The Rise of “Crypto-Fascist Hollywood”

Posted by on Nov 25, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Funny, but I always thought modern-day Hollywood leaned to the left.  Silly me. All this time it turns out there was an undercover crypto-fascist movement brewing. Yes, really.

Miller’s hard-right, pro-military point of view is not only accounted for in his own work, but in the larger project of mainstream Hollywood cinema. American movies, in the main, often agree with Frank Miller, that endless war against a ruthless enemy is good, and military service is good, that killing makes you a man, that capitalism must prevail, that if you would just get a job (preferably a corporate job, for all honest work is corporate) you would quit complaining. American movies say these things, but they are more polite about it, lest they should offend. The kind of comic-book-oriented cinema that has afflicted Hollywood for 10 years now, since Spider-Man, has degraded the cinematic art, and has varnished over what was once a humanist form, so Hollywood can do little but repeat the platitudes of the 1%. And yet Hollywood tries still not to offend.

Does that make American cinema cryptofascist? Is “cryptofascist” a word that you can use in an essay like this? I keep trying to find a space somewhere between “propagandistic” and “cryptofascist” to describe my feelings about Miller’s screed. But perhaps it’s more accurate to say the following: whatever mainstream Hollywood cinema is now, Frank Miller is part of it. And Frank Miller has done Occupy Wall Street a service by reminding us that our allegedly democratic political system, which increases inequality and decreases class mobility, which is mostly interested in keeping the disenfranchised where they are, requires a mindless, propagandistic (or “cryptofascist”) storytelling medium to distract its citizenry. We should be grateful for the reminder. And we might repay the favor by avoiding purchase of tickets to Miller’s films.

H/T Tim Blair.

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2 Responses to “The Rise of “Crypto-Fascist Hollywood””

  1. BigGator5 on 25/25/11 at 3:46 pm

    You should go to the DailyKOS every once in a while. They think that MSNBC is a evil conservative shrill news group, sometimes more so than FOX.

    Saddly, Hollywood would only take this article and think to themselves that they only need to be more liberal.

  2. wpdunn71901 on 28/28/11 at 11:19 pm

    wow, up until “Holy Terror” Miller was only second to the odious Alan Moore as “The Greatest Writer”

    fanboys are nothing if not good little reds