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Republican David Zucker makes stand with ‘American Carol’

by The Web Guy

October 3, 2008 | 7:44 pm

David Zucker

David Zucker is a rarity in Hollywood, a Jewish Republican, and he told The Journal all about it in 2006.

The comedy director, famed for box-office smashes like ‘Airplane’ and ‘Naked Gun’ is not all talk, though—his avowedly conservative ‘An American Carol’ opens today.

With an advertising campaign based on Karl Rove ‘culture war’ themes, the director has positioned his movie like a cinematic Sarah Palin—it’ll be good for whatever ails America, you betcha.

To me, the ad campaign seems hateful, divisive and ignorant, but what do I know?  I am a Hollywood Jewish liberal with an Ivy education and obviously this film is not for me.  I just can’t see how ads based on sneering stereotypes that exploit the fear of imagined media elites will make America a better place.

Who is it for?  Michael Moore haters?

I dislike Moore for his boorishness, but I wonder at the singular bitterness and anger that seems to fuel Zucker’s bile towards the guy.  What’s up with that?

Zucker likes our health care system?  Zucker thinks GM is a good corporate citizen? Or the Bush Policy is a big success?

Is ‘An American Carol’ aimed at ‘middle America?’  If they can afford gas to get to the megaplex maybe they’ll like it. 

Zucker didn’t screen it for critics, says the L.A. Times, because he thinks they’re biased.  Yup.  They don’t like crap.  Excuuuuuuuuuuse me.

I haven’t seen it yet either.  I’m saving my worthless Bush Dollars for Oliver Stone’s ‘W’ set to come out Oct 17.  I hope it shows ‘maverick’ John McCain kissing Bush’s butt.

Here’s the ‘An American Carol’ trailer:



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