Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Propaganda is the word

Rant alert. Sorry in advance everyone.

Thinking about seeing a movie? A buddy of mine just went out to see "I Am Legend" a couple days ago. Which he said was okay and all, but BEFORE the movie... apparently the theatregoers were forced to see this National Guard tribute, which is supposedly a "video" of the song Citizen Soldier by the band 3 Doors Down.

Take a look... it's just battle scene reenactments from all of America's wars with superimposed slogans that say things like "I will never accept defeat" and "I will never leave a fallen comrade" etc etc. (this is actually shorter than what's in the theatre)

It's not a video. It's not even an ad. It's strictly a propaganda piece, and it's sick. He was pissed, and rightly so. People were booing at the screen. And he thinks that people should demand a refund if they are made to sit through that massacre of imagination.

Apparently, he's written to AMC Theatres to complain. I think they should be boycotted until they stop forcing people who paid money to see a film to sit through a long diatribe on heroism in battle.

And 3 Doors Down should stop playing music, write their last wills and testaments, and go to the front line NOW.

Sorry about the rant! I return you to regularly scheduled (media consolidated) program.


Anonymous Shannon said...

That is truly heinous. So the National Guard can show a commercial before a captive movie audience. Do you think an anti-military/anti-war commercial would've been allowed to have been shown? Probably not.

January 02, 2008 1:09 PM  
Blogger Binulatti said...

Ugh. Gross. The relationship between pop artists and military recruitment is seriously troubling. There was an article in Arthur Mag a while back with the band "Godsmack" on how the Navy came to them for "cross promotion" and they were only too happy to oblige. Boing Boing has it up.

January 02, 2008 1:33 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

This is why I avoid the corporate movie theater chains. They're nothing but extensions (often literally) of the American shopping mall, with the usual jingoism, mindless consumption, and dumbed-down culture.

And I agree that any recording artists who urge the public to support Bush and his illegal warmongering should stop performing and march on down to their local military recruiting center to fight on the frontline with the troops they claim to support and love so much.

January 02, 2008 1:50 PM  
Blogger pbrchicken said...

Sha - well, I hope I don't see that either.. but I think you're prob'ly right about that one.

Bin - thanx for the Arthur article on Godsmack. He's just trying to chuckle his way out of it.. like profiting off the war is just a joke.

Pet - yeah, they should definitely sign up for an Iraq war hellride, but maybe don't give them guns... just put 'em out there with cool camouflage guitars! "Um, don't shoot me please! I'm famous!"

January 02, 2008 5:13 PM  

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