Feminist writer says Hallmark movies are ‘fascist’

Salon writer Amanda Marcotte thinks that those cheesy, harmless movies on the Hallmark Channel are fascist.

Yes, you read that correctly.

Marcotte believes that movies on the Hallmark Channel “breed the kind of defensive white nationalism that we see growing in strength in the Donald Trump era.” She writes:

Hallmark movies, with their emphasis on returning home and the pleasures of the small, domestic life, also send a not-at-all subtle signal of disdain for cosmopolitanism and curiosity about the larger world, which is exactly the sort of attitude that helps breed the kind of defensive white nationalism that we see growing in strength in the Donald Trump era.

Still, it’s critical to be mindful of the role that Hallmark movies are actually playing in our society. The very fact that they’re presented as harmless fluff makes it all the more insidious, the way they work to enforce very narrow, white, heteronormative, sexist, provincial ideas of what constitutes “normal.”

It’s easy to spot fascist propaganda when it’s goose-stepping Pepe-the-frog memes. It’s a lot harder to notice how it’s working when it’s tied up in Christmas cheer and suggesting grinchhood of anyone who questions the rigidity of its worldview.

She defends her take on Twitter and spent Christmas “laughing at the right wingers calling me “joyless” because I think Hallmark movies are dumb. I think someone’s life is joyless if their only source of entertainment is such empty schmaltz. What a depressing life, free of real, satisfying entertainments and hobbies.”

What a sad person Marcotte must be to find racism, white nationalism and fascism in everything.

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