Thursday, September 2, 2010
On Friday, Robert Rodriguez’s “grindhouse” movie, Machete, will hit the theaters. Critics are panning it, but for all the wrong reasons. Joe Neumaier, writing for the New York Daily News, dismisses the film as a cheesy “feature-length exploito-rific action-drama” while the AP’s David Germain writes that Rodriguez’s movie is “never as fun or funny as he thinks it is.”
It is not difficult to get Machete‘s message. It is right on the surface, although the critics either miss or ignore it — there is a race war in the works between Mexicans and racist gringos. Central to this conflict is the divisive border issue. “We didn’t cross the border, the border crossed us!” Jessica Alba’s character declares in the film. Machete is not simply a forgettable Mexploitation film. It is anti-American propaganda funded in part by Texas tax payers. It is designed to create animosity between Americans and Mexicans.
In a trailer released on Cinco de Mayo — a holiday commemorating the Mexican army’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla — Danny Trejo proclaims the film is an angry response to Arizona’s attempt to prevent a huge influx of not only illegal immigrants but Mexican cartel drug traffickers targeting the state’s police officers.
Rodriguez’s message is clear — if the racist gringos in Arizona (and Texas and California) prevent this illegal influx — the border crossing Mexicans, not Mexicans crossing the border — the reaction will be bloody carnage by way of machete, the preferred execution tool of drug cartel thugs fond of cutting off the heads of their victims.
In an interview with Machete star Trejo on the eve of the film’s premier, Robert Rodriguez said he plans to make at least two sequels. He may be a Hollywood opportunist simply pandering to Mexicans who believe all gringos are racist, the American Southwest belongs to them, and the “pilgrims” need to go back to Europe, or Rodriguez may in fact want to incite a race war based on radical Aztlan separatism.
I tend to think Robert Rodriguez wants to make a successful movie and will exploit Mexican nationalism in order to realize his goal. He does not hanker for Aztlan. He wants to be a famous film director.
Kurt Nimmo edits Infowars.com. He is the author of Another Day in the Empire: Life In Neoconservative America.
This article was posted: Thursday, September 2, 2010 at 5:36 am