COLORADO SPRINGS. It is a political film, once called “Red State Vs. Blue State.” The name was changed to “The Hunt.” (‘The Hunt’ canceled by Universal following significant backlash) In the film, elite liberals kidnap and hunt down conservatives. It was set for release by NBS Universal September 27. The announcement was met by an understandable outcry by conservatives and their publications.
Media reports on “The Hunt”
Daily Mail reporter Hank Berrien on August 8 reported that,
“Despite the fact that the film ‘The Hunt’ reportedly depicts liberal elites hunting ‘deplorables’ for sport, NBC Universal is remaining adamant in the face of recent mass shootings that it is still planning to release the satiric film: An NBC Universal source told Fox News, ‘There are no plans to not release the movie. No plans to move the release.’”
But today, Universal Pictures saw fit to cancel the September release of “The Hunt.” The response is in the wake of recent mass shootings, intense scrutiny from conservative media and tweets by President Trump seen as alluding to the film as a movie “made in order … to inflame and cause chaos.”
“While Universal Pictures had already paused the marketing campaign for ‘The Hunt,’ after thoughtful consideration, the studio has decided to cancel our plans to release the film,” a Universal representative said in a statement Saturday. “We stand by our filmmakers and will continue to distribute films in partnership with bold and visionary creators, like those associated with this satirical social thriller, but we understand that now is not the right time to release this film.”
The Hollywood Reporter (THR) described the plot in this manner.
“…(the) violent, R-rated film from producer Jason Blum’s Blumhouse follows a dozen MAGA types who wake up in a clearing and realize they are being stalked for sport by elite liberals.”
“The screenplay for the movie features the red-state characters wearing trucker hats and cowboy shirts, one of whom boasts about owning numerous firearms, while the blue-state characters opine that the deplorables were targeted for their anti-choice positions or using the N-word on Twitter. One blue-stater reportedly is supposed to push her stiletto heel into the eye of a red-stater, claiming, ‘War is war.’”
Political satirist Tim Young spoke to Fox News
“Why would anyone think it’s a great idea to have a movie about hunting down someone who doesn’t agree with them politically? It’s remarkable to me that the left blames Donald Trump’s rhetoric for violence, then literally spends millions to normalize the killing of people based on politics.”
“We’re told over and over again by the Left, especially in Hollywood, that this country is more divided than ever, and we need to come together… is this what they mean by it? Come together to murder your neighbors that you don’t agree with? This film is sick and shows just how hateful the left has become.” He concludes, “The executives at Universal and those even willing to promote this or run ads for it should know better than to promote political violence.”
Damon Lindelof on Trump
Damon Lindelof, co-creator of the winning television series, “Lost,” served as producer for this film.
In April 2017, Lindelof said of the election of President Trump in 2016,
“With all apocalyptic thinking, if it’s not happening fast enough, we are going to bring it about, which I think explains the election in America. If you are unhappy with the way things are going, you may want to elect an agent of destruction.”
It would have been bad enough had only one sick malcontent in the person of Lindelhof chosen to stoke the fires of violence and law-breaking in this country. But anyone aware of the extra-legal spying and harassment of the Republican leadership over the past three years, supported by a complicit socialist media and Hollywood, should understand that this movie is but the next step in a slippery slope of unlawful behavior and ends justify the means actions by those who should know better. Yea, by those who have taken solemn oaths of office to uphold the law.
When does free speech become hate speech?
And so, it goes, the slippery slope of immorality. Under the guise of free speech, Hollywood promises and publicizes a movie promoting the killing of political opponents. Close to yelling “Fire!” in a movie theater, such a film helps slide America backwards to ever more violent speech and actions.
Hatred of conservatives and Trump-supporting deplorables who glibly wear the lable racists, homophobes, and xenophobes, clearly has reached a fever pitch. And once a group succeeds in objectifing others in order to engender raw hatred, worse things inevitably follow. See: Nazi Germany.
Lessons from the past
Author Menachem Wecker, in a June 27, 2016, Smithsonian Magazine article about a museum and exhibit, The Museum of World War II, talks of how the exhibit explores the depths of the hatred toward Europe’s Jews. ‘
According to Wecker, the Holocaust didn’t arise out of anything, but out of a long and vicious history of European hatred of Jews.
Added Louise Merrer, president and CEO of the New-York Historical Society, the exhibit shows
“The ease with which the rhetoric of hatred, directed against a particular group—in this case, of course, the Jews—can permeate a national discourse and become ‘normal’ for ordinary people.” Merrer continued, “The strongest manifestation of anti-Semitism in the exhibition is in the children’s books. Anti-Semitism really has to be introduced at the earliest possible moment in the education of German children.”
The article continues:
“This ‘normalization,’ is perhaps most apparent in the hate-filled toys and books designed for children. The exhibit featured a 1938 book, whose first page states: ‘Just as it is often hard to tell a toadstool [a poisonous mushroom] from an edible mushroom, so too is it often very hard to recognize the Jew as a swindler and criminal.’ The book, aptly titled The Poisonous Mushroom, adds, ‘The God of the Jews is money.’
In our own times
Let us connect the past with today. We have repeatedly said, “Never again.” And yet, here it is again, the demonization of an entire block of individuals. And for what? Free speech? Peace-able voting? Here are the films, the late-night comics, the fashion magazines, and the once-respectable newspapers of record – all creating hatred of some of their fellows.
We know what comes with hatred. We have seen it, and we have seen movies about it. Must we again see it in “The Hunt?”
Thank God that Hollywood pulled this hateful film back. But in the end, the film is not the cause of Americans’ hatred of their fellow Americans. It serves as evidence of it.
—Headline image: Screen grab from trailer for “The Hunt.”