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'Avatar' Riles the Right

January 8, 2009
By James L. Hirsen, J.D., Ph.D.
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Los Angeles Times’ Patrick Goldstein whines about the right in a piece titled “’Avatar': Why do conservatives hate the most popular movie in years?” His premise is that petty-minded conservatives are out of touch with the culture.

"Avatar" may have stunning visuals and brought in gobs of money, but the plot leaves something to be desired.

No conservative would like the insipid Al Gore-inspired environmental message, the cartoonish business and military stereotypes and the new age religious overtones.

Ross Douthat, writing in the New York Times, referred to the film’s Gaia theology writing, “Cameron's long apologia for pantheism — a faith that equates God with Nature, and calls humanity into religious communion with the natural world.”

But the jaded liberal critics adore the flick and it will undoubtedly receive a best picture nomination from the Academy lemmings.

Patrick Goldstein, who wrote the LA Times piece was puzzled so he asked the question, “Why is [Avatar] doing so well with everyday moviegoers if it's so full of supposedly buzz-killing liberal messages?”

People who go see the movie really don’t care about the cliché-ridden, propaganda oriented plot.

What could it be, then? Maybe it has something to do with the best 3-D technology ever seen in the multiplex. “Avatar” is more like an incredible amusement park ride than a movie.

Meanwhile, Time columnist Joe Klein explains why he and other liberals are turned on by Cameron’s movie.

It's not the 3-D, the CGI or the special effects. No, Klein is jazzed by the idea that the "timely" liberal message of the movie could "ripple" through the culture in a manner favorable to, what Klein correctly calls “enviro-theism.”

Maybe Klein needs to spend some time with Brit Hume.

Charlie Sheen is due in court on Jan, 20, when the judge in his domestic violence case will hear a motion to modify the current protective order that keeps Sheen way from his wife.

Now both Brooke, his wife, and Charlie want the order, which prohibits contact, to be modified to allow contact. Brooke wants to come back to L.A. to work things out.

The prosecutor is still making up his mind whether to file criminal charges against Sheen.

Meanwhile the underwear maker Hanes has ended its advertising campaign featuring Sheen because of the aforementioned domestic violence allegations.

So Hanes needs someone right now to endorse men’s underpants. Tiger Woods is not in the running these days. Maybe a certain guy who recently had flaming underwear on a plane could be recruited. The slogan might be, “These shorts are really hot.”

Reality shows unfortunately are still hot when it comes to ratings.

Illinois may have fired him from his former job of governor of the state, but now Donald Trump will have the chance to terminate former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Blago will be one of 14 contestants on the new season of "The Celebrity Apprentice."

Along with other criminal charges, Blagojevich is charged with attempting to auction off President Barack Obama's former U.S. Senate seat.

Last spring, he was barred by a federal court from traveling to Costa Rica to compete in another reality show. I wonder if we will ever see a show titled “Blago Behind Bars”?

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