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How Argo Blasts Hollywood And Why the Washington Redskins Need a New Name

The Oscar winner actually condemns the town for its anti-Americanism. And nobody notices.

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Barry Rubin

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February 27, 2013 - 8:44 am
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Hollywood gave the film Argo the Academy Award for best picture. But wait a minute! Did the film industry members who voted for it understand what the film said?

To rescue five Americans trapped in Iran and hiding out from the Islamist revolution, the CIA seeks help from Hollywood. The plan is to pretend to make a movie in Iran and then smuggle out the State Department employees (who have been given refuge in the Canadian embassy)  as supposed members of the film crew.

BUT it is clearly explained in the film that the U.S. government knows that nobody in Hollywood will help since they don’t want to take a risk; cooperate with the CIA, which they regard as evil; or lift a finger to save the Americans. Only one man — an independent director — is enough of an outcast and rebel rogue to help. The film is thus not a celebration of Hollywood as hero but a condemnation of the town for its anti-patriotic, narrow selfishness. Naturally, nobody in Hollywood noticed this plot theme.

There’s a good parallel here with the kind of films Hollywood so often makes today which are consistent with this anti-patriotic theme. And, ironically, the Best Picture Oscar was handed out by Michelle Obama, backed by some soldiers in dress uniform. Yet here the irony builds. After all, it was the Obama Administration that did the opposite of Operation Argo: it refused to try to save four Americans, including the ambassador, who were killed in Benghazi.

So an award for a film about saving Americans is given by a representative of a government that did not save Americans in front of a cheering crowd of people who — according to that film — would have refused to help save Americans as both sides congratulate themselves on what great people they are!

Amazing chutzpah along with the assumption — almost totally correct — that no one would notice the hypocrisy.

Fixing a Big NFL Problem:

It has become fashionable of late to complain about the use of Native American names for football teams. One of those teams is the Washington Redskins.

But actually the Washington Redskins, the team of my home town which I still support, were not named originally after Native Americans at all. When the team originated in Boston in the 1930s it was named after one of the proudest moments of that city. Paralleling the theme of today’s Boston Patriots team, the Redskins were named after the Boston Tea Party.

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The Redskins should change their mascot to the Washington Bureaucrats. That by far would be the scariest, most intimidating team mascot in the NFL.
1 year ago
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Nah. They don't look scary at all. That's part of the problem; looks can be so deceiving.

If we really have to replace the current logo, I like the snake from the Gadsden flag.
1 year ago
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Couldn't find any empty block to post a comment about this Argo flick, so I'll put it here...
Readers are advised to read Tony Mendez's book, "Master of Disguise"...Google that for further details and some sensible perspective.......in a nutshell, it describes his C.I.A. career and you'll see that the Iranian caper is just one of the neater episodes in an interesting life.

Pasted blurb:
"From the author of Argo comes an unforgettable behind-the-scenes story of espionage in action. In the first ever memoir by a top-level operative to be authorized by the CIA, Antonio J. Mendez reveals the cunning tricks and insights that helped save hundreds from deadly situations."

This will give some needed perspective on all of this commercial bruhaha.

As a former international airline airport employee who has not bothered to see this .....dramatization.....I assure you that any car-chase down an active runway in pursuit of an aircraft under full power for takeoff is just plain silly, and fodder for teenagers' fantasy materiel.

In other words, this "Argo" movie should be seen as good entertainment, no more.

There's a good picture of Ben Afleck with his head back apparently in a big guffaw.....laughing all the way to the bank....OK....that's what it's all about I guess...very skillful entertainment out of Hollywood.
1 year ago
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This is a good paste from another article nearby:
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Argo: With Apologies to Britain and Canada
If Ben Affleck wants to take the high ground he would run a series of adverts stating that his film is fiction and identifying the real life heroes he ignored."


This is where I saw that picture of Affleck laughing with his head back.
1 year ago
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Dan Synder should just say instead of the team being named after the Boston Tea Party, the team's now named after occasional Washington resident, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. That outta quiet the protestors....
1 year ago
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How about the Washington Gut-Eaters?

I mean, if we're gonna be called racists anyway (and we are), why not go whole hog?
1 year ago
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I was about to blast the idea since I've been a die-hard 'skins fan for 50 years. But then I saw the sarcasm. Tea Party and Don't Tread On Me Snake it is.
1 year ago
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"Multicultural Sports Collective No. 1"
1 year ago
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The Redskins need to change their name because? While I think not, here are a couple of suggestions: All Blacks, Africans, Federals, Idiots.
1 year ago
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I like Redskins, but Tea Party Snakes is pretty good.
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