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2020-08-05 5:15:29 AM  
Authoritarian countries are a part of the highly profitable international distribution at this point. You can either tread lightly, or they just let your IP hit the black market.
 
2020-08-05 6:01:23 AM  
Plus the whole domestic authoritarian situation that's coming to fruition here.
 
2020-08-05 6:29:35 AM  
Oh FFs, just give them a British accent. We're too polite to complain.
 
2020-08-05 6:54:05 AM  

wildcardjack: Authoritarian countries are a part of the highly profitable international distribution at this point. You can either tread lightly, or they just let your IP hit the black market.


Authoritarian countries include domestic distribution these days.
 
2020-08-05 6:55:27 AM  
Ehhh reality TV sucks anyway.
 
2020-08-05 7:09:22 AM  
They're just following the press' lead.
 
2020-08-05 7:13:28 AM  

Devil's Advocaat: Oh FFs, just give them a British accent. We're too polite to complain.


I remember hearing that the British were complaining about all the British baddies in American TV in the early 1990's.
 
2020-08-05 7:28:25 AM  
Prostitutes ain't nothing without their Johns. Democracy? Autocracy? It's all about the chedder.
 
2020-08-05 7:33:55 AM  
Nazi troops were marching into Poland when Chaplin began filming The Great Dictator. The film's titular character, a buffoonish, mustachioed dictator named Adenoid Hynkel, was clearly meant to deflate Hitler's magnetic appeal. The British government, seeking to appease Germany, initially suggested it might ban the film from British theaters. (It changed its mind once the war commenced.)

What?  The war started when Nazi troops marched into Poland.  That paragraph contradicts itself.
 
2020-08-05 7:36:19 AM  
White South Africans are always a safe set of bad guys.
 
2020-08-05 7:37:16 AM  

AdmirableSnackbar: Plus the whole domestic authoritarian situation that's coming to fruition here.


The fact that you are completely comfortable in saying that without any fear of government reprisal disproves you're statement.  You haven't seen real authoritarianism in the US, not by a long shot.
 
2020-08-05 7:44:55 AM  

jjorsett: White South Africans are always a safe set of bad guys.



When in doubt, go with Eastern European.  Nobody is easier to hate than a white guy with a Slavic accent.
 
2020-08-05 7:48:14 AM  

dittybopper: AdmirableSnackbar: Plus the whole domestic authoritarian situation that's coming to fruition here.

The fact that you are completely comfortable in saying that without any fear of government reprisal disproves you're statement.  You haven't seen real authoritarianism in the US, not by a long shot.


In addition to being batshiat crazy you aren't able to read. It's coming to fruition here. Hell, the feds were black-bagging random people in Portland for protesting. Our next Republican president - who you'll vote for because you love oppressive authoritarians - will absolutely seek reprisal for online comments against them. It's what Republicans do, and why you love them so much.
 
2020-08-05 7:48:26 AM  
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Just use some unspecified bad guy.  What country is it?  Nobody knows!  Is it supposed to be Libya?  Possibly, but I'm not saying.
 
2020-08-05 7:52:28 AM  
Or you could just do like Invasion USA and have rogue foreign agents in a cabal with Cuba and Nicaragua aided by college professors, street gangs, and biker gangs.  That's vague and collectively they don't have much money to spend.
 
2020-08-05 7:54:51 AM  
Same reason you're unlikely to see China as the bad guys in a film. Market's too important to them.
 
2020-08-05 7:54:57 AM  
Interesting they are running out of villains now as they ran out of ideas 20 years ago
 
2020-08-05 7:57:45 AM  

AdmirableSnackbar: dittybopper: AdmirableSnackbar: Plus the whole domestic authoritarian situation that's coming to fruition here.

The fact that you are completely comfortable in saying that without any fear of government reprisal disproves you're statement.  You haven't seen real authoritarianism in the US, not by a long shot.

In addition to being batshiat crazy you aren't able to read. It's coming to fruition here. Hell, the feds were black-bagging random people in Portland for protesting. Our next Republican president - who you'll vote for because you love oppressive authoritarians - will absolutely seek reprisal for online comments against them. It's what Republicans do, and why you love them so much.


No no! You're completely not supposed to express any sort of concerns about the US moving to an authoritarian shiathole country, even when the POTUS is on the record saying he might ignore the election results to his adoring supporters. You're only justified in talking about the US moving to an authoritarian state after you're not allowed to talk about it without real fear of reprisals.

Once expressing dissent literally gets you murdered / disappeared / labor camped / organ donored THEN you can justifiably express concerns. Not before though.
 
2020-08-05 8:03:40 AM  

AdmirableSnackbar: dittybopper: AdmirableSnackbar: Plus the whole domestic authoritarian situation that's coming to fruition here.

The fact that you are completely comfortable in saying that without any fear of government reprisal disproves you're statement.  You haven't seen real authoritarianism in the US, not by a long shot.

In addition to being batshiat crazy you aren't able to read. It's coming to fruition here. Hell, the feds were black-bagging random people in Portland for protesting. Our next Republican president - who you'll vote for because you love oppressive authoritarians - will absolutely seek reprisal for online comments against them. It's what Republicans do, and why you love them so much.


Regardless about how you feel about me, current events, or the current president, my point still stands:  In a true authoritarian government, you can't criticize the government like you correctly feel comfortable now doing without fear of government reprisal.

In a true authoritarian government, you'd face arrest and trial for criticizing the government like that.  If you're lucky, that is, and they don't just decide to murder you quietly.

Also, piece of friendly advice:  When you are a dealer, don't use the stuff you're supposed to be peddling.
 
2020-08-05 8:05:25 AM  

dittybopper: AdmirableSnackbar: dittybopper: AdmirableSnackbar: Plus the whole domestic authoritarian situation that's coming to fruition here.

The fact that you are completely comfortable in saying that without any fear of government reprisal disproves you're statement.  You haven't seen real authoritarianism in the US, not by a long shot.

In addition to being batshiat crazy you aren't able to read. It's coming to fruition here. Hell, the feds were black-bagging random people in Portland for protesting. Our next Republican president - who you'll vote for because you love oppressive authoritarians - will absolutely seek reprisal for online comments against them. It's what Republicans do, and why you love them so much.

Regardless about how you feel about me, current events, or the current president, my point still stands:  In a true authoritarian government, you can't criticize the government like you correctly feel comfortable now doing without fear of government reprisal.

In a true authoritarian government, you'd face arrest and trial for criticizing the government like that.  If you're lucky, that is, and they don't just decide to murder you quietly.

Also, piece of friendly advice:  When you are a dealer, don't use the stuff you're supposed to be peddling.


Yes. We're not there. Yet. The people you want in charge want us to be an authoritarian dictatorship, and for all your bluster about freedom and whatnot you fully support them. We're not there yet, but we're rapidly approaching it.

Or are we not allowed to talk about where we're going until we're there?
 
2020-08-05 8:07:29 AM  

dittybopper: AdmirableSnackbar: dittybopper: AdmirableSnackbar: Plus the whole domestic authoritarian situation that's coming to fruition here.

The fact that you are completely comfortable in saying that without any fear of government reprisal disproves you're statement.  You haven't seen real authoritarianism in the US, not by a long shot.

In addition to being batshiat crazy you aren't able to read. It's coming to fruition here. Hell, the feds were black-bagging random people in Portland for protesting. Our next Republican president - who you'll vote for because you love oppressive authoritarians - will absolutely seek reprisal for online comments against them. It's what Republicans do, and why you love them so much.

Regardless about how you feel about me, current events, or the current president, my point still stands:  In a true authoritarian government, you can't criticize the government like you correctly feel comfortable now doing without fear of government reprisal.

In a true authoritarian government, you'd face arrest and trial for criticizing the government like that.  If you're lucky, that is, and they don't just decide to murder you quietly.

Also, piece of friendly advice:  When you are a dealer, don't use the stuff you're supposed to be peddling.


In authoritarian governments, are women free to make decisions regarding their bodies and organs?  Im under the impression that no, they cannot, but then I look at the US....
 
2020-08-05 8:14:31 AM  

jjorsett: White South Africans are always a safe set of bad guys.


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2020-08-05 8:15:40 AM  

AdmirableSnackbar: Yes. We're not there. Yet. The people you want in charge want us to be an authoritarian dictatorship,


Hey, remember those Jade Helm nutbars from a few years back?   You sound exactly like them.

*EXACTLY*.
 
2020-08-05 8:18:08 AM  

raerae1980: dittybopper: AdmirableSnackbar: dittybopper: AdmirableSnackbar: Plus the whole domestic authoritarian situation that's coming to fruition here.

The fact that you are completely comfortable in saying that without any fear of government reprisal disproves you're statement.  You haven't seen real authoritarianism in the US, not by a long shot.

In addition to being batshiat crazy you aren't able to read. It's coming to fruition here. Hell, the feds were black-bagging random people in Portland for protesting. Our next Republican president - who you'll vote for because you love oppressive authoritarians - will absolutely seek reprisal for online comments against them. It's what Republicans do, and why you love them so much.

Regardless about how you feel about me, current events, or the current president, my point still stands:  In a true authoritarian government, you can't criticize the government like you correctly feel comfortable now doing without fear of government reprisal.

In a true authoritarian government, you'd face arrest and trial for criticizing the government like that.  If you're lucky, that is, and they don't just decide to murder you quietly.

Also, piece of friendly advice:  When you are a dealer, don't use the stuff you're supposed to be peddling.

In authoritarian governments, are women free to make decisions regarding their bodies and organs?  Im under the impression that no, they cannot, but then I look at the US....


Depends. The Soviets made abortion freely available, but generally not birth control. Not due to any nefarious reasons, just an inability to reliably produce or procure it. Mixed bag.
 
2020-08-05 8:20:04 AM  

jjorsett: White South Africans are always a safe set of bad guys.


I wonder if Mel Gibson felt conflicted by his performance in Lethal Weapon II.
 
2020-08-05 8:21:17 AM  

raerae1980: In authoritarian governments, are women free to make decisions regarding their bodies and organs?  Im under the impression that no, they cannot, but then I look at the US....


And women have that very choice in the United States.  Roe v. Wade wasn't a decision on how to cross the Potomac.
 
2020-08-05 8:24:33 AM  

Daer21: raerae1980: dittybopper: AdmirableSnackbar: dittybopper: AdmirableSnackbar: Plus the whole domestic authoritarian situation that's coming to fruition here.

The fact that you are completely comfortable in saying that without any fear of government reprisal disproves you're statement.  You haven't seen real authoritarianism in the US, not by a long shot.

In addition to being batshiat crazy you aren't able to read. It's coming to fruition here. Hell, the feds were black-bagging random people in Portland for protesting. Our next Republican president - who you'll vote for because you love oppressive authoritarians - will absolutely seek reprisal for online comments against them. It's what Republicans do, and why you love them so much.

Regardless about how you feel about me, current events, or the current president, my point still stands:  In a true authoritarian government, you can't criticize the government like you correctly feel comfortable now doing without fear of government reprisal.

In a true authoritarian government, you'd face arrest and trial for criticizing the government like that.  If you're lucky, that is, and they don't just decide to murder you quietly.

Also, piece of friendly advice:  When you are a dealer, don't use the stuff you're supposed to be peddling.

In authoritarian governments, are women free to make decisions regarding their bodies and organs?  Im under the impression that no, they cannot, but then I look at the US....

Depends. The Soviets made abortion freely available, but generally not birth control. Not due to any nefarious reasons, just an inability to reliably produce or procure it. Mixed bag.


Yeah, im genuinely curious, as im looking at bailing if Trump gets another 4 years, and some of the countries im looking at (all Democracies) arent as progressive in women's rights as you'd expect.  *stares at Malta*  And then other countries, like Morocco, are more liberal than youd expect.
Thanks for your response :-)
 
2020-08-05 8:27:00 AM  

dittybopper: raerae1980: In authoritarian governments, are women free to make decisions regarding their bodies and organs?  Im under the impression that no, they cannot, but then I look at the US....

And women have that very choice in the United States.  Roe v. Wade wasn't a decision on how to cross the Potomac.


No honey, we're not all equal here in the States.  The Feds, and the SCOTUS have seen to that.  😔
 
2020-08-05 8:27:59 AM  

dittybopper: AdmirableSnackbar: Yes. We're not there. Yet. The people you want in charge want us to be an authoritarian dictatorship,

Hey, remember those Jade Helm nutbars from a few years back?   You sound exactly like them.

*EXACTLY*.


Military exercises being decried as a potential preparation for population control vs nameless masked men in unmarked uniforms and unmarked cars kidnapping random people off the street.

Just because you support those nameless masked men doesn't make the two situations anywhere near comparable. I remember when you were against that idea and threatened to vote from the rooftops to prevent it. In the end it turns out you fully support it so long as it's your people doing the black-bagging.
 
2020-08-05 8:53:19 AM  
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Panderin' in Mandarin is tight!
 
2020-08-05 9:00:50 AM  

The Googles Do Nothing: jjorsett: White South Africans are always a safe set of bad guys.


When in doubt, go with Eastern European.  Nobody is easier to hate than a white guy with a Slavic accent.


Russians are the scariest white people
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2020-08-05 9:57:13 AM  
Why not use a fictional country? At least they'd have some plausible deniability.
 
2020-08-05 10:01:09 AM  
The only good thing is the films mentioned and the type of stuff that Hollywood would end up self-censoring are big budget POS movies I have zero interest in seeing.

Top Gun?  Red Dawn? Another Transformers franchise?  [wanking motion] China can have em.
 
2020-08-05 10:02:17 AM  

jjorsett: White South Africans are always a safe set of bad guys.


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Just cross out hitmen
 
2020-08-05 10:05:21 AM  
This is why we keep getting endless sky portals warping in insectoid robots and pillars of light as enemies. No one can be offended that it seems like their culture or symbolism.
 
2020-08-05 10:11:19 AM  
Lethal Weapon 2 - Diplomatic Immunity
Youtube VOBXH-5QrGU
 
2020-08-05 10:40:17 AM  
ORRRR........ maybe it's because the 80s have been over for a while now.
 
2020-08-05 10:45:10 AM  
Nine Inch Nails - The Hand That Feeds (Official Video)
Youtube xwhBRJStz7w
 
2020-08-05 10:50:53 AM  

Fano: This is why we keep getting endless sky portals warping in insectoid robots and pillars of light as enemies. No one can be offended that it seems like their culture or symbolism.


"V" was also supposed to be a "It can't happen here"-style story of fascism in America.
Having the fascists be aliens was deemed more palatable.
 
2020-08-05 10:53:33 AM  

raerae1980: dittybopper: raerae1980: In authoritarian governments, are women free to make decisions regarding their bodies and organs?  Im under the impression that no, they cannot, but then I look at the US....

And women have that very choice in the United States.  Roe v. Wade wasn't a decision on how to cross the Potomac.

No honey, we're not all equal here in the States.  The Feds, and the SCOTUS have seen to that.  😔


Can I ask you a question?

Not too long ago, a Democrat controlled the White House, both houses of Congress were controlled by the Democrats.   Why didn't they just fix that by passing a law?

Similarly, I recall that in 1993 and 1994, the same thing happened.  The Democrats controlled the entire Federal government.   Why didn't they do something about it?   They had time to pass the Assault Weapons Ban, after all, why not pass laws that fixed those issues?

Maybe they're just stringing you along.

Kinda like how the problems that concern BLM happen mainly in jurisdictions that have been controlled by Democrats for decades now.
 
2020-08-05 11:54:50 AM  

dittybopper: raerae1980: dittybopper: raerae1980: In authoritarian governments, are women free to make decisions regarding their bodies and organs?  Im under the impression that no, they cannot, but then I look at the US....

And women have that very choice in the United States.  Roe v. Wade wasn't a decision on how to cross the Potomac.

No honey, we're not all equal here in the States.  The Feds, and the SCOTUS have seen to that.  😔

Can I ask you a question?

Not too long ago, a Democrat controlled the White House, both houses of Congress were controlled by the Democrats.   Why didn't they just fix that by passing a law?

Similarly, I recall that in 1993 and 1994, the same thing happened.  The Democrats controlled the entire Federal government.   Why didn't they do something about it?   They had time to pass the Assault Weapons Ban, after all, why not pass laws that fixed those issues?

Maybe they're just stringing you along.

Kinda like how the problems that concern BLM happen mainly in jurisdictions that have been controlled by Democrats for decades now.


And on the other side, the Republicans had the presidency, Congress, and the SC in 2001 and 2002.  No attempt was made to overturn Roe v. Wade or ban abortion.  Then Obama becomes president and red states begin to chip away at abortion rights.  Then Trump becomes president and blue states begin expanding abortion rights.

It's almost like it's just ritual warfare, religious theater designed to get the suckers all riled up.
 
2020-08-05 11:56:06 AM  

raerae1980: dittybopper: raerae1980: In authoritarian governments, are women free to make decisions regarding their bodies and organs?  Im under the impression that no, they cannot, but then I look at the US....

And women have that very choice in the United States.  Roe v. Wade wasn't a decision on how to cross the Potomac.

No honey, we're not all equal here in the States.  The Feds, and the SCOTUS have seen to that.  😔


The only countries that allow abortion later in a woman's pregnancy are North Korea, Vietnam, and China.
 
2020-08-05 12:09:50 PM  
please remind us all again about how Hollywood is the socially progressive leader of anything besides how to kowtow to The Man.

Where's the award acceptance speech about, and that time holloywood was not in support of the dominant cultural paradigm of the times...anyone? anyone?
 
2020-08-05 12:24:56 PM  

Alphax: Devil's Advocaat: Oh FFs, just give them a British accent. We're too polite to complain.

I remember hearing that the British were complaining about all the British baddies in American TV in the early 1990's.


Hey, work is work. The only time us Brits really complained ( to the extent that even Tony Blair agreed that it was an "affront" ) is the time we weren't cast at all.

U-571 starred Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton and Harvey Keitel and told the story of how the US Navy obtained an Enigma machine from a German U-Boat, thus allowing Nazi communications to be decoded.

Except, the Royal Navy had already stolen an Enigma machine from U-110, 6 months prior to Pearl Harbor.
 
2020-08-05 12:35:57 PM  
Well, white and asian ones, anyway.

I'm guessing they'll have no problem having brown people villains, as usual.
 
2020-08-05 12:39:55 PM  

Smelly Pirate Hooker: Well, white and asian ones, anyway.

I'm guessing they'll have no problem having brown people villains, as usual.

Ambiguously

Brown people
 
2020-08-05 1:12:40 PM  

Fano: Smelly Pirate Hooker: Well, white and asian ones, anyway.

I'm guessing they'll have no problem having brown people villains, as usual.

Ambiguously Brown people


yep referring to all PoC of color as "brown people" is totally woke, you see they are mocking the non-existent conservatives on fark.
 
2020-08-05 2:10:26 PM  

Smelly Pirate Hooker: Well, white and asian ones, anyway.

I'm guessing they'll have no problem having brown people villains, as usual.


I'm sure you have binders full of examples.  BINDERS.
 
2020-08-05 7:14:36 PM  
Well, good luck trying to put out Milan while your lips are firmly pressed again the embalmed ass-cheeks of Mao, Disney!
 
2020-08-05 7:58:52 PM  

dittybopper: AdmirableSnackbar: Plus the whole domestic authoritarian situation that's coming to fruition here.

The fact that you are completely comfortable in saying that without any fear of government reprisal disproves you're statement.  You haven't seen real authoritarianism in the US, not by a long shot.


you must have missed the whole TikTok thing lately.

Fark aint big enough for them to care yet.  "Unfriendly" subs in Reddit will go first.
 
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