In an attempt to prove that the right-leaning network isn't just content with starting imaginary fights with real people, the network has also proven it can do the opposite and start real fights with imaginary things. Case in point: Fox Business's beef with The Lego Movie. The movie, which made $69 million at the box office this weekend, is, according to Fox, an anti-business screed:
"Why is the head of a corporation, where they hire people, people go to work, they pay their rent, their mortgage...— why would the CEO be an easy target?" Fox Business host Charles Payne asks referring to the villain of the movie, who goes by the name Lord Business.
From Payne's description, you could totally see how some paranoid capitalist watching Fox Business might see that and forbid his or her children from seeing the movie. But there's a catch. Lord Business is actually a real jerk and runs a totalitarian surveillance state. "The dictator/CEO uses extended televised broadcasts to inform his citizens (with a friendly grin on his face) that they'll be executed if they disobey. He controls a secret police led by Bad Cop/Good Cop (Liam Neeson), who is charged with torturing dissidents and rebels," Mother Jones reports.
Lord Business is more like Lord Kim Jong-Un than he is Mitt Romney. And The Lego Movie seems more like anti-murderous despots. But this wouldn't be the first time Fox has found children's movies they don't like and stepped up to the plate for villains in said children's movies.
Two years ago, Fox Business's Lou Dobbs was warning us of another movie with a devious message. Dobbs was not down with The Lorax, a film based on the book by Dr. Seuss. "Hollywood is once again trying to indoctrinate our children," Dobbs said during the broadcast, claiming the movies were "demonizing the 1 percent and espousing green energy policies."
Stop looking at your phone. Stop pretending like you don't understand English. Dobbs wants you to screw the Lorax.
Three years ago, Fox Business was fighting the same kind of fight with Kermit, Miss Piggy and the rest of the Muppets. Instead of the environment, the channel's fight with the Muppets had to with class warfare, communism, and sticking up for a greedy oil salesman. Dan Gainor, who works for the conservative Media Research Center, explained:
Whether it was Captain Planet or Nickelodeon's Big Green Help or The Day After Tomorrow, the Al Gore-influenced movie, all of that is what they're teaching, is that corporations is bad, the oil industry is bad, and ultimately what they're telling kids is what they told you in the movie The Matrix: that mankind is a virus on poor old mother Earth.
That is an unfair smear on Captain Planet's good name. All that show ever wanted us to do was throw away our trash, to recycle, and to help dolphins that are stuck in nets.
While these might seem like weird coincidences dipped in paranoia, the idea of parents being overly concerned about "liberal" movies isn't just on Fox Business. In 2011, Taki's Magazine issued an alert about liberal Hollywood children's movies like Happy Feet, Curious George, and Astro Boy. "I don’t know how many times I’ve had to sit down with my kids after a film and say, 'There’s nothing wrong with wanting to make money,' Gavin McInnes wrote. "The left is convinced the only way people get rich is to steal from someone else. If that doesn’t work, wreck someone else’s plan," McInnes added.
Happy Feet can't just be the late Brittany Murphy's greatest work or penguins that sing. The bigger list of offensive "liberal" movies that rub conservatives the wrong way include Wall-E, Cars 2, and FernGully.
So what's a movie that passes the conservative eye-test? Pixar's 10-year-old Incredibles. "The Incredibles is an incredible movie that depicts a world where litigious scumbags sue the heroism out of America. I love my kids learning about the kind of long-term damage lawyers can do to society’s fabric," McInnes explains.
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