Convicted felon’s Dinesh D’Souza’s new movie, America, isn’t exactly what you would call a blockbuster. In the 5 weeks since it opened, it has grossed a little over $13,000,000. This anemic performance may be due to the “film’s” questionable quality, silliness, and blatant conservative Christian agenda. Like his debut feature, 2016: Obama’s America, this new flick is based on one of D’Souza’s paranoid books and is full of anti-intellectual propaganda, hysterical conspiracy theories, and shameless hate-mongering. It currently has a pitiful and embarrassing Metacritic score of 14, and that is out of 100, not 20. David Erlich, of the A.V. Club gives the film an “F”, and says:
Graced with a hilariously definitive title, America is astonishingly facile, a film comprised entirely of straw man arguments. Interpreting Obama’s ‘You didn’t build that’ soundbite as proof that ‘Incredible as it may seem, there are people in America who want a world without America,’ D’Souza’s film amounts to the petulant response of a child.”
Considering the weak box office receipts and the universally awful reviews, one may be tempted to view the release as a hilariously inept novelty to be mercilessly mocked. Well leave it to a Republican legislator from Florida to attempt to turn this turkey into something that could actually do some damage. State Senator Alan Hays intends to introduce a bill in November that if passed, would require all students in Florida’s 1,700 public high schools and middle schools to actually watch this ridiculous waste of celluloid unless their parents opt them out of the mandatory screenings.
According to ThinkProgress, Hays said:
I saw the movie and walked out of the theater and said, ‘Wow, our students need to see this.’ And it’s my plan to show it to my colleagues in the legislature, too, before they’re asked to vote on the bill.”
Even though this ludicrous and pathetic waste of time, money, and thought has little chance of passing, even in America’s carnival sideshow otherwise known as Florida, it is truly terrifying that this imbecile has actual legislative power in the 21st Century. I guess indoctrination is A-ok as long as it is conservative indoctrination.