Hollywood AWOL in war on terrorism
When the United States went to war after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the film industry soon followed suit. Movies like “Flying Tigers” (1942), “Wake Island” (1942) and “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo” (1944) rallied the nation to the Allied cause.
Even Bugs Bunny did his part, with shorts like the provocatively titled “Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips.”
Hollywood’s response to the 9/11 attacks and the subsequent war on terrorism couldn’t be more different.
Studios initially avoided direct mention of radical Islam’s assault on the home front. An image of the twin towers was removed from a teaser poster for the 2002 film “Spider-Man.”
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Later, when the industry finally decided to tackle the subject head-on, it cast a critical eye on America’s response to those attacks via “Fahrenheit 9/11” (2004), “Lions for Lambs” (2007), “Rendition” (2007) and “Redacted” (2007), not the terrorists who perpetrated them.
What were you expecting? A “Rambo”-esque franchise chronicling a Taliban-killing hero?
Not a chance — not in a Hollywood that never fully recovered from post-Vietnam syndrome.
Chalk it up to — take your pick — Hollywood’s politically correct mindset, its increasing reliance on the global market or plain old cowardice.
Conservative author and pundit Andrew Klavan says Hollywood’s blame-America-first reaction to 9/11 boils down to fear.
“[Moviemakers] just will not grasp this nettle for fear of looking like bigots,” Mr. Klavan says.
Not to mention fear of reprisals.
“Doing something that annoys Muslims may get you killed,” he says.