at-times brilliant movie.”
Goldberg, however, agrees with the critique that “Wall-E” is a bit of “Malthusian fear mongering” from Pixar. Two other bloggers go further and mount a conservative defense of the film.
“I was relieved to see a kids’ movie in which the obligatory message of ecological apocalypse is framed in terms of jeopardizing our own humanity, rather than being mean to poor Gaia,” writes Matt Frost at The American Scene.
Robert Patrick J. Ford of The American Conservative suggests that “Wall-E” is, Coffin’s protests notwithstanding, more right-wing than left-wing. “The real tragedy of these callous conservative critics (say that three times fast) is that they are missing the real lessons of the movie, ones I found immediately attractive to a traditional conservative,” Ford writes. “In the film, it becomes clear that mass consumerism is not just the product of big business, but of big business wedded with big government. In fact, the two are indistinguishable in WALL-E’s future. The government unilaterally provided its citizens with everything they needed, and this lack of variety led to Earth’s downfall.” He continues:
Another lesson missed is portrayed perfectly in Coffin’s claim that WALL-E points out the “evils of mankind.” The only evils of mankind portrayed are those that come about from losing touch with our own humanity. Staples of small-town conservative life such as the small farm, the “atomic family,” and old-fashioned and wholesome entertainment like “Hello, Dolly” are looked upon by the suddenly awakened humans as beautiful and desirable. By steering conservative families away from WALL-E, these commentators are doing their readers a great disservice.