Blaze News original: 9 Hollywood movies with hidden conservative messages

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Hollywood is known to be a liberal enclave, but there are a handful of movies that have hidden or secret conservative messages. While not always obvious, some Hollywood movies have elements or themes that align with conservative values or perspectives.

'The Chronicles of Narnia'

C.S. Lewis drifted into atheism during his youth but later returned to Christianity to write "The Chronicles of Narnia" series, thanks in part to his friendship with fellow author J.R.R. Tolkien. The books present a direct allegory of Christian themes.

Of the seven books by Lewis, three were adapted into movies: "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" (2005), "Prince Caspian" (2008), and "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" (2010). The movies often reflect Christian beliefs. The films also feature symbolic representations of the characters, places, objects, and themes that represent biblical ideas and entities.

The religious symbolism is seen in the consequences of one's choices and battles between good and evil. Aslan is a representation of Jesus Christ, while the White Witch can be seen as an allegorical depiction of Satan. In "The Chronicles of Narnia," Peter's leadership as the high king can be interpreted as a parallel to the Apostle Peter in the Bible.

There are Christian virtues throughout "The Chronicles of Narnia" series, including sacrifice, redemption, atonement, and salvation through faith. The characters often find solace in the belief that with God's providence, they will be safely guided through life's challenges.

'The Dark Knight Rises'

"The Dark Knight Rises" boasts conservative themes, such as individualism, justice, self-reliance, and the limitations of government.

Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy finale stresses the importance of individual action and self-reliance. With crime running rampant in Gotham because of the city government's ineptitude, Bruce Wayne takes on the mantle of Batman to carry out vigilante justice. Wayne not only fights crime in the streets but also uses his wealth to fund social programs to enhance the lives of Gotham City's citizens.

The superhero movie attacks the mob mentality and that a revolution cannot be achieved through mass violence.

A recurring theme in "The Dark Knight Rises" is the preservation of traditional values in the face of societal challenges when government institutions fail. Batman upholds the traditional values of personal freedom, individual sacrifice, honor, heroism, and valuing law and order.

Gotham City is plagued by corruption within various institutions of government. There is also a battle against authoritarianism and reclaiming civil liberties.

The movie has a tenet of community, where residents have shared values, cooperation, and collective responsibility for each other's well-being. Citizens banded together after Bane brought chaos, took over the city, and dismantled critical societal structures.

'Forrest Gump'

"Forrest Gump" champions the virtues of patriotism, loyalty, hard work, perseverance, personal responsibility, and resilience of the American spirit.

The Tom Hanks vehicle celebrates American values, such as Forrest Gump's love for his country. He faithfully served his country by putting his life on the line by fighting in the deadly Vietnam War. Forrest also becomes a symbol of American exceptionalism.

In the movie directed by Robert Zemeckis, there is a reflection of traditional American ideals. There is also an appreciation of American nostalgia for a bygone era. The film portrays major moments in American history from the 1950s through the 1980s — that some conservatives consider to be the golden age of the United States.

The protagonist overcomes his disadvantaged upbringing to attain success in various endeavors through his grit, determination, and self-reliance.

Forrest Gump has unending loyalty to his friends that lasts for his entire life, even when they are struggling or don't appreciate his friendship.

'Gattaca'

This 1997 science-fiction drama provides an admonitory tale about trans-humanism and the progressive fantasy of a eugenically correct world. "Gattaca" presents how an overbearing government could corrode civil liberties under the guise of genetic determinism. The movie also foretells the pitfalls of pursuing scientific progress without considering the broader ethical implications instilled by unchecked entities.

The movie highlights the eroding of individual freedoms and privacy under a pervasive surveillance state. This future society is completely controlled by biometric technologies and big brother tools.

This dystopian film exhibits a societal hierarchy and class system where superior genetic individuals are given a higher social status and afforded better opportunities. The government forces its citizens to be subjected to genetic tests from birth, and their genetic profiles determine their opportunities. The cautionary story warns of how eugenicists would try to eliminate humans they deem to be less worthy of enjoying what the world has to offer.

"Gattaca" raises ethical questions about genetic engineering and eugenics. The future society in the movie practices eugenics, where the citizenry is subjected to selective breeding to produce offspring with desirable genetic traits while discouraging or preventing the reproduction of individuals considered genetically inferior — who are called "invalids."

Some argue that the movie shows the perils of eugenics, where biotechnology could become so advanced that it might mean that babies with Down syndrome or who are disabled could be aborted before their birth.

The movie's protagonist – Vincent Freeman, portrayed by actor Ethan Hawke – is an invalid who dreams of becoming an astronaut. However, Freeman is considered genetically inferior in the society, thus he is limited to a lower-status occupation because of the genetic discrimination. "Gattaca" illustrates the hazards of a society that is not a meritocracy.

Despite being deemed an "invalid," Freeman demonstrates virtues of resilience, determination, hard work, and ingenuity to overcome adversity. There is a significant spotlight on self-reliance and the importance of the nuclear family throughout the film.

'Ghostbusters'

"Ghostbusters" delivers a variety of timeless conservative vantage points, including government overreach, entrepreneurship, and capitalism.

Faced with a calamity that threatens New York City, a ragtag group of trailblazers is able to demonstrate American ingenuity. They successfully create a service that is necessary for survival and embraced by the free market. However, a regulation-happy EPA bureaucrat threatens to ruin the Ghostbusters' business as well as the safety of millions of New Yorkers. The film shows the challenges of the entrepreneurs fighting back against the red tape of the Environmental Protection Agency. The scientists also show a healthy skepticism of authority that pays off in the end.

The supernatural comedy movie reveals how capitalism and the free market provide a fertile environment for success and the American dream. The scientists are self-made achievers through hard work, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

There is also a message about heroism and how a group of nerdy scientists can take on a supernatural entity that threatens to end the world. The troupe utilizes camaraderie, teamwork, and ingenuity to overcome their most arduous challenges.

'Gran Torino'

Clint Eastwood's "Gran Torino" showcases Christian values of redemption and sacrifice, while also sharing conservative messages of traditional values, personal responsibility, and a love of one's community.

Eastwood's character, Walt Kowalski, is a Korean War veteran who confronts gangs in his neighborhood over spiking violence and crime. Kowalski's old-school sense of masculinity is highlighted by his commitment to hard work, self-reliance, and stoicism.

Kowalski boasts a strong sense of unwavering patriotism and reverence for the American flag. He values the spirit of resilience but despises the erosion of traditional values and the decline of moral standards in society.

Initially, Kowalski does not appreciate his immigrant neighbors but then develops a strong bond over mutual aspirations to make the neighborhood safer. His story is one of redemption as he overcomes his own prejudices and atones for his past sins. He is able to find salvation through faith and repentance after his moral awakening after finding solidarity and mutual respect with his neighbors. The movie tells of the transcendent forces of compassion, empathy, and human connection.

Kowalski has a deep-rooted sense of community and is willing to stand up for what he believes is the right thing to do even if it puts him in jeopardy by confronting gang members terrorizing residents.

'The Incredibles'

"The Incredibles" highlights the superpowers of the nuclear family structure.

This 2004 Disney and Pixar animated film is about a family of superheroes living in a world where superheroes are forced to hide their superpowers because of public backlash and government regulations. The film has a hidden message about limiting government interaction and expanding individual autonomy. The movie also has a secret conservative message regarding government overreach as a hindrance to individual liberty and innovation.

Mr. Incredible and his wife, Elastigirl, save the day — all while raising a young family. The husband and wife superhero parents show each other love, support, and mutual respect.

Mr. Incredible embodies traditional masculine traits, such as strength, bravery, and a desire for adventure.

At its core, "The Incredibles" celebrates the conservative ideals of traditional family values and emphasizes that the nuclear family is the cornerstone of society. The film honors the sanctity of marriage and the countless rewards of parenthood.

The animated movie highlights themes of heroism, personal responsibility, independence, empowerment, and not adopting a victimhood mentality.

'Rocky'

In its essence, "Rocky" embodies the American dream and one man's determination to build the life he has always fantasized about with the woman of his dreams.

The 1976 sports classic shows the rise to fame of a humble man who had a blue-collar job. Rocky Balboa becomes the heavyweight champion through hard work, perseverance, and grit. The boxer never makes excuses and always holds himself accountable.

"Rocky" praises conservative ideals of hard work, self-reliance, and personal responsibility. It also presents the importance of a meritocracy. Meanwhile, the underdog film also shares the dangers of entitlement and victimhood.

Rocky Balboa personifies traditional masculine traits such as physical strength, courage, sacrifice, perseverance, and pushing himself to his absolute limits. Conversely, Adrian Pennino reflects the traditional female gender role of the woman who is a devoutly supportive and nurturing partner who stands by her man through thick and thin.

'The Matrix'

Conservatives have embraced the iconic scene in "The Matrix" where the hero – Neo, played by Keanu Reeves – takes the red pill over the blue pill when given the option by his mentor Morpheus – portrayed by Laurence Fishburne. The red pill represents an awakening, enlightenment, courage to question accepted truths that could be illusions, and challenging the status quo. Neo embarks on a journey of self-discovery, rebelling against the system, and liberation after consuming the red pill.

The sci-fi dystopian thriller features themes of individualism, the quest for objective truth, self-reliance, individualism, resistance to oppressive systems, a healthy skepticism of authority, and the triumph of individualism over collectivism.

The world in "The Matrix" has been hijacked by authoritarian machines. The film warns viewers about the dangers of unchecked government tyranny and the corrosion of individual liberty.

The movie presents a case for showing concern regarding the fast-paced rise of technology that lacks humanity and the overwhelming reach of artificial intelligence.

"The Matrix" examines the concepts of fate and choice, destiny and fortuity, and free will.

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Blaze News original: 'Stop going to war': Leonarda Jonie explains why 'red pill' content won't make liberal women change their minds

Blaze News original: 'Stop going to war': Leonarda Jonie explains why 'red pill' content won't make liberal women change their minds

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When it comes to free speech, Joe Rogan, feminism, and even Barbie, Leonarda Jonie is probably on your side. It may just take an audience a little while longer to realize it.

For that reason Jonie, like many comedians, was deemed too offensive for New York City.

As COVID-19 lockdowns became a driving force for censorship, and of course a lack of job opportunities, Jonie moved to Austin, Texas, where comics were promised a land of opportunity.

The new home of podcasting giants like Rogan and Tony Hinchcliffe and political agitators like Alex Jones and Steven Crowder, Austin promised unfettered free speech and a bevy of new comedy clubs.

To start, much of the talent moving to Austin made the pilgrimage for similar reasons.

"When I went down to Austin it was great, because it was a little bit like the Wild West. It was people who truly believed in free speech and had had enough of liberal-run establishments that were actually silencing anybody who disagreed with them or disagreed with the mainstream narrative."

"At the time, that was the trans movement and trans rights, and I was one of the first people to say 'we aren't doing this,'" Jonie explained. "The first people in Austin were really free speech renegades."

But after three years in the Lone Star State and many of the region's brightest stars agreeing on core issues, Jonie started to notice a shift in the culture.

"The scene has just changed in a way that I don't actually think is great."

What that meant, she revealed, is that the city is no longer the free-speech bastion it once was.

Many of the people are "no different than the people we've criticized" for a lack of belief in free speech, the comedian explained, stating how experimenting with new jokes and talent alike at comedy clubs eventually turned into a safe zone, a revolving door of any given host's best friends.

Hungry in the pursuit of fame and wealth, certain gatekeepers want "more and more power," the New York native claimed. This has resulted in an Austin that looks way different from when she first arrived in March 2021 and much more like a liberal stronghold she was looking to escape.

"They keep their circle tight because it gives them more power," she said, not naming names. "It's like a cult of personality around that whole scene; artists that should be out experimenting and trying to find their voice are censoring themselves and censoring who they work with so they can get into Rogan's club, for example."

That same cult of personality has been present in another culture war, Jonie has noticed, and it's an internal right-wing battle between the sexes.

The 'manosphere'

"Truly, it's the same divide and conquer tactic as the left."

Jonie believes the "red pill" movement of the right is not effectively reaching women in politics and that it's actually using the same tactics as the left.

While mockery can be an efficient and poignant weapon, she says, shows like "Fresh and Fit" and the "Whatever" podcast that pit the sexes against each other aren't working, nor are they coming from an honest angle.

"Some of the guys on there just have this unbelievable hatred of women. This misogyny. Then they're couching it in the the right-wing 'red-pilled movement' to give it a sort of legitimacy that it doesn't have."

"Men and women shouldn't be at war with each other," she continued.

What the feminist movement has done is set up men and women to be at war with each other by convincing women that all men are rapists, they're all violent, they're all stupid, and they all want to use you. So what that does is it sets them up as enemies, and then that breaks apart their bond. A bond that is supposed to be between a man and a woman. Then you have children, and then that family structure becomes a strong unit. When you have enough of those family structures, the government can't do all the shady s*** it wants to do.

A right-wing movement that sets up women as the enemy is just feminism for men.

Mentioning "Fresh and Fit" by name, Jonie said that bringing on guests who are the "epitome of failed feminism" and displaying relentless "hostility and mockery" only encourages women to be more hostile toward men.

"I think truly masculine men would not be embarrassing women in that way; they would be trying to lead them out of that path. I fully accept that a lot of women are not going to be led out of that path because they're so convinced of this ideology, but I don't think that's how you're going to convince women to be on your side."

Women need men, but not to replace them

Men and women would be better suited coming together on certain topics, and women need to accept male support, Jonie said.

"They create propaganda to feed into our compassion and our empathy, because women have a lot of that, and it's a strength, not a weakness, but it's being used against us," she warned.

Women "screeching" about trans rights truly get in the way, Jonie stated, and "women need to stop and realize that they are the people suffering the most" from these ideologies.

When asked what the solution could be for men invading women-only spaces, Jonie said that women do in fact need men's help.

"Men will need to fight it, and women will need to back them up. That's the problem; we're butting heads. Men will try to do something, and women will cry 'no human is illegal,' and then they end up suffering the most consequences."

"I'm very radical in this position, apparently, even though it's a very normal position," Jonie made a point to note.

Succinctly stating that "body mutilation" is not an identify, Jonie added that there should be strong consideration of prosecution of anyone performing so-called gender-affirming care.

On the transgender issue, many blue states have fallen behind the progressive nations they often uphold, such as the United Kingdom, where sex change procedures for children have been halted.

Sort through Politifact's rating system, and you will gather that Finland also has restricted such surgeries for minors. Sweden and the Netherlands have also set a minimum age for chest surgery at 16 and genital mutilation at 18.

As well, Norway does not offer gender-related surgeries for minors, either.

Why are so many states lagging behind?

"Constant brainwashing and exposure to this kind of stuff as if it's a legitimate lifestyle," Jonie explained. "If you had true compassion, what you would try to do is help the person suffering under this mental derangement before they get to the place where they want to literally chop their d*** off."

The 'Barbie' movie psyop

Other favorite targets of red-pill advocates, like Taylor Swift and Barbie, aren't worthy of looking down the sights at, according to Jonie.

"The 'Barbie' movie was fantastic. I feel like somebody in the writer's room was red-pilled and just fooled these idiots so hard. On the surface it looks like it's like a a movie advocating the left-wing agenda and feminism. But it was so dumb and so over the top that it revealed just how stupid that whole ideology is."

Jonie called the movie akin to "satire and mockery," and even though some may not have noticed, she said it showed how "people on the left are so out of touch with reality."

Watching the movie with friends, she said they were in hysterics over the film's moral positioning.

"They're writing these these monologues about how hard it is to be a woman and all the things women have to do now. ... It really revealed that all the things they were complaining about are things feminism made women do!"

When asked if it was worth it for men to criticize a singer like Swift for her endorsements of Democratic candidates or her relationship with her Pfizer-backed boyfriend, the comic chose to focus on modern feminist messaging. That messaging, she said, has basically worked against women by telling them they need to do everything and have a career on top of that.

Feminism "kept adding things to the list," she concluded. "It demanded that women do all these things that mean don't really want us to do."

The answer? Jonie gave women simple advice.

"[Men] just want us to be nice to them and sleep with them. That's really what they want. Once in a while you make a meal; they're happy. All this other stuff they told us ... what did feminism give us? We're doing all the same things we did before, but now we also have to have a job."

Jonie hosts the "Wrong Crowd" podcast on her YouTube channel. Find additional content at LeonardaIsFunny.com.

WATCH: Joe Rogan explains why he’s no longer a liberal

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Joe Rogan was once “a left-leaning person,” but now, he’s one of the people who have “woken up to the leftist lunacy,” says Dave Rubin.

On a recent episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience,” Rogan told Bobby Lee that people on the left these days “are so far away” from where they used to be.

“You’re out of your mind. You’re f***ing chopping d***s off and giving little kids hormone blockers. You have no idea what the long-term consequences are. You’re ignoring the health risks,” Rogan criticized, adding that the left is also guilty of other evil machinations, such as “letting violent criminals out of jail” while “defunding the police.”

But the podcaster didn’t always feel this way.

“I was 100% a left-leaning person who lived in Los Angeles. ... I never voted Republican my whole life, [and] I was very left-leaning especially with any social issues,” he explained, but that all changed when “California went nuts” and became essentially “fully communist.”

Things like “no cash bail,” “letting people out [of jail] after committing violent crimes,” and “not stopping people for stealing” were a few things that soured Rogan toward the state, which he says is too stuck in its “peace, love, and granola (and wear a mask)” ways to ever make a real change.

“I’m in the middle,” he admitted to Bobby Lee, who confirmed he felt the same way.

Liberals “are in a cult,” Rogan explained. It’s why anyone who questions their agenda is “excommunicated,” “treated like a Nazi,” or at bare minimum, “shamed for having different opinions than the group.”

“'Why I Left the Left' by Joe Rogan,” says Dave, who wonders whether Rogan will finally have the guts to do what he refused to do in 2020 and vote Trump.

To hear more of Joe Rogan’s explanation on why he no longer identifies as a liberal, watch the clip below.


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HBO's Bill Maher created the woke pandemic

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While many conservatives view Bill Maher and his show "Real Time with Bill Maher" as a bridge to the left, Jason Whitlock sees it differently.

“Bill Maher is the Dr. Fauci of the woke mind virus,” Whitlock charges.

“For more than two decades, Maher’s HBO laboratory, ‘Real Time,’ sponsored the gain-of-function research that led to the nationwide outbreak of the woke mindset and its primary variant — critical race theory,” Whitlock says.

However, Bill Maher is now trying to “disavow and distance himself from the virus his lab leaked with countless bats**t conversations.”

One of the conversations Whitlock is referring to is the interview Maher held on Friday with billionaire serial entrepreneur Elon Musk.

Whitlock says the “gist of their exchange dealt with the now obvious danger of the woke mind virus,” and that his Friday show “highlighted a level of cognitive dissonance that is well beneath his intellect.”

Musk had explained to Maher that Americans must be vigilant in their protection of free speech, to which Maher responded that he had been “canceled” many times.

Whitlock offers that despite Maher’s claim of being victimized by cancel culture, his “Trump derangement made him an ally and supporter of the enemies of the First Amendment.”

“The woke mind virus is narcissistic,” Whitlock continues. “It prioritizes itself above country. Maher can see it in Trump. Maher can’t see it in himself or apparently leftists.”

Whitlock says that while he does like Bill Maher, he wants him to be honest.

“He created this madness. He participated in this madness. He justified the Trump derangement. That is nothing but a variant, a root cause, part of the woke mind virus — and he should cop to it and get real with himself.”

“He’s like most people in corporate media,” Whitlock continues. “He does what his overlords tell him, and he avoids conflict and anyone questioning anything that comes out of his mouth.”


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James Lindsay: Why wasn't I told THIS about conservatives?



On "The Rubin Report" this week, BlazeTV host Dave Rubin spoke with James Lindsay, author of "Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything about Race, Gender, and Identity―and Why This Harms Everybody," about how an issue with diversity hiring was the first thing that clued him in to the growing problems of wokeness, his recent red pill moment, and why the useful idiots of woke culture may be more dangerous than the woke.

In this clip, James explained why he still considers himself to be a liberal and apolitical. He also shares what it's been like to work with so many "evil conservatives" and how he feels like leftist propaganda misled him on what real conservatives are actually like. He also shares what it was like for a liberal to attend events like CPAC and Turning Point USA and clarifies what both liberals and conservatives get wrong about the critical race theory debate.

Watch the video clip below:


Why Wasn't I Told This About Conservatives? (Pt. 2) | James Lindsay | ACADEMIA | Rubin Reportyoutu.be

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Podcast: Getting White Pilled With Michael Malice

Mollie Hemingway and Ben Domenech sit down with author and podcast host Michael Malice to discuss the blatant agendas pushed by mainstream media.