“Avatar” Is A Bigger, Steamier Pile of Sith
Last month, I wrote about the anti-American leftist agitprop film, Avatar, which just won a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture.
In the comments, one liberal named Robert Ashley, commenting under the name “iprostudios” wrote in to complain, saying
“You right wingers are hilarious. I really don’t get you guys. You make it sound like it’s okay to invade another country’s (or planet’s) land and run roughshod over the inhabitants and take their resources without provocation if it’s in the ‘best interest of the country’.
But when someone puts up their hand and says ‘um guys, maybe we should look at it from the other perspective and not do that’, you guys twist it, and all of a sudden that person is accused of being anti-American, anti-imperialist (that’s a bad thing?) and hate the soldiers yada, yada. Wow. All I can say is you reap what you sow.”
Normally, I’d ignore his comments, chalking them up to him being a jobless, Apple-using Avatard, but I thought about it and realized that his ramblings weren’t those of a mindless movie fan. His ramblings were 100% in line with the views of Avatar director James Cameron.
For example, in the official Avatar script, James Cameron wrote in the stage directions, “TROOPERS issue automatic weapons and magazines to a long line of mine workers. The miners lock and load like the redblooded redneck NRA supporters they are.”
Last week, US Marine Corps Public Director of Public Affairs Col. Bryan Salas wrote an editorial in which he called Avatar “sophomoric” in its treatment of the military.
“Avatar” takes sophomoric shots at our military culture and uses the lore of the Marine Corps and over-the-top stereotyping of Marine warriors to set the context for the screenplay. This does a disservice to our Corps of Marines and the publics’ understanding of their Corps.
The Marine Corps embraces a warrior-scholar mentality and prides itself on understanding host country narratives and sensitivities in complex climes and places. Gen. James Mattis, whose catch-phrase is “no better friend, no worse enemy,” better captures the essence of Marines who helped usher in the Sunni Awakening in Anbar province than the cinemagraphically convenient colonel-turned-mercenary antagonist in “Avatar.”
Let’s view “Avatar” for what it is, a leap in the wizardry of cinema, a digital fantasy and a vehicle for a film-maker to make a statement, but not emblematic of the Marines who honorably fight and fall to win our nation’s real battles today.
Salas is exactly right. In Avatar, the evil American human military plots to steal the oil land unobtainium from the Saddam Hussein regime noble savages who lived in America before the evil Europeans came there Na’vi—and to top it all off, the evil Americans humans plot to destroy the World Trade Center Na’vi Home Tree.
And here’s the thing, Cameron thinks it’s totally awesome that his movie is an anti-American, anti-military, anti-human screed.
Cameron was interviewed by Entertainment Weekly, and he was asked about some of the criticism of his movie.
EW: “Avatar” is the perfect eco-terrorism recruiting tool.”
JC: Good, good. I like that one. I consider that a positive review. I believe in ecoterrorism.”
Swish that around in your head for a second.
James Cameron “[believes] in eco-terrorism.” Cameron thinks that the bombing of oil pipelines in Canada is something he can “believe in.” Cameron thinks that the deliberate ramming of fishing boats is something he can “believe in.” I could go on and on with examples. The point is, Cameron not only believes in terrrorism, he is perfectly happy with his movie being branded the “perfect eco-terrorism recruiting tool.”
There aren’t words for how angry I am with this mainstreaming of eco-terrorism in the public consciousness.
Going back to Ashley’s original letter, I can only say that I’m not surprised, and frankly, I’m a bit wary of the sentiment of his closing.
If one liberal is open in his hostility to Western culture (which is ironic, because he is almost assuredly the descendant of those evil Westerners who came to the New World—and therefore, by his metric, evil by connection—how many more are out there, hiding, waiting for the opportunity to make us “reap what [we] sow,” as he pseudo-ominously threatens?