Conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza may be getting an influx of new viewers of his documentary film ‘America’ after a Republican state senator from Florida said he plans on introducing a bill to make the movie mandatory in public schools.Well, ok, sure - that sounds perfectly reasonable. As long as they also have to have a mandatory viewing of "An Inconvenient Truth" and perhaps "Incident at Ogalala" and "Dead Man Walking" then fine.
Republican Alan Hays, inspired after seeing the movie in theaters, said he now plans on introducing a one-page bill in November which would require all 1,700 Florida high schools and middle schools to show the movie to their students, unless their parents choose to opt them out.
But somehow, I don't think equal time is on the agenda.
This picture is actually a lot more like Conservapedia than a factual piece, it's a fantasy and a piece of fiction, rather than a "Documentary".
The documentary film is a conservative-spin on American history focusing on elevating the “essential goodness of America” while discrediting criticisms about American’s checkered history with civil rights and social justice. It’s not completely inconceivable for the bill to pass the Republican-controlled Florida legislature and be signed into law by Republican Gov. Rick Scott.Seeing as the film only grossed $2.5 Million in it's limited release, I'm not thinking it's going to be a big hit with the young ones.
“I saw the movie and walked out of the theater and said, ‘Wow, our students need to see this.’ And it’s my plan to show it to my colleagues in the legislature, too, before they’re asked to vote on the bill,” Hays said.
In fact, they just might hate it. Just as Hollywood did.
“The first problem with the film is its overstatement of these anti-American tenets ostensibly running rampant in our society,” said the Hollywood Reporter. “D’Souza posits a simmering crisis that doesn’t really exist outside a few college campuses.” The Washington Post said, ““America” is less successful as a debate, since it isn’t one. D’Souza controls the conversation, and thus goes unchallenged when he tries to make real-world points with make-believe scenarios.” “‘America” isn’t a documentary; it’s more like the badly-filmed version of a badly-written, meandering op-ed piece from a paper that lacks fact-checking or proofreading,” said a Wrap review of the film.Ow, that's gonna sting in the morning.
An in a normal state, with a normal legislature the crack-pot, hair-brained idea would drift away on the wind -- but then again...