Poor Gretchen Carlson is Being Persecuted


There’s yet another ridiculous Christian persecution film out and it’s called, cleverly enough, Persecuted. It’s a dark, dystopic tale of a future where all Christians will be framed for murder if they don’t bake cakes for gay weddings, or something. The Worldnetdaily loves it, of course, and they claim that Gretchen Carlson of Fox News, who appears in the film, is being “persecuted” for that fact.

Despite the film’s strong numbers in several Midwestern markets, news outlets on the coasts have been quick to condemn it, zeroing in on the Fox News star’s acting debut.

In fact, Carlson says, she’s laughing at how transparent the criticism is in taking aim at her views and her associations.

“I’m just cracking up” at the critical reviews,” she told the Hollywood Reporter. “The way in which they write the criticism is so transparent, because they automatically hit me for who I am.”

It’s not a big deal, she explains.

“I’m used to this in my life. I have a very thick skin. I was Miss America; trust me, I know how to be attacked. I was valedictorian in high school; I graduated with honors from Stanford; I studied at Oxford; I was a concert violinist as a child. The reason I rattle that off is because I’m not a dummy. It gets tiring to constantly be the target of criticism. I was used to that after being Miss America, and I’m certainly used to it working at Fox News.”

“I drive a Dodge Stratus! People fear me!”

Some of the critics at least, have been amusing for her, she said. When she read the New York Times review, for example, “I laughed out loud. I seriously did. The first line is: ‘The title – Persecuted – and the presence of the Fox News personality Gretchen Carlson in the cast are really all you need to know.’ … I mean, they don’t even know me!”

The Times’ review was just one of the attacks.

“Persecuted is a heavy-handed and didactic drama which also manages to be totally mushy in terms of the message it’s trying to convey,” writes Christy Lemire for RogerEbert.com. “The ubiquitous presence of Fox News Channel anchor Gretchen Carlson ensures that.”

“Featuring Fox News Channel personality Gretchen Carlson as a television news anchor the not so fair and balanced film might have made its religious themes palatable if it worked reasonably well as a thriller,” piled on the Hollywood Reporter’s critic.

Yeha, that’s called criticism. The people writing those things are even called critics, which perhaps is some kind of clue. And criticism is not persecution, no matter how loudly you proclaim it to be. And it’s an insult to those who undergo actual persecution to so relentlessly push this idea that Christians in America are being persecuted.

Comments

  1. Reginald Selkirk says

    … I mean, they don’t even know me!”

    Neither do I, and I am so grateful.

  2. alanb says

    Despite the film’s strong numbers in several Midwestern markets…

    Opening weekend was $851,391 in 736 theaters or $1,157 per theater (not per showing). Not the worst that movie has ever done but pretty close.

    … I mean, they don’t even know me!

    “I’m not an idiot in real life, I just play one on TV.”

  3. raven says

    .. I mean, they don’t even know me!”

    Neither do I, and I am so grateful.

    I’ve never even heard of her. Until this minute.

    And could live happily without ever hearing about her again.

  4. dingojack says

    ” It’s a dark, dystopic tale of a future where all Christians will be framed for murder if they don’t bake cakes for gay weddings, or something. ”

    Projection? See Matthew 27:25.

    Dingo

  5. raven says

    I’m really wondering if these new batch of xian lie and propaganda films is going to backfire on them.

    1. The hardcore fundies, not being overly concerned with or in contact with reality, probably really believe it. They will after all, believe anything, not matter how false and silly.

    Geocentrists are 26% of the population and think the sun orbits the earth. How do they think we sneak our space probes past the sun then?

    2. The less committed will notice that despite all their persecution and imminent roundup for the FEMA camps, that,…no one really notices them or cares!!!

    According to the childhood fables, crying “Wolf” once too often destroys your credibility.

  6. Childermass says

    “Opening weekend was $851,391 in 736 theaters or $1,157 per theater (not per showing). Not the worst that movie has ever done but pretty close.”

    That is not even close to worst. “Proud American” got $128 per theater in 2008.

    Though it certainly won’t be in theaters very long if it does not have vast improvement in box office very soon. But then again, I don’t think they really planned for a long stay in theaters. DVD sales are where crap like this makes its money. I strongly suspect it was theatrically released so that they could say it is a theatrical movie and possibly so Fox News would review it. So I don’t think that they are crying that only 147 movies since 1982 have had a smaller opening weekend in wide release.

    http://www.boxofficemojo.com/alltime/weekends/worstopenaverage.htm

  7. raven says

    It’s my impression that the fundies are becoming more extreme, more Oogedy Boogedy, and more cuckoo.

    1. This isn’t all bad. The uglier and more dysfunctional they get, the more of us there are.

    I was a xian myself for 4-5 decades and the fundies started me on the way out.

    2. OTOH, the uglier they get, the more likelier they are to destroy our society.
    It becomes a race between destroying themselves and destroying us.

    3. As to why they are becoming uglier, it is probably a variety of reasons. Hate and fear are common human tribal organizing and motivating methods, dating back to the dawn of history at least. They work so people use them. And they are definitely amping them up.

    Plus, people seem to leave xianity in the order of best and brightest first. Self selection. It’s like turning a bag of cookies over and emptying it. There are always a few crumbs left in the bag, no matter how hard you shake.

  8. vereverum says

    @ raven #8
    It’s their Manichaean view of the world which usually follows
    1. The world hates God
    2. The world hates and persecutes Christians
    3. The world is not persecuting you
    4. Therefore you are one of Them.

    So they must be ever more outrageous to attract persecution since, as you noted in #5, if they just act in a traditional Christian lifestyle of doing good works, turning the other cheek, obeying the law, doing no harm, generally being of benefit to society, the world will simply ignore them. No persecution, no Christian.

  9. doublereed says

    What, Gretchen Carlson now waves her degrees around? On Fox News she’s pretends to be a dumbass all the time. Can’t let those viewers think you have both a vagina and brains. Hell, there was that time where she pretended not to know what a ‘Tsar’ was.

  10. Trebuchet says

    “…I’m not a dummy.”

    Rupert Murdoch’s hand up her back making her mouth move kind of disproves that.

  11. Akira MacKenzie says

    if they just act in a traditional Christian lifestyle…

    You mean promoting willful ignorance, starting Crusades, holding Inquisitions, and burning heretics and blasphemers while hanging witches? As scary as the fundies are, the “modern” Christian seems much more preferable to the Christians that have existed over the last 1900-or-so years.

    I seriously doubt the whole “early-Christians-were-peace-loving-proto-communists” line that we’ve been fed. What evidence is there (outside of the BIble) that early Christians were pacifists?

  12. vereverum says

    @ Akira MacKenzie #14

    You mean promoting willful ignorance, starting Crusades, holding Inquisitions, and burning heretics and blasphemers while hanging witches?

    No, I stand by the whole thought that I wrote: “a traditional Christian lifestyle of doing good works, turning the other cheek, obeying the law, doing no harm, generally being of benefit to society, the world will simply ignore them.” And your comment supports my thesis. They are ignored.

    I seriously doubt the whole “early-Christians-were-peace-loving-proto-communists” line that we’ve been fed. What evidence is there (outside of the BIble) that early Christians were pacifists?

    Actually, I don’t believe the early Christians were as pacifistic as most believe, even in the bible: in Acts 22:25 even Paul says to a Roman soldier arresting him: Unhand me you varlet, I’m a Roman citizen. (Paraphrase). And in Mark 14:47, the well known incident of the ear.

  13. raven says

    “a traditional Christian lifestyle of doing good works, turning the other cheek, obeying the law, doing no harm, generally being of benefit to society, the world will simply ignore them.”

    This is modern traditional Mainline xianity, Sunday church and golf in the suburbs. It exists even today although not very visible any more.

    The US has had a xian majority for as long as it has existed. Along with the slavery, segregation, dispossesion of the natives, war on the poor, etc.. we have also done some good things, amazingly enough.

    Slavery is gone, legal segregation is gone, Social Security and Medicare exists, women got the vote, the ACA was passed, Vietnam war ended, and so on. Oddly enough, despite the incessant lies of the Dark Side xians, Bill Clinton and Obama are both…xians!!!

    Hard to believe the Dark and Light side xians are the same religion. A lot of scholars think they aren’t. Evolution has occurred and speciation has happened.

  14. busterggi says

    “The way in which they write the criticism is so transparent, because they automatically hit me for who I am.”

    Gretchen, have you ever considered that who you are is the problem?

  15. caseloweraz says

    I wonder if Bruce Davison is being “persecuted” for his role in this film. He was in Return of the Killer Shrews. He might have been persecuted for that. (I haven’t seen it.)

    Has “persecution” fallen on Fred Thompson? Natalie Grant? On Dean—

    Dean Stockwell? Dean Stockwell is in it? Holy Hannah! Seems like a long way from Quantum Leap or Circle of Iron.

  16. says

    I’m used to this in my life. I have a very thick skin. I was Miss America; trust me, I know how to be attacked. I was valedictorian in high school; I graduated with honors from Stanford; I studied at Oxford; I was a concert violinist as a child.

    Yeah, it sure sounds like you’ve been persecuted your whole life. It’s a good thing you know how to accept criticism with such muted grace. Just think of what a stuck-up, self-centered, clueless bitch you’d be acting like right now if you had never faced such serious hardships?

  17. says

    Lusko’s leaden dialogue and heavy-handed symbolism is as unintentionally comical as the miscasting of Fox News host Gretchen Carlson as a journalist.

    Heh, that one had to sting. Gretchen is going to have to rattle off a half-dozen childhood accomplishments to reassure her ego.

  18. eric says

    As far as I can tell, two of the three reviews she quotes don’t criticize her acting at all, and the other one kind of criticizes her but not in a harsh manner. #1 says the plot is predictable because she’s in it – hardly a criticism of her, you could say the same thing about Sylvester Stallone or Jason Statham. #3 basically says the movie was crap with or without her. #2 says she delivers a mushy message. I guess one could get upset at that, but its not exactly biting criticism.

  19. says

    #2 says she delivers a mushy message.

    Actually, it doesn’t say that. I’m sure you’ll be shocked to know that it’s a splice of sentences from separate paragraphs. In context, what it actually says is that Carlson’s presence is a sign that the movie was aimed at conservatives.

    Which further supports your point. Miss Super-privilege, who grew a thick skin by enduring the social opprobrium of being accepted to Stanford, is being horribly persecuted by hardly being criticized at all.

  20. scienceavenger says

    “I’m used to this in my life. I have a very thick skin. I was Miss America; trust me, I know how to be attacked.

    WTF does that mean? Miss America has a self-defense talent category?

  21. Larry says

    Miss America has a self-defense talent category?

    It’s new. Part of the modern, edgy, pageant the producers want to bump up the ratings. The contestants must show competency on 3 weapons chosen from 5. Chuck Norris has been selected as a celebrity judge. Miss Congeniality serves as their target.

  22. Michael Heath says

    Gretchen Carlson states:

    I was Miss America; trust me, I know how to be attacked. I was valedictorian in high school; I graduated with honors from Stanford; I studied at Oxford; I was a concert violinist as a child. The reason I rattle that off is because I’m not a dummy.

    I’m reminded of The Donald.

    Ms. Carlson nicely illustrates one path to becoming a buffoon.

  23. RickR says

    I haven’t even heard of this movie before today, and I’m usually up on all the latest Christurbation porn and right wing crap like D’Souza’s trash and the “Atlas Shrugged” turds. Shows you how much they wanted a non-fundie audience for this garbage. This is strictly for the choir.

  24. sceptinurse says

    At 19

    –“Dean Stockwell? Dean Stockwell is in it? Holy Hannah! Seems like a long way from Quantum Leap or Circle of Iron”.–

    It’s even further from “The Dunwich Horror”.

    Maybe he needed the money?

  25. captain_spleen says

    ” I was valedictorian in high school; I graduated with honors from Stanford; I studied at Oxford;”

    I’m still baffled by this.

    I can only conclude that she comes from a long line of bipedal sea squirts, and after Oxford she began her sessile phase of life.

  26. says

    According to Wikipedia, she studied at Oxford “while at Stanford” which could mean anything, including spending a couple of weeks there on a two week study tour, which I suspect is likely what happened. As for graduating with honors, don’t most Stanford graduates graduate with honors?

  27. eric says

    @31 – Oh I don’t really doubt her intelligence or education, regardless of what “studied at Oxford” means here. What she doesn’t seem to get is that being smart and educated /= acting skill, and acting skill /= good movie.

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