I love it when controversies erupt over movies still in production or pre-production. You can almost always guarantee that those outraged haven’t seen the script, an outline, or even know any of those involved. And you can almost always be sure that the furor is much ado about nothing. Example: “The Da Vinci Code.”
Such is the case with Glenn Beck, Headline News’ poor man’s version of Bill O’Reilly, who believes that the upcoming Paramount movie “G.I. Joe” is “trying to indoctrinate our kids into hating their own country, turning us into some one-world government nightmare; hating America, turning it into a dirty word,” according to Media Matters for America. He referred to the producers of the movie as “butchers” (and they haven’t even gone into the editing room).
His gripe is over the premise of the movie. Here’s Variety’s description: “While some remember the character from its gung-ho fighting man ’60s incarnation, he’s evolved. G.I. Joe is now a Brussels-based outfit that stands for Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity, an international co-ed force of operatives who use hi-tech equipment to battle Cobra, an evil organization headed by a double-crossing Scottish arms dealer. The property is closer in tone to “X-Men” and James Bond than a war film.”
Beck’s gripe is that G.I. Joe is fighting for some sort of an international entity. “Hollywood now has him answering to some bullcrap international force like the U.N. We all know that the U.N. is a toothless bunch of pansies. They don’t deserve somebody like Joe, even the little plastic version.”
Beck said, “We’re being attacked someplace else in the cover of night and if we lose this battle, we lose it all. Here’s ‘The Point’ tonight. G.I. Joe is the latest casualty in the war against the American way and I know, I know, Glenn, it’s just a toy, a little hunk of plastic, a cartoon. I know. And that makes it easy to dismiss this. But I believe that would be a huge mistake.”
He’s previously proclaimed “Superman Returns” use of the phrase — “Truth, Justice and All That Stuff” as another example of Hollywood pushing anti-Americanism.
They are just cartoons, aren’t they?