UPDATE: ED ASNER, MARTIN SHEEN ‘BLACKLIST’ BIGELOW-ZERO DARK THIRTY
Hollywood celebrities will never stop talking about the horrors of the Blacklist, an era when Communist sympathizers within the industry were hounded for their beliefs, losing work and even their freedom in the worst cases.
Yet when stars like Ed Asner and Martin Sheen insist Academy voters boycott a film because it doesn’t align with their worldview, those same Blacklist bashers fall silent.
We’ve already seen veteran actor David Clennon declare his intentions to punish the film Zero Dark Thirty this awards season for allegedly promoting torture.
Now, a pair of higher profile stars are repeating Clennon’s wish to smite the film for having the wrong ideology.
Asner and Sheen have joined a list of actors protesting the movie because of the torture scenes. “I would like to condemn the movie,” Asner told the New York Times. Asner and Sheen are asking Oscar voters to ”factor in matters of conscience when casting awards votes,” the report says.
We think this calls for another boycott: Let’s all boycott Ed Asner and Martin Sheen movies. Wait. Ed Asner and Martin Sheen aren’t in any movies. Well, ooo-kay then.
Remember all the hubbub about the makers of Zero Dark Thirty receiving inside information from the CIA on the bin Laden operation? Many on the right were livid.
We weren’t much concerned. After all, it was Crazy Joe Biden who outted SEAL Team 6. The filmmakers saw a riveting story and wanted to present it to the public.
Here at Mojo we have been watching director Kathryn Bigelow’s career since, gosh, way back when she made Strange Days in the 1990s. RRG was on the set of that film for an interview. The movie bombed and I nearly bitch-slapped Ralph Fiennes (he’s within my slapabilty range) for the way he kept looking at my wife. Just kidding. However, Days was still fairly early in the director’s career.
But Bigelow, who was formerly married to Titanic director James Cameron, did slap RRG blind with 2010’s spot-on The Hurt Locker.
Finally, a movie about the Iraq war that didn’t bash George W. Bush or — and this was all-important to us — our troops. Yes, we know some disagreed, but we thought Locker was a fair portrayal in light of what Hollywood was doing at the time. Remember Lions For Lambs? Well, a whole lot of other anti-American tripe.
Bigelow has twice now resisted the seeming Industry PC edict against portraying anyone with a headscarf not purchased at Nordstrom’s in a negative light, right down to the killing of unfriendly “friendlies”.
Now it seems she is paying for it with her blockbuster Zero Dark Thirty.
We are not going to go so far as to suggest Bigelow is a conservative, but her unbiased portrayals of U.S. soldiers at war and America in general as the good guy have garnered her huge box office success, and our respect.
Yes, she got waterboarding wrong. Best performed, it’s done with a cotton-latex mask and a squeegee bottle. (Send Nancy Pelosi over; we’ll be tender.) But no one, least of all no one in Hollywood, is perfect.
Bigelow gets other things wrong, as well. Let’s danged well hope she does anyway; most of the bin Laden operation is still classified. Shhh, don’t tell Barack. And regardless of the film being based on true events let’s not forget it is fiction. Unlike Oliver Stone’s JFK.
One of Bigelow’s strengths is her portrayal of men as men, an asset few women directors, or fiction writers for that matter, seem to possess. Bigelow’s men — you can see this in her earlier films, like Point Break and K-19: The Widowmaker — are men who act like men. Not a metrosexual in the bunch. Bigelow’s men are not likely to be musing over whether or not they need a manicure.
Kathryn Bigelow has now come under attack from the Left. Even Senator Dianne Feinstein (DiFi), whose bread is largely buttered by Hollywood nutcakes is steaming mad. Because Bigelow got waterboarding wrong? No. Because she insinuates that it worked in getting bin Laden.
Jeez, send Feinstein over with Pelosi. Personally we think a pack of Marlboro and a Bic are more effective, but that’s just us.
First, gay hack Bret Easton Ellis (American Psycho) launched a diatribe against Bigelow after she won the Oscar for Locker in 2010, and now über-hack Naomi Wolf is going off on her for Zero Dark Thirty, calling Bigelow a fascist. Of course in Hollywood anyone who doesn’t eat off-menu is a fascist.
Bigelow is the only woman in the history of the Academy to win Best Director Oscar, and only one of four to be nominated. In the oh-so tolerant Hollywood bubble how do numbers like that add up? In “blacklisting” Bigelow this year (she was scandalously ignored for the nomination) her detractors have used excuses ranging from It’s not violent enough to How dare her suggest that the CIA did something right!
We like Zero Dark Thirty and hope Kathryn Bigelow keeps them coming. And, Kathryn, if you are not a conservative, come on over; girls who like guns are sexy.