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Is Everything Political These Days?

It seems you can’t read, watch or talk about anything anymore without some aspect turning political. One of my Facebook friends posted that they were watching the MLK Memorial today…until it turned political. 9/11 Memorial services have turned political. News, of course, is political.

Today, on CBS Sunday Morning, David Edelstein’s review of “Margin Call” made this ridiculously clear. Here is the segment:


Edelstein uses ‘Occupy Wall Street” as a lead in, as well as a homemade puppet to voice his own personal opinion on this issue while claiming he’s not a political pundit. “They deserve some R&R”, Edelstein says as he encourages protesters to go see this movie. Margin Call is about large corporations on Wall Street and how their plight for success hurts hundreds of millions of people, Edelstein tells us. The movie is from the successful Wall Streeters perspective in an effort to show what goes on ‘behind closed doors’. (Interesting timing, don’t you think?) It has an emphasis on whats it’s like to ‘look out for your own wealth’ at the cost of others. While the movie seems to replicate some of the events of the 2008 financial crisis, Edelstein applauds the Occupy Wall Street protesters through a MOVIE REVIEW by sympathizing with the uphill battle they are facing against “scary” Wall Street and “scary” America. (The same “scary” America that offers welfare benefits, housing assistance and free college tuition around the country.)

Beyond the not-so-coincidental timing of the Occupy Wall Street protests, the ensuing election, the leaking and then annihilation of corporation missteps and movies such as Margin Call simultaneously released, one must consider the greater issues. IS EVERYTHING POLITICAL? Come on, people. Why are Sunday morning coffee shows so skewed? Where has the objectivity gone? What happened to allowing a reader/viewer to develop an opinion?

Yes, the introduction is supposed to be satirical but why does a movie review have to turn political? Why do children’s books have to be political? Why does The Game of Life have to be political? Can’t we just learn and analyze for ourselves?