This news out of Hollywood demonstrates that we'll never win the hearts & minds of those outside of our country:
G.I. Joe to Become Global Task Force in Movie
Friday , September 07, 2007
By Catherine Donaldson-Evans
The popular all-American comic-book military man and action figure dating back to the 1940s is undergoing a significant transformation for the Paramount Pictures-distributed "G.I. Joe" film, which begins production in February and is scheduled for release in summer 2009.
No longer will G.I. Joe be a U.S. Special Forces soldier, the "Real American Hero" who, in his glory days, single-handedly won World War II.
In the politically correct new millennium, G.I. Joe bears no resemblance to the original.
Paramount has confirmed that in the movie, the name G.I. Joe will become an acronym for "Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity" — an international, coed task force charged with defeating bad guys. It will no longer stand for government issued, as in issued by the American government.
And I know exactly who the bad guys will be... Paramount has already disclosed them to me:
- Evil Corporations
- Israelis, Jews, Neocons
- Evil CEOs
- Oil Corporations
- Health Insurance Company CEOs
- Christian fundamentalists
The studio won't elaborate, saying filming hasn't begun and details are still in the works, but the behind-the-scenes rumblings are that the producers have decided to change the nature of G.I. Joe in order to appeal to a wider, more international audience.
The word is that in the current political climate, they're afraid that a heroic U.S. soldier won't fly.
Because, you know... Hollywood doesn't actually think that there is such a thing as a heroic US soldier. When they think of the US military, they think of Abu Ghraib, My Lai, etc. They don't think of Travis Patriquin, Paul Smith, or any of the other thousands of soldiers who are true heroes - not just for the Americans that they defended, but also for the people in foreign lands that they liberated and saved.
We often talk about how we have to win the hearts & minds of those who are sitting on the fence. And those on the Left often talk about having to understand "why they hate usTM," which (if not a rhetorical question) suggests that the Lefties that pose that question are surprised that foreigners hate us - meaning that they think the hatred of the US is unwarranted. But, the best way to stop them from hating us is to demonstrate clearly why we shouldn't be hated - why we are good.
And what better opportunity than through entertainment that used to ostensibly be about American values and heroism.
We can't win the Hearts & Minds if we don't take any opportunity to persuade them. And when you start off the story-boarding of a movie essentially agreeing that foreigners are justified in their hatred of America - and that you don't dare offer something that might run counter to that belief - than you have already surrendered.
ProteinWisdom is asking for people to submit taglines for the movie - hilarity ensues.
*** Mark Steyn comments ***
ARC: St Wendeler