There is a certain amount of irony that goes along with a man who makes a film about the beauty of America being a convicted felon.
I would love America too if I could steal money and make a movie about conservative values and be a hero to the folks who espouse said values.
This fascinating paradox is brought to you by one Dinesh D'Souza. You remember him, right? He is the guy who made a hit movie among conservatives which questioned the president's patriotism and his legitimacy.
Now he wants to make another one.
"Dinesh D’Souza, the conservative filmmaker and activist who recently plead guilty to campaign finance fraud charges, plans to premiere a 10-minute clip from his new film, titled simply America, during his appearance Saturday night at the 2014 Republican Leadership Conference. But before then, he released the two-minute teaser below, which shows D’Souza “soaring over America” in a helicopter as inspirational music plays in the background.
The new film, accompanied by a book of same name, is a follow-up to his 2012 documentary, 2016: Obama’s America, which became a surprise hit among conservative audiences. America, which will be released widely on July 2, takes a broader view than the previous anti-Obama film, focusing on his belief that the “notion of the essential goodness of America is under attack.”
D’Souza released the teaser clip to The Hollywood Reporter Saturday afternoon, saying he wanted to produce the film because currently “the left is winning the cultural war.”
“Republicans treat politics as a hobby while the left engages more in academia, culture and the media,” D’Souza continued. “Conservatives have been politically outmatched because they’re not fighting on their natural battlefield."
"Their natural battlefield". That would be anywhere where there are a lot of very white people, big bibles, and even bigger guns. Sounds like a real hoot.
Anyway, Dinesh has always been somewhat of a dick.
Outing your Gay classmates at a time when society viewed Gays in a totally different way is not cool.
What would be kind of cool is if one of those old classmates was in the US Attorney's office that prosecuted him.
"D'Souza's extremism traces back to his college days, when he was an editor of the Dartmouth Review, the leading conservative college publication of the early 1980s. (Wendy Long was a Dartmouth student and served as a trustee of the Review in the 1990s.) In that post, D'Souza became a hero to young conservatives across the nation (and the right-wing foundations looking to fund them). While he helmed the Review, it published a "lighthearted interview with a former Klan leader"—accompanied by a staged photo of a black person hanging from a tree—and an assault on affirmative action titled, "Dis Sho Ain't No Jive, Bro," which was written in Ebonics. ("Now we be comin' to Dartmut and be up over our 'fros in studies, but we still be not graduatin' Phi Beta Kappa.") The "Jive" article caused Jack Kemp, a conservative icon mindful of the right's problems with minority outreach, to resign from the Review's advisory board. Decades later, it's clear that D'Souza chose the path of the foul at an early point."
Yo Dinesh, I think you all are losing the "cultural wars" because conservatives are such assholes.
*Pic from Mother Jones.