The headline should really have been â€?Neoconservatives Attackâ€¦â€? because the dicussion is exclusively about that group. What has enraged them is Avatar`s negative portrayal of US-style military action - as John Podhoretz puts it, the movie
â€?does ask the audience to root for the defeat of American soldiers at the hands of an insurgency.â€?
(Avatarocious The Weekly Standard December 29,2009 )
Perhaps more to the point, it invites sympathy for lightly-armed populations defending their homes when assailed by a military Juggernaut â€“ next Americans might start seeing Palestinians through elongating Blue lenses!
So the disaccreditation campaign cranks up in â€“ with Ross Douthit detailed to mobilize the Evangelical Rubes by complaining about Avatarâ€™s â€?Pantheismâ€? in a space found for him on The New York Times Op-Ed page - Heaven and Nature December 20 2009.
Pantheismâ€¦the great threat to Americaâ€™s survival.
Of course there is no mention at all of the fact that the central animus of the theme is anti-white racism â€“ which actually is the great threat to America.
The real question is this: If Avatar were drawn like a regular cartoon, or had been made on soundstages with sets and the like, would it be interesting? Would it hold our attention? The answer is, unquestionably no. There`s no chance anybody would even have put it into productionâ€¦Does the technical mastery on display in Avatar outweigh the unbelievably banal and idiotic plot, the excruciating dialogue, the utter lack of any quality resembling a sense of humor? And will all these qualities silence the discomfort coming from that significant segment of the American population that, we know from the box-office receipts for Iraq war movies this decade, doesn`t like it when an American soldier is the bad guy?
Jonah Goldberg (also on the â€?rile up the Fundiesâ€? squad):
You probably don`t need a long synopsis of James Cameron`s half-billion-dollar epic, "Avatar," in part because even if you haven`t seen it, you`ve seen it.
( â€?Avatarâ€™ and the faith instinct Los Angeles Times December 29 2008)
Nice job, guys. Pity it wasnâ€™t in a better cause.