Stephen Holder of the New York Times, in a Mt Olympus sort of 2,500 or so miles away, weighs in on the new movie, MACHETE. “Conveniently timed to sprinkle gasoline on the fires of the immigration debate, Robert Rodriguez’s splatter comedy “Machete” has already riled up hardliners … Although laughter is the appropriate response to this pulpy, lighthearted gorefest, its pro-Mexican, anti-American stance is so gleefully inflammatory that some incensed nativists may refuse to get the joke … Funny throwaway jokes include the casting of Lindsay Lohan in a flashy cameo as April, a rich, scowling slut who dons a nun’s habit to wield a machine gun … She and her sexy blond mother, June (Alicia Rachel Marek), divert Machete in a threesome. Completing the unholy trinity of rotten, greedy Americans, along with McLaughlin and Booth, is Von (Don Johnson), a border vigilante who keeps his own army ready to slaughter any encroaching Mexican horde.
The only American with a conscience, Sartana (Jessica Alba), is a hard-nosed immigration officer who switches sides. The movie’s heroine, Luz (Michelle Rodriguez …) a taco stand operator known as She (pronounced Che), also runs “the network,” a secret revolutionary Mexican army waiting for the signal to rise up.” http://movies.nytimes.com/2010/09/03/movies/03machete.html?ref=movies
Boy Howdy, we’ve literally circumnavigated the globe and lived on three continents and NO ONE we’ve met from Timbuktou to Katmandu, is able to yuk it up the way ol’ sophisticated Stephen Holder can at the sight of people getting their heads cleaved in two by machetes. Even though it left New York Times film critic Stephen Holder in stitches, the Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists would be appalled to watch such a disrespectful depiction of a Catholic nun. Religious people respect those who commit themselves to piety, but evidently, they’re more sophisticated at the “Grey Lady,” than those rubes.
But hullo. That New York Times review is in stark contrast to this review, evidently from one of the “nativists” Holder turns his nose up at:
Writer/Director Robert “Rodriguez’s message is clear — if the racist gringos in Arizona (and Texas and California) prevent this illegal influx — the border crossing Mexicans, not Mexicans crossing the border — the reaction will be bloody carnage by way of machete, the preferred execution tool of drug cartel thugs fond of cutting off the heads of their victims.” – Kurt Nimmo – Infowars.com
There is just no common ground here; could it be there are two versions of MACHETE; one hilariously, by tony Manhattan standards, side-splitting, and one horrifyingly skull-splitting, by totally humorless rube standards? So which review of MACHETE correctly captures the spirit of the “splatter comedy gorefest Machete”? The oh-so-ironic detached aloofness of the New York Times review or the analysis of the “nativists” as the “do as I preach not as I do” New York Times indulges in some old-fashioned hypocrisy, insensitivity, and bigoted “code words” ? Or is the NYT enabling bigotry but trying to pass it off slashing and hacking as funny? Kenyans wouldn’t find any hilarity- nearly 2,000 killed, many by attackers armed with machetes, over 200,000 chased from their homes.
Following Classic Progressive Infallibility Requirements,often used by the New York Times, only those who actually were part of the film can say anything about it, so we dismiss the dueling reviewers in favor of the words of the MACHETE lead actor:
“… Danny Trejo proclaims the film is an angry response to Arizona’s attempt to prevent a huge influx of not only illegal immigrants but Mexican cartel drug traffickers targeting the state’s police officers.”
Oh, that’s incovenient, “angry response.” So, “comedy” isn’t the genre. That proves that Stephen Holder of the New York Times doesn’t know what he’s talking about, so we go to the review that perfectly matches actor Danny Trejo’s statement and see what other mischief is up:
“The image of a bloody machete in a clenched fist, now plastered across the Latin American world to promote ‘Machete’– spotted recently by a listener in Puerto Rico– holds a double meaning. “Todos con Machete” is more than just a rally cry to join the hero of this Mexploitation film; the machete is the common symbol for peasant uprising in Mexico, Central and South America– the weapon of a disarmed population.” – Alex Jones & Aaron Dykes – Infowars.com
“The message of ‘Machete’ became politicized back in May shortly after director Robert Rodriguez leaked a trailer with a special “message to Arizona” that stirred fierce debate about the film. Rodriguez backed off of the fiery rhetoric however, after scenes from the script and warnings from Hispanic members of the film’s crew confirmed its overt racial overtones and prejudiced violence. Rodriguez told Ain’t It Cool News that he simply had ‘too much tequila‘ and that many of the most controversial scenes would be cut. ..” http://www.infowars.com/will-machete-release-spark-racial-violence/
So we had to take the word of a director/writer who hides behind a Tequila bottle as his defense. MACHETE is now playing in theaters across Arizona so the public can confirm that director Robert Rodriguez lied about toning down it’s “overt racial overtones and prejudiced violence.” Suitably, Tequila as a liquid is completely transparent, totally fitting to the quality of his claim. http://www.prisonplanet.com/‘machete’-producers-lied-about-racist-bloodbath.html
Stephen Holder of The New York Times wasn’t wrong though on one crucial and chilling element of MACHETE: ”Conveniently timed to sprinkle gasoline on the fires of the immigration debate …” Gasoline on the fires is NOT what this nation or Arizona needs now , or ever.
Excerpts: President Bill Clinton’s Remarks to the People of Rwanda (March 25, 1998)
“…4 years ago in this beautiful, green, lovely land, a clear and conscious decision was made by those then in power that the peoples of this country would not live side by side in peace.
The Government-led effort to exterminate Rwanda’s Tutsi and moderate Hutus … the killers … armed mostly with machetes and clubs …It is important that the world know that these killings were not spontaneous or accidental …These events grew from a policy aimed at the systematic destruction of a people. The ground for violence was carefully prepared, the airwaves poisoned with hate … scapegoats … denying their humanity … to make it easy for otherwise reluctant people to participate in wholesale slaughter.
We owe to those who died and to those who survived … we owe to all the peoples of the world who are at risk because each bloodletting hastens the next as the value of human life is degraded and violence becomes tolerated, the unimaginable becomes more conceivable.”
According to “warnings from Hispanic members of the film’s crew” the spirit behind the film is more than disturbing, but frightening enough for some Hispanics working on the film to leak that they were worried about the EFFECT this film would have in the form they were seeing develop. The name to remember is self-described Tequila-dodgy Robert Rodriguez, closely associated with James Tarantino, who ‘specializes’ in revenge-driven, self-absorbed film gore-fests. The multimillionaire actress to remember is Jessica Alba. She can’t say she needed the money. Evidently behind Alba’s pampered pretty face is a hard-core racist, “I love your money, but I hate you all.” Remember actor Danny Trejo, fresh from proclaiming the film ” an angry response to Arizona,” beaming on the red carpet, blinking with delight in the flashes of paparazzi and publicists – a movie star hoping for sequels to slice and dice and carve his way through “gringos” to Jessica Alba’s level of wealth made off “gringos.” Trejo is fully expecting to make beaucoup bucks as MACHETE is distributed throughout Latin America. But why pick on just them? What were Robert de Niro, Lindsey Lohan, Michelle Rodriguez, Don Johnson and Stephen Seagal thinking? They need the money? Maybe Lohan needed to post bail. That’s a legit excuse, and certainly sums up the morally and ethically vacant quality of her decision-making in life, and in totally degrading herself in her role in MACHETE.
But what’s red machete to red carpet Danny Trejo angry about? How many Mexicans are being killed in Mexico, kidnapped and killed in the United States by Mexicans? Who killed 72 Central Americans two weeks ago in Mexico? Who is responsible for the murder rate in Tijuana and a dozen other cities across Mexico? The drug cartels are not made up of aliens from Mars, yet they get a free pass of who they are and from where they came. How much of the drugs that enrich these cartels end up in elite Hollywood parties, forced through the border properties of hard-working American citizens, on the backs of Mexicans and Central Americans so dehumanized by their fellow “Hispanics,” they are called “mules?” Who abandons those “mules” to die in the desert rather than be caught with them by our Border Patrol?
Yet, none of this matters! The LIE is what will move people, and film media is an extremely potent and effective way to create not a false reality, which isn’t possible, but a false PERCEPTION of reality, which is sufficient to energize people to do things they would not have done otherwise. MACHETE characters argue lawlessness, and that people are defined only by their ethnicity, not their citizenship. American citizens, specifically Hispanics, should sell out their nation if ethnicity demands it.
With the Obama Administration in un-Constitutional, full public pillorying of Arizona, through applying the full force of the Federal government against the state for the Audacity of SB 1070, mobilizing presidential cabinet officials to re-engineer their departments to harass Arizona, Arizona governance, and Arizona law enforcement, encouraging boycotts to economically hurt Arizonan citizens - the business owners, the employees – and all coordinated by the same political party, the Democrats, in a highly partisan, highly ideological attack aimed to overturn one law, a film like MACHETE, re-written to name Arizona in an on-screen threat, released at a time like this, is spelled I-N-C-I-T-E-M-E-N-T.
Conspiracy to Murder: The Rwanda Genocide and the International Community “Linda Melvern … documents the extensive preparation for the genocide by extremists within the government of Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana going back at least to 1991. When the genocide began, they had bought and distributed the equivalent of one machete for every three Hutu males and, with breathtaking cynicism, manipulated the media and state institutions to stoke anti-Tutsi passions to a fever pitch.” http://www.amazon.com/Conspiracy-Murder-Genocide-International-Community/dp/1859845886/ref=sip_rech_dp_10
As the L.A. City Council voted to boycott Arizona to “hurt the state,” director Rodriguez smirked as he retooled his “vision” to contribute to the Obama and Democratic Party theme of “hurt Arizona;” a vision that evidently was created while Rodriguez claims he was drunk, and as such would have been totally without normal inhibitions. Any given two minute scene in a movie takes hours, even days to produce. That’s a lot of Tequila. Has Rodriguez had his liver function checked recently? Or is he just lying? Is it lying enhanced by copious Tequila?
We Wish to Inform You that Tomorrow We Will be killed with Our Families: Stories from Rwanda by Philip Gourevitch : “In 1994 … in April, … Hutu husbands picked up machetes and killed their Tutsi wives … during May … the leading pop singer in Rwanda urged his Hutu countrymen over the state-sponsored radio to “Kill the cockroaches-”the Tutsis … in June, neighborhood “work groups” of Hutu men and women gathered to go over “hit lists” prepared by the government. During the time it took you to read the above, at least five Tutsis were killed, day by day, week by week, through July.”
The Democrats under Bill Clinton’s failed leadership averted their eyes when Lt. General Romeo Dallaire, head of the United Nations Mission in Rwanda, warned of a buildup in violent rhetoric and political assassinations, and provided detailed intelligence of the plans of the extremist Hutus in the Rwandan government. President Bill Clinton hid behind his State Department, which he tasked with spending its time dodging in a manner that would become his shameful trademark: ‘ the meaning of ‘ … “genocide,” while Clinton refused to mobilize anything to stop it. With the failure of American leadership in this crisis, the United Nations dithered, paralyzed; then worse, withdrew troops.
A Democratic Party Administration presided over the worst single slaughter of a targeted group of human beings since World War II – 800,000 murdered in 100 days – then played mealy-mouthed contrite and hung their heads and claimed to the surviving Rwandans, “We didn’t really know what was happening.” How grotesquely similar is the current Democratic Party Administration’s dodgy rhetoric and lack of action today as Arizonans repeatedly warn of the increasing lawlessness at our southern border, the bankrupting of the state from unreimbursed costs, asking the Federal government to do their duties? The pleas are falling on willfully deaf Democrat ears, from Obama to Pelosi to Reid, and every Democratic Party-controlled Department head in-between. Obama promises 3,000 troops to the border, and lets Arizona sit on the curb until he finally sends … 30, with no more authority or means as any random United Nations unarmed “observers.”
The extremist Hutu cabal in Rwanda, refusing to accept any peaceful power-sharing with Tutsis, very deliberately used relentless radio broadcasts for months before they made their move to seize control and begin the “Final Solution” to their perpetual Tutsi problem, to propagandize Hutus that the Tutsi were pushing them off their ancestral lands, that Tutsis looked down on Hutus as inferior, would make Hutus subservient to them, were exploiting them, and ominously, would destroy them if they weren’t destroyed first. Thus informed by the extremists, many Hutus acted in what they believed to be national and ethnic self-defense. The GHOSTS OF RWANDA: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xON22c7pZ6c
The extremist Hutu arguments were identical to the extremist Atzlan arguments against Americans. Just swap “Hispanics” for “Hutus” and “Americanos” for “Tutsi.” The machete is indeed the “poor man’s weapon” even in Africa, and is the trademark of violent Salvadoran M-13 gangs which have already well infiltrated U.S. states up and down the Eastern seaboard. The Hutu extremists shipped in and distributed machetes by the thousands to equip their Hutu gangs as they indoctrinated them with hatred for the Tutsi.
It just takes the right combination of rhetoric and depictions of injustice, no matter if manufactured, to stir righteous rage against “evil suppressors.”
Roberto Rodriguez is a cheap soul brother to the extremist Hutu media propagandists, using film to cynically prejudice Hispanics against Americans, while trying to make a buck and an edgy name for himself. While wanting to be paid in U.S. dollars, not Mexican pesos, Rodriguez purposely singled out Arizonans to be sure the hate has an identifiable target, “Throughout the script, groups aligned with political attempts to curb, restrict and/or control illegal immigration are thoroughly demonized. Minute Men and militia are portrayed as wanton killers, picking off illegal children in the desert “like jackrabbits” and slinging derogatory terms like “wetback.” http://www.infowars.com/leaked-machete-script-confirms-race-war-plot/
Should we accept Hollywood’s standard weasel dodge, their self-serving fig leaf derision against the public it seems to hate, only useful for whatever leftover cash is in their pockets? That “it’s only satire” or “it’s free speech” or that we say nothing despite discovering the snarky open insult of writer/director and bigot Rodriguez’s “Tequila Defense?” Rodriguez didn’t “sprinkle gasoline on the fires of immigration, ” he POURED it.
It doesn’t really matter now if MACHETE doesn’t have much of a theatre audience, does it? DVD sales – legal and pirated copies - will quickly spread this toxic flick’s poison across the country, across the continent, to be watched again and again and again, dehumanizing Americans and Arizonans – “gringos” again and again and again. Actions have consequences. Hollywood elites can afford electric fences, security gates and personal bodyguards, so they obviously do not care about consequences of their destructive behavior.
Lt General Romeo Dallaire, wrote his memoir of the Rwandan genocide to tell the world what happened, and to hope that by that, other genocides would be averted. The magnitude of the horrors still eludes his human understanding of it, but he remembers one thing clearly, meeting the masterminds of the Hutu extremist cabal who had designed and were directing the slaughter, in a darkened hotel room that reeked with alcohol. Dallaire suddenly, and totally unprepared for it, saw not men confronting him, but things otherworldly, the embodiment of evil. And there he asked himself a question he never dreamed he would ever ask: “Do I shake hands with the Devil?”
The answer is “NO.”
We don’t need any fraud exploitative films about MACHETES; we already have them, the real thing:
SHAKE HANDS WITH THE DEVIL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJDGGxaGCNs
To add insult to injury, this is tax-payer supported film-making through political hacks on The Texas Film Committee. How did we get to this place? Politicized committees handing out other people’s money to subsidize films which demonize or in this case, graphically slaughter those very same people, using the crudest, most derogatory racial stereotyping, and dehumanizing of Americans as justification for murder? The Texas Film Committee has foolishly shaken hands with the duplicitous Devil in Roberto Rodriguez and his Hollywood cabal of soulless mockers.
Will innocent Arizonans be the ones to pay for their folly? Potentially, with Arizona’s open carry of firearms, Arizonans may not be the first ones to pay, but rather Americans in Democratic Party-controlled states and cities where lawful citizens have been disarmed by Progressive Liberal Left laws, and undermined by Democratic Party “sanctuary city” enabling of illegality. Despite the terror it evokes, a machete is no match fora gun. The Democratic Party’s poor choices in promoting lawlessness, and inciting violence, while reducing the self- protection capabilities of the lawful may well backfire on them. Even the New York Times Stephen Holder, between fake gaffaws petending it’s all a joke, admits that MACHETE is: “gasoline on the fires.”