Today I watched hollywood movie “Olympus Has Fallen” and it is a one time watch, it had the same “Die Hard” formula, A Terrorist (what Americans think them as) unit attacks a prominent US establishment (This time its White House and takes the president of USA and top defence honchos as hostage) and all other security personnel are dead except the hero and how he saves the president from these so-called terrorist. Fish I forgot and how in a last few seconds he saves america from Nuclear annihilation. It’s the same old formula to feed people with Government Policies on the so-called enemy state.
Over the years Hollywood has used the countries (especially communist countries) as villains in its movies, during world war it was Germany and Japan. Later during cold war villain was Russia and post 9/11 it was Iraq and Afghanistan’s turn and in recent years the new villain has emerged in the form of North Korea.
One might wonder why not China, it’s a much powerful communist country than North Korea. It’s very easy to put two and two together, Trade and Commerce. For Hollywood, China is a very big market with only a few movies released in the country, China has the complete control over this and all the big production houses are waging their tales to what’s in offer in China. Next, the economic ties with China is very strong, or should we say, America is dependent on China to survive, let it be gadgets or underwear most of them come from the manufacturing units of China. So depicting China as the enemy is out of bound for Hollywood.
Why only North Korea, It’s a little dictatorship which has no option but to be the villain for Hollywood. North Korea is always barking at Western countries and is always in the newspapers with weird and provocative agendas and propoganda. Let it be in the form of Nuclear Weapons, or selling to rogue nations, trafficking, etc, it’s always in newspapers, and Hollywood wouldn’t mind to pick such a nasty natured villain to portray in its movies.
But, why is America and Americans are always the heroes, is it because it’s the big brother of the world, why couldn’t the other party be given an opportunity to speak for itself? Doesn’t it hold more nuclear weapons in its arsenal? Wasn’t America the only country in the world to use an atomic Bomb, rather two on Japan? Isn’t America hypocritical in handling Pakistan, a notorious breeding ground and supplier of terrorist to the world? Wasn’t it Pakistan and its scientists who transferred the Nuclear know how to North Korea? Wasn’t America who fed and trained the Taliban, Al quida and Osama Bin Laden?