Our gung-ho comrades on the right over at our sister site Wizbang! have a really neat-o post you may want to check out if all of the news about the violence in Iraq has you a bit frazzled...
It seems that there is a new Hollywood movie in the works based on G.I. Joe! Whoo-Hoo!
Now, first off -- let me express my appreciation for the fact that with all of the important news of the day -- the elections, Iraq, bombings in India, monster storms in the midwest, etc. I am really grateful that someone is keeping en eye out for news about G.I. Joe. Honestly, I have to admit, I just haven't gotten around to creating a Google News alert for war toys yet.
But enough of that -- on to the good stuff. What's the big news that warrants such front-page Sunday morning attention from the right-wing blogosphere?
It seems that the G.I. Joe movie now in the works won't be the kind of patriotic, eagle-soaring, flag-waving, tear-invoking lying propaganda that the camouflage pajama-wearing fighting keyboardists in the right wing blogosphere would prefer that Hollywood create.
Ohhh, I smell another Lorie Byrd boycott in the works!
The studio's live-action feature film version of G.I. Joe will no longer revolve around a top-secret U.S. special forces team but rather an international operation.
In a follow-up to their confirmation that Stephen Sommers will direct G.I. Joe, Variety offers this new description of the team: "G.I. Joe is now a Brussels-based outfit that stands for Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity, an international co-ed force of operatives who use hi-tech equipment to battle Cobra, an evil organization headed by a double-crossing Scottish arms dealer. The property is closer in tone to X-Men and James Bond than a war film." [...]
So why the changes? Hasbro and Paramount execs recently spoke about the challenges of marketing a film about the U.S. military at a time when the current U.S. administration and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are at a low-point in global polls. When a studio makes a film as expensive as G.I. Joe will likely be, they want to know that as many people as possible around the world will want to see it. In other words, G.I. Joe -- "A Real American Hero" -- is a tough sell.
Note that these right wing bloggers are lamenting -- not the increased violence in Iraq, or the huge migration of Iraqis driven from their homes -- and not President Bush's gaffe earlier this week invoking Vietnam as an analog for Iraq -- and not the election news that the Democrats walking out of the Fox debate has caused the debate to be cancelled...
No, no -- what's most important is the news that Hollywood is making a movie about G.I. Joe, and is choosing to not lie to the world in the process.
These folks are so accustomed and comfortable snuggling into their barcaloungers with a bowl of pretzels and letting the lies from the Fox News Channel wash over them, anointing them in self-deluding bullshit, that they just wish the rest of the world could experience the happiness and joy that comes from willingly and intentionally ignoring the truth.
Better luck next time, and keep us posted on important war toy news and developments, you fighting keyboardists!
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