Department of Basic Media Literacy

The Hunt was a Blumhouse-produced thriller written by Damon Lindelof & starring Hillary Swank set for release later this year. I would link a trailer, but the studio’s pulled both the film and all advertising due to a controversy that’s almost unbelievably stupid.

The plot is another take on the The Most Dangerous Game/The Running Man/The Hunger Games formula: twelve strangers, mainly Southerners or otherwise from Nowhereville, Flyover Country, USA, wake up in Europe, where rich people are hunting them for sport. A child could understand that the people hunting people for sport are the bad guys. I saw the trailer, and it seemed almost to skew conservative: after all, it’s about implicitly Trumpian salt-of-the-earth Folks fighting rich elitists.

Anyway, the right decided the rich human hunters were the heroes.

From concerned citizens (“Designer/Singer/Patriot”) to people who’ve cobbled together a vibrant career in right-wing media by being the only two black women in the world to support Donald Trump, the whole wide menagerie of people who can’t be bothered to watch a trailer were outraged. This makes sense, since Hollywood movies often feature heroic serial killer protagonists.

There’s an old meme of right-wingers thinking Darth Vader or Immortan Joe or characters like that are Really The Hero, and it’s impossible to tell how sincere or insincere that is, but it does jibe with an inability to hear about a movie that’s a remake of a story published in 1924 & not conclude the obvious villains are really the heroes.

Trump obliquely referred to The Hunt as a film designed by The Elites to cause divisions in that famously unified nation, America; the film’s advertising had already been pulled due to the baffling trend of acknowledging that blaming media for mass shootings is bullshit, but doing it anyway, just to avoid looking like you’re doing nothing (see Wal-Mart banning violent video game ads, but still selling actual guns, one of the most American things to ever happen), since I know I look at Universal Studios for a solution to gun violence. This goes along with the common argument among conservatives that actors can’t be against guns in real life, because they use them in fictional movies, just like how Mads Mikkelsen must be pro-cannibalism lest he be a hypocrite, and how Robert Englund was widely protested for thinking increasingly silly dream-murders would be bad if they happened in real life. You just can’t play a character and not support what they do in reality, obviously, since reality is a complicated place where you can look at a right-wing fable about The Common (white) Folk rising up against The Elites and conclude it’s a film about heroic rich human-hunters enacting the grand plans of Antifa supersoldiers crafted by a conspiracy to divide America. What a world, what a world.

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