Fox Business: Why Does The LEGO Movie Hate America?

Fox Business Network’s Charles Payne is very indignant that The LEGO Movie, the weekend’s top-grossing film, is “pushing its anti-business message to our kids” because the villain is an evil businessman. He also remarks that the character “looks a little bit like Mitt Romney,” which is maybe a stretch.

Payne reprises the Fox complaint that 2011’s The Muppets, which grossed $165 million worldwide, was a deeply anti-capitalist movie as well. It’s almost as if Fox anchors are made of felt and have Roger Ailes’s hand up their ass, controlling their every word and movement. There is a word for that, we think.

Elsewhere in the segment, co-host Martha MacCallum gripes that “Hollywood has long been dominated by the far left, which is very anti-capitalist” and that for these ruthless commmies,

“it’s all about the bottom line, so they’ll hire a Republican star like Sylvester Stallone or Bruce Willis if they think they can carry the movie and make money.”

Yep, those Hollywood socialists will do whatever they can to undercut capitalism by pumping out movies that make tons of money and “embed[ding] anti-capitalist messages” in those wildly popular movies. Which they force people to see at gunpoint or something.

Guest Paul Dergarabedian does at least attempt to point out that Hollywood studios are not exactly collective farms, and that they seem to be fairly adept at doing capitalism. “It is all about capitalism — it’s a free market economy, so if people don’t want to go see the movie, they don’t have to.”

Oh, but won’t someone please think about the children? Payne whines before going to commercial.

Mercy sakes, why would anyone ever get the impression that a Captain of Industry could be an evildoer? Heaven knows that real CEOs are always wonderful, caring people, as we noted a few weeks back when Gary Southern, the head of Freedom Industries, the company that poisoned West Virginia’s water, was so tired from being a responsible job creator that he just couldn’t answer any reporters’ questions:

We bet he was secretly on the payroll of a Big Hollywood Studio to make capitalism look bad.

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  • Nimmrod

    “He also remarks that the character “looks a little bit like Mitt Romney,” which is maybe a stretch”Not a -huge- stretch; I thought that too. Except I thought it was a nice subtle touch, not an outrage.

    • msanthropesmr

      Plastic Hair?Check.Lack of movable expression?Check.Odd Robotic Animation?Check.

      • emberglance

        Runs a mega-corp that manufactures voting booths? That one sounds familiar.

  • Farb

    Joe McCarthy is alive and well at Fox.

  • AnOuthouse

    Evil commies are only concerned about the bottom line. Put them all in camps, for freedom!

  • Dragoon21b

    Ok you want someone who looks like a Bond Villain…Tim Armstrong…all he needs is a plot for world domination and a laser satellite

  • $160578

    If you refuse to admit some of your kind have done/are doing um, questionable things, and that innocent people got/are getting hurt as a result, then the public opprobrium they bring on themselves will find its way from them to you (Distributive Property of Scandal. See also: fish, head, rots from.)A lesson the hierarchy of the Catholic Church can only wish they’d learned long ago. And then more because of the high costs and loss of tithing (American Catholics give to their church at half the rate Protestants do) then from remorse and such.

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  • Michael Christian

    I can’t quite figure out how a 100 minute Lego commercial is somehow anti-capitalist.

    • kfreed

      Because: Hollywood = liberal; liberal = socialist. That’s all you need to get out of that segment if you’re a Foxbot;)

  • Enfant Terrible

    Moar butthurt for Tom Perkins? *Happy dance*

  • geobill

    So the 1h 40m commercial for a consumer product is “anti-business.” Good luck with that!

  • lljktechnogeek

    i don’t know, guys, maybe Hollywood really does hate rich people. I mean, I certainly can’t think of a single successful movie in which they portrayed the CEO of a large corporation to be, for example, a superhero.

  • motmelere

    There is a very simple, free market solution to this horrible injustice: Invest your money in a film project that depicts an underdog businessman as the hero overcoming hordes of takers. There would be risks associated with the enterprise, but maybe one could find a multinational media empire to help promote and distribute it. Somewhere.

  • MARTinNJ

    According to the author ‘the villain looks a lot like Mitt Romney;. Nonsense, the Lego villain is a lot more animated that Mitt Romney.

  • saysomething

    The Lego Movie is anti-capitalist?!?!?! The entire thing is an enormous ad for Legos that people pay to see. It’s the very definition of capitalism.Also, the villain looks like Will Ferrell, not Romney, because that’s who the villain represents in the non-animated portion of the movie. And the villain is called “President Business/Lord Business” because the Ferrell wears a business suit. Fox anchors should watch these films with the children they are intended for – they could explain this stuff to them.

  • CaptainEO

    If the commotion in the LEGO store and the picked-over shelves at Toys ‘R’ Us this weekend are any indication, the people at LEGO are failing miserably at being anti-capitalism. Now if they’d just make more of the Curiosity rover sets so they can take my money.

  • tonyr62

    The Lego doesn’t look like Mitt Romney – Mitt Romney looks like a Lego!

  • crazymonkeylady

    I went to see th I great movie because our Fox Overlords told us to support Capitolism AT ALL COSTS.

  • hippie1367

    I think the real issue is that Mitt Romney seems to be constructed of LEGOs

  • kfreed

    “It’s almost as if Fox anchors are made of felt and have Roger Ailes’s hand up their ass”ROFLMAO. If I were “liberal Hollywood” there’d be a movie script circulating already.