Right-Wing Loves Inequality in RL But Not on Movie Screens

Elysium
Elysium

“Elysium,” Director Neill Blomkampf’s dystopian vision of a 2154 where the poor (including Matt Damon) are condemned to live on the planet-wide shantytown on the Earth’s surface, while the rich dwell in comfort on an orbiting space station is inspiring a right-wing freakout.

Newsmax attacked the film for being “sci-fi socialism.” Rush Limbaugh denounced “Elysium” as “a full-fledged anti-capitalist, pro-socialism movie.”

Breitbart News claims the movie is chock full of decidedly 2013-era liberal propaganda on issues including illegal immigration and universal health care.

“Particularly towards the end, the political messages are just so overt, I don’t know how you can watch it without thinking of current events and connecting the dots that the director obviously intended to connect,” says Breitbart’s Christian Toto.

“It’s not just hypocritical to say this movie isn’t political, it’s hilarious,” Dan Gainor, VP of Business and Culture at the Media Research Center, told Faux News’ 411. “Filmmakers wear their politics on their sleeves, but it helps their careers to push liberal agendas.”

Roger Schlafly of Eagle Forum argues that both “Elysium” and Brad Pitt’s “World War Z” “seem to be saying that the Earth is being overrun by barbarians, and the only way to preserve a civilized society is to build walls to keep out the intruders, and to kill them when they try to invade.” He claims “Elysium” is “a warning against unrestricted immigration.” He suggests that “World War Z” has a similar message and that its zombie invasion is an allegory for immigration.

Entertainment Weekly opined, “If you are a member of the 1%, ‘Elysium’ is a horror movie. For everyone else, it’s one step shy of a call to arms.”

Sci-fi fans will tell you, good science fiction isn’t really about the future. Like Blomkampf’s first film “District 9,” “Elysium” is a reflection of the present.

UPDATE: Media Matters:

Conservatives aren’t angered by the political subtext they see in Elysium. They’re angry that it’s an accurate portrayal of the world their ideology will ultimately create — and that is a reality they cannot confront.

  1. #1 by Larry Bergan on August 13, 2013 - 6:55 pm

    Richard says:

    Sci-fi fans will tell you, science fiction isn’t really about the future. Like Blomkampf’s first film “District 9,” “Elysium” is a reflection of the present.

    Yep!

    The reason today’s “conservatives” have been attacking Hollywood for decades is because they are personally uncreative and they know it.

    • #2 by brewski on August 14, 2013 - 12:36 pm

      When was Hollywood ever creative?

      • #3 by Larry Bergan on August 14, 2013 - 9:56 pm

        brewski:

        Sometimes you seem to be intelligent. Today isn’t that day.

        If it weren’t for Hollywood, the rest of the world wouldn’t have a single reason to care about us.

        • #4 by brewski on August 15, 2013 - 10:47 am

          The 1%-ers are the ones who make zillions off the creative masterpieces such “House Party II”.

          I stand corrected.

        • #5 by Larry Bergan on August 15, 2013 - 10:29 pm

          How did “House Party II” make zillions if nobody liked it?

          Why I talk to an internet shill is beyond me, but the reason is probably because it’s so easy to smack you down, and I was bullied in junior high.

          At least the bullies stood before me in person before they goosed me, or broke my teeth and had real names.

          • #6 by brewski on August 16, 2013 - 7:23 am

            Do you think that “creative” and “liked it” are the same thing?

            I guess that makes Coke creative.

  2. #7 by cav on August 13, 2013 - 7:32 pm

    I think the word is: allegorical.

    You’re welcome.

  3. #8 by Richard Warnick on August 14, 2013 - 9:57 am

    Faux News channel likes nothing more than to attack poor people for not being lucky enough to be born rich. “Elysium” illustrates what that kind of stupidity leads to in the end.

    • #9 by brewski on August 14, 2013 - 12:23 pm

      delete

    • #10 by brewski on August 14, 2013 - 12:35 pm

      MSNBC (aka Marxist Socialist Nihilist Bolshevik Commies) likes nothing more than to attack successful people for working hard and making something of themselves.

      • #11 by brewski on August 14, 2013 - 1:22 pm

        I am in moderation.

  4. #12 by cav on August 14, 2013 - 2:45 pm

    edit.

    I can see a whole thread full of this sort of evolved expression.

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