Remember when entertainment was just that? It used to be an opportunity to just turn your brain off and you know, be entertained.
It sure does seem like a long time ago doesn’t it?
One of the worst things on the laundry list of far-left faults, which saying quite a bit, is progressives’ insistence on injecting their liberal politics into every facet of America.
The latest example of that comes from Vanity Fair’s stunningly asinine review of the new Amazon Prime TV series “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan.”
Titled “Jack Ryan Is a Patriotic Nightmare,” it’s abundantly clear where the review is heading.
“Watching this show feels like falling down a Fox News rabbit hole,” Vanity Fair’s Sonia Saraiya writes underneath the title.
Using phrases like “masculine American heroism,” “cartoonishly macho” and “white male entitlement” to lambaste the show, Saraiya’s biggest gripes seem to stem from the fact that “Jack Ryan” doesn’t kowtow enough to her liberal leanings. (The fact that he’s played by the very white, very male John Krasinski clearly doesn’t help.)
“Both its protagonist and its plot are based on the foundational, unquestioned notion that American-military might — the best-funded killing infrastructure in human history — is helping to save the world,” Saraiya wrote.
Saraiya also saved her worst, most anti-American takes for last.
“Jack Ryan feels like a machine designed to turn us all into the sort of viewers who disappear smiling down jingoistic Fox News rabbit holes. It assumes that we — Americans, and America — are doing a good job. Talk about a fantasy,” she concludes her review.
Talk about condescending and pathetic.
Saraiya’s review reads like someone who despises America and anything that dares to glorify this country. Even when she tried to give the show some credit, it felt like teeth were being pulled.
But perhaps the worst part of Saraiya’s ramblings about the “Jack Ryan” is the fact that she’s letting her blind hatred of it’s patriotic message obscure the fact that the show actually does an amazing job humanizing the Syrian terrorist antagonist named Suleiman.
As someone who has watched the show, I can personally verify that the “Jack Ryan” showrunners go to painstaking lengths not to present a caricature or cliche of Suleiman. He is not some nuclear-obsessed despot or cackling madman. He’s a family man whose convictions have driven him to commit unspeakable acts of terror.
The titular Jack Ryan just happens to be the equal but opposite reaction to Suleiman’s evil. Ryan is presented as a good person doing good things. Heaven forbid that he happens to be a white male from the United States.
The most telling part of Saraiya’s review is the distinct lack of constructive criticism she provides. She can point to any number of things that bothered her about the show, but fails to ascribe how the show should have gone.
Would Saraiya have liked the show better had it been about a Syrian woman who foils some maniacal American whose sole sin is daring to step foot in the Middle East?
Sadly, based on this review, she probably would have.
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