The politically conservative makers of "2016 – Obama's America" expected to get some pushback from liberals about their documentary-style film that takes a look at the president's past in order to project a future U.S. under his second term should he be re-elected. They just didn't expect to get "movie reviews" from people who had not seen the film yet.
Washington, D.C.-based politics writer Mariah Blake states in her article on the film: "While the film itself was not yet available when this story went to press, the trailer resembles a cross between a high-budget feature and standard Tea Party agitprop."
Blake's article, "Dinesh D'Souza's '2016': Feature-length Obama hate," prompted the producer of the film, Gerald R. Molen, to write his own article recently in which he not only questions the writer's motive, but that of the liberal media in general. Molen, whose career in Hollywood spans 55 years, is perhaps best known for producing the Academy Award Best Film "Schindler's List."
"That kind of action has to come from pure chutzpah, ideology or just plain stupidity, you can pick," wrote Molen.
"If you thought being one of the producers of one of the greatest anti-hate films in history, one that exposed hatred, bigotry and anti-semitism would make you immune from being labeled a hate monger, think again," began Molen in his article. "'Schindlers List' left its mark on the world and did so by telling the truth about man's inhumanity to men. Yet the slings and arrows came at me to impinge my credibility, the work of Dinesh D'Souza and to once again use hate as their passport to the dark side."
Molen told The Christian Post on Friday that Blake's article was "the first one that stung a bit, primarily because she did a review of the film and hadn't seen it. That just told me that it didn't matter [to her] what the truth was."
The movie is currently showing in a limited number of theaters in the U.S., but the buzz for the film is increasing and some theater owners are choosing to extend its screening. "The word-of-mouth has been phenomenal," Molen said.
During a recent conservative radio talk show that he participated in, Molen said a caller went on a long rant in which he said that the movie was primarily all about "trashing Obama." After letting the caller go on for a while, Molen interjected to ask if he had seen the film, to which the caller said, "No."
Molen then asked the caller, "Why don't you see the film? Then you and I could have a more honest discussion."
"It's that kind of thing – that people are judging without having any substance to their argument – that's occurring regularly," Molen told CP.
"It seems the left in America can only define something they don't understand, something that frightens them, something so truthful it hurts or something they have no real response to that leaves them grasping for any kind of answer that comes with the hope that maybe it will just go away … and if it doesn't, do all possible to destroy it."
"That won't happen. The film is complete, it's scheduled for release and it stands on its own as a well thought out visual documentary based on two books written by author Dinesh D'Souza, The Roots of Obama's Rage and the soon to be released Obama's America."
Molen believes the attacks that have already come against "2016" are "nothing less than high-tech censorship, since the first attack was trying to impugn the motives of the filmmakers and questioning how the project was funded and by whom, all in an attempt to dissuade people from watching it.
"I don't remember anyone in the mainstream press questioning Michael Moore about his motives (he wore them on his sleeve) or where the funding came from (deep pockets of those sharing his ideology). No questions asked…"
Molen also believes that the movie should be required viewing by all Americans. "Then you can do your own homework and make up your own mind," he stated.
He warned that "there are forces out there who don't want you to view this movie and will try desperately to keep you away from the theater by impugning the character of people like me who created the work, hoping it'll scare you away.
"That's not the American way," Molen wrote in his opinion piece. "I hope you'll ignore these voices of fear and enjoy the show."