On Sunday, Dax Shepard, star of the television program “Parenthood,” compared the pro-Navy SEAL movie “Act of Valor” to “Triumph of the Will,” a notorious Nazi propaganda film of the 1934 Nuremberg rally.
“Saw ‘Triumph of the Will’ tonight, oh wait, I mean ‘Act of Valor’ great action,” he tweeted.
Newsbusters’ Geoffrey Dickens reported that “the reaction to Shepard’s obnoxious tweet, comparing this week’s #1 movie starring active duty Navy Seals to a Nazi propaganda movie was immediate, as he attempted to walk back his comments.”
“How brave of you to compare our military to Nazis,” one person responded. “You truly are an edgy comedian!”
Shepard responded by writing: “not comparing our military to nazis. Pointing out the exceedingly high level of propaganda in both.”
After being cornered, Shepard retreated, saying that the Navy “SEALs are absolutely amazing,” while calling their bosses propagandists.
Several responded to Shepard’s message with indignation. One person tweeted: “Comparing the American military to Nazis is what the left is famous for. As is the sense of self-pity implied in your tweet.”
Shepard responded: “A lot of right-wingers are showing me that sense of humor that they are so famous for.”
After one person noted that a movie highlighting the sacrifice made by our soldiers is “hardly propaganda,” Shepard said he “loved” the movie and “couldn’t wait to see it.”
“Just because it’s good doesn’t mean it’s not propaganda,” he added.
Noting that the movie “doesn’t accuse U.S. military members of war crimes,” nor paints “them as cold killing machines,” Newsbusters’ Christian Toto wrote last week that liberal film critics hated the movie:
That simply won’t do for many film critics, who cling to the kind of anti-military movies which routinely flop at the box office. “Valor” uses amateur actors – active duty Navy SEALs – and certainly can be faulted for their flat line readings. And the episodic nature of the movie also invites fair critiques, even if it’s remarkable the cast routinely acted around live gunfire. But many critics went beyond the call of duty to smite a film that dared to show SEALs as heroes, and their efforts to stop terrorists a noble endeavor.
A post at the conservative blog Ace of Spades notes:
While critics attack this movie, where actual fighting men are the heroes, what do you imagine their reaction will be to the Obama Personally Kills Bin Ladin movie coming soon? Do you suspect, as I do, that shifting the locus of Heroism away from the icky soldiers and towards the effete, professorial douchebag in the Oval Office will cause them to realize, Clint Eastwood-style, that “some men just need killin'”?
I expect a lot of whoops and war-drums emanating from our effeminate, anti-American critics for that movie.
This one? Where the heroes are the actual, oh, what’s the word, literal heroes?
Not so much, not so much. I see the word “propaganda” thrown out a lot, and the words “recruitment video.”
Last June, we reported on a book by Ben Shapiro entitled Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV, that reveals the ultra-liberal nature of the entertainment business.
In that book, Shapiro revealed how out of touch Hollywood is with mainstream America, and how so many producers use their products to propagandize viewers.
If Shepard really wants to learn about “propaganda” that would make Joseph Goebbels proud, he should pick up a copy of that book, or simply watch MSNBC.
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