Connect with us

Fox News Anchor Tucker Carlson Says Hollywood ‘Had To’ Let ‘Moonlight’ Win Because of Political Correctness

Published

on

‘That’s the Law, There Was Really No Way Around That’ 

Tucker Carlson says Hollywood “had to” let Moonlight win the Oscar Sunday night, out of political correctness. The Fox News anchor made a guest appearance on Fox & Friends Monday morning as the show’s mock “Oscars expert,” and proceeded to claim the choice of Moonlight was a “foregone” conclusion, somehow appearing to suggest the reason for the post-midnight mixup during which for a few seconds La La Land had been announced the Best Picture winner was all an effort to steal the award and give it to a film starring Black actors that held an LGBT theme.

“Moonlight had to win because you knew what the film was about. And that’s part of the problem with Hollywood,” Carlson actually said on-air.

“Well, finally something interesting happens at one of these dumb award shows,” Carlson said as he began his critique. “And it couldn’t happen to better people.”

Conservatives in recent years have boycotted or otherwise trashed Hollywood and its films and shows like the Academy Awards because of their perception that most of the industry is very liberal.

“And you knew it had to happen, because Moonlight had to win,” he continued, as The Daily Beast reports. “That’s the law, there was really no way around that. This was a foregone conclusion, because it’s not just a good movie, ‘it’s an important movie,'” he said, in a mocking tone. “It’s a movie that instructs you, that changes you morally. And that’s kind of the aim of Hollywood—is not just to entertain, but to instruct.”

Failed Republican Senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum for a short while headed a far right wing Christian film studio that made movies not just to entertain, but to instruct. Conservatives own the corner on so-called think tanks that produce false or misleading materials to “instruct” people on how to think. When it comes to propaganda, conservatives own the market.

Carlson, by the way, perhaps is best known for being half of CNN’s Crossfire, which was canceled in 2004 after Daily Show host Jon Stewart appeared on the program as a guest and destroyed any shred of credibility the “news” hour, and Carlson, had.

Monday, Carlson, in his critique of the film and Hollywood added, “the second you feel a political imperative it destroys your art,” and called filmmakers who try to “elevate” the country, “overbearing and pompous and boorish.”

ThinkProgress took issue with Carlson’s claim that Moonlight “had to” win, saying “Carlson’s statement is patently false. If the honor rewarded political correctness — a euphemism for minorities’ inclusion — perhaps people of color wouldn’t have been erased for decades by the Hollywood establishment and LGBTQ people would’ve been celebrated instead of overshadowed by white, cis men who portrayed them onscreen.”

ThinkProgress concludes: “What’s most troubling about Carlson’s argument, though, is the inherent assumption that black and queer experiences aren’t a standard. To be black and queer is to live on the margins. They are experiences that only exist in the realm of politics, where “others” try to assert themselves and be heard. They aren’t mainstream or deserving.”

 

Continue Reading
Click to comment
 
 

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. The New Civil Rights Movement depends on readers like you to meet our ongoing expenses and continue producing quality progressive journalism. Three Silicon Valley giants consume 70 percent of all online advertising dollars, so we need your help to continue doing what we do.

NCRM is independent. You won’t find mainstream media bias here. From unflinching coverage of religious extremism, to spotlighting efforts to roll back our rights, NCRM continues to speak truth to power. America needs independent voices like NCRM to be sure no one is forgotten.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure NCRM remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to NCRM, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

WHY DOES TUCKER CARLSON HATE AMERICAN FAMILIES?

Pete Buttigieg Brilliantly Destroys Tucker Carlson After Fox Host’s Homophobic Hit Job

Published

on

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg responded to Fox News host Tucker Carlson‘s vile, homophobic attack from Thursday night, by defending the right of every new parent to take paternity or maternity leave and spend time building bonds that will last a lifetime.

Buttigieg, known for being able to incisively carve up conservative hate, had no problem correcting Carlson’s claims.

Carlson, who regularly spreads white nationalistic, white supremacist, and fascistic rhetoric that clearly is supported by Fox News chiefs Rupert Murdoch and Lachlan Murdoch, on Thursday berated Buttigieg for taking paternity leave as he and his husband, Chasten welcome two newborn twins into their family.

“Pete Buttigieg has been on leave from his job since August after adopting a child,” Carlson had told Fox news viewers. “Paternity leave, they call it, trying to figure out how to breastfeed – no word on how that went.”

Buttigieg struck back on Friday, telling MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace Carlson’s “attack is coming from a guy who has yet to explain his apparent approval for the assassination of Harvey Milk.”

Related: Tucker Carlson and Naomi Wolf Blasted for Claiming No One ‘Moralized’ Against HIV/AIDS Patients in the ’80s

Carlson, in his college yearbook, reportedly wrote that he was a member of the “Dan White Society.” There is no Dan White Society, but Dan White is the man who assassinated Harvey Milk, one of America’s first openly-gay elected officials. At the same time, in 1978, he also assassinated San Francisco Mayor George Moscone.

“So, you know, obviously we know that there’s some dark places where some of these attitudes come from,” Buttigieg continued.

“But I also note that that doesn’t speak for the country,” he said of Carlson’s homophobic and anti-family remark.

“I don’t think that even speaks for most people, on the other side of the aisle from the party that I belong to. This is largely a consensus issue, not just the support for families like mine to have a right to marry and right to be treated equally, but also that families in general. Moms and dads have to be able to support their children including with paid leave.”

Buttigieg, as NCRM reported Thursday night, is correct: 86% of Americans support paid paternity leave. And seven out of 10 Americans support same-sex marriage.  Sadly, U.S. federal law does not require companies to offer it, but as Wallace noted, Tucker Carlson’s employer does.

Watch:

 

Continue Reading

RIGHT WING EXTREMISM

‘We Warned You’: Jenna Ellis Destroyed by Legal Expert for Comparing Herself and Giuliani to Atticus Finch

Published

on

Former Trump personal and campaign lawyer Jenna Ellis is getting blowback from at least one top legal expert after she falsely compared herself and her colleague, Rudy Giuliani, to fictional hero attorney Atticus Finch from “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and to founding father John Adams.

“No, you are not John Adams. You are not Atticus Finch. Competent lawyers warned you to stay away from the election lawsuits,” said top national security attorney Bradley Moss. “We warned you loyalty to a conspiratorial client [doesn’t] override ethical obligations to the court. It’s on you.”

Ellis, in video posted by Right Wing Watch (below), claimed that she and Giuliani were merely “advocating” for “politically inconvenient candidates” like Trump, which is provably false.

Giuliani, according to numerous news reports, wasn’t defending Trump so much as he was traveling the world trying to dig up dirt on Joe Biden to help Trump win re-election. When that didn’t work Giuliani (and Ellis) promoted false election “fraud” narratives, which is not advocacy for a client.

“It used to be that if you represented the politically inconvenient candidates or the, the politically inconvenient, people I mean look at ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ you know, it was like you were you were lauded as a defense attorney, like John Adams, you know, who represented people who deserve a defense,” Ellis said.

“This has such an impact on the future of America,” Ellis continued, “because if we tell lawyers that in order to advocate for a client, that means that necessarily you have to subscribe to their position, you will be you will be liable for your bar license essentially based on not only the merit of their case but the outcome, then we won’t have advocates anymore in the United States.”

Again, that is not a reality-based response to what she and Giuliani were doing.

Moss, meanwhile, was far from the only attorney criticizing Ellis.

Former Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York (SDNY), Richard Signorelli, commented, “Jenna is lucky she wasn’t given any actual lawyerly responsibilities.”

Atlanta appellate attorney Andrew Fleischman weighed in, saying, “It’s good for people to get due process before being convicted of things. It’s bad to file dozens of frivolous, dishonest lawsuits. That’s the distinction.”

 

Continue Reading

RIGHT WING EXTREMISM

Trump’s MAGA Supporters Chant Profanities Within ‘Clear’ Earshot of Young Kids Biden Was Talking to Outdoors

Published

on

Trump’s MAGA supporters were out in full force Friday afternoon, chanting “F**k Biden,” waving flags with the same slogan, along with ones that falsely claim “Trump won,” as President Joe Biden spoke with young children outside a Connecticut child development center.

“Around 50 more Trump supporters,” according to the White House press pool, “gathered a street away from the center. They chanted ‘F*** Joe Biden. He’s not our president.’ They also shouted ‘traitors’ as a coda while we walked inside.”

Minutes later the press pool reported President Biden “entered the playground at 1:25, greeted by some gregarious children. One gave him a hug, as he kneeled to talk. Another, wearing an American flag t-shirt, pointed out parts of the playground.”

But then, confirmation that the Trump supporters’ profanity could be heard by the young children and the President.

“From the playground the pool could still hear protesters chanting from the curb outside. More expletives. More yelling,” the pool reports.

NBC News White House Correspondent Mike Memoli also confirms:

President Biden later made televised remarks promoting his “Build Back Better” agenda, and talking about how improvements to infrastructure will help young children.

 

 

Continue Reading

Trending

Copyright © 2020 AlterNet Media.