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Conservatives Cheer Dismal Box Office Showing of 'White House Down'

Angered by the film's perceived liberal bias, some conservative commentators are urging audiences to boycott it.

As Sony analyzes the disastrous box-office performance of White House Down, one interest group is celebrating the studio’s pain: conservative commentators who have been attacking the film as thinly disguised left-wing propaganda. Some, in fact, have been encouraging their audiences to boycott the movie, which stars Jamie Foxx as a liberal president under attack from pro-military types who object to the commander-in-chief’s plan to withdraw troops from the Middle East.

“If you spend one damn cent on this crap, you’re spitting on our troops,” wrote Kurt Schlichter at on Monday. “Repeat after me, conservatives: Not one damn cent.”

Schlichter, a veteran of Desert Storm and the NATO Kosovo campaign of the 1990s, reminded readers that Foxx once compared President Barack Obama to Jesus. He wrote that White House Down is evidence that, “In the eyes of Hollywood, the military is an all-white, all-male organization so dedicated to unfocused imperialism that it is willing to commit mass murder of fellow Americans for the chance to die in some Middle East hellhole.”

The political right also has been excoriating director Roland Emmerich, who, according to’s Christian Toto, is known for “dumping ideological sludge atop his bloated disaster films." He also called it “unrelenting liberal propaganda."

Nonpartisan analysts offered a variety of reasons for the film's poor showing at the box office: A plot very similar to Olympus Has Fallen, which opened March 22 and earned $161 million worldwide (since its opening last Friday, White House Down, which cost $150 million to produce, has earned $32 million worldwide). And there is no shortage of male-skewing action films currently playing, including World War Z and Man of Steel.

Despite his conservative detractors, Emmerich has a solid track record at the box office. His summer 2004 film The Day After Tomorrow opened to $68.7 million despite similarly being excoriated by conservatives for its plot revolving around global climate change. And Independence Day, which also portrayed the violent destruction of the White House, opened at $50.2 million in July 1996.

Still, one 2011 poll, conducted by polling firm Penn Schoen Berland for The Hollywood Reporter, suggested that as many as 52 percent of Republican moviegoers take the political messages in movies — and even the political leanings of stars — into account before purchasing tickets. And there has been no shortage of conservative media outlets offering vigorous criticism of White House Down as anathema to conservative values.

On Sunday, David Stein at wrote that White House Down is “pure, 100 percent Obama porn" — citing a largely unfavorable review by the liberal publication Mother Jones, in which reviewer Asawin Suebsaeng wrote: “Jamie Foxx, Channing Tatum, and the liberals win the day, and the hawkish, Fox News-adoring, reactionary killers wind up either in jail or ripped to shreds by explosives and ammunition. It’s typical Hollywood liberalism with gigantic firearms."

Suebsaeng dismissed the film as "one enormous pander to the most naive impulses of your average dime-store liberal." wrote that, “fortunately, the movie tanked,” then wrote in a note addressed to Hollywood that conservatives have typically been fans of action movies. “You might want to consider not shoving your Blue sensibilities down their throats if you actually want them to see your movie.”

Then again, as Kenneth Morefield wrote on, Emmerich is probably hoping that politics rather than the quality of White House Down dominates the discussion. Reviews of the film generally were middling to poor.

Which may be the easiest explanation for the film's poor showing. It is, Morefield wrote, “drearily, predictably bad.”

by Anonymousreply 2207/05/2013

They are mad!!

The film looked to me like a standard patriotic fare, where the ex-military hero DIDN'T vote for the Obama figure, but wants to protect him out of loylaty for the country and because his daughter idolize this president and not him anymore.

What is un-patriotic in that!

But yes, I had noticed on the imdb board a lot of anger. Almost at a Dixie Chicks level. And a looot of Schandenfreüde too.

by Anonymousreply 107/03/2013

Nobody wants to see a movie featuring white hating shitstain Jamie Foxxx(or however the hell he spells his name), where he stars as a magic negro superhero. People are tired of blacks and the disparity between how they are portrayed in the media, and how they act in real life.

by Anonymousreply 207/03/2013

Now Sony is handing free tickets for WHD to the military and veterans for the 4th of July.

Wonder how that will go down...

by Anonymousreply 307/03/2013

I could never get through a movie starring this egomaniac.

by Anonymousreply 407/03/2013

R2, Big Brother contestants are not supposed to be accessing the web. Please go to the diary room now.

by Anonymousreply 507/03/2013

Lots of big name stars in stinkers this summer. Will Smith, Pitt, Depp, Foxx to name a few. I fear there will be more to come.

by Anonymousreply 607/03/2013

How about a movie where a bunch of whiny conservative bad losers are lined up and shot. With lots of blood and gore. In 3D of course.

I'd line up to see that.

by Anonymousreply 707/03/2013

Richard Widmark

by Anonymousreply 807/03/2013

Is R2 drunk?

by Anonymousreply 907/03/2013

Dammit, now I have to go see it. If those nutjobs are boycotting, I'll at least buy a ticket.

by Anonymousreply 1007/03/2013

Thee hee! R10!

Maybe the WHD team should send a Thank You fruit basket to those Conservatives!

It might steer some interest in this film and it's kind of a way to save face. "The movie flopped for political reasons!" That gives some dignity to their failure! A failure they didn't fully deserve, in my opinion.

by Anonymousreply 1107/03/2013

Dear Whorey-wood, quit throwing these old farts in our faces--we DO NOT CARE TO SEE OLD FARTS!

The public wants to see young, attractive talent. These dudes are OLD!

You know what they say--too many hemorrhoids spoiled the pot!

by Anonymousreply 1207/03/2013

We will only pay to see young meat!

Yours Truly,

The American Public

by Anonymousreply 1307/03/2013

Everyone in America, gay or straight, male or female, has had it UP TO HERE looking at arthritic, rich, wrinkly, pampered old men star in all of the movies. They are bor-ing!

why doesn't Whorey-wood know this?

Whose the biggest male star in the land?

that's right, Justin Beiber!

He's young, fresh-faced, and virile.

I am not a fan of his but do you see what America likes??!!

by Anonymousreply 1407/03/2013

Who is too old R12 ? Tatum? The little girl? Even Foxx is not that old.

I mean Brad Pitt, Russell Crow and Kevin Costner are all in hits this summer (whether their film is good or not).

Age has not much to do with it.

by Anonymousreply 1507/03/2013

Their right. This movie was pure liberal propagandistic bullshit.

by Anonymousreply 1607/03/2013

R14, I don't think Justin Beiber could open a movie. And he could very well be down and out before any of these aging actors.

But I agree, sometimes, it's fun to have new faces. Not always the same gang.

by Anonymousreply 1707/03/2013

Fox-hole has an old attitude--he's a bitter grouch and is no fun. He also jokes about killing people--ugh!!

Jamie Fox-hole you are an icky man!

Also, your face is ugly. It is not shaped normally.



by Anonymousreply 1807/03/2013

Justin Beiber, whom I dislike, would open a movie just fine. I think he is handsome and talented enough to pull it off.



by Anonymousreply 1907/03/2013


It's a decent movie.

This is annoying.

Why do conservatives fucking "cheer" shit like this? Why are they such petulant little children?

by Anonymousreply 2007/04/2013

Now I want to see it! What's with all the Freepers in this thread?

by Anonymousreply 2107/04/2013

Foxx is a piece of shit racist

by Anonymousreply 2207/05/2013
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