Feminist Salon writer Amanda Marcotte wrote a harrowing piece on Hallmark Channel movies and how they are “fascist propaganda” filled with “shiny-teethed, blow-dried heteronormative whiteness.”
She published the think piece on Christmas Day, describing Hallmark movies as a “constitute the platonic ideal of fascist propaganda.”
Can you say Scrooge? She’s seriously this upset over Christmas movies?? If she hates them so much, then she doesn’t have to watch them! She can continue to watch the perverted trash being shown on dozens of other channels.
“Running down this year's schedule of Christmas movie offerings is like a trip into an uncanny valley of shiny-teethed, blow-driedheteronormative whiteness, with only a few token movies with characters of color. It's like watching "The Stepford Wives," but scarier, since the evil plot to replace normal people with robots is never actually revealed,” Marcotte wrote.
“None of this should be a surprise, because Hallmark movies, as cloying and saccharine as they are, constitute the platonic ideal of fascist propaganda.“ She continued, “That is probably a startling statement to some. When most of us think about fascistically propagandistic movies, we think of the grotesque grandeur of Leni Riefenstahl's films celebrating the Third Reich — grand, but cold sweeping shots of soldiers goose-stepping and flags waving, all meant to inspire awe and terror. But the reality is, even in Nazi Germany, the majority of movies approved by the Nazi minister of propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, were escapist and feather-light, with a Hallmark movie-style emphasis on the importance of ‘normality.’”
Wow. She is actually comparing Hallmark movies to Nazi, Germany. This woman must be a few sandwiches shy of a picnic.
“Instead of characters driven by real feelings, therefore, the guiding hand of "normalcy" pulls the characters along through narratives — and unsurprisingly, that idea of "normalcy" doesn't have a lot of room for the true diversity of American experiences,” the author added.
It sounds to me like she was possibly scorned by a lover and now hates movies that depict love and “normalcy.”
For the rest of her absurd rant, check out Salon.