Everything about â€œThe Lego Movieâ€ is awesomely communist, according to the senior U.S. senator from Wisconsin.
Johnson expressed distaste for liberal Hollywoodâ€™s tendency to make capitalists the bad guys, citing â€œThe Lego Movieâ€ as a prime example.
The film, co-written and directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, follows the adventures of a construction worker Lego named Emmet Brickowski (voiced by Chris Pratt) who must save the Lego universe from the villainous villain is President/Lord Business (Will Ferrell). Lord Business presides over a totalitarian, corporate surveillance state.
â€œThatâ€™s done for a reason,â€ Johnson said. â€œTheyâ€™re starting that propaganda, and itâ€™s insidious.â€
After the HuffPo story made the rounds, the senator returned fire with an angry blog post, doubling down on his anti-Lego Movie position.
â€œSome liberal writer at the Huffington Post was excited to find out that Iâ€™ve been talking to Wisconsinites about how enthusiastically the entertainment media spread a â€˜business is badâ€™ message,â€ he blogged. â€œHe seems to get hung up on the way I mentioned â€˜The Lego Movieâ€™â€¦The strange thing isnâ€™t that a kidsâ€™ movie was anti-business, it is that someone claiming to be a journalist never encountered the idea before.â€
Johnsonâ€™s commentsâ€”and follow-up angry-bloggingâ€”serves as a bit of a revival of the original conservative freak-out over â€œThe Lego Movieâ€ early last year, upon the filmâ€™s theatrical release. The critically acclaimed kidsâ€™ movie, which doubles as a political and social satire, made some news in February 2014 after it became the target of certain commentators in conservative media, including The Weekly Standard and Fox Newsâ€™s sister channel. (For what itâ€™s worth, The Economistâ€”which Sen. Johnson, oddly, links to on his blogâ€”found the film to be â€œpleasingly libertarian.â€)
Fox Business personalities werenâ€™t happy with the movie for its allegedly â€œanti-business,â€ anti-capitalist message. One talked about how President Business physically resembles Mitt Romney. Another then segued into defending the similarly capitalist and evil Mr. Potter from â€œItâ€™s a Wonderful Lifeâ€â€”an instance of life imitating parody.
Watch the Fox segment below:
Publicists for Lord and Miller did not respond to a request for comment regarding Sen. Johnsonâ€™s hot take on â€œThe Lego Movie.â€ However, I asked the directors last year what they thought of the Fox Business segment on their supposedly socialist-leaning, indoctrinating work. Lord got back to me, via Twitter:
â€œArt deserves many interpretations, even wrong ones,â€ he wrote in terse rebuttal.
Senator, take note.