Fourteen years after then-Fox News star Glenn Beck made headlines by calling Barack Obama a “racist” who harbored a “deep-seated hatred of white people,” the right-wing network is still warning viewers that the former president it seeks to indoctrinate Americans with its “anti-white” racism.

To prove its point this time, the conservative cable giant points to the post-apocalyptic film Leave the world behind, which was produced by Obama’s Higher Ground Productions and is currently streaming on Netflix. At one point in the film, a black character warns his father not to trust white people during a disaster.

At the same time, Fox News stars have tripped over themselves by denouncing the film’s supposed anti-white hatred, but also admitted that they haven’t actually seen the film that inspired their deepest disgust.

This latest freakout, as is the case with many of these news cycles in the right-wing outrage-industrial complex, appeared on the Internet as TikTok libs and other anti-“woke” culture warriors began sharing context-free clips from the film on social media.

The star-studded film, an adaptation of the 2020 best-selling novel of the same name, stars Julia Roberts, Ethan Hawke and Mahershala Ali. The thriller has polarized critics and audiences alike, with much of the criticism focused on its sluggish pacing, simplistic themes and frustrating ending. The Daily Beast’s Coleman Spilde, for example, called the film “excruciatingly dull,” “which manages to ratchet up the tension without answering questions or saying anything new.”

Much of the film’s tension revolves around Julia Roberts’ character’s anxiety and distrust when, during a declared disaster, a black man and his daughter show up in the middle of the night at the house her family has rented, claiming to be the owner to be.

“Amanda’s unrelenting distrust of GH and Ruth keeps the film constantly on edge.” USA today mentioned in an interview with the film’s director. “But the motivations behind her feelings can be seen in two ways: sometimes unflinchingly racist (how can these black people be the owners of this ultra-chic vacation home, she suggests) and sometimes borderline sensible (why are these strangers showing up?). our door almost at midnight claiming there was a power outage?).”

But it is one particular scene that has caused discontent among the right. At one point, when it appears that society is completely collapsing, Ruth (played by Myha’la Herrold) turns to her father to issue a warning. “Remember that when the world is falling apart, trust shouldn’t just be passed on to anyone, especially white people,” she tells GH, played by Ali. “Even mom would agree.”

After making the rounds on right-wing Twitter, where it was immediately slammed as “anti-white racism,” the clip soon made its way there Outnumbered, the show that often serves as a testing ground for Fox News’ culture war excesses. And because the film’s director said the ex-president took “extensive notes” on the film’s plot and its characters, the anger was directed solely at Obama.

“This scene in particular has been criticized for causing racial division,” complained co-host Emily Compagno, while expressing concern about Obama’s involvement in the film’s production.

Kayleigh McEnany, a former Trump flicker and current Fox News star, then took the ball and ran with it. She said she would “love to know” whether Obama was “okay” with that line because it “would be a huge problem.” She then linked the film to one of Fox’s favorite scares.

“It seems like a big headline to me if – that’s critical race theory in a nutshell. Because of the color of your skin you are an oppressed person or an oppressor,” she complained. “That is the ideology that this line represents. Why isn’t this a headline in all these major newspapers?”

McEnany continued: “I went to Google News and…” diversity The headline read: “Barack Obama Sends Script Notes for New Netflix Disaster, Terrifying People.” “Barack Obama Gave Important Feedback Leave the world behind Script.’ I notice that the director basically became afraid when he was discussing what the end of the world would be like. That’s the headline! Why doesn’t the headline read… “Former President Reviewed a Script That Embedded This Racist Phrase and How Did It Get Through?!”

However, co-host Molly Line was hesitant to join the discussion, noting that she hadn’t actually seen the film and therefore may have been missing context on that particular scene. She added that most critics felt the film was more of a “critique of society’s dependence” on technology than a treatise on race and culture.

At the time, McEnany revealed that she had neither seen the film nor intended to. “I have a lot of movies to watch before then,” she snorted. “I won’t see it.”

Later in prime time, Jesse Watters devoted an entire segment to mocking Obama’s work on films, insisting that the former president incorporated “racial politics” into his productions.

“How would you like to spend your retirement? Maybe play a little golf. grandchildren. Not the Obamas. The community organizer can’t stop, he won’t stop,” growled Bill O’Reilly’s former lackey in a tirade full of right-wing media clichés and catchphrases. “The Obamas have retired and now identify themselves as Stephen Spielberg.”

After airing the phrase “white people,” which Watters described as Obama “wanting to talk about race and white privilege,” the Fox host welcomed Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) to weigh in on the so-called controversy . The former Republican presidential candidate said he actually saw the film but didn’t initially know it was “an Obama movie.”

“It was whatever. In fact, there was an insurrectionary article that said these renegade military men would eventually attack the country. For what purpose, I don’t know,” the senator said. “[Roberts] was fine in the film,” he added. “She was a pretty nasty person in the film. She was just mean, but I would be too if you lived through the apocalypse, I guess.”

Watters ended the interview by asking Rubio if he could “just tell the Obamas to go to the Keys and just shut up,” to which the Florida congressman chuckled and recommended that the former president “play golf again.” .

Of course, the outrage fest didn’t end there. The next morning, Fox & friends continued to be embarrassed by the film, despite all three presenters admitting they had not seen it. But because the TikTok libs said the Obamas were “demonizing white people,” the curvy couch-dwellers felt it necessary to spend an entire segment on the topic.

“We haven’t seen the movie yet,” said co-host Steve Doocy. “Because it only came out on Friday. There are some people who say these comments were taken out of context, but nonetheless other people out there on the internet are talking about how it piqued their ears.”

From then on the discussion got stranger and stranger. Lawrence Jones, the show’s first Black host, brought up his recent use of the slang term “the itis,” noting that it was a “cultural reference” that his colleagues didn’t understand at the time. “But it never occurred to me that my co-hosts were racist because they didn’t know the reference. You just didn’t know,” he added.

Doocy eventually brought up that Jone probably didn’t understand his earlier reference to the 1950s sitcom Make room for dadnoting that it’s a “generational” divide, which prompted co-host Ainsley Earhardt to ask Jones if it was true that all black people feel distrust of white people.

“But how do you feel when it says in a movie: When people feel like they’re demonizing a race? Is it racist if you said – if the shoe was on the other foot? Like we shouldn’t trust white people? I hate it when that’s true, when black people think like that,” she lamented. “I don’t want them to feel like that!”

Jones reiterated that he had not seen the film and responded that “the superficial statement was discriminatory,” before going a step further.

“I think there are certain people who are adding gasoline to the fire,” he concluded. “I don’t know the intentions of the president and the former first lady. I’m just saying, as someone who’s been president of all of America, that sentence probably stinks to other people, you know?”

Source : www.thedailybeast.com

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