Matthew McConaughey Signals at Running for Texas Governor

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In a recent interview, Academy Award winner Mathew McConaughey said he would consider running for Governor of Texas. The actor discussed other entertainers that have made the transition to politics, such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Clint Eastwood, Jesse Ventura and even President Donald Trump.

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Mathew McConaughey is making his rounds on the podcast circuit to promote his new memoir, “Greenlight.” In a recent interview on the Hugh Hewitt show he was asked if he would consider running for Governor in his home state of Texas.

He replied, “I wouldn’t be opposed to that. But ultimately it would be up to the people.” McConaughey was born and raised in The Lone Star State. He currently resides in Austin with his family.

“Look, politics seems to be a broken business to me right now,” McConaughey said during the podcast. “When politics redefines its purpose, I could be a hell of a lot more interested. You know, I still question how much you can really get done in politics, and I don’t know if politics is my avenue to get what maybe I am best equipped to get done.”

McConaughey has stayed active in his community over the years. He’s been a guest professor at the University of Texas in Austin since 2015 where he teaches a film class.

During the COVID-19 panic earlier this year, the famous actor hit the road with his wife to donate and deliver more than 100,000 masks to rural Texas hospitals. The next governor’s race is in 2022 and current Governor Greg Abbott is up for re-election.

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McConaughey noted that the political arena has been incredibly divisive lately and he’d like to see things cool down a bit before he gets involved.

“I want to get behind personal values to rebind our social contracts with each other as Americans, as people,” he said. “This country’s got to stabilize first before we start to say, ‘OK, here’s how we’re marching out of this together forward.’”


Sean Connery’s Masculinity Was In A League All Its Own

In Sean Connery’s final film appearance, the disastrous “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” (2003), in which he played Allan Quatermain, the great white hunter who inspired Indiana Jones, audiences didn’t roll their eyes or sarcastically snicker at the sight of the 73-year-old actor swatting much younger actors like flies.

That was the source of Connery’s appeal. The actor, who died Oct. 31, 2020 at the age of 90, was always larger than life and indestructible. It was for this reason that he could not effectively play ordinary characters. His Bond-era film, “A Fine Madness” (1966), bombed at the box office because Connery was not convincing as a victimized eccentric.

He was at his best as towering figures, not only as the sexy, sinister James Bond but as Robin Hood and Indiana Jones’s equally capable father. In the latter role, as Henry Jones Sr., not even coke-bottle glasses, a bald head, and a snow-white beard could hide his machismo. He didn’t need Indiana’s pistol and bullwhip to get audiences to accept that he too could knock Nazis about.

Not even his undisguised Scottish brogue made his turn as a Soviet sea captain unconvincing in “The Hunt For Red October” (1990). Connery made you believe he was capable of outrunning and defeating the Soviet submarines in pursuit. He was so super-humanly cool that Connery was one of the few actors to make a Soviet army figure admirable.

It was because of these qualities that Connery was timeless in the same way as Clark Gable and Humphrey Bogart. Connery had a bald head like Bogart and capped teeth like Gable, linking him to these stars. Like them, he endured no matter the trend, such as in the 1970s when ordinary ethnic schlubs such as Dustin Hoffman and Al Pacino were in vogue. Hoffman and Pacino play victims; Connery, with his 6’4” frame and ability to move like a cat, never could.

The First Bond

Although his Oscar-winning role as the street-wise Irish cop in “The Untouchables” (1987) could be considered his finest moment on film, Connery will forever be remembered as the first James Bond.

Connery always dismissed Bond as unworthy of the requirements of a trained actor, but it should be remembered that Connery built a character from the sketchy details of Ian Fleming’s one-dimensional books. Fleming didn’t give an actor much to go on in his tales. The literary Bond was plagued with self-doubt and was often stupid and fussy — over meals and drinks and clothes — the last of which, in the context of the times, was sexually suspect.

Connery took the bare bones of this characterization and gave audiences a suave killer with an interesting cruel streak. It is only now with the arrival of arguably Connery’s equal, Daniel Craig, that Bond has returned to his nasty roots. Connery and the Bond directors tried to leaven the brutality and obvious misogyny — it was routine in his Bond films for him to rough up women — with witty quips.

It wasn’t really the humor and arched eyebrows that won over audiences. It was Connery’s undeniable cool and indestructibility. No matter how brutally he killed, Connery got away with it because, in that cliched phrase, “men wanted to be him, and women wanted to be with him.”

Even his violence had a cool side. His Bond was capable of shooting people in the back and breaking a man’s neck with a fire poker, as in “Thunderball,” but he could be cool in how he creatively killed the villains. In “Goldfinger,” for instance, he knocked over an electric fan that fatally shocked a villain in a bathtub full of water.

Much of Connery’s Bond portrayal could have come from his working-class boyhood in his native Scotland, a country for which he labored all his life toward achieving national independence. Reportedly requiring a great deal of training in Bond’s gentlemanly manner of Savile Row suits, and knowing the perfect wine to complement the fish, Connery kept the qualities of the Scottish stereotype: physical hardiness and a dangerous temper that the other actors offered the Bond role could not have matched. The mind boggles now over how Fleming wanted Cary Grant or David Niven in the role.

Not as Cool as Connery

Connery’s achievement as Bond is even more apparent when you compare him to the actors who inherited the role. Roger Moore could be icily cool, but he was simply too nice and ordinary to make a convincing Bond, relying instead on campy humor. Timothy Dalton’s brief turn as Bond reverted back to the books, and he played Bond as an alcoholic burnout, vulnerable in a way Connery could not be. Pierce Brosnan had Moore’s looks and Connery’s cruel streak, and he embraced political incorrectness, but the scripts heavy-laden with gadgets and quips defeated him.

Only Craig has conjured up Connery’s dangerous side, but he lacks Connery’s unflappable cool, which might be deliberate. Craig’s appeal is in how he bulldozes his way through the adventures, taking very personally every blow dished out to him.

When John Wayne died in 1979, an obit writer said he thought Wayne was too tough to die. The same could be said of Connery. To my generation, it is a physical jolt, and in our age of political correctness about masculinity, he will be missed.


Long Time Actor Anthony Hopkins: ‘Hollywood Actors Are Pretty Stupid, They Only Dish Out Left-Wing Talking Points’

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Actor Anthony Hopkins didn’t pull any punches in a recent interview with Brad Pitt when he said, “Actors are pretty stupid. Especially the ones coming from Hollywood.” The star’s comments come as a surprise to some, since the overwhelming majority of Hollywood’s talent lean far left in their politics.

The 82-year-old Welsh actor has played some iconic rolls in films such as The Silence of The Lambs, Hannibal and Red Dragon. He also starred alongside Brad Pitt in the 1994 western film Legends of The Fall. The two reunited again in 1998 to star together in the movie Meet Joe Black. Hopkins recently sat down with his old co-star Brad Pitt to catch up and chat about movies, acting, politics and more.

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Sir Anthony Hopkins, who I will forever think of as Dr. Hannibal Lector from The Silence of the Lambs, went on to say “Hollywood wants to push their liberal agenda. I can’t criticize the President, only because I work in Hollywood. The man is doing a great job, and Hollywood should let the people decide.”

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Good for him. Far too often people on the Right get bullied and “canceled” for supporting President Trump. In the interview, Hopkins also claimed most actors are ignorant and only parrot Left-wing propaganda.

“When many of Hollywood’s elite speak out, they often don’t fully understand the topic. They only dish out Left-wing talking points. When they are confronted with facts, their stupidity and ignorance are suddenly revealed. This is not a very attractive look.”

Hopkins reportedly sold his Malibu home this summer for a cool $10.5 million. The star purchased the ocean-view estate back in 2001 for just under $4 million. That’s what you call a good investment, my friends.

Hopkins is just one of many residents leaving California this year as it becomes a wasteland of high tax, high crime, virus lockdowns, overregulation, homeless encampments on the sidewalks of cities and forest fires raging throughout the state. It seems the Hollywood lifestyle has lost its charm.

Hollywood is full of lefties

It’s rare to find Hollywood actors who openly support the President. However, there are a few brave souls willing to speak their mind. Actor James Woods is one such patriot. In a recent interview Woods accepted his fate, telling reporters “I don’t expect to work in Hollywood again.”

Woods was an outspoken critic of President Obama and he’s now a passionate Trump supporter. The Left-wing cancel mob has come for his head but he refuses to be silenced. You can find him on Twitter where he works feverishly to enrage the Left.

On the other end of the spectrum you have Left-wing lunatics like Robert De Niro. The Goodfellas legend is arguably one of the greatest actors of all time, so it pains me to see such a tremendously talented guy be infected with stage 5 Trump Derangement Syndrome. I still enjoy his movies, but I’ll pass on his political rants.

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Matthew McConaughey Opens Up On Joe Rogan About Christianity, Cancel Culture, And Defund The Police

Matthew McConaughey said his religious beliefs are not separate from his belief in science, calling science, “the practical pursuit of God.”

“The two are not exclusive. They dance together; they go together, belief and science. I never saw those as contradictions,” he said on a recent episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience.”

McConaughey explained how his beliefs are intertwined with his acting carer, and why Christianity is often treated as taboo and sometimes plays a role in the cancel culture in Hollywood.

While McConaughey said he hasn’t necessarily encountered pushback for his religious beliefs, he said that the progressive and “illiberal” trend of “condescending and patronizing” people who believe differently must stop. 

“To throw somebody, to illegitimize them because they say they are a believer, is just so arrogant and in some ways hypocritical to me,” McConaughey said.

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Rogan pointed out that some people have manipulated the Bible or religion for their own gain, but McConaughey countered that those outliers shouldn’t take away from the resourcefulness and truth that comes from it.

“We’re making people personae non-gratae because of something they do that is right now deemed wrong or it’s the hot point in a hot topic right now,” McConaughey added. “You can’t erase someone’s entire existence. Where the heck does some forgiveness go?”

“It’s not erasing the crisis,” McConaughey said.  “It’s not saying there wasn’t a problem first. It’s not saying that there’s versions or parts of the Bible that have been people have bastardized and used in the wrong way. But you don’t throw the whole book out and say well it’s all, it’s all bad then it’s all of us because it’s false.”

While McConaughey, quoting scriptures and Bible stories, said that sometimes he doesn’t know what to do with certain Biblical examples, he said that the practical stuff” is useful. 

“There’s proverbs and there’s teachings that I think are very valid and very helpful that we could all be reminded to be better in the Bible that I do find quite useful,” McConaughey said. “There’s a lot of great truths that come out of the Bible and it is open for a lot of people.”

McConaughey and Rogan also discussed the “defund the police movement.” The actor said he believes there are “a few bad apples” that “either need to be trained better” or “need to be removed,” but that police fill an important and difficult role in society. 

“I don’t see how [defunding the police] is gonna rehabilitate that relationship. Now you have spite on both sides,”  McConaughey said.

“The cops need to go to their communities and go, ‘Can y’all remember and understand our point of view, that we’re like the tow truck driver? We’re not called when there’s good news; we’re called when it’s bad news. So we’re coming in looking for trouble, alright? So we’re already under stress, even if we get a call. So can y’all help us in our way that we communicate?’” he said. “Can we get trust again that, if a cop says, ‘Hey, stand still, take your hands out of your pocket, hold ’em up,’ … that something’s not gonna happen to us that shouldn’t?’”

Actor Chris Pratt was recently attacked by social media mobs for his religious and supposed political beliefs, but was quickly defended by his Marvel Universe co-stars such as Robert Downey Jr., who were subsequently criticized for defending him.

“What a world… The ‘sinless’ are casting stones at my #brother, Chris Pratt… A real #Christian who lives by #principle, has never demonstrated anything but #positivity and #gratitude … AND he just married into a family that makes space for civil discourse and (just plain fact) INSISTS on service as the highest value,” Downey wrote on his Instagram on Wednesday.

“If you take issue with Chris, I’ve got a novel idea. Delete your social media accounts, sit with your OWN defects of #character, work on THEM, then celebrate your humanness… @prattprattpratt I #gotyerbackbackback,” he continued.


Blue Checkmarks Are Hurling Insanely Racist Remarks At Gal Gadot Over Her Perfect Casting As Cleopatra

Gal Gadot is set to play Cleopatra in an upcoming movie about the Queen of the Nile. Patty Jenkins, who also directed Gadot in “Wonder Woman,” will direct the biopic.

Gadot herself pitched the idea of a Cleopatra biopic. “Cleopatra is a story I wanted to tell for a very long time,” she tweeted, adding that she hopes “to tell her story for the first time through women’s eyes.” Cleopatra VII ruled Egypt from 51 B.C. to her death, a few years after she and her Roman lover Mark Antony were defeated in the Battle of Actium in 31 B.C.

But some blue checkmarks on Twitter rushed to condemn Gadot for everything from being Israeli to being “too pretty.” Journalist Sameera Khan called Gadot “bland looking,” adding “shame on you, Gal Gadot. Your country steals Arab land & you’re stealing their movie roles.”

Twitter warriors who condemned Gadot’s casting as racially insensitive turned around and targeted her for her ethnicity as an Israeli woman. Asad Abukhali, a professor at California State University, quipped, “[W]hy not Netanyahu as Mark Antony?”

Hella Samar, who has written for Forbes, posted a link to the announcement of Gadot’s casting with the message: “We don’t want the colonizers portraying ANY roles.”

Writer Randa Jarrar called Gadot a “zionist” and suggested fans “rewatch the Liz Taylor version” instead. (She apparently has no problem with the fact that Elizabeth Taylor was born in England to parents from the American Midwest?)

Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, a Democratic candidate who ran unsuccessfully for New Jersey’s 6th Congressional District, criticized Gadot for “her vocal support of the Israeli Defense Forces’ actions in Palestine” and suggested Gadot supports “the oppression of women and girls.”

Morgan Jerkins, a New York Times bestselling author, likened Gadot’s skin to a “brown paper bag.” She suggested casting a darker-skinned actress would be “a bit more historically accurate” before admitting that Cleopatra’s father was Macedonian Greek and her mother’s ethnicity isn’t definitively known.

As Jerkins admitted (and many Twitter users were quickly informed), Cleopatra was neither black nor ethnically African. She was descended from Ptolemy I Soter, a Macedonian Greek who was a general under Alexander the Great. Cleopatra’s father was Ptolemy XII. Historians aren’t sure who her mother was, as rulers often had children with multiple women, but she may have been Cleopatra V Tryphaena, Ptolemy’s wife.

Laeta Kalogridis, who is of Greek descent and is writing the script for the Cleopatra movie, reminded fans that Cleopatra was of Macedonian Greek heritage. Despite this, the media is latching onto the criticism Gadot has received. “Gal Gadot cast as Cleopatra, draws criticism as ‘very bland looking’ Israeli playing the queen of Egypt,” USA Today headlined. The Los Angeles Times also commented that “Gal Gadot has been tapped to play Cleopatra, and fan reaction is split.”

“Fan reaction was mostly skeptical,” the L.A. Times decided, citing a total of three Twitter accounts to support their conclusion.

Others complained that Gadot was too attractive for the role. “Regardless of ethnicity, gal gadot [sic] is simply too pretty to play cleopatra [sic]” wrote Alexandra Scaggs, a senior writer at Barron’s.

In reality, Gadot has much more in common with Cleopatra than the average Hollywood starlet does.

Like Cleopatra, who led ships into battle at Actium, Gadot has military experience. She spent two years in the Israeli Defense Forces as a combat trainer during the Israel-Hezbollah War.

The “Wonder Woman” star is bilingual, speaking her native Hebrew as well as English. Cleopatra spoke both Egyptian and Greek, as well as several other languages (some say she spoke up to 12).

Gadot also has an interest in foreign policy, a field Cleopatra excelled in. Before becoming an actress, Gadot was studying at Radzyner Law School of the IDC Herzliya. While she was there, she brushed off an early casting invitation because, in her words, “I’m studying law and international relations. I’m way too serious and smart to be an actress.”

Cleopatra is famous for her foreign policy with the Roman Empire and its leaders. Through boosting Egypt’s trading economy and allying herself with Mark Antony, Cleopatra tried to preserve Egypt’s independence in the face of the Roman Empire.

Additionally, Gadot’s homeland of Israel was annexed by the Roman Empire, as Egypt was following Cleopatra’s death. (Those calling Gadot a “colonizer” would do well to remember this.) In 70 A.D., after years of Roman occupation, the city of Jerusalem was burned by Roman forces. Historian Josephus Flavius tells of hundreds of thousands of Jews killed in the siege, and others sold as slaves.

Gadot has an even more personal understanding of the wrongs that have been committed against the Jewish people; both of her grandparents on her mother’s side were Holocaust survivors.

Elizabeth Taylor — who starred in the 1963 epic about the Egyptian queen — leaves big shoes to fill. But Gadot can bring a depth to the complex character of Cleopatra that few actresses in Tinsletown today can.


‘Former Staff’ Of Katie Hill Hack Old Twitter Account, Call Out Hollywood Biopic On Their ‘Abusive’ Former Boss

Anonymous “former staff” of former Democratic Rep. Katie Hill allegedly hacked the former congresswoman’s official Twitter account Tuesday, reacting to the news that a new Hollywood biopic about their former boss was in the works.

Hill, who resigned in 2019 after allegations surfaced that she had inappropriate sexual relationships with subordinate staffers in her office and on her campaign, claimed the old account was “hacked.”

In a long Twitter thread, Hill’s former staff recounted Hill’s actions as a “perpetrator,” alleging that “she took advantage of her subordinates,” and said they are concerned she has not yet “sufficiently acted to end her own patterns of inappropriate and abusive behavior.”

They called their story one of “workplace abuse and harassment,” sending a message to Hollywood executives that “Katie Hill is not a hero for women.”

In October 2019, RedState first reported photos and text messages showing Hill and estranged husband Kenny Heslep in an intimate “throuple” relationship with a female campaign staffer. The initial media response was radio silence. No pundits or fellow Democratic colleagues called for her resignation or a House ethics investigation, and as Hill’s “former staff” notes, she “was never investigated by the House Ethics Committee, nor has she been held accountable by anyone other than herself.”

It was four days before Hill responded to the allegations, and it wasn’t a response, but a Politico report that she denied the allegations to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md.

She eventually admitted to and apologized for the “throuple” relationship with her campaign staffer, but denied another allegation that she was having an extramarital affair with a staffer in her D.C. office. She resigned from Congress on Oct. 27.

Hill announced Tuesday that actress Elisabeth Moss would be starring as the former California representative in a movie adaptation of Hill’s memoir “She Will Rise: Becoming a Warrior in the Battle for True Equality.” Hill said she will serve as a producer on the film, which will be produced by Blumhouse Television for a streaming service.

The forthcoming movie is another extension of corporate media’s role in spinning Hill’s narrative, from one of alleged sexual predator to victim of revenge porn and anti-LGBT bias.

I previously documented the media’s spin machine in action at The Federalist:

Just weeks after Hill’s resignation, she appeared on CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” where a chyron on the screen read “Katie Hill’s Experience With Right-Wing Media Smears.” She published a New York Times op-ed titled, “It’s Not Over After All.” In a Daily Beast interview titled, “Katie Hill Wanted Out of Her Marriage. It Ruined Her Life,” Molly Jong-Fast wrote that the “media-savvy 31-year-old congresswoman” was “villainized by the right,” and “derailed in a weirdly tragic, almost Shakespearean way.”

More recent examples include Elle magazine’s headline, “Katie Hill’s Next Chapter Starts Now,” and a story gushing over Hill’s new super PAC, called HER Time. LA Mag also got in on the PAC news with a story headlined, “Katie Hill Is on a Mission to Get Young Women Elected to Office.” The New York Times announced Hill’s forthcoming memoir, “She Will Rise,” focusing on “what Hill wants women to take away from her book is that they can own their mistakes and get back up.”

Hollywood and corporate media are clearly excited to sell a sympathetic version of Hill’s story, but her “former staff,” if the anonymous hackers are who they claim to be, are determined not to let their story be sidelined in the process.


The Rebel Alliance is Strong in California – Massive Trump Sign Erected Along The 405 Freeway…

WOLVERINES !  Overnight someone erected a massive Trump sign on the hills along the 405 Freeway in the Sepulveda Pass.  According to local media “the sign supporting President Trump faced northbound lanes near Getty Center Drive. The white lettering appears to be around 10 feet tall and mimics the style of the landmark Hollywood sign.”

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[…] The sign — which was on private property — has since been removed by crews because it created a traffic hazard, as motorists slowed down to take photos, according to Eric Menjivar of Caltrans.

Officials still do not know when the letters were placed at the location and who put them there. Menjivar said it is also unclear who owns the land. (LINK)

Great job. Turk182 !


After Destroying Every Trump Hating Hollywood Elite, Mark Wahlberg Goes a Step Further

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Actor Mark Wahlberg has taken a big step to aide students and teachers across the United States in the fight against the COVID pandemic.

Wahlberg’s company, Performance Inspired, recently partnered with active lifestyle company LifeToGo, announcing that they were donating 1.3 million disposable masks to teachers and students across the country.

Wahlberg posted a video on his social media which thanked essential workers and teachers for everything that they do for the country, especially during a pandemic.

“This has been a year of change and stress for everybody. But today, I want to thank our essential workers. You guys have kept us healthy, safe and supplied us with all of the necessities. Every day brings a new challenge but we continue to pray for you and your families. And, please know your efforts are much appreciated,” Wahlberg said in the video.

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Cities which have already received the donated masks include Bentonville, Arkansas; Boise; Chicago; Cincinnati; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Minneapolis; Portland, Oregon; Quincy, Massachusetts; Rochester, New York; Salisbury, North Carolina; San Antonio; and Woonsocket, Rhode Island.

Wahlberg’s ‘Political’ Outburst

Wahlberg has so far managed to stay out of politics throughout Trump‘s time as president. In late 2016, Wahlberg spoke out against Hollywood’s incessant need to tell the American people how and what to think about politics.

At a press event for his 2016 film Patriots Day, which tells the story of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, the actor was asked about the seemingly endless number of Hollywood elites who bashed President Trump prior to the election.

“A lot of celebrities did, do, and shouldn’t [talk about politics], Wahlberg told Task & Purpose, a news and analysis website for American service veterans.

“You know, it just goes to show you that people aren’t listening to that anyway. They might buy your CD or watch your movie, but you don’t put food on their table. You don’t pay their bills,” the actor continued.

“A lot of Hollywood is living in a bubble… They’re pretty out of touch with the common person, the everyday guy out there providing for their family. Me, I’m very aware of the real world. I come from the real world and I exist in the real world. And although I can navigate Hollywood and I love the business and the opportunities it’s afforded me, I also understand what it’s like not to have all that,” Wahlberg added.

Despite being an actor, and having been in Hollywood since at least the 1990’s, Wahlberg seems to understand the American people a lot better than most of his colleagues. Whether it involves telling Hollywood to keep their opinions to themselves, or donating masks to schools, Wahlberg seems to be a good example of how famous people should behave.


‘Cancel Netflix’ Trends After Release Of ‘Cuties’ Film Starring Sexualized Young Girls

“#CancelNetflix” began trending on social media Thursday as Americans expressed outrage at the streaming service for the release of “Cuties,” a french film depicting young girls scantily dressed and performing provocative dances. Users posted screenshots of their Netflix subscription cancellations, accusing the platform of normalizing pedophilia.

“Cancel your Netflix subscription. Do not support the sexualization of children,” wrote Ian Miles Cheong.

After the movie was released on Netflix Wednesday, clips and graphic descriptions of the content flooded social media, featuring four young girls performing sexual dances for an adult audience, which was presumably choreographed and directed by an adult film crew.

An initial “Parent’s Guide” for the film on included warnings of erotic dance scenes that “purposefully exploit & objectify numerous scantily clad underage girls,” including one who “lifts her crop top to fully display her bare breast.” Another warning describes “lengthy & excessive closeup shots of breasts, bums, and spread crotches.”

However, IMDB edited the “Parent’s Guide” page, with these original warnings removed or toned down, and one review added claiming the “11 year old girls dancing very suggestively, it is intended to be seen in an unflattering light.”

Backlash against Netflix first began in mid-August when a promotional poster for “Cuties” depicted the four main girl characters on stage, in suggestive poses and exposed midriffs. Netflix quickly apologized for the film’s artwork, calling it “inappropriate,” but not saying whether or not they would pull the film from their September line-up.

“We’re deeply sorry for the inappropriate artwork that we used for Mignonnes/Cuties,” a Netflix spokeswoman told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “It was not OK, nor was it representative of this French film which premiered at Sundance. We’ve now updated the pictures and description.”

Since the initial backlash, the film has received a number of positive reviews. The Telegraph called it “a provocative powder-keg for an age terrified of child sexuality,” while 88 percent of verified critics on Rotten Tomatoes approved of the film.


I Watched ‘Mulan’ So You Don’t Have To


There’s plenty about Disney’s live-action remake of “Mulan” to break the oh-so-magical brand that Disney has cultivated over the years.

Between lead actress Liu Yifei’s support for suppressing protesters in Hong Kong, and the movie’s credits thanking the propaganda department of the Chinese region where Muslim Uighurs are being forced into camps, there’s a lot more propaganda than pixie dust. Even setting these factors aside, the remake fails to capture the catchy wit and meaningful character arcs that the animated 1998 movie did.

In the new movie, we’re introduced to Mulan as a child with mysterious powers and skills that allow her to do awe-inspiring acrobatics on the roofs of her village. Think Marvel’s “Dr. Strange” as a Disney princess. She has these talents because she is in touch with her Chi, an Eastern concept of energy that permeates the world. But since she’s a girl, her father tells her she must hide her gift. “Chi is for warriors, not daughters,” he tells us.

After Mulan’s aging father is summoned to fight in the Imperial Army, Mulan leaves to take his place, disguising herself as a man. At this point in the animated movie, she’s an awkward but lovable young girl who wants to do what’s right but still doesn’t know what she’s doing. In the remake, she’s a mysteriously skilled warrior who has been forced by social constructs to conceal her identity.

In the original movie, she doesn’t have the brute strength of her male comrades, and has to think creatively to overcome obstacles. When the soldiers have to climb up a post while carrying two weights, she wraps the weights around the post to use as a balance; she doesn’t just beat the men by being stronger.

It’s also her femininity that helps her stand out; she’s empathetic and devoted to her family, and when she knows she can’t be the strongest fighter, she’s resourceful and becomes the smartest. When she just tries to imitate the men, she fails laughably — it’s her differences that make her more valuable.

All of that complementary contrast is gone in the new movie. There’s still a similar scene where the soldiers have to carry two weights up a mountain, but Mulan accomplishes it by deciding to embrace her Chi and channel her inner strength, or something. She’s the best soldier out there, but she was born with it.

In short, the new Mulan becomes the best by being a better man than any of the men. That’s the same approach third-wave feminism has taken for years — and it has the same pitfalls onscreen as in real life. What now makes the new Mulan special is her skill. And all her skill does is make her more macho than the men. The result is a heroine who is hard to get excited about.

As if that’s not enough, the remake is neither funny nor clever. Lovable dragon sidekick Mushu — famously voiced by Eddie Murphy, with iconic lines like “punch him, that’s how men say hello” — is gone. To be fair, it’s hard to replace Eddie Murphy. But in Mushu’s place is just a voiceless phantom of a phoenix who shows up in the sky occasionally to watch out for Mulan.

The lovable Grandmother Fa — also memorable for one-liners like “sign me up for the next war” after Li Shang comes to see Mulan — has also been cut from the lineup. And funny scenes like Mulan failing miserably to impress the matchmaker, and Mulan trying to fit in with the men when she first arrives at the army camp, have also been whittled away.

Instead, these scenes showcase her inborn superiority. A scene where Mulan’s cricket friend and the matchmaker engaged in Tom-and-Jerry antics is turned into an opportunity for Mulan to show us she can catch four falling teacups on the points of her hairpins. And instead of the animated scene in which Mulan’s laughably awkward attempts to appear manly result in chaos throughout the camp, in the live-action version the directors just make her sound bravado. “Insult me again and you’ll taste the tip of my blade,” she says to another soldier.

The remake adds a new character: a shapeshifting witch who works for villain Bori Khan. Like Mulan, she has powers that make her a social outcast, except she works for the bad guy. When she sees Mulan’s success, though, she’s inspired to change. “A woman leads the army,” she tells Khan defiantly before turning on him and helping Mulan.

It’s plausible that Disney might have needed to add another character to expand an animated movie into a deeper live-action film, but considering how little character development was invested in Mulan herself, this new role shouldn’t have been the filmmakers’ focus.

On a positive note, it’s a beautiful movie (although I got strong “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace” vibes from the movie’s portrayal of China’s Imperial City). The colors, costumes, and architecture are just the right combination of whimsical and stunning for Disney — it’s just waiting to be made into a new attraction at Disney World.

But overall, the movie just isn’t relatable or endearing. If you know how much its creators pandered to the CCP in making it, it’s even less so.