Carol Platt Liebau: Hollywood's Ingratitude

Friday, January 26, 2007

Hollywood's Ingratitude

If Islamofascist terrorists ever took control of this country, one of the first places they'd clean out is Hollywood -- as they see it, nothing but a cesspool of sexual immorality and homosexuals (and, oh yes, don't forget the Jewish people).

That's why it's so ironic that, as Andrew Klavan writes, Hollywood quails at depicting the central struggle of our time.

He writes:

We've become uncomfortable to the point of paralysis when reality draws the limits of tolerance and survival demands pride in our traditions and ferocity in their defense. We can show homegrown terrorists in, say, "Déjà Vu" or real-life ones, as in "United 93," but we can't bring ourselves to fictionalize the larger idea: Islamo-fascism is an evil and American liberty a good.

Which is a shame. It's a shame for so powerful an art form to become irrelevant because we can't find a way to dramatize the central event of our time. It's a shame that we live under the tireless protection of lawmen and warriors and don't pay tribute to them. And purely in artistic terms, it's a shame that so many great stories are just waiting to be told and we're not telling them.

Heaven help Hollywood if YouTube and similar devices would ever allow the masses greater access to the means of film production (how's that for a little Marxist lingo?). Look what the internet is doing to the newspapers . . . that's a foretaste of what would happen to the movies.


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