America loves its villains, and our government leaders have known it for a while. They spend a lot of time branding those bad guys into a product we love to hate. There is always an enemy to fight, and Hollywood has capitalized on this American fear (or pride, depending on how you look at it) since the early days of movies.
The first big Hollywood enemy came in the form of Nazis in WWII movies. Then, after Hitler lost his bid for world domination, we had to move on to the next big scary monster: the Soviets. The war may have been cold, but the box office would heat up when big stars kicked Communist ass.
Being taught the Soviets were the enemy and living in the Cold War was just a normal part of growing up as a Gen X'er. It was part of our pop culture life. I watched Patrick Swayze and Charlie Sheen fight a Soviet invasion in Red Dawn. I cried and cheered as Rocky Balboa knocked out Ivan Drago and won the hearts and minds of the Soviet people (If I can change, you can change...Everybody can change!) in Rocky 4. Hell, Matthew Broderick almost started global thermo-nuclear war with the damn Russians via video game in War Games! Luckily, the "good guys" always won.
• I want to cheer as veteran LA cops George Clooney and Brad Pitt, along with rookie Shia LeBeouf take down Al Qaeda at the Superbowl.
• Maybe I could tolerate Miley Cyrus if she were held hostage by terrorists. But, then with the help of her iPhone,secret nunchuck skills, and her Pit Bull named Kevin, she is able to escape and take down the biggest sleeper cell on the East Coast.
• Or...lawyers Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz (who are oddly competent with firearms) find out the company they represent is really a terrorist front organization. So, they risk their lives as they team up with the FBI to bring them down from the inside.
Come on Hollywood, it's time to show the world who's boss.
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