Hollywood continues to insult veterans. A review of the television season just ended provides a number of examples.
“Designated Survivor.” A group consisting of (surprise!) military veterans and Second Amendment types are revealed to be the perpetrators of a crime in which almost the entire body of U.S. elected officials were assassinated while attending a State of the Union address.
This lunatic-fringe series is not alone. The latest “24” reboot characterizes veterans as burned-out psychotics. Newsbusters notes that 24 “caricatures [veterans,] shows every single vet on the show as broken in some way. Even in small scenes, such as when we see a group of homeless veterans hanging out under an overpass, complete with garbage drum fire…The liberal critics have already expressed displeasure that the bad guys are radical Islamists. Funny, though, there haven’t been any objections to how our military veteran heroes are portrayed. Hollywood and its critics are so predictable. They don’t want to insult the radicals in the Muslim world but it’s no problem to slam the good guys.”
None of this new, nor is it restricted to Hollywood. Slandering America’s veterans has been an obsession, amounting to a mental disorder, on the part of Progressives and the Left for far too long. Under Barack Obama’s Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, U.S. veterans returning from Iraq were labelled as more of a security threat than Islamic terrorists. By the way, Janet Napolitano is currently the head of Berkley College. In her new role, she has refused to take steps to confront left-wing terrorists who have committed acts of violence and intimidation against those who merely seek to invite non-progressive speakers on campus. The College Fix notes that “500 University of California alumni joined over twenty organizations in requesting that UC President Janet Napolitano ‘adopt a number of measures to rein in anti-Semitic acts against students…’” Despite her tolerance of anti-Semitism, and DNC Deputy Chair Keith Ellison’s history of anti-Semitism, there are no TV scripts casting them as villains.
Defamatory portrayals of veterans cause real harm. A Breitbart study explains that “…images matter, especially when veterans try to find employment after coming back home. Last year, the Center for a New American Security surveyed 69 companies on why (or why not) they hire veterans. Not surprisingly, more than half said negative stereotypes gleaned from media and popular culture made them wary of bringing veterans aboard…”
A Los Angeles Times article notes that “Studies show that the public can have skewed views of veterans based on what’s seen in film or on television, said Chris Marvin, executive director of Got Your 6, [a group dedicated to helping veterans.] Dave Philipps, writing in the The New York Times in 2015, relays how veteran activist Chris Marvin worries that “We believe that the way veterans are portrayed on the screen is the way the will be thought of in the living room and the way they will be treated in the community.”
The reality is that Hollywood’s moguls ignore reality, about veterans as well as anyone or any group who doesn’t share their progressive politics. They refuse to back off their politically-correct and reality-challenged view of the world. It isn’t veterans who are rioting on city streets or college campuses—it’s the professional (and frequently paid) radicals and misinformed and inaccurately educated college leftists who engage in storm-trooper tactics. It isn’t the NRA or the American Legion that seeks to censor, through violence or intimidation, anyone they disagree with. It’s the Progressives that own that monopoly.
The defamatory portrayals of veterans, while giving a free pass to Islamic extremists, totalitarian leftists, and the drug cartels who entered the nation during the Obama open-border era, is reprehensible.