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Hollywood Priorities in Battling Injustice

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Mandela - Long Walk to Freedom

The new movie MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM, completed months before Nelson Mandela’s death, is a sweeping epic dramatizing the fight for justice of one of the most admired personalities of our time.

Prior Hollywood films similarly portrayed the battle against racist oppression in South Africa, including INVICTUS with Morgan Freeman, RED DUST with Hillary Swank, A DRY WHITE SEASON with Marlon Brando, CRY FREEDOM with Denzel Washington and many more. But while entertainment companies frequently celebrated the anti-Apartheid cause in South Africa, Hollywood unaccountably ignored the simultaneous, even more significant struggle against the murderous brutalities of Soviet Communism – a battle involving more than 400 million enslaved people, not just 40 million.

Successful fights for freedom are always inspiring but, to movie-makers, those who overcame Communist tyranny somehow deserved less attention than those who triumphed over Apartheid.

 

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  1. George  •  Dec 13, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Anti-Apartheid was framed as a cause of the left against the evil right. Russian communism was a collectivist system meant ostensibly to promote “fairness” in society. Leftist Political Correctness rules do not allow the left (Hollywood and the like) to speak evil of any such cause, even when it has been taken to its logical extreme of brutal totalitarian police state. Any such system is assumed to “mean well”, and thus escape censure.

    • Gary1206  •  Dec 14, 2013 at 4:10 am

      George nailed it.

      • Daniel  •  Dec 14, 2013 at 10:16 am

        George DID nail it!

      • Sue  •  Jan 3, 2014 at 8:52 pm

        Indeed he did.

  2. cj  •  Dec 15, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    George did nail it, just not the George above. George Orwell wrote 1984 and Animal Farm, examinations of the end results of the communist revolution and the “logical extreme” of a conservative totalitarian government. While Mr. Medved means well, he seems naïve about who it was that went after soviet Russia first, or perhaps he is indulging in some historical revisionism. The majority of dissidents who suffered under the soviet regime would also be considered far left by today’s conservative America.
    The worst part is that conservative Americans seem all too happy to applaud modern Russia’s open homophobia and rampant racism, traits they have held since before the Russian revolution.

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