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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Liberal Movie Critic Discovers Ideological Voting

Roger Ebert has this quote from Ken Turan, a movie writer at the LA Times:

"So for people who were discomfited by 'Brokeback Mountain' but wanted to be able to look themselves in the mirror and feel like they were good, productive liberals, 'Crash' provided the perfect safe harbor. They could vote for it in good conscience, vote for it and feel they had made a progressive move, vote for it and not feel that there was any stain on their liberal credentials for shunning what 'Brokeback' had to offer. And that's exactly what they did."

Notice that "good, productive liberals" voted for Crash as a "progressive move" that did not "stain" their "liberal credentials".

I thought they were voting on the best movies.

Even Ebert woke up to this political voting:

Yes, and more than one critic described "Crash" as "the worst film of the year," which is as extreme as saying John Kerry was a coward in Vietnam. It means you'll say anything to help your campaign.

Roger, it is going on all around you (even in Chicago). Keep your eyes open. You'll see it again.

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