[See also Machete: It's How Hollywood Really Sees Us By Alexander Hart]
I decided to go to the movie Machete to see for myself if it lives up to its reputation as hate-filled fantasy-fulfillment for Open Border fanatics. (Answer: yes). Since Hollywood considers every ticket sale as a vote of approval, I went to one of the big cineplexes and paid to see Expendables. Then I saw Machete by sneaking into the neighboring screenroom after Expendables finished. My plan worked because nobody at the movie theater checked my documents. I confess to being an undocumentedmovie watcher!
But the one thing I didn't anticipate is that Expendables is another bad movie that portrays white men as evil devils! In retrospect, I wish I had bought a ticket for Machete!
The Expendables showcases a group of post middle-aged white mercenaries who are led by Sylvester Stallone. Arnold Schwarzenegger makes a cameo appearance. Stallone and his buddies all look like they have been over-dosing on steroids and human growth hormone (HGH). They are covered with gaudy tattoos and drive loud Harley motorcycles.
Their mission: to take down a Latino dictator. Later in the movie, we find out that the dictator is merely a puppet of an evil white drug lord who used to be a CIA agent. It comes as no surprise that the dictator has a beautiful light-skinned Latina daughter, played by Charisma Carpenter. She is tortured by a white sadist.! Fortunately she is rescued by Sylvester Stallone, who is rewarded with the offer of some love making with the hot Latina daughter. Instead of taking advantage of the opportunity for sex he just falls asleep.
After non-stop gun fights, stabbings, dismembered body parts, spurting blood, gore, explosions, and car chases the entire Latino army and the two despots are killed, and the king's palace is obliterated.
Expendables has several things in common with Machete. One is that the exploding heads, dismembered bodies, spraying blood etc. look so similar in both movies that it's a sure bet both studios used the same digital animation software.
And neither movie came with a disclaimer saying: "No white people were harmed during the filming of this movie."
If you don't mind graphic gore, Machete is an entertaining movie that is campy and ethnic, but its political message is obviously the most important reason it was made. Its propaganda impact cannot be underestimated, even though the movie will be advertised as a spoof of Blaxploitation movies. It contains powerful and compelling messages that may well influence people who are confused or misinformed on the immigration issue. Even worse, it may well encourage people who are already inclined to violence to use it to solve what they perceive as social injustices caused by immigration enforcement.
Some of the major points audiences will learn as they watch Machete:
White people deserve to die because they are all racists and bigots who are corrupt, stupid, and who lack morality and compassion.
White women are brainless sluts who will spread their legs for anyone—especially for Mexican hunks like Machete.
Latina women are light-skinned feminists who are savvy, career oriented, politically-involved, and liberal.
Illegal aliens are hard-working, honorable people who should be allowed to go wherever they damn well please.
The Catholic Church is evil and corrupt and priests are gun-toting perverts who videotape confessions.
All people who are against unlimited immigration or who favor border enforcement should be killed—no debate is necessary.
It's OK to assassinate politicians that you disagree with.
One of the first scenes takes place on the border between Texas and Mexico. A group of white vigilantes make a sport out of chasing down illegal aliens and shooting them with high-powered rifles. A white man riding with the vigilantes (played by Robert De Niro) is campaigning for Senator. The Senator guns down a pregnant Mexican woman while she is on her knees begging for his mercy. She sobs with tears dripping down her innocent cheeks as she explains that she can't run because she is pregnant—but that only serves to give the cruel Senator a perfect excuse to execute her. He asks his Minutemen cohorts to videotape the execution because his supporters will give his campaign more money if they see him killing Mexicans.
These vigilantes are a perverted caricature of the Minutemen, mixed in with Hollywood clichés of Southerners and Klansmen. Some people say the leader of the vigilantes (Don Johnson) is a parody of Joe Arpaio, although personally I don't think it's a good match. But it's no coincidence that the villainous Senator has similarities to Russell Pearce or perhaps Tom Tancredo.
The movie doesn't get any better as time goes on.
Machete (played by Danny Trejo) is the name of the hero of the movie as well as the weapon of choicethat is used in the movie for chopping off heads. After an opening scene in Mexico where he watches his own mother's decapitation by ruthless thugs, he is next seen three years later looking for work as a day laborer in Austin, Texas. He is such a bad-ass looking dude that a rich white guy (Jeff Fahey) hires him to assassinate the Senator. Of course, by now everyone in the audience is supposed to be convinced that the Senator deserves to die.
The plot thickens. We find out that the Mexican drug cartels have a fiendish plan to support the Senator's election campaign because he wants to build an electrified border fence, which Drug Lords figure will allow them to jack up the price of illegal drugs.
Surprise! Surprise! The top drug lord of Mexico is a white guy played by Steven Seagal. He isn't a very convincing Mexican even though he has a deep tan. At his compound in Mexico, he is surrounded by beautiful women, but oddly they are almost all Asian. I'm not sure what that was all about. Maybe parts of the movie making were outsourced to Hong Kong? Or maybe the Asian ladies were there because Robert Rodriguez, the writer/ director/ producer, is an outspoken fan of John Woo's grade B movies.
The heroine of the story is played by Michelle Rodriguez. Michelle runs a taco stand that is actually a front for a secret underground network that smuggles illegal aliens from Mexico across the border to the U.S. We find out later that she is actually a communist revolutionary named "Shé". Get it? Just to make sure that the audience gets it, there are wall posters in her hidden headquarters that resemble a female version of Ché Guevara.
One of my biggest complaints about the movie is that there were very few women that really looked like dark-skinned Latinas. Perhaps the dearth of Latinas is a concession to the target audiences—mostly Hispanic males who have a notorious fetish for light skinned blondes. Still, it would seem that the movie could have shown some pride in the Latino race by casting an exotic Brazilian actress or even a real Mexican. What's not to like about dark-skinned women with black hair—especially if they were fully nude like the white women in the movie?
After bloody confrontations of all types, the movie concludes with a showdown between Mexican revolutionaries and a group of white militants. The revolutionaries send text messages to ordinary Mexican workers, who leave their jobs as dishwashers and landscapers to join the battle against the gringos. In a comic reenactment of the Alamo, they surround a group of white militiamen and vigilantes. There is an epic showdown as Mexicans arrive driving Chevy "hopping cars" armed with machine guns and guided missiles. The cars bounce up and down in a show of force as the doomed white racists hunker down for their final battle against the forces of justice and humanity. Suddenly the Mexicans attack, in a scene that resembles a medieval castle storming.
Predictably, all of the white racists are slaughtered. Machete leads the way, chopping off the heads of anyone that gets close to him. As the movie ends, the Mexican uprising against the white oppressorscontinues—presumably until the Mexicans take complete control of America.
The political ideologues who wrote the script get in a few final blows. A sensuous Latina ICE agent played by Jessica Alba (see how un-Mexicanshe looks here) has a conversion to Open Borders radicalism when she concludes that enforcing immigration laws is an unjust way to earn a living—and she notices that Machete is a real hunk. Like areborn evangelical, she jumps up on the hood of a car and car and yells to a growing mob of machete-wielding Mexicans: "We didn't cross the border, the border crossed us!"
Significantly, she makes a fraudulent visa for Machete so that he no longer has to be an illegal alien—but he shows his total contempt for U.S. citizenship by refusing to take it. He says he can go wherever he wants without documents.
When Machete turns down the documentation, Alba the ICE agent, who is dressed in sexy black leather biker clothes, jumps onto Machete's chopped Harley motorcycle. And they ride off into the sunset.
The credits at the end of Machete promise there will be at least two sequels. By that point, the idea seems like more of a threat than a promise!
Full credit is given to the State of Texas for subsidizing the movie. That's the last laugh—Robert Rodriguez used taxpayer money taken from Texans to help pay for a movie that glorifies the destruction of Texas and the death of its majority white population. (To read more about the Texas connection with Machete read my preview as well as this review by Alexander Hart.)
Rodriguez decided to make Machete into an intense piece of political propaganda instead of just a fun film. In the end, it's a vicious and irresponsible call to war by racially-motivated radicals who want to destroy the United States. The inflammatory scenes at end of the movie make it very clear that full-scale revolt will continue until all white people in the U.S. are killed—or at least until the border with Mexico is erased.
Rodriguez has tried to absolve himself of responsibility for the movie's potential for provoking racial violence and denies he really meant to call for war. He has also insulted the intelligence of Arizonans by trying to convince us that the notorious recut movie trailer with the "Message to Arizona" opening was a big joke, saying:
"I simply wanted to make a special trailer that was as absurd as what was happening in Arizona. So I took some coincidentally timely lines of dialogue from the old original fake trailer from 3 years ago and from the new movie, reconfigured action beats, and cut it all out of context to make it look like the entire film was about Machete leading a revolt against anti-immigration politicians and border vigilantes. What can I say, it was Cinco de Mayo and I had too much tequila."
Robert Rodriguez interview, Cool News, May 19, 2010
So far the Main Stream Media has mostly avoided mention of the movie's glorification of anti-white violence and scary anti-Americanism. Expect this type of attitude to dominate the liberal media:
"Many will say this is a film with hidden 'political' meanings. Are you nuts? The political meanings are hanging out everywhere, none of them are hidden…who cares? It's a great film, it's funny, it's gory and the cast is one of the best I've seen all year long. IT ROCKS!!!!!!! Leave your political beliefs in the car, enjoy the film!"
Robert Rodriguez releases "Machete", by Terra King, Las Vegas Examiner,September 3rd
The Catholic Church News Service has rated the movie a richly-deserved "O" for being morally offensive. But its rationale is deeply disappointing:
"The film contains much gore; myriad acts of violence; sacrilegious behavior and banter; blatant sexuality, including much upper female nudity; semi-graphic encounters; pervasive rough language and profanity; considerable innuendo; torture; and vigilante justice. The Catholic News Service classification is O—morally offensive."
John P. McCarthy, Catholic News Service
But note that the Catholic reviewer didn't seem to have a problem with the idea that Mexicans are justified in using violence against anyone who wants sane immigration policies. He even wrote:
"But by championing the rights of undocumented workers and pushing Latino power more generally, Rodriguez gives his latest a thought-provoking veneer that can be recognized apart from its perversities and stylistic aplomb."
Indeed, the reviewer swallows the claim that illegal aliens are merely victims suffering because of U.S. immigration policies:
"Finally, no one watching Machete can fail to think about the real-life suffering caused by the drug trade and the migration of the desperate across the U.S.-Mexico border. Fortunately, in the real world, there are individuals and organizations that stand up for the less fortunate without employing Machete's immoral methods. "
I suspect the reviewer's main objection is the portrayal of the priest, played by Cheech Marin, sadistically crucified inside of his own church, whom we then find out that he was an ex ICE agent who got into the church business when he tired of arresting Mexican illegal aliens. One of the coolest, albeit sacrilegious, lines is uttered when the priest takes one of his double-barreled shotguns, points it at one of the evil white guys who is pleading for mercy, says, "God has mercy. I don't", and blows off the white guy's head.
Above all, the Catholic News Service reviewer fails to mention the blatant racism if the movie. Apparently he thinks racism aimed at whites is no big deal.
For, make no mistake about it—the Catholic movie review service doesn't hesitate to complain about racism when it's white people who are the racists. (example 1, example2, example 3)
Shame on the Catholic Church (into which I was born, by the way) for being so two-faced on the subject of racism!
I recommend that, if you choose to see Machete, you attend with at least one friend for safety. Try to avoid neighborhoods that have high numbers of Latinos. If you happen to see it with the wrong crowd, you might be placing yourself in danger as you walk to your car.
Unfortunately that means if you live in places like Los Angeles today, you might have a long way to drive.
Rob Sanchez (email him) is a Senior Writing Fellow for Californians for Population Stabilization and author of the "Job Destruction Newsletter" (sign up for it here) at www.JobDestruction.com. To make a tax-deductible donation to Rob Sanchez, click here.