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American Sniper: Hollywood war porn propaganda

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Following the release of Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, the masses of America have been chomping at the bit to slaughter Muslims.

The film, which portrays the deadliest sniper in United States history, is a hit among the sect of Americans that tends to demonize Hollywood for being too liberal and anti-American.Hollywood-negative_7

Hollywood-negative_6But is that claim actually true? Hollywood churns out war films and pro-government propaganda at a rate Josef Goebbels would applaud.

The propaganda is so effective that anyone who criticizes the most recent glorification of the war machine is labeled an American-hating, Muslim-loving pussy.But this is not a new trend.

ArgoZero Dark Thirty and Homeland are just a few of the relatively recent films and television shows intent on building up America’s interventionist, militaristic foreign policy. Other shows and movies glorify the FBI and police.

The most lethal Sniper in American history
The most lethal Sniper in American history

But why is the propaganda so effective? It helps that for decades mainstream news has been fear-mongering against Muslims and blowing the trumpets of war. The government, its politicians and agencies have played up the risks of terrorist attacks, though they are often plotted by the government.Hollywood-negative_4

Hollywood propaganda, then, merely has to slip in cultural, entertainment versions of these already implanted beliefs. Rather than instilling mass opinions about government and war, Hollywood reinforces them in a relatable way. One of the reasons it is so effective at this, however, is that it has the full support of the American government.

The documentary, Hollywood and the Pentagon: A Dangerous Liaison, exposes the close working relationship of Hollywood and the Pentagon. If Hollywood studios and filmmakers want to use the military’s equipment to portray war stories, they must let the government review and modify their scripts.Hollywood-negative_8

Hollywood-negative_5This “collaboration” led to the wild success of Tom Cruise’s Top Gun in the ‘80s, which inspired a huge spike in Air Force enlistments. In this case, it wasn’t that Americans hated the Air Force and Hollywood changed their minds. Rather, Hollywood romanticized the job and therefore inspired people to “care” more. This is how films like American Sniper rouse “patriotic” sentiments that drive people to shamelessly advocate mass murder. No doubt, this latest installment of war propaganda was reviewed by military officials before it was filmed and released.

By holding state-of-the art props above a filmmaker and studio’s head, the Pentagon corners them into complying. No filmmakers wants to settle for unrealistic or sub-par equipment and rather, are lured by the shiny toys of the Pentagon. Given the fact that the government has a direct channel to the masses with final say in what a military script says, it is obvious why Americans are so successfully affected by the propaganda.

 

 

Source: by Carey Wedler | mycatbirdseat.com | hangthebankers.com | 


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