Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Pitch with an Imperfect Purpose

Interesting, and a tad disturbing, piece by Caitlin Johnstone:

I Paid To See A Movie About Singing. I Got Ninety Minutes Of Pentagon Propaganda.

It begins:
To cap off a long, strange day, my husband and I took the kids out last night to see Pitch Perfect 3. The first Pitch Perfect is a firm favorite in our household, the kind of movie we end up watching when we can’t agree on what to watch. We’d been waiting til we all had a night to see the latest one together, so we made a night of it and went out for some dinner, too. I even had a Coke. The sugary kind. This was a big night, people! So we were all in high spirits and I entered the theater excited to see some good music and have a good time.

I wasn’t expecting a masterpiece, but I also wasn’t expecting to be blasted in the face with ninety minutes of blatant war propaganda from the United States Department of Defense...........

I'm pretty sure we saw the original Pitch Perfect movie, and enjoyed it, not sure about #2. #3, having read what Ms Johnstone has to say about it, will be on our 'movies to avoid' list.


R J Adams said...

I really don't find this surprising, but I do consider it extremely disturbing. Almost every day now there are reports of shifts in the workings of once democratic governments, towards a more right-wing, fascist, doctrine. Sexing up the military via propaganda films is nothing new, but it's almost always resulted eventually in something very bad happening. Let's hope that's not the culmination in this case.

Twilight said...

RJ Adams ~ Yes, disturbing it surely is! Psyops at its worst. The Pitch Perfect movies are popular with young adults and kids, so they're influencing 'em while young now - probably hoping for even more future recruits to use as cannon fodder. :(

Like you, I hope the trend isn't leading where similar trends have led in the past. I shall watch for it from now on.