“Zero Dark Thirty” and the Two Faces of Oscar
Gene Lalor | January 22, 2013
I think it’s real exciting that Leonardo DiCaprio, despite being ”drained” and “worn out” from the arduous task of making tens of millions of dollars for starring in three movies within a year, still feels he “would like to improve the world a bit.”
To achieve that admirable ambition, DiCaprio said in an interview published on the German daily Bild that he “will fly around the world doing good for the environment” and, as if that selfless pledge were not sufficient to establish DiCaprio’s environmental, politically-correct creds, he proudly added, ”My roof is covered with solar panels” and pointedly observed that his “car is electric.”
didn’t precisely spell out how his round-the-world tour in an aircraft carrying him and his retinue and burning thousands of gallons of fuel per country would benefit the environment in any way. Nor did he mention to Bild that solar panels would be energy-efficient only in areas where the sun shines constantly and that he’s not home much anyway.
As far as driving an “electric” car, which requires power plants belching noxious carbon to energize them, that’s as believable as thinking he or any if his Hollywood buddies would venture out in public driving anything other than a Fisker Karma, a Cadillac ELR, or a Tesla Model S. A Toyota Prius or a Government Motors Chevy Volt would be an option only when the paparazzi were lurking nearby.
DiCaprio perfectly exemplifies the classic two-faced Hollywood celeb in the same mold as George Clooney, Sean Penn, Madonna, and Angelina Jolie.
Deep down, they must realize that what they do to pay for their lavish life style is essentially unproductive, involves pretending they are other people, and convincing the star-struck public to shell out a small fortune for the privilege of bringing the family to watch them, buy popcorn and Snickers bars so that they can traverse the planet to do good things, destroy the Ozone Layer, install solar panels, drive electric vehicles that tax those evil power plants, and adopt Third World kids into their dysfunctional households.
Which brings us to another demonstration of how Hollywood is collectively two-faced, the film “Zero Dark Thirty” and how its stars are collectively hypocrites.
”Zero’s” major failing appears to be that it doesn’t ”improve the world”–unless you believe ridding the planet of reprobate terrorists intent on destroying America and killing our fighting men and women is an improvement, which Hollywood-types evidently don’t believe.
Many are on record attacking the movie for “glorifying torture” at the same time they endorse and appear in murderously ultra-violent movies such as Trentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” which makes ”Zero’s” alleged “torture” of vermin seem more akin to schoolyard bullying than to the infliction of agonizing torment.
In days of olde, movies were meant to entertain–and make gobs of money for the studios that produced them.
Way back when, movies inspired, informed, thrilled, and terrified moviegoers who could vicariously participate in everything from gunfights in a corral to detectives rooting out crime to exploring the universe to average Joes and Joans celebrating or damning life.
Nowadays, blockbusters usually feature gobs of blood, retributive mayhem, graphic sex scenes, gratuitous vulgarity, and/or PC themes seemingly intended to create mass depression rather than entertainment.
Dutifully nominated for various Golden Globe awards, pro-forma nominations all, but conspicuously absent from the winner’s circle except for Best Actress Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty” apparently didn’t meet the high standards set by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association which produces the Globes–and for the same reason the pretentiously-named Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences won’t award “Zero” many if any distinctions because of that supposed torture.
AMPAS chose not to even nominate acclaimed director Kathryn Bigelow for her direction of “Zero” nor screenwriter Mark Boal for his script not because of their lack of talent but because certain–hardly all–violence offends their sensitive, progressive PC psyches.
The grievous sin committed by Bigelow and Boal? They failed to conform to the liberal mentality which holds that the extreme, racist, brutality of “Django Unchained” is totally acceptable but alleged torture carried out in order to expose and execute Usama bin Laden as depicted in “Zero Dark Thirty” is irremediably unforgivable and therefore voids any possibility of Bigelow or Boal or their great film being awarded Oscars.
Having seen “Zero”, something I seriously doubt most of the good people at AMPAS have even bothered to do anymore than they deigned to watch Dinesh D’Souza’s “2016: Obama’s America” since it too was very politically incorrect, I have a few pertinent questions:
First, what constitutes torture? Does covering a terrorist prisoner’s face and pouring water over a towel to make him feel as though he were drowning so he will spill information that will save lives even remotely compare to the barbaric torture of being burned alive in the World Trade Center? And, yes, we are better than they are, one good reason we haven’t tarred and feathered Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, set him ablaze, and tossed him off the roof of the unfinished Freedom Tower.
Second, what does it take for Hollywood to grasp the fundamental concept that their, my, our country has been under attack for decades by Islamic nutcases and that the entertainment industry should fully support any and all efforts to eradicate them? Maybe that unfortunate reality would finally sink into their egotistically-bloated heads if Islam wins that struggle.
Third, when that sinking occurs and it’s too late in the game for Hollywood to wake up and smell the halal, will they finally act like Americans?
, I sincerely wish Leonardo DiCaprio the greatest success in his ambitious travels “to improve the world a bit” by flying “around the world doing good for the environment.”
I would suggest, though, that he could best accomplish his lofty goals by abandoning his private plane accommodations, taking a steamer, dressing in sackcloth and ashes, and hiking in his chosen locales to spread the environmental word rather than being transported with his servants on gas-guzzling aircraft and motor vehicles.
Will Leonardo do all or any of that?
No, I didn’t think so either, anymore than I think Hollywoodians will ever act like loyal Americans.
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