One would think that a blogger at SF Weekly would be well disposed to locals protesting a movie that exalts populist racial violence and presents crude stereotypes of their ethnic group. But not, of course, when the protestors are White (in this case, AltRight's friend Andrew Yeoman). That doesn't fit the script.
Writes Lauren Smiley,
A group of white nationalists will protest the new Robert Rodriguez movie Machete -- which depicts a Mexican renegade attempting to assassinate an anti-immigrant senator played by Robert DeNiro -- at Bay Area cinemas this week. This gets even more interesting: The protesters will show up "armed" with machetes. Jessica Alba and Lindsay Lohan, beware.
Frequent readers of this site may recall the Bay Area National Anarchists -- BANA for short -- the white nationalist group that showed up at the May Day immigration reform rally at Civic Center Plaza to instead show support of the Arizona "papers please" SB 1070 immigration law. BANA founder Andrew Yeoman and two other members were allegedly beaten while leaving the rally by black bloc anarchists, two of whom are now charged with misdemeanor assault.
BANA is also known for showing up to protest the Folsom Street Fair. But they will be doing a warmup act from Friday to Sunday at movie theaters showing the slasher film in the city, North Bay and East Bay, Yeoman says, "along with like-minded individuals and grassroots organizations nationwide." He even started a Facebook page to promote the protest.
"We feel that this is an explicit threat to white folks," Yeoman wrote on the far-right blog Occidental Dissent, "and that it is necessary to send a message to moviegoers and the producers of this film that threatening people because they happen to be white is unacceptable."
Ms. Smiley treats all this as ridiculous or beneath her (the story is captioned "The nationalist doth protest too much, methinks..."). The thing is, despite a cleaned-up trailer, Machete is very much about an angry Mexican taking his revenge, and leading a violent Latino uprising, against Perfidious Albion. According to Alex Jones, who was leaked a script, Machete includes scenes of gringos crucifying Mexican Catholic priests and Mestizo mobs worshipping Machete as their savior.
It's worth noting that Machete was produced, in part, with tax-payer funds, via the Texas Film Commission, which operates out of Gov. Rick Perry's office. Lest Texas Whites subsidize their own slaughter, let's hope that the scenes depicted in Machete remain on celluloid.