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Not an Onion article.  (checks)  Hm, wait, it IS published by The Onion.  (double checks)  Oh, but the A.V. Club is NOT satirical.  So yeah, Fox Business is actually attacking The LEGO Movie.  Gotta love the headline: Fox News decries movie designed explicitly to sell toys as "anti-business"

Unlike The Muppets, which tried—but failed—to mask its anti-corporate message from Fox News by giving its tycoon villain the subtle name “Tex Richman,” The Lego Movie doesn’t even bother to hide its agenda, calling its main antagonist “Lord Business.” And the fact that Lord Business is meant to represent business definitely wasn’t lost on Fox Business host Charles Payne, who works every day at a network with “Business” in its name, so you’re not going to put one over on him. Indeed, Payne even noticed that Lord Business “looks a little bit like Mitt Romney,” in that both are plastic, malleable, and easily held up as props for the opinions of Fox commentators.

“Why is the head of a corporation, where they hire people, people go to work, they pay their rent, their mortgage, they put their kids through college, they feed their families, they give to charities, they give to churches—why would the CEO be an easy target?” Payne demands of his guest, Rentrak senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian, whose meek defense against Payne’s “Ode On A CEO” makes him the functional-yet-weak, 1x1 angular brick of Payne’s one-sided argument. Halfheartedly suggesting The Lego Movie might at least “start a debate” about the nature of business within incredibly depressing households, Dergarabedian is immediately steamrolled by Monica Crowley, who steps in to become the first person to ever defend It’s A Wonderful Life’s Mr. Potter.

You can't make this stuff up, folks.

BTW, I saw this movie on opening night with some friends.  And it is... HILARIOUS!!!  It's so... words can't even....

And in the spirit of capitalism and telling Fox Business to shove it, go see the movie!!  And bring your kids!!  You'll love it!  8-)

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  •  Slamming business sells (3+ / 0-)
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    Lego, Village Roadshow, Vertigo, Lin and Warner Bros. certainly aren't complaining.

    Also, slamming slams again business also sells.  Everybody wins.

  •  Oh the poor, poor CEOs! (14+ / 0-)

    "Won't somebody think of the children CEOs!"

    Why is the head of a corporation, where they hire people, people go to work, they pay their rent, their mortgage, they put their kids through college, they feed their families, they give to charities, they give to churches—why would the CEO be an easy target?
    Maybe because those CEO rarely, if ever, do those things in a vacuum. They whine and complain about rules like making sure workers have access to bathrooms or only have to work 40 hours without being paid overtime. They actively look to hire workers from off-shore or outsource their productions. They only give to charities for tax breaks. So cry me a river but I find little love for such people.

    Food processed to be nothing more than simple starches with two dozen flavorings and stabilizers added to make it appear to be food isn't "food". It's "feed" -- what you give to livestock to fatten them up for slaughter.

    by ontheleftcoast on Sun Feb 09, 2014 at 10:30:59 AM PST

    •  Seriously. (11+ / 0-)

      When did hiring someone to make you richer become an act of altruism?

      CEOs hire workers to make themselves richer, nothing more, and they'll squeeze those profits from those very same workers with low pay, diminished benefits, or a my-way-or-the-highway ultimatum to increase productivity.

      This is not a noble model that CEOs have carved for themselves, and those business-channel mouthpieces who claim it is are even less noble, if that's possible.

      If Hollywood -- business with a capital B -- can see what everyone else sees, enough to try to improve profits by acknowledging it, why would a business-channel puppet want to interfere?  

      •  This is all part of (4+ / 0-)
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        the attempt to devalue labor.  These types believe it isn't a relationship among equals -- I provide my labor and you compensate me for that labor -- it's a beneficent gift from a lord and master to a peasant that allows the peasant to stay alive, fed, etc. due to the lord's tremendous largess and sacrifice to provide that largess.  The whole contraception mandate is about this -- the employer "giving" the worker his or her health care, so the employer having the right to determine which treatments he finds "morally" acceptable for the employee to have or not to have.  Sorry, but I work for both my pay and my benefits, and I'll thank you not to interfere with how I choose to use them.  And please don't expect me to come into work every day and kiss your a*s because you've found it in your generous heart to actually pay me for the labor I provide to you.  Just because you employee me doesn't mean you own me nor does it mean I am lesser than you.  It also doesn't mean my contribution to the success of your business makes me any less than you, either.  This is a business arrangement, not feudalism.

        • (0+ / 0-)

          I'm not exactly big business personified, but if you worked for me with that attitude you'd be gone sooooooo fast there'd be scorch marks on your back.

          Oh, and since when are benefits mandatory?  

          •  That's okay. I doubt I could work for a person (2+ / 0-)
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            who couldn't see our working relationship in professional terms and treat me like an equal.  So, I doubt I'd ever work for you, or, if you were sneaky enough to hide your true attitude about the people that work for you during the interview (i.e., you expect to own them), and I mistakenly took a job you offered, as soon as you displayed that attitude I'd have quit before you realized I'd even been working there.  

            The ACA, which is a law, requires that health care plans offer birth control without a co-pay, so that is mandatory.  In any case, benefits are part of an employee's compensation, and, as such, the employer has no more right to choose how the employee uses those benefits than the employer has a right to choose how the employee spends his/her salary.  

          •  I hate the term "Benefits"! (3+ / 0-)
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            I'm so sick of corporations calling everything "Benefits". It used to be considered "part of OUR paycheck". They could pay us a little less in our hourly wages, but the quality health insurance, pension plans, bonuses, regular pay raises... cut our costs of living enough that it made up for the lower hourly wages. Now, not only have hourly wages stagnated, but pension plans & bonuses are nearly gone. Health insurance takes hundreds out of each of our paychecks. We have large deductibles and even after that deductible is met, the insurance only pays a percentage of what we are billed. Yet somehow, the upper management level jobs, as well as the politicians we elect into office, still consider it "part of THEIR paycheck". They still get their pension plans, pay raises, bonuses & company paid health insurance. What has changed?

          •  well... (2+ / 0-)
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            compensation is mandatory and the so-called "benefits" are part of the compensation package. They are salary in alternate form, which is, you know, mandatory. And given how little wages have expanded in recent decades these so-called "benefits" are what keep many people in their jobs.

            Stick around and you might find there are many ways to look at this situation that maybe you and your scorch marks hadn't thought about before.

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            by a gilas girl on Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 01:58:37 AM PST

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        •  Thank you! (3+ / 0-)
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          It's good to hear someone finally articulating that this is a relationship.  I once had a boss who was asked why he never thanked anyone when they had done something for him.  His reasoning?  He paid them, didn't he?  Why should he thank them?

          You say you're a Christian?  Then act like one.

      •  CEO says the 99% should quit whining and be happy (0+ / 0-)

        they are poor!  After all, the 99% would be the 1%, if it was in a 3rd world country!  Don't know what that has to do with not paying your employees a decent living wage.  He is the CEO of fashion label Nicole Miller and was in a CNN news clip, which I saw.

  •  They probably didn't get... (9+ / 0-)

    ...the Legos they wanted as kids.

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Sun Feb 09, 2014 at 10:32:03 AM PST

  •  We all know, rich people can NEVER be (5+ / 0-)

    The bad guy.  Because every single one of them is a saint.

    It's not as though there haven't been movies where poor and desperate people haven't been villains.

    I guess we know the reality:  Rich people are just awaiting sainthood.

    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

    by Chris Reeves on Sun Feb 09, 2014 at 10:50:38 AM PST

    •  Didn't you see the Fox Business piece that defends (0+ / 0-)

      the pirates in the movie "Captain Phillips" as job-creating entrenepreneurs?  It's right after the "news" decrying half of the James Bond movies for being anti-business because Bond defeats SPECTRE, that profit-at-all-costs model of modern corporations. /snark

  •  My mid 20's son loved the movie, said he (2+ / 0-)
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    may go see it again.  Guess I now have another reason to go see it.

    “The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day.” Gloria Steinem

    by ahumbleopinion on Sun Feb 09, 2014 at 11:08:39 AM PST

  •  fortunately on my cable system you have to pay (3+ / 0-)
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    extra for the Faux Business Channel

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Sun Feb 09, 2014 at 11:23:20 AM PST

  •  Hollywood is "anti-business"? Yeah, right. (5+ / 0-)

    Hollywood is nothing but business… and that love child of Stuart Varney and Todd Starnes knows damn well it is.

    Citizens United: 3 Branches, 2 Parties, 1 Currency, 0 Accountability.

    by here4tehbeer on Sun Feb 09, 2014 at 11:41:23 AM PST

    •  Thank You!! (0+ / 0-)

      My sentiments exactly. That was my very first thought as I was reading through the drivel re: Faux. If ever there was a business entity ANYWHERE that existed for the purpose of generating JILLIONS of dollars, it is Hollywood. They are peerless in that respect. Roger Ailes has had his backside kicked up between his shoulders so he has to take his head off to defecate. Was it one of the Koch's who treated him so shabbily?

  •   Lord Business has been with us for a long time (8+ / 0-)
    Any man demanding the 40-hour week should be ashamed to claim citizenship in this great country," declared the chairman of Philadelphia Gear Works in 1926. "The men of our country are becoming a race of softies and mollycoddles."

    If cats could blog, they wouldn't

    by crystal eyes on Sun Feb 09, 2014 at 11:41:45 AM PST

  •  Jeff sez: the villain in the video clip (3+ / 0-)
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    doesn't look at all like Mitt Romney.  He's not stiff enough.  

    "My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right." -- Sen Carl Schurz 1872

    by Calamity Jean on Sun Feb 09, 2014 at 03:57:20 PM PST

  •  To paraphrase Colbert: (1+ / 0-)
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    This is the greatest country in the world, because in any other one, the banksters would have all been lined up and shot by now.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Sun Feb 09, 2014 at 05:20:34 PM PST

  •  Potter is "considered" the Villain? Wow! (0+ / 0-)

    Defending Mr Potter!

    The only thing we have to fear is fear itself - FDR. Obama Nation. -6.13 -6.15

    by ecostar on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 09:34:38 AM PST

    •  there's a movie in there somewhere... (0+ / 0-)

      "Defending Mr Potter!" I can just see it now; the beneficent, visionary maverick Henry F. Potter with his dream of creating a thriving, exciting, new city that would leave Las Vegas in the dust! But his arch nemesis, George Bailey, a stay-at-home, overly cautious, self-righteous prude stands in the way of Progress! Someone call Hollywood and I'll work up a treatment pronto!

  •  Lego's (0+ / 0-)

    It's time we stop ignoring the truth. The monetary system is one big out of control addiction, which is literally destroying our world.
    Its a nice way of preparing our children for the attitudes they must overcome to effect any change for the future.

  •  Misses the point! (1+ / 0-)
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    Saw the movie last weekend with my niece and nephew and, as soon as I heard the villian's name, I knew this idiocy would raise its head again. I don't want to spoil the movie for anyone - and unfortunately attacking this kind of Babbitry almost requires it - but once you get through the movie you understand why the villain has that name and it has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with anti-"business" bias. (And you also understand why the villian looks the way that he does - he's based on the actor who voices the character, as most animated movies now frequently do.) Anyone who attacks the movie without seeing it based on the name of a character (remember the attacks on Batman Returns because of the character "Baen" [whose name was selected long before the 2012 campaign]) reaches new levels of stupidity. And anyone who HAS seen the movie and doesn't get the point is a complete idiot.

  •  He's not called Lord Business because.... (1+ / 0-)
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    The movie is anti-business.  The perspective of the movie is a kid's perspective and Lord Business is......spoilers ahead.....

    Lord Business is His father, who being a kid, he sees simply as a "business" man.

  •  Only the right-wing would claim that (2+ / 0-)
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    a movie that is essentially a 90 minute commercial for a product is "anti-capitalist."  Unbelievable.

  •  Nobody really cares what FOX thinks (0+ / 0-)

    Roughly 80% (actually closer to 90% because it's as safe bet that FOX fudges it's viewer numbers) of the adult American population either is completely unaware or just doesn't care what FOX has to say. I say adult because kids  probably don't watch the news let alone FOX who's main demographic is the 65 and over crowd. Even though many cite FOX as the largest watched cable "news" source and a big factor in the information game they are really insignificant overall and within the next 10 to 15 years will become a footnote in American and for that matter worldwide history. You hear that FOX, nobody cares!

  •  Faux makes me want (0+ / 0-)

    to throw up on my keyboard, gawd they are SOOOO stupid.

  •  When Fox "attacks" something... (0+ / 0-)

    that means it must be good.

    Guess I'll go see the movie after all...

  •  Ah, the bizarro world of Fox! (0+ / 0-)

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