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Is 2019 Destined to Be Known as the Year Everything Became ‘Fascist’?

Posted on | December 26, 2019 | 2 Comments


The world’s craziest feminist, Amanda Marcotte, was upset about the controversy surrounding a commercial that showed two lesbians kissing, which drew complaints when it aired on the Hallmark Channel. Having long since grown accustomed to Marcotte’s craziness, even I was surprised by where she took it:

Running down this year’s schedule of Christmas movie offerings [on the Hallmark Channel] is like a trip into an uncanny valley of shiny-teethed, blow-dried heteronormative whiteness, with only a few token movies with characters of color. It’s like watching “The Stepford Wives,” but scarier, since the evil plot to replace normal people with robots is never actually revealed.
None of this should be a surprise, because Hallmark movies, as cloying and saccharine as they are, constitute the platonic ideal of fascist propaganda.
That is probably a startling statement to some. When most of us think about fascistically propagandistic movies, we think of the grotesque grandeur of Leni Riefenstahl’s films celebrating the Third Reich — grand, but cold sweeping shots of soldiers goose-stepping and flags waving, all meant to inspire awe and terror. But the reality is, even in Nazi Germany, the majority of movies approved by the Nazi minister of propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, were escapist and feather-light, with a Hallmark movie-style emphasis on the importance of “normality.”
There’s plenty of reason that empty-headed kitsch fits neatly in the authoritarian worldview.

Amanda is Patient Zero in the Trump Derangement Syndrome epidemic.

(Hat-tip: @MsEBL on Twitter.)



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