FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS: GRETCHEN CARLSON, “PERSECUTED”
In one of the most wealthy countries on Terra people are crying out about their oppression. A segment of the American population wants to send the world a dire warning that the early steps being taken now will lead to a massive shift in their rights and freedoms and likely will lead to a Holocaust style slaughter in the near future. All of this is because of their religion and social values. Some in this group say the horrors they have suffered can no longer be tolerated in any civilized country. What are the actions taken by these oppressors against this group? Are these people being forced to wear yellow crosses on their clothing? Are their book stores and bakeries being vandalized? Are their women being raped in the streets and their houses of worship desecrated and burnt to the ground?
No, no they aren’t because the group of people I am talking about are America conservative Christians. Over the past weekend a movie debuted in 736 theaters across America called, “Persecuted,” telling the story of an evangelist framed for the murder of a teenage girl and the government conspiracy to rid America of Christianity. That’s it. If you’ve read the last sentence you’ve seen the whole movie. The film stars Bruce Davison, Dean Stockwell, Fred Thompson and Gretchen Carlson. Yes, that Gretchen Carlson the Fox News host. Rumor has it that since shooting Stockwell is still showering trying to get the yuck of the poor plot off him.
The film grossed a whopping $851,391 over the weekend but that didn’t stop Christian Toto at Breitbart from writing an article touting the strong performance the movie had “in the Heartland.” Strong performance? The movie took in $1156.78 per theater which begs a serious question. If this is the type of fare conservatives say they want from Hollywood, why don’t they patronize these films? Toto says in his Breitbart.com post, “Another film eager to entertain right of center audiences also made noise over the weekend. Persecuted tells the story of an evangelist (James Remar) framed for murder, a plot tied to a warped alliance between faith and the government.”
Made noise? Well I guess a whimper is a noise. And the “strong in the heartland” comment? Toto explains that the movie outperformed new releases like “Sex Tape” and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” in Cincinnati, Wichita, Philadelphia, Memphis, Columbus and Wilkes-Barre. I’m not a dempgrapher or a geography expert but since when were Wilkes-Barre and Philadelphia in the “heartland?”
So where exactly did Christian Toto get his theater data? Well this article posted at News9.com the digital arm of the Oklahoma City CBS affiliate, posted an article which quotes a PRNewswrire release from One Media LLC the film’s production company. What Toto left out was how universally panned the film was by just about every film critic. The New York Times, Hollywood Reporter and Variety all lambasted “Persecuted” with Rotten Tomatoes giving it a 0% rating.
Here’s the trailer:
Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!
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