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Monday, October 11, 2010

Mark Tapson puts THE FONZ on Salon

Have they jumped the shark?  Tapson lays it out so undenaibly you almost wish they wouldn't have made it over and the shark could have put them out of our misery...almost!

Salon “Jumps the Shark” With Paranoia About Secretariat’s Master Race

Here's an appetizer:

 "... If it's possible for a movie reviewer to jump the shark, then’s Andrew O’Hehir has just set the standard.

In his “unorthodox and admittedly inflammatorytake on the new Disney family flick Secretariat, O’Hehir unearths a deeply sinister subliminal ploy, a coded shout-out to its target audience of Christian conservatives. This movie, ostensibly about the greatest racehorse in history and his determined owner – “a classed-up version of Sarah Palin feminism” – is actually “master-race propaganda” that is

all the more effective because it presents as a family-friendly yarn about a nice lady and her horse.

Um, it is a family-friendly yarn about a nice lady and her horse, but I suppose O’Hehir is so ideologically threatened by Hollywood reaching out to an audience for which it normally has open contempt – like it did with last year’s highly successful The Blind Side – that he feels compelled to destroy the film nonetheless. Like a Derrida-inspired undergrad, O’Hehir sets out to deconstruct this straightforward entertainment and decode the White Power deviltry within,

an ideological worldview that is never made explicit but is present in every frame. [Emphasis mine]

Seriously? Racial supremacism pulses from every frame? Quite a propaganda achievement..."


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