Hollywood Caves to Chinese Pressure; Citizen Watchdog Group Doesn’t

When it ran an ad during last year’s off-year election highlighting the dangers of permitting China to become our largest creditor, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) stirred a diplomatic hornet’s nest. The one-minute ad became an instant classic; already compared to the 1964, anti-Goldwater ad in which a young girl plucks petals from a daisy immediately before a mushroom cloud fills the screen.

Never an organization to mince words or sugar-coat the intensity with which it combats excessive government spending, CAGW is again airing the ad. It is one of the best, if not the best and most poignant ads I have ever viewed. Every Americans should watch it at least once.

The ad is set in Beijing two decades in the future, in 2030. It opens to a huge lecture hall filled with attentive Chinese students. The Chinese professor begins lecturing the class on why great nations like the United States have fallen. He explains it is because they all made “the same mistakes, turning their back on the principles that made them great.” The professor explains further that America’s problems were compounded when it “tried to spend and tax itself out of a great recession . . . enormous so-called ‘stimulus’ spending, massive changes to health care, government takeovers of private industries, and crushing debt.”

The ad closes with the professor looking directly at the camera and concluding, with an eerie laugh, “Of course, we owned most of their debt . . . so now they work for us.” The class then enjoys a collective and knowing laugh at the state of affairs presented by the professor.

Last fall, the ad sparked reaction from voters, but also directly from the Chinese embassy in Washington; whose official spokesman publicly blasted it. The spokesman, Wang Baodong, told the Washington Post, it was unfair and “unreasonable to blame China for America’s own economic problems, and it’s even despicable to fan up anti-China sensations, which runs counter to common inspirations of our two peoples.”

While CAGW obviously is not cowed by such a diplomatic dust-up, the same cannot be said for the movie establishment in Hollywood. A remake of the 1984 classic, “Red Dawn,” which starred Patrick Swayze as the leader of a rag tag band of young people fighting a guerrilla action against Soviet forces invading the U.S. mainland, has been altered to remove references to China (which was to replace the USSR as the 21st Century invading force).

Recent headlines in China’s state-run papers included these warnings: “U.S. reshoots Cold War movie to demonize China” and “American movie plants hostile seeds against China.” The outcry apparently was sufficient to cause MGM to wet its corporate pants, and agree to change the antagonist from China to North Korea. In fact, the movie, which had been scheduled for release this year by MGM, may now not be released at all; as a result of Hollywood’s kowtowing to Chinese pique at being portrayed as anything other than a benevolent creditor to the United States.

The scary part of all this is not that Hollywood, captive to the Land of Fruit and Nuts, caved to pressure from Beijing; that is hardly surprising. What is worrisome is that Washington continues its spendthrift ways; racking up trillions upon trillions in debt, with more than $1.1 trillion held already by the Chinese government. At this rate, we may not have to wait until 2030 for the hypothetical message in the CAGW ad to be an ad no longer, but rather a news story.

By Bob Barr – The Barr Code

62 comments Add your comment


March 30th, 2011
4:41 pm

Capitalism doesn’t work without war. (or pirates).

Fact, Jack.

China China China

March 30th, 2011
6:22 pm

The Chinese are simply too inscrutable for any capitalist pig. I mean, how many of us couldn’t get our fingers out of the chinese finger torture thing when we were kids, and if I remember correctly, it was always some fat chinese kid what brung it to school. And then there’s the ancient box inside a box inside a box thing that I still can’t quite figure out. I mean, how can the chinese stuff so many tiny little boxes inside each other without making the whole contraption as big as, well, china? DOn’t forget about the china syndrome curse on all of our nookyoolar power plants either. The chinese want us to nuke our way through the center of the earth so they’ll have a tunnel to attack us, man.

I don’t know, then there’s the ancient chinese sayings, like, “Man who go to sleep with itchy butt wake up with smelly fingers”, or “man who screw girl on hill not on level”. aw heck, there’s hundreds of these inscrutable sayings, and the chinese made up every single one of them. Everytime I eat a fortune cookie, I have to get therapy. I hate reading the truth about myself is all I’m saying.

We’re hopelessly outclassed, man. The score so far is China: 7……USA: ZIP!!!!

ANd that’s just the halftime score, man.


March 30th, 2011
6:43 pm

An observation…
Unfortunately, but historically, the majority of people do NOT wake up before it’s too late, even though there’s at least one person warning them of the impending doom. To start, look at the bible for examples. There are numerous examples of people ignoring the prophets. Only after being enslaved or otherwise put into bondage would the people cry out for help, repenting and wishing they had chosen the correct path to follow. For many it was too late; such as the case of the people that chose to not follow Moses or the people that ignored Lot, Noah and many others. Back to today… Look around at the people that choose to not eat properly, the smokers, those that run up their own personal debts to bankruptcy levels and even those that ignore a proper education that would put themselves in a position of meaningful employment so they could provide a better life for themselves and their family. I also am guilty of taking the wrong path many times in life, even though I was warned and/or knew better. We do these things even though there are many individuals, groups, periodicals and other information that is warning, advising or offering help to overcome or change our ways. We ignore today’s prophets on many issues. Some modern prophets are large groups that warn of impending financial disaster, the inevitability of global war or any of a number of other encroaching catastrophes. Some are small groups or individuals that identify and then blog, print, telephone or otherwise spread the word of possible problems ahead. One thing for sure is we need to handle the important issues first. We need to relax or efforts on such worthy causes as feeding homeless animals or clothing the homeless, etc. and prioritize. I said relax, not abandon. We should collectively jump on the most important issues that will prevent us from being able to take care of our secondary crusades. As is in this case, if we don’t focus and come together in one massive voice to do some serious federal cost cutting and create additional revenue, then we could possibly get to the point to where America no longer exists. … .. WWJD is a faithful guidepost for many Christians. WWOFFD (what would our founding fathers do?) could be our guidepost when making important decisions regarding the basic operations of America. The national financial burden that is rapidly getting out of hand is a problem that needs to be handled quickly in order to restore some semblance of what the founding fathers had envisioned America to be and to keep us from the brink of financial disaster. G’day, B~)


March 31st, 2011
7:43 am

Bob you hit out of the Park just had to say that with baseball starting today. Good Barr Code today.


March 31st, 2011
8:43 am

Actually I think this commercial makes the Chinese culture look smart. Yes, the professor laughs but not some evil, gotcha laugh. More of a “they thought they were so smart and didn’t look to history to learn” kind of laugh. And the fact is that this truly could happen. Personally, I think the Chinese people should feel proud of this!

China. China. China.

March 31st, 2011
9:00 am

Morons. Morons. Morons.

SpaceyG on Twitter

March 31st, 2011
9:02 am

Ahhh, mass media broadcast propaganda. The best money can buy. How quaint! Seniors love this sorta thing though.


March 31st, 2011
9:13 am

Yup, most everything we buy here was “Made in China.” Check the label in your country-western shirt or faded glory flannel shirt at Walmart. Look under your coffee cup. And your car engine was probably built somewhere in Asia. About the only thing left to buy “American” is a Ford truck and some Kentucky whiskey. Sad days . . .

Kaiser Soze

March 31st, 2011
10:05 am

It says, “Kobayashi” under my coffee cup.

Poof! You’re a pile of sheet.


March 31st, 2011
12:19 pm

“Debbie, how do you make your money? hahahahaha”

The old fashioned way…Section 8 & Government handouts.

I put your mother on the block — those $2 BJ’s add up after a while………

Oh I forgot hahahahahahaha

Dr. Pangloss

March 31st, 2011
4:42 pm

Red Dawn was a sucky movie. It catered to cons and their overdeveloped amygdalae.

Ava Daneshvar

April 4th, 2011
9:01 pm

Engaging and well written article! This tops anything I have read lately on the subject at hand. I wonder if this’ll be posted on Twenty-First Tycoon. Although the site has awesome political, business, technology and real estate news, they could use more stuff like this. http://www.21Tycoon.com