Joss Whedon: Now that I poop $100 bills, let’s embrace socialism

Joss Whedon directed the newest Avengers movie, which has pulled in roughly $1.5 billion around the globe. He has enough cash to flush buckets of it down the toilet, if for no other reason than because he can. Having attained success beyond his wildest dreams, he now denounces capitalism. Classic.

Joss Whedon has so much money that when he has a bowel movement hundred dollar bills come out of his butt. When he has diarrhea, mutual funds and bonds and other liquid assets now end up in his gold-plated toilet. And so, having reached such a profound level of critical and financial success, he is now comfortable telling the rest of us that we should either board the socialism-train-of-dignity, or consider ourselves “off the reservation.”

“We are watching capitalism destroy itself right now,” he told the [Comic-Con 2012] audience.

He added that America is “turning into Tsarist Russia” and that “we’re creating a country of serfs.”

Whedon was raised on the Upper Westside neighborhood of Manhattan in the 1970s, an area associated with left-leaning intellectuals. He said he was raised by people who thought socialism was a ”beautiful concept.” …

We have people trying to create structures and preserve the structures that will help the middle and working class, and people calling them socialists,” Whedon said. “It’s not Republican or Democrat, conservative or liberal […] it’s some people with some sense of dignity and people who have gone off the reservation.”

To be clear: If you look at $16 trillion of debt and think to yourself, “This is going to end really, really badly if we don’t get this under control,” Joss Whedon probably doesn’t think you have much dignity. Whedon says that capitalism is destroying itself, and yet the Congressional Research Service has admitted that there are so many federal regulations that it can’t even tally them upThe masterminds in Congress (of Joss Whedon-type sensibility) have managed to create so much red tape that even those tasked with keeping track of it are reduced to guessing games.

The number of criminal offenses in the U.S. Code increased from 3,000 in the early 1980s to 4,000 by 2000 to over 4,450 by 2008. …

Scores of federal departments and agencies have created so many criminal offenses that the Congressional Research Service itself admitted that it was unable to even count all of the offenses. The service’s best estimate? “Tens of thousands.” In short, Congress’s own experts do not have a clear understanding of the size and scope of federal criminalization.

Last week I detailed how Christopher Nolan creates more jobs than Barack Obama, but perhaps I should have substituted the Batman franchise with Whedon’s Avengers, so that the message may have penetrated into his socialist skull like a blast of gamma radiation.

Joss Whedon advocates on behalf of Keynesian economics, never realizing that a more expansive federal government means more crony capitalism. More rules, regulations and centralized power begets more lobbyists and corrupt politicians and backroom deals (e.g., the pharmaceutical industry leading up to the passage of Obamacare) — and yet, the Avengers director blames corporations for acting on the incentives that the federal government creates. It’s like making deal after deal with Loki, and then blaming Thor for the calamities that ensue.

As I said before, our debt is at $16 trillion. And counting. We are dealing with a basic math problem here, and at some point in time the accounting tricks will run out. When they do, we will have few options. Those include:

  • Repudiation (see Greece and Spain for a preview)
  • Massive cuts to entitlements within a short amount of time
  • Inflation
  • War

All of the above are likely outcomes of an out-of-control federal government that has stolen the wealth of future generations for the sake of a few votes at the ballot box. The savings of the elderly will be slashed through inflation. The standard of living will be lower for your children and grandchildren. People will have to put off major life events like getting married, buying homes and starting families — and none of it will be because of the decisions of Disney or Warner Bros. or Apple or Microsoft.

It will, however, be because of bloated governments with an insatiable appetite for spending other people’s money.

Having made more cash than he could have ever imagined, Joss Whedon will be shielded from the impact of financial collapse like he was using next generation Stark technology. Oddly enough, he’ll probably continue to blame corporations and write leftist rhetoric for his movies. That’s okay though, because conservative comic nerds have econ’s Professor X — Milton Friedman — on our side.

Hat tip for this blog post: Carl’s Comics

Robert Downey Jr.’s politics: A lesson for liberal Hulks

Liberals are good at revising history, as they now attempt to do with news that Robert Downey Jr. attended a Barack Obama fundraiser. A trip down memory lane reveals they weren’t so warm and fuzzy about him when his politics were in question.

With the news that Robert Downey Jr. attended George Clooney’s $40,000 fundraiser earlier in the week, liberals incredulously asked how conservatives could have ever thought he was a Republican or perhaps even (gasp!) a conservative. As we all know, conservatives are racists, bigots and homophobes, right? Regardless, I will spell it out in ways even liberals with a mind like the Hulk can understand.

People put their children’s drawings on their refrigerator. They put cards from loved ones, their daily calendar and things they’re proud of on it. They put images on it that they don’t mind seeing every time they go to the get something to eat or drink. And so, when GQ Magazine, a piece of liberal propaganda disguised as a men’s magazine, is invited into Downey’s home and finds a picture of him with George and Laura Bush, it sends a message.

There are photos of Downey and Susan taped above the refrigerator: with President Bush and Mrs. Bush; with Tom Cruise, Mrs. Cruise, and Suri in a group hug on-set in Hawaii. The week’s schedule, in brightly colored fonts for easy reading, hangs from the bulletin board—yet another magazine interview tonight, rerecording dialogue tomorrow, a shooting day on Wednesday—along with Downey’s son’s soccer-playoff schedule.

In the liberal mind, such an act would already be considered heresy. But as with any case built on circumstantial evidence, there needed to be more. And so, we introduced the infamous New York Times interview, where Robert Downey Jr. told them that his time spent in prison had a profound impact on his politics; Downey’s liberal Hollywood critics responded by trying to convince people that he really just wanted to swim in Olympic-sized pools of gold like Scrooge McDuck.

“His values are pure Republican values … He’s a serious materialist. He loves the great clothes, the beautiful house, the cool cars. He’s a ‘protect the rich’ guy. Why should the rich have to pay for this or that? The people who have it should keep it, and the people who don’t have it shouldn’t complain.”

When Hollywood liberals start attacking the man, it sends up red flags to the world that they have him on notice: Shut up and keep quiet, “re-educate” yourself, or the character assassination will continue. Now that Downey has given up cold, hard cash to Obama, is he still a materialist? Probably not, since once liberals “evolve” their past is forgotten about the next day.

But let us dig even further back, to see what may have set off our liberal friends to begin with. Perhaps it had something to do with the launch of Andrew Breitbart’s websites, created precisely because Hollywood is the kind of place where in order to network with the elite it’s almost mandatory you attend functions like … a George Clooney, $40,000 a plate Democrat fundraiser. As rumors swelled that Downey was a Republican, the press sought answers. He refused to give them:

Breitbart simply refers to it as a continuous politics and culture posting board, and its underlying, unifying aim is just as simple: “Our goal is to create an atmosphere of tolerance, something that does not exist in this town,” he says. It’s kind of funny and ironic to read about how conservatives are being encouraged to come out of the closet.

Most amusing is the reaction from the agent for Robert Downey, Jr., who is believed to be a closet conservative … his publicist will neither confirm nor deny it, saying only, “We unfortunately have no comment, as RDJ does not comment on political matters.” (Opelika-Auburn News, Entering Stage Right, Jan. 6, 2009.)

There is no downside to announcing your political allegiance in Hollywood. None. Conservatives expect artists to be Democrats at this point. Generally, a politically mum A-list Hollywood star in the face of rumors they are conservative is another indicator that they might not fall into line with the “acceptable” positions of the industry’s power players. Refrain from comment, and liberal rags find it “most amusing.”

As I said before, can you blame Robert for not wanting to talk? The guy probably runs the gamut on any number of public policy issues, but was attacked by liberals for either a.) saying his time in prison taught him some lessons that were incompatible with liberalism, and b.) that he’d rather not talk politics and would not do so through his agent, at least as of 2009.

Now that Downey has attended a Barack Obama fundraiser, liberals would have us believe that delusional conservatives created the idea of a Hollywood star that was one of them out of pure desperation. Not true. As much as they want to deny it, liberal attacks on the man were often the catalyst for the conservatives who defended him.

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Robert Downey Jr. was at the Republican National Convention in 2008, and yet liberal message boards wonder where anyone ever got the idea he was a Republican. Maybe he should just start the “Iron Man” Party and make everyone happy.

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The Avengers: Marvel’s finest hour

Run to see ‘The Avengers’ this weekend. Jump over a bus and dodge some explosions and laser beams if you have to. You’ll be glad you did.

If someone said to you years ago that Marvel Comics was going to methodically lay out a series of movies, building an audience of a core group of characters that would culminate in one big insane summer tent pole film called The Avengers, you would not have believed it. Yet, as of May 4th, 2012 they pulled it off. And not only did they pull it off, but they shattered the mold for what was possible for a superhero franchise.

My sources are giving very early estimates for Marvel’s The Avengers of between $65 million and $67 million for Friday (including $18.7M midnights) based on matinee trends. Not a record. That would bring the worldwide total to $371 million so far… and counting.

How many articles have we seen over the years with some sort of headline that asked, “Is the superhero genre dead?”  It seems like a every time there’s a comic property that flops there’s an Entertainment Weekly or Entertainment Weekly knockoff that runs such a story. What the authors fail to understand is that there is plenty of strong source material — it’s up to the studios, screenwriters, actors and directors to pull their end of the bargain. With The Avengers, a seriously large cast and crew (again, across multiple movies) came together in a collaborative effort and created something magical. The movie isn’t flawless, but it’s certainly close. It could have very easily collapsed under its own weight, and the fact that it didn’t says a lot about the people working behind the scenes.

On person who deserves many pats on the back is writer and director Joss Whedon. After hearing about the bizarre health care rant he scripted for Captain America I was worried. Very worried. Whedon wisely cut the scene from the film, and for the most part stayed away from the political soapbox. Luckily, he didn’t shy away from going over each character with a fine-toothed comb early on to really figure out what their motivation was. With hundreds of millions of dollars on the line Joss Whedon came through in the clutch. I’m not sure if he got through the ordeal without an ulcer or two, but if he didn’t Marvel should be paying his medical bills.

So how does one write a movie review and not actually talk about the movie? I just did. There’s not much I need to say. Do you want to see a movie that says, “this product was made by professionals”? Do you want to see something that’s funny, filled with action, and family-friendly? Do you like good, tight writing? Do you want to see a team of actors who all appear to have been on board with the director’s vision and who have given it their best shot to make that vision a reality? If so, go see The Avengers.

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The Avengers: Did Joss Whedon ‘Assemble’ liberal propaganda?

Avengers director Joss Whedon has shown his cards, and he’s holding at least one liberal joker (or was that a Loki?). Whedon essentially told the New York Times he has a scene that could serve as a commercial for the Democrat Party, but ditched it because it slowed down the movie. But that begs the question: What kind of claptrap made the final cut, Joss?

Remember when the director of Captain America went out of his way to say Cap wouldn’t be “a flag waver”? Remember when Marvel then changed the title in Russia to “The First Avenger” to make a few extra bucks? The movie succeeded, despite Marvel’s efforts to sabotage a good thing.

The Avengers opens in two weeks, and it looks like conservatives once again must be wary. Joss Whedon, who up until this point gave me nothing but confidence, has shown his cards—and there is at least one liberal joker in there (or should I say a Loki?). Hat tip to the fourcolormedia monitor:

New York Times: What would be an example of something you didn’t figure out until later in the process?

Joss Whedon: One of the best scenes that I wrote was the beautiful and poignant scene between Steve and Peggy [Carter] that takes place in the present. And I was the one who was like, Guys, we need to lose this. It was killing the rhythm of the thing. And we did have a lot of Cap, because he really was the in for me. I really do feel a sense of loss about what’s happening in our culture, loss of the idea of community, loss of health care and welfare and all sorts of things. I was spending a lot of time having him say it, and then I cut that (emphasis added).

Why? Why must every liberal writer feel the need to beat their audience over the head with statism? I wouldn’t mind as much, but Joss Whedon has everything historically ass-backwards. Captain America was frozen after World War II, before Medicaid and Medicare even existed. Social Security morphed into something entirely new and different than the “Social Security” that FDR signed into existence (i.e, much more expansive). Hundreds of billions have been sunk into individual entitlement programs since their inception and, in fact, the “loss of community” Whedon frets over is due in large part to many of the programs liberals shill for. When the federal government usurps the important roles local community leaders, family and faith-based organizations play in society the result is more poverty, out-of-wedlock birth rates and the destruction of the family unit.

What’s worse, Whedon didn’t cut the bit because he realized it would be a bone-headed move to insert blatant liberal claptrap into Cap’s mouth—he did it because it slowed down the rhythm of the movie. Who knows how many other leftist talking points made it into the film.

Let’s be honest: The idea that Captain America would be anything other than a conservative (if we’re going to play that game, Joss Whedon), is a joke. Let’s go down the list, shall we?

  • Captain America is a guy who literally wraps himself in the American flag. Leftist American professors would hold classes titled “The Jingoism of Captain America” each semester, they’d write a new chapter for the textbook each year, and then they’d make their kids buy the latest version for $50 a pop. Couple that with Cap’s blonde hair and blue eyes and college campus Progressives would have entire campaigns dedicated to demonizing him.
  • Steve Rogers is a big Boy Scout. He’s a straight arrow. I can’t imagine he would have been at Woodstock, if given the opportunity. He would have been a West Point guy (hence, Captain America), and West Point doesn’t churn out too many liberals.
  • Captain America is a super solider, and one who would undoubtedly live his life in accordance with The Seven Army Values: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service. Honor. Integrity. Personal Courage. Ask the guy who has collected unemployment checks for 99 straight weeks, Joss Whedon, what he thinks about each of those words. My suspicion is that the psychological profile that manifests itself would look nothing like Captain America’s.
  • Good soldiers don’t make excuses; they “adapt and overcome.” Do you want to know who does make excuses? Liberals. In fact, even speaking about “personal responsibility” is considered racist code language.
  • Ask yourself whether Captain America would have a worldview more like American Sniper Chris Kyle, or Sean Penn. That’s what I thought.

The list can go on and on. The fact is, Steve Rogers is Captain America, not Mr. America. He’s a military man. An infantryman. He stared down the Nazis, but yet liberal writers would have us believe he’d side with liberal moral relativists in the year 2012? Give me a break.

Regardless, I don’t even want to play this game, but liberals at Marvel keep making these things an issue. When I go to see The Avengers I don’t want to get a campaign commercial for Barack Obama or the Democrat Party. Stop. Please. You’re embarrassing yourself, and ensuring that guys like me don’t defend you when Democrats turn their social engineering on the comics industry due to studies on violence.

Dear Joss Whedon,

Watch Thomas Sowell for a bit. Learn something. You can thank me later.

Update: The results are in, and it looks like Whedon denied his urge to overtly politicize the film. There are very interesting ideas to explore in The Avengers, but Joss never goes out of his way to tell his viewers what to think. Smart move.

The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Americans

Pop Quiz: Name a movie with characters who could have only been created in America. Answer: The Avengers.

There’s a new Avengers trailer out, and as momentum builds towards its release it’s probably a good idea to discuss what makes this particular team of superheroes so fascinating to its fans. The director, Joss Whedon, has accurately identified and attempted to address one of the core creative challenges for the project: the team’s diversity.

Reporter: I imagine the other hard part about that is balancing a god and who can create lightning, and a guy with a bow and arrow, and giving them both the action that brings out the best in them.

Whedon: Yeah. Well, I feel like we pulled that off. At the end of the day, the guy with the bow and arrow is a lot easier to write gags for than the god. But we created a situation where everybody can be useful, and everybody can be in jeopardy, and they really can act as a team, even though — as we have known from the first issue of ‘The Avengers’ comic — there’s no reason for these people to be on the same team (emphasis added).

Just as the American Experiment wrestles over how to deal with its diversity (How the heck do all these different people with different heritages and temperaments come together into a cohesive force for good in the world?), The Avengers must do the same. Americans come together because the country is founded on an idea—that free men are granted inalienable rights by their Creator—and that governments, deriving their powers from the consent of the governed, have a duty to uphold those rights. The Avengers come together because there are some problems that require anyone with an ounce of honor to put aside their ego and do the right thing.

The Avengers are also great because they are very “American”:

  • Captain America: The ideal solider and a boy scout with the strength of 100 men (yet very much an individual)
  • Iron Man: Entrepreneurial, highly individualistic, successful and smart without ever apologizing for it
  • Hulk: A force whose only desire is to help and heal, but who nonetheless has awesome power to destroy when angered
  • Thor: A man (or should we say country?) with godlike power, who must have humility before realizing his true potential
  • Hawkeye: He’s brash and cocky, but he always hits his mark
  • Black Widow: The Russian spy who defects to America (i.e., the immigrant who leaves oppression for freedom)

Notice a trend? All very distinct personalities. All from very different backgrounds. All very individualistic. And yet, they come together for a common purpose. The Avengers is a comic book that could not have been created in Communist China, Islamic police states across the Middle East, or countries on cultural life support throughout most, if not all, of Europe.

So this summer, take joy in a creative endeavor with a cast of characters only America could have produced.

Samuel L. Jackson Admits He’s an Idiot. Nick Fury Now Slightly Dumber.

Even when Samuel L. Jackson isn’t wearing his Nick Fury eye patch he apparently can’t see correctly. It turns out he only sees the world in black and white. Sad.

I really wanted to see The Avengers this summer. I guess I still do, but it’s really hard when Mark Ruffalo (i.e., the Hulk) goes out of his way to lecture us on oil pipelines, and now Samuel L. Jackson (i.e., Nick Fury) goes around telling moviegoers he only voted for Barack Obama because he’s black. At least the Hulk is supposed to be a dumb ogre when he transforms into a monster, so it almost helps Ruffalo out to say stupid things…but Nick Fury isn’t supposed to be a dunce. He heads up Shield (Supreme Headquarters, International Espionage, Law-Enforcement Division). And now conservative comic fans have to deal with this?

“I voted for Barack because he was black. ‘Cuz that’s why other folks vote for other people — because they look like them … That’s American politics, pure and simple. [Obama’s] message didn’t mean [bleep] to me.”

Jackson then went on to drop the N-word several times when discussing Obama, telling [Ebony magazine], “When it comes down to it, they wouldn’t have elected a [bleep]. Because, what’s a [bleep]? A [bleep] is scary. Obama ain’t scary at all. [Bleeps] don’t have beers at the White House. [Bleeps] don’t let some white dude, while you in the middle of a speech, call [him] a liar. A [bleep] would have stopped the meeting right there and said, ‘Who the [bleep] said that?’ I hope Obama gets scary in the next four years, ‘cuz he ain’t gotta worry about getting re-elected.”

Samuel L. Jackson has an incredibly warped mind if he thinks anything close to resembling the majority of Americans give a rip what color Barack Obama is. They don’t. They care what their bank accounts look like. They care about family and friends. They care about their country.

I would vote for Chunk or Sloth from The Goonies if I thought they would be advocates for a simpler tax code and a strong national defense. If Samuel L. Jackson thinks the United States is still living in the 1800’s then it says more about the liberal Hollywood bubble he lives in than it says about the rest of the country.

When Joseph Gordon Levitt and Ellen Page were promoting Inception, they apparently decided that it would bring in viewers if they acted like partisan tools during interviews. Apparently, Samuel L. Jackson got the same memo. Or maybe they’re all just ungrateful jerks going off script because they know they’re in summer blockbusters anyway—whether it’s in a Christopher Nolan film or a Marvel movie that’s been about a decade in the works.

The truth is, when actors get overtly political, customers do less to spread word-of-mouth than they would otherwise. In some instances we refrain from seeing the movie altogether. And perhaps that’s fine—but my guess is it’s not with a lot of people in Hollywood—since they’re promoting internet censorship bills like SOPA (with the help of mostly Democrats) to recoup lost sales from pirating.

In this particular interview Jackson proves himself to be a double-buffoon, going for politics AND race. So a “nigga” wouldn’t “let some white dude” interrupt his speech without talking back? Would it have been okay if it was a black guy? And would the President of the United States really say, “Who the f**k said that?”? Way to dispel stereotypes there, Sam.

The President of the United States is the president of all Americans, a fact that seems lost on Jackson and the current president (remember when President Obama called those who disagreed with him on immigration “enemies”?). Ronald Reagan used to make it clear he was the president of all Americans. When critics called Bush a Nazi he shrugged it off and said at least we live in a country where critics could freely voice their opinions. President Obama seems to take criticism personally, but that might be because his head is filled with the same mush that’s been spooned into Samuel L. Jackson’s.

I don’t hate the color of the president’s skin, Mr. Jackson—I hate 15 trillion dollars of debt. I hate leaving a lower standard of living for the next generation. I hate lying to people about the financial disaster we’ve created for ourselves. And I’m sad that people with large megaphones use those megaphones to cultivate mistrust and division between different races.

At least The Avengers has Robert Downey Jr. He has a few conservative streaks in him, but unlike the rest of the clowns he works with he generally keeps his views to himself.

Update: Check out Tina Korbe’s take on Jackson over at hotair.

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