Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Horton Hears a Who has conservative theme

Everything is political, and that includes every children's movie.  Part of the fun of watching movies is trying to figure the political angle.  While most movies (like the Lorax) tend to have a progressive themel, I saw "Horton Hears a Who" as having a conservative theme.

In fact, evidence comes from the many rants by feminists that the Mayor of Whoville had 99 daughters and one son, and the hero of the story was the son.  One blogger wrote:
A year ago, when the Jim Carrey/Steve Carrell version of Horton Hears a Who came out, feminists responded (see here and here and here) to what they saw as the blatant sexism within the movie’s over-emphasis on the single son as the hero and the 96 daughters as invisible. Why couldn’t one of the daughters save the day? Why does the mayor care more about his one son than his daughters? Why would the filmmakers add this sexist storyline?
Rather than use my own words, I have found an author who articulates better than me.  Keep in mind that I watched the movie several times, and already formed an opinion, long before I ever started surfing the net. The writers at Christiananswers most closely show the thoughts that formed in my mind.
As I watched this entire movie, I kept thinking this movie was made by pro-lifers... Kangaroo says to her son Rudy and to Horton—“If you can’t see it, hear it, or feel it, it doesn’t exist”. That is the argument made by pro-choice people all the time and as Horton points out repeatedly, “A person’s a person, no matter how small.” ...Horton defends those too small to defend themselves. 
The concept of believing in something you cannot see is also a theme in this movie. The Mayor knows that something bigger is holding the clover. He places his faith in Horton to get them to safety. Children do not always understand God because they cannot see him. They don’t grasp that something bigger than us is out there. This movie can help explain that concept.
The author goes into more detail, although that pretty much is the gist of what I took from the movie.

I also noted some progressive themes in the movie.  For instance, this blogger, in a post titled, "Liberal Fascism in Horton Hears," says the movie has fascist themes as well (note that progressive is a daughter of the fascist movement).  The author wrote:
...the fascist elements leap off the screen. The main villain, a purple kangaroo, is all about conformity of thought and will not hesitate to threaten and punish those who don't toe the line. She even has to think it over for a moment when her son's life becomes part of the negotiation with another villain. And like any good fascist, she knows how to whip up a mob of thugs to do her dirty work.
Why a liberal fascist, though? For one, our menacing marsupial is clearly an empiricist. She keeps repeating that unless one can see, hear or touch something, it does not exist. She can't accept that there are other forms of evidence for why something must be true. Of course this does not mean that all liberals are empiricists; it's just rare that you find one that isn't. Moreover, it's rare that you find a conservative who uses that kind of narrow reasoning.
Another way I could tell the kangaroo was a liberal fascist is by the contrasts with other characters. Horton's best pal, Morton, doesn't believe there's a little world inside a speck any more than the kangaroo, and he tries to convince Horton that there isn't. However, he doesn't try to force his view on his friend, and when the chips are down, Morton is there to help Horton despite his disbelief. It isn't conservatives and libertarians who try to erode the beliefs of others through court orders and indoctrination.
Emphasis was added by me.  This is a key theme among liberals/ progressives/ fascists is that they don't just have ideas, they believe everyone should accept their ideas or they force their ideas on the people.  This was an accurate portrayal of the fascist movement.  However, ask a liberal if this were true and they'd adamantly deny it.

 The Bottom Line is that Horton Hears a Who is a rare conservative theme from Hollywood. It tackles the concepts of a higher power, life before conception, and portrays the fascist movement the way it should be portrayed.

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