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Corporations Have Become Hollywood's Go-To Villians

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Have you seen the new Jurassic Park movie, Jurassic World

It had the biggest opening of any movie in history. The movie tells how a reckless biotech company releases dinosaurs that kill its customers. Its tale of heroes vs. villains made me think about how America has changed since our independence, the anniversary of which we celebrate this weekend. 

We call the men who fought the British "heroes." But we no longer consider the British "villains." We don't even seem to hate monarchs anymore. Disney princesses and royal babies are all the rage. 

Hollywood needs heroes and villains, and over time those roles changed. It was once cowboys vs. Indians, then Americans soldiers vs. Nazis and "Japs," then Russians, then Arabs, then… 

Well, now Hollywood is more careful about whom it calls a villain. But one group is always eligible—businessmen. In movies and on TV, evil corporations routinely dispatch heartless goons to rough up whistleblowers, political activists and average citizens. The new anarchist drama series Mr. Robot on USA Network even features a company called "Evil Corp." 

Don't Hollywood writers realize that abusing customers would be a bad business model? No. They refuse to see that it rarely happens, and when it does it's unsustainable.

In the real world, instead of killing customers or scheming to keep them poor, companies profit by trying really hard to give us what we want, and they prefer that we stay healthy, if only so that we keep buying their stuff and to limit their insurance liability. 

I say, entrepreneurs and scientists are the world's real heroes. They save and extend lives. 

The website ScienceHeroes.com estimates how many lives scientists save. Fritz Haber and Carl Bosch, whose synthetic fertilizers made food easier to grow, are credited with saving 2.7 billion lives. Blood researchers Karl Landsteiner and Richard Lewisohn saved more than a billion by making blood transfusions possible. 

Others in the site's top 10 include the creators of water chlorination and vaccines, as well as Norman Borlaug, credited with saving at least a quarter-billion lives for creating more abundant wheat strains and sparking the so-called "Green Revolution." 

Then there are the creators of CPR, AIDS drugs, bypass surgery, pacemakers, dialysis, and more, each with millions of lives to their credit. 

Weirdly, few monuments honor these life-saving scientists. Instead, politicians celebrate politicians. We get the William Jefferson Clinton Federal Building, George Bush High School and Florida's President Barack Obama Parkway.

But how many lives did those politicians save? Any? Mostly, they presided over a bureaucracy that imposed taxes and regulations that make it harder to innovate and save lives. What's heroic about that?

In the movies, anti-business activists like Erin Brockovich are depicted as lifesavers. Brockovich, a hustler for personal injury lawyers, used her ample charm and cleavage to recruit clients who sued Pacific Gas and Electric, claiming the power company gave them cancer. 

That was highly unlikely, given that the accused chemical, hexavalent chromium, causes cancer only at much higher doses. PG&E workers, despite being exposed to much more of it, live longer than average. 

But Brockovich still got PG&E to pay out over $300 million, of which she got $2 million. That makes her a hero? 

Part of the problem is the way our brains have evolved to spot friends and foes. A big, faceless corporation isn't warm and friendly, but activists have smiling faces and say they want to help us. 

Who has time to calculate the number of lives they've each saved? Our hearts embrace the ones who sound like they have good intentions but are wary of those who are out for profit. 

I wish more people thought like statistician Bjorn Lomborg. Unlike many of his fellow environmentalists, he takes the time to rank the lives saved and the money spent on various projects, and he finds that the ones that inspire the most passion, like slowing global warming, aren't the ones where lives are most at stake. 

Many more lives would be saved if we poured resources into cleaning drinking water or preventing malaria, but those crusades don't celebrate Hollywood's heroes or punish the "villains" in business.

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175 responses to “Corporations Have Become Hollywood's Go-To Villians

  1. Oh, come on. Science kills. Look it up.

    1. Yeah, but it kills in the coolest ways possible. Lazers baby! Lazers!

      1. Mounted to sharks?

        1. George Lazerbeam defeated them. After sleeping with them.

          1. Wasn’t he one of the Bond guys?

          2. Trayvon would still be with us if it weren’t for George Lazerbeam.

            /end derp

        2. Mounted to sharks?

          Like Dr. Evil?

          When will Hollywood stop demonizing the medical profession!

    2. Konsensus!!!

    3. Business kills too!

      That’s why, SJW like to ignorantly remind, we need all the regulations we can cram through!

    4. Clearly what humanity needs to do is ditch science and return to the good days when spiritual leaders use religion to guide us through life.

      1. I’m betting spirituality would have given us an edit button.

        1. On our stone tablet?

          1. Check you literacy privilege.

      2. isn’t that what the Pope is calling for.

    5. Sure it does, Rachel Carson’s “science” quite possibly makes her responsible for more human deaths than even Chairman Mao but if not she is easily in 2nd place for the most blood on her hands a head of Stalin and behind Mao.

    6. You may be right but I hates Bill Gates.

  2. “JFS PRODUCTIONS”

    The F stands for “fucking”

    1. And the S stands for “stache”.

    2. John Stossel for president! Stossel 2016!

  3. The Anaconda Company has the coolest corporate-villain name:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anaconda_Copper

    1. That Anaconda don’t want none if you ain’t got ore, whore.

  4. Scientists don’t allocate funds for monuments.

  5. Will Leitch reviewed Jurassic World for Deadspin and talked about how stupid the people were in the movie.

    Jurassic World Features Cooler Dinosaurs And Way Stupider People

    And then there’s, you know, everyone who goes to the park, people who know what happened at the original Jurassic Park?the events of the first film are explicitly referred to, though no one seems to remember that a T-Rex attacked San Diego in the second one?but have nonetheless decided that their idea of a fun family vacation is to head to an island in the middle of nowhere from which there is no possible escape from countless carnivorous dinosaurs. One couple even sends their two children there by themselves.

    The best part of his review was the first comments, where a chat session with the rest of the writers at DeadSpin was posted talking about how wrong Leitch was to say that people were stupid for wanting to go to this park, when everyone across the board pretty much agreed they would sell their first born to get a chance to go a Dinosaur park.

    1. It can’t be said enough: Jurassic World is an awful, awful movie.

      1. It’s a dumb, dumb movie, but so is so very much enjoyable crap.

    2. Not to mention the stupidity of deliberately creating a more lethal dinosaur than nature ever created without a fail safe way to kill it if it got out of control – like implanting a chip that could be triggered to fry it’s brain.

      1. “But this time the Right People Are In Charge, and Technology, so Nothing an Go Wrong.”

        1. …Can Go Wrong.”

          See?

    3. Well I wanted to go to space camp as a kid. How is this any different?

    4. There are always tourists at Vesuvius, and Kilauea.

  6. I really want someone to make up a show that’s a mashup of Law and Order and Always Sunny. Like, the show starts with some legitimate crime to solve and shows you who did it, but by the end, thanks to the incompentence and sociopathy of the cast of cops, forensic techs, prosecutors, judges, etc., they almost always just end up putting the nearest black guy in jail.

    1. And while I wasn’t being literal, you could probably make that work. Mac and Charlie as the cops, Dee as the CSI, Dennis as the prosecutor, and Frank as the judge.

    2. They could regularly show line-ups of six white guys and one black guy and the black guy always gets picked.

    3. They made that, it was called The Shield.

      1. You don’t dry clean an oriental rug!

    4. The show could be called TOP MEN.

      And it should be an anthology show like Twilight Zone where there are no recurring characters every week; this would heighten the sense of bureaucratic lunacy rather than just allow people to point at the same 4 or 5 idiots every week. Then you just have to pay a stable of writers instead of over-paying for star actors – if it’s done well enough good actors would want to have their one-week appearance to promote themselves.

  7. I refused to watch Brockovich. If there was one movie that screamed SJW bull shit back in the day, that was it.

    Also. As I mentioned in the past, I cheered for the bad guys in ‘Avatar’. The writing was such that I wanted to puke. Vomit. Throw up. Hurl.

    1. Refused to watch Avatar. I hate hippie science fiction.

      1. It was a way worse version of Ferngully. Complete rip off of it. And I loved Ferngully as a kid, even though it was silly in a way that Captain Planet was too. The fun part was people in school who took those things so to heart, and were pissed off when my mom came in for show and tell and presented how P&G cleaned up the Mill Creek (admittedly after the EPA came down hard on them and others), and has since had a very good environmental record.

        1. The pinnacle of hippie sci-fi is Silent Running

      2. Hippie Sci-Fi can be good.

        Anyway, if you “hate hippie sci-fi” you have to chose between hating Azimov, b/c RAH thought he was a hippie, or RAH b/c Azimov said the same about him. And they are both great.

        1. Silent Running was the worst film ever made.

        2. Who the fuck is RAH?

          1. Robert A Heinlein

    2. The corporation and military really are being reasonable in Avatar. I guess the asshole captain is a bit too gung-ho about killing, but the Navi are a bunch of uncooperative, xenophobic pricks.

      Which makes the comparisons to Native Americans fun to discuss.

      1. Which is why I had dubbed it a “Dances With Wolves” remake – only in space.

        1. People have been calling that POS “Dances With Aliens” since it was released.

          http://www.salon.com/2009/12/18/avatar/
          or check the google results for “Dances With Aliens”

          1. It was always “Dances with Smurfs”; although now you get the South Park episode when googled.

          2. Never saw the article, but it was immediately noticeable to me when I went to the theater. Amazing that there is now 1 Salon article with which I can agree!

      2. Sure that mugger took your wallet, but he was being polite and everything. Why do you have to be such an uncooperative prick?

      3. Serious question (I know, I know), how does the libertarian version of Avatar play out?

        Some mineral that we want is discovered on another planet but the sentient inhabitants of said planet don’t want us there.

        No force, right?

        So beside’s being a generally shitty movie, what exactly is the problem with Avatar? It just feels to hippyish to you (not really libertarian) guys?

        1. Okay, so, I’ll give this a shot in the dark. the Big Brains can tell me where I am wrong.

          A Libertarian answer to the problem is simple, but you have to assume that they think similarly to how we do. That is, you have to assume they are logical and capable of thought.

          Essentially, a Libertarian answer is this: Everyone has a price. Everyone. Figure out what the price for the ore is, and provide it. Don’t want to provide the price they are asking? Tough shit. Can’t provide the price? Equally tough shit. Move on.

          Or, better, contract with the locals to split the profits with them. Help them set up their own corporations and sell the ore themselves.

          Still want the ore? Allow private companies the ability to mine it, with the consent of the natives, in a way that they are happy with. They don’t want you to mine it? Then move on. Find the ore elsewhere. Remember, libertarianism is built on the idea that thereare more resources out there, and capitalism is not a zero-sum game. Then let them see the wealth produced by other planets.

          See, a libertarian movie like this ends with finding either A) a way to mine the ore without conflict, and probably bringing (private) schooling and off-world goods to the natives, or B) the ore elsewhere. Remember, this is a whole fucking planet. They are fighting over an area that could be walked to in less than a week. This is like fighting over the Toledo river valley when the mostly uninhabited Upper Penninsula just a bit north.

          Thoughts?

          1. That’s what I would assume. I’m just trying to understand all the commenters here who seem to be on the side of the military guys in the movie.

          2. Michigan and Ohio did fight a skirmish over where the border between the two states would be. Michigan wanted it at the natural border, the Maumee River. Ohio wanted territory north of the river. Michigan prevailed in the military conflict. Congress stepped in and awarded the losers, Ohio, Toledo, and Michigan got the Upper Peninsula out of the Wisconsin Territory. Michigan undoubtedly got the better part of that deal.

            Also, the UP is not “just a bit north”. It’s about 350 miles north of Toledo. Heck, when Michigan wanted to build the Mackinaw Bridge between the two peninsulas, Wall Street didn’t want to float bonds to pay for it because the financiers in New York couldn’t understand the need for an expensive bridge hundreds of miles away from the nearest big cities.

    3. I always thought there should have been a final scene after the credits of Avatar. And this should have been that scene.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCbfMkh940Q

      1. That should have been at the start of the movie.

        Having said that, the subsequent 120 minutes of asteroid mining to get the minerals the humans wanted would have been pretty dull.

    4. So terribly written. James Cameron doesn’t understand allegory or subtlety. Half the movie was direct quotes from George W. Bush.

  8. Corporations are terrible! The provide goods and services to voluntary customers while providing jobs to voluntary employees! They must be stopped! Think of the children!

    1. A corporation should explicitly exist to provide a ‘fair and livable wage’. Everything else are just details.

    2. EXTERNALITIES!

      1. Tony, is that you?

    3. Silly sarcasmic. Corporations stomp out small businesses and the little guy by brainwashing people into buying their products. People would never actually want to shop at Walmart. They just can’t make rational decisions for themselves given all the advertising that Walmart does. And that’s not to mention the predatory wages paid to their workers. There aren’t considerations of a ceiling put in place by productivity and factors such as supply and demand. Big businesses are simply evil and want to pay everybody minimum wage. That’s why every single person who works for a big business earns minimum wage.

      /s

  9. But how many lives did those politicians save? Any? Mostly, they presided over a bureaucracy that imposed taxes and regulations that make it harder to innovate and save lives.

    Or that other bureaucracy whose actions resulted in the deaths of MILLIONS of people, in the Middle East and the Balkans.

  10. Sorry, I have to avoid the new Jurassic Park movie because someone told me it has 1970s-era sexism.

    1. Worse than that.

      It’s Reagan-era sexism.

    2. She didn’t twist any ankle like it happens in almost all movies where you have a chick running away from monsters, if that’s where you’re going. That woman is built like an amazon.

      1. SPOILER

        OTOH when the hero is attacked by a pterodactyl she snatches up the rifle he dropped and competently whacks the dino. Then, even though the hero already has a second rifle and hasn’t killed anything, she hands the first gun back to him.

  11. Hollywood’s Latest Go-To Villians, Corporations

    Latest? Latest! Latest?!?

    1. That was my first response, but I suspect where he’s going with this is not so much that corporations have been added to the list of villains, but rather that the list of acceptable villains is shrinking down to this and patriarchal cishetero-shitlords in general. Granted, it could have been stated more clearly.

    2. They’ve pretty much been the fallback go-to since It’s a Wonderful Life. Although other go-tos have been trendier for periods (the Nazis, aliens, undead (although those are usually created by corporations) etc.), so I guess they’re enjoying the status of most overexposed at the moment, which is sort of new.

      1. Don’t forget Republican politicians…

        1. Who are always in thrall to corporations.

    3. I actually came in here to say that.

  12. It’s even worse than Stossel says, in the sense that not all corporations get this treatment. I rather doubt that we’ll get many movies portraying The New York Times or Ben & Jerry’s as evil soulless corporations.

    1. But Ben & Jerry’s can’t be a corporation, they’re socialists.

      1. Ben and Jerry’s makes ice cream. No one clearly involved in something I consider fun could be bad. Medical technology is boring/ evil, but Disney is great.

    2. Well just look at the afore mentioned It’s a Wonderful Life.

      There were 2 banks in that movie, 1 was profitable and ran by a miserably theiving SOB, the other just barely scrapped by and was more interested in helping neighbors than turning a profit.

  13. Well, now Hollywood is more careful about whom it calls a villain. But one group is always eligible?businessmen.

    The economically ignorant usually find the facile arguments against business convincing because they seldom have the opportunity to see the good a company does. The face of a company is many times the corporate building or the CEO. No doubt, Hollywood screenwriters and producers are as economically-clueless as the people who enjoy their movies and TV shows.

    But their fallacies and ignorance doesn’t stop with how they treat businesses. I was trying to watch the new show HUMANS the other day and the moment the plot added an android that could feel ‘pain’, I stopped watching, because I knew that, at that point, no one in the boardroom, during the screenwriting session, was concerned about how could a person believe a robot when it says it can feel pain if no person is a robot.

    1. I though HUMANS was pretty good.

      1. And I don’t think a robot feeling pain is an oversight. How do you know I feel pain? Because we are both humans, and you assume I have similar sensations as you? OK, but how do you know a dog feels pain? A mouse? If aliens landed tomorrow, how would you know what they were capable of feeling?

        1. how would you know what they were capable of feeling?

          You blast them into little pieces. If they run, then they feel pain.

        2. Re: LynchPin1477,

          And I don’t think a robot feeling pain is an oversight. How do you know I feel pain? Because we are both humans, and you assume I have similar sensations as you?

          If I want to avoid committing a perfunctory logical contradiction (i.e. if I’m not stupid), YES.

          but how do you know a dog feels pain? A mouse?

          I can only see its reaction to stimuli. I can interpret that as ‘pain’ because a dog yelps, but I cannot know it feels pain like I do.

          1. Meh, you can only see my reactions to stimuli, too. By your logic, I don’t see how you can KNOW I feel pain, but not the dog. Even if we are both human beings, we aren’t carbon copies. There is no way for you to know how your experiences map to my own.

            1. Re: LynchPin1477,

              Meh, you can only see my reactions to stimuli, too. By your logic, I don’t see how you can KNOW I feel pain, but not the dog

              What do you mean ‘by my logic’? Aren’t you a human? I am human. I feel pain, then you would, too. I cannot simply conclude that only *I* can feel pain unless I was a Solipsist. Also, I can assume a dog (or a mouse) feels some sort of pain because besides being a human, I am an animal ?a mammalian, like them. I can make the INFERENCE that dogs and mice feel some sort of pain, like I do, albeit only an inference. Experience tells me this inference is not unreasonable because a dog yelps and cries when given stimuli. Since a dog is an animal without a mind, I cannot ascribe to a dog an intention to deceive me.

              But a robot is not an animal and it is not human. A person who believes a robot when it says it can feel pain, is insane. And the writers of the show are insane if they think I’m going to fall for their canards.

              1. There are people with brain damage who can’t feel pain. People have different thresholds and tolerance for pain. That’s not solipsism, it’s recognizing that no two human brains and bodies are alike.

                All I’m saying is that if you can only infer that a dog feels pain, then you can only infer that another human feels pain, too. I think you are being inconsistent.

                1. Neither one of you feel pain because you’re just two socks in Epi’s drawer, like the rest of us.

                  1. I’m a sock in Warty’s drawer. And it stinks in here.

              2. google “problem of qualia”. or read a book some time (not LynchPin)

        3. I don’t know about dogs, but when I step on my cat’s tail, it gets very, very unhappy, And it lets me know it by screaming and whacking at my foot and hissing at me. Pretty good signs that I did something painful to it.

    2. Details, details….

  14. Not recent. The anti-corporation shtick has been going on for at least a couple of generations, since the likes of Chinatown gave way to Wall Street.

    For God’s sake, the Manchurian Candidate remake replaced commies with a corporation. Something something Sanction of the Victim.

    1. North Koreans are still safe villains

      1. As long as you’re dealing with puppets, you can make villains out of dynastic communists (what?) who execute cabinet members with anti-aircraft guns.

        1. And MATT DAMON!

      2. Not according to North Korea.

        1. Who cares about them, they’ve only got Arec Barwin on their side.

    2. yeah, same point.

      This seems to be a revelation every 5 years or so, despite it being a Hollywood constant for decades

  15. “Latest”?

    I seem to recall teh Korporashuns being the Bad Guys in most of the sci-fi/action films of the 80s

    Robocop
    Total Recall
    FreeJack!! (you know you loved it)
    Tron
    Alien/Aliens
    Blade Runner
    Running Man

    etc.

    Its such a cliche, the list of movies where ‘corporations’ aren’t turned into Big Source of All Evil would be far harder to put together

    1. Logan’s Run

      1. Re: Lee G,

        Logan’s Run

        In Logan’s Run, overpopulation and pollution were the villains.

        You see, the computer was just the instrument the wise city builders created to keep the population at a manageable size; Box was just a crazy robot; Francis was only doing his duty… No, the villains in that movie were the villains in the 60s (when the novel was written): overpopulation and pollution.

        1. OK, Planet of the Apes

          1. Not the new ones, dammit

            1. Lee G,

              2001: The Year We Made Contact.

              No corporation was the villain in that one. The villain was the computer ?or human arrogance, take your pick.

              1. It is somewhat remarkable since Clarke was a full-blown commie.

              2. The villain in “2010: Heywood Floyd Tries Acid For the First Time” was a stand-in for Ronald Reagan. Aside from corporations, nothing enraged 80’s Hollywood than Reagan.

                1. Well, the guy was a union president and he snitched on the members. Go figger.

          2. Planet of the Apes

            Big Monkey ruined it for everyone…

            And I have no idea what you mean by ‘new ones’, you damned dirty ape.

    2. I seem to recall teh Korporashuns being the Bad Guys in most of the sci-fi/action films of the 80s

      Robocop

      Any corporation that props up a local police department has *got* to be some kind of evil.

      Seriously though, half of these, ‘evil’ corporation movies depict an internal corporate struggle or a sociopath in their ranks or at the helm *cough*Hugo Boss*cough*. I wouldn’t give Hollywood a pass by any means, but some of the movies you point to have some pretty twisted contexts and the corporation, while by no means moral, is hardly portrayed as intrinsically evil, esp. as a social structure. Hell, all the good guys in Robocop were employees/property of OCP.

      1. The thing about the original RoboCop, is that they didn’t make the corporation into a villain exactly. There were a few villains, one hero, and lots of anti-heroes. Aside from the OTT violence and profanity, it was a breath of fresh air. It was satire.

  16. To be fair, corporations can and have done some bad shit.

    Most people generally try to do the right thing, but if the chances of getting caught are small, and the incentives align properly, most people can be convinced to go against their consciences. That goes for individuals and groups of people, be they in government or the private sector.

    If a business thought they could sufficiently profit from doing something shady and get away with it, most probably would.

    That’s why the trifecta of strong property rights, market forces, and limited government are so great. Strong property rights and markets impose a significant cost on bad behavior, and a limited government makes it harder for the connected to escape those costs.

    1. Re: LynchPin1477,

      To be fair, corporations can and have done some bad shit.

      You mean people who worked for a corporation did bad shit, right?

      If a business thought they could sufficiently profit from doing something shady and get away with it, most probably would.

      Actually, they do that all the time ?that is lobbying, cronyism, regulatory capture, government-guaranteed loans, etc. The problem is that people believe profits are ill-gotten since Capitalism exploits the Worker. It doesn’t matter that that notion is a crock invented by the Marxians or that it was severely debunked (and left for dead) by the Austrian economist Eugen von Bohm-Bawerk; people still think all profits come from exploitation. Ask Tony the Marxian, he will tell you.

      1. Busting the “johns” always works.

        OK, it never actually works but it plays to the idiot masses.

    2. Yep, villainy typically results from power without accountability.

      1. Exactly. You can only count on people’s good nature up to a point, and the greater the reward for going against their better nature, the less you can trust it. That is ESPECIALLY true if one person sees another getting away with something for whatever reason. That kind of stuff just erodes the moral fabric that holds society together.

        Markets work because they reward good behavior, but I think even more importantly, they punish bad behavior. But if bad simply means unprofitable, you can get some pretty sociopathic behavior. That’s why accountability has to extend to individual rights, too.

        I think this is part of the disconnect between us and non-libertarians. When we talk about moving towards free markets, we tend to assume that a strong protection for individual rights will align the profit motive with greater moral goods. But the average guy on the street assumes that the profit motive aligns with corruption and abuse. So they clamor for more government, more regulation. And when we say that excessive government *enables* a poorly aligned profit motive, it just sails right past them.

    3. To be fair, corporations can and have done some bad shit.

      Indeed. Even Ayn Rand had evil corporation bad guys in her books. The knee-jerk “all corporations are saints!” BS you get here is just as tiresome as the knee-jerk “corporations are THE DEVIL” you get on the left.

      1. What knee-jerk “all corporations are saints” do you see?

        1. You have to run it through your Salon filter and squint real hard, but it’s there.

        2. Well, I’d start with the article these comments are attached to.

      2. I would point to Rolling Stone (Wenner Media LLC), the New York Time Company, The Public Broadcasting Corporation, the Catholic Church (organized in the US as “Corporation Soles”), Greenpeace (GPUSA and GPINTL), most universities,and many other do-gooder activist organizations that are all organized as corporations, but which demonize any corporations that do not do what the do-gooders think is moral and uplifting.

        All of them have done a LOT of bad shit.

    4. People have done some bad shit individually and in groups. I for one blame the Germans. That Charles Manson, he was just a mixed up kid. We should blame society instead. Everyone should be in jail for doing some bad shit.

  17. “Don’t Hollywood writers realize that abusing customers would be a bad business model? No. “

    Michael Bay movies and Megan Fox’s career are proof that this does not apply to movie studios and so no, they probably don’t realize that.

    1. People who watch Michael Bay films are abusing themselves and should be institutionalized.

  18. Latest go to villain? Is that a joke? I can’t remember the last time I watched a movie that a corporation wasn’t the bad guy.

    1. Ghostbusters?

      Course who wants to bet the bad guy in the new one won’t be a government official and absolutely not from one of the progtard approved agencies like the EPA

      1. I saw a few glimpses of a film the other day where US senators were the bad guys. I don’t even know the name of the film, my wife was watching it while I was working and when I walked through the room on my way to the kitchen, I just caught a little of it. On my next trip through, I caught some more and realized that the evil senators were under the control of an evil corporation. Sigh… well at least corporate cronyism is a little closer to reality.

      2. Ghostbusters? Bridesmaids 2: A Ghost Story.

        Not having seen the original Bridesmaids, I can only assume it will completely conform to every RomCom stereotype and avoid or even actively insult the notion of social commentary.

    2. In the Bourne movies the bad guys were all shadowy government types.

      1. They were being controlled by the Kochtopus though, right?

        1. If those evil twins finance another ballet concert, democracy will be crushed forever. Would be a good name for a porn film, “The Kochtopus meets Octopussy”.

  19. Did we see the same movie? Because in the one I saw, a secretive, apparently government-owned or sponsored group was more-or-less deliberately undermining the security of the corporation that ran the park for its own “national security” ends, then washing its hands of the mess when this resulted in disaster. It seemed pretty topical for the news of the day, really. But it didn’t make the corporate owner of the park the villain. In fact the company’s owner, who seemed to me an almost caricatured Randian Atlas figure, boldly risked his own life in an (unfortunately failed) attempt to fix things.

    1. Kochtopus puppet, rat bagging tea fucker, corporate shill!

  20. Speaking of movies, if you haven’t seen it, watch the movie ‘Chappie’. The greatest film ever made.

    Of course a corporation was the villain, but it’s still the best movie ever.

    1. WTF? How many other movies have you ever seen?

      1. Thousands, maybe millions. That is my favorite film, ever, hands down.

        1. In most other years, Jurassic World would have been top of my list of “worst movie of the year”, but then I remembered I saw Chappie.

          1. I just watched “Transformers: Age of Extinction” on Amazon. Ho – LEE – FUCK!

  21. Latest?

    Is it 1930 and talking picttures are the bew craze?

  22. Isn’t asking why Hollywood always makes corporations the villian like asking why the Confederate flag always stands for racism?

    IMO, the villian-factory du jour is the shadowy government contractor. And I can’t say I’m entirely opposed to it.

    1. I thought the villains were conniving mulattoes who wanted to marry white women.

      Wait, that’s Birth of a Nation, never mind.

      1. There’s this film where all the evil white people live in a dyson sphere orbiting the earth and all the benevolent poor brown people live on a polluted earth working in the sweat shops of the evil whiteys in the dyson sphere, cause they’re not citizens of the sphere.

        1. Yeah, I saw the first part of that one, fortunately the disc was cracked and I had to stop.

          1. Spoiler: A hero whitey invaded the sphere and made everyone a citizen. And everyone lived happily ever after.

            1. Oops, I forgot. The hero whitey was a liberal. He believed in global warming and had black people for friends, and never used the N word, and never used GMOs or vaccines, and fought to stop fracking and Sarah Palin.

              1. My favorite part was when he got irradiated in an industrial oven because of evil corporate safety protocols.

                And profits.

                1. Well it obviously wasn’t a union shop

                  1. MATT DAMON!

    2. There’s no villains based more in reality than a room full of senators and their corporate cronyparts.

      Cronyparts. I think I just made a new word. Should it have a hyphen or no, crony-parts?

      1. There’s no villains based more in reality than a room full of senators and their corporate cronyparts.

        I watch(ed) Shooter so many times the boys made me stop.

        Senator Charles F. Meachum: Are you out of your mind? Are you out of your damn mind? I am a United States Senator!
        Bob Lee Swagger: Exactly. *BLAM!*

  23. Corporataions, Russian mafia, Arab terrorists, Arab terrorists who form corporations and work for the Russian mafia…have I covered all the bases?

    1. Not enough “rogues”. Rogue scientists, rogue hackers, rogue officers, rogue submarine commanders, rogue nations…

      1. Runaway 2: robotic spiders on a muthafuckin’ submarine!

        1. +1 Selleck ‘stache

  24. When did Hollywood ever NOT vilify businessmen?

    -jcr

    1. Ghostbusters

      And then there was This from Other Peoples Money…

      1. Lawrence Garfield: [In response to Jorgy’s speech] Amen. And amen. And amen. You have to forgive me. I’m not familiar with the local custom. Where I come from, you always say “Amen” after you hear a prayer. Because that’s what you just heard – a prayer. Where I come from, that particular prayer is called “The Prayer for the Dead.” You just heard The Prayer for the Dead, my fellow stockholders, and you didn’t say, “Amen.” This company is dead. I didn’t kill it. Don’t blame me. It was dead when I got here. It’s too late for prayers. For even if the prayers were answered, and a miracle occurred, and the yen did this, and the dollar did that, and the infrastructure did the other thing, we would still be dead. You know why? Fiber optics. New technologies. Obsolescence. We’re dead alright. We’re just not broke. And you know the surest way to go broke? Keep getting an increasing share of a shrinking market. Down the tubes. Slow but sure. You know, at one time there must’ve been dozens of companies making buggy whips. And I’ll bet the last company around was the one that made the best goddamn buggy whip you ever saw. Now how would you have liked to have been a stockholder in that company?

      2. You invested in a business and this business is dead. Let’s have the intelligence, let’s have the decency to sign the death certificate, collect the insurance, and invest in something with a future. “Ah, but we can’t,” goes the prayer. “We can’t because we have responsibility, a responsibility to our employees, to our community. What will happen to them?” I got two words for that: Who cares? Care about them? Why? They didn’t care about you. They sucked you dry. You have no responsibility to them. For the last ten years this company bled your money. Did this community ever say, “We know times are tough. We’ll lower taxes, reduce water and sewer.” Check it out: You’re paying twice what you did ten years ago. And our devoted employees, who have taken no increases for the past three years, are still making twice what they made ten years ago; and our stock – one-sixth what it was ten years ago. Who cares? I’ll tell you. Me. I’m not your best friend. I’m your only friend. I don’t make anything? I’m making you money. And lest we forget, that’s the only reason any of you became stockholders in the first place. You want to make money! You don’t care if they manufacture wire and cable, fried chicken, or grow tangerines! You want to make money! I’m the only friend you’ve got. I’m making you money.

      3. Take the money. Invest it somewhere else. Maybe, maybe you’ll get lucky and it’ll be used productively. And if it is, you’ll create new jobs and provide a service for the economy and, God forbid, even make a few bucks for yourselves. And if anybody asks, tell ’em ya gave at the plant. And by the way, it pleases me that I am called “Larry the Liquidator.” You know why, fellow stockholders? Because at my funeral, you’ll leave with a smile on your face and a few bucks in your pocket. Now that’s a funeral worth having!

    2. Does Elon Musk count?

      1. He counts his corporate welfare dollars all the way to the bank.

        1. Kinda my point. Hollywood does glorify businesses and businessmen.

          Not necessarily a good thing.

  25. considering how many corporations are bringing in foreign employs and firing their American counter parts I would say they don’t care and if they keep replacing their American employees nobody will be able to buy the products they create. So yes sometime corporations are acting against their best interest.

    1. Don’t employ brown people!

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  27. I don’t reflexively defend (big) corporations anymore, because most of them are ran by crony capitalists and progressives.

    There’s no reciprocity between libertarians and big business. While we defend outsourcing and “right to work” policies, the crony capitalist find ways to suck money from taxpayers and threaten to divest from Israel, gun companies, states that expand religious freedoms, etc. They turn soft libertarian to protect their interests but use their influence to erode freedom.

    Nothing could stop Hollywood from churning out tv shows and movies with ZERO white males. ZERO. Everything could be about feminism, gays and Chinese families. Heck, they don’t even have to speak English. But they won’t, for OBVIOUS reasons.

    So Hollywood is an evil corporation with a history of child abuse and corruption that makes recycled blockbuster movies about evil corporations, in which product placement is everywhere.

  28. Hollywood’s Latest Go-To Villians, Corporations

    Why did the phrase “self-hating Jew” come to mind?

    Also, V-I-L-L-A-I-N-S dammit.

  29. This was a silly article.

    1. You’re a silly article.

  30. Corporations are definitely evil, unless they’re making movies.

  31. Ah John, not to fret, go see “A Most Violent Year”. A businessman is actually a hero in that one – and it is a terrific movie.

  32. Oh you’ve noticed, have you?

  33. Fix the typo in the title!

  34. “We don’t even seem to hate monarchs anymore”

    True, since Americans have made the 1% de facto “royalty”

  35. “Don’t Hollywood writers realize that abusing customers would be a bad business model? No. They refuse to see that it rarely happens, and when it does it’s unsustainable.”

    Hollywood routinely abuses its own customers by making bad movies.

  36. Thanks for confirming that I don’t want to waste my time with _Mr. Robot_. Despite the high ratings and interesting premise, the SJW-ness of it, not to mention the freakishness of the fanbase (seriously, take a look at the Facebook, it’ll make you want more guns) makes me want to puke. You get the feeling that we’re supposed to cheer on “fsociety”, when they’re just a bunch of Occutards that know their way around technology.

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