Machete: It`s How Hollywood Really Sees Us


Steve Sailer
noted in
2002
that Hispanics, despite growing to a larger
proportion of the population than blacks, had virtually
no pop culture impact in films because

“…in our imaginations, America remains a white and black country. When
American moviegoers think about `celebrating diversity,`
what they think about are films with black cops and
white cops learning to overcome their differences as
they pursue the bad guys.”

In an attempt to fill this void
comes Robert Rodriguez`s

Machete
—a
film

subsidized
by the state of Texas (Rick
Perry
, Governor) and distributed by Fox.

Machete spoofs

Blaxploitation
films from the 1970s, and is

widely described
as
Mexploitation.

While
Shaft and
Superfly are
seen as the seminal Blaxploitation movie,
Machete takes
its cue from the poorer produced and cheesier and more
anti-white movies B-Movies such as


Dolemite
(1975)
—a
pimp repeatedly framed by racist whites whom he ends up
killing, after he sleeps with their wives.

The movie begins in Mexico where
Federale Machete (Danny Trejo) is set up by

Mexican Drug Kingpin
Torrez (Steven
Seagal
). 
Torrez kills Machete`s wife and leaves him for dead. 
Machete escapes and moves to America under the
help of a group of friendly

smugglers
and

day labor
leaders called
“The Network”
in Austin, TX. 
The Network has an arsenal and plans

an all-out violent revolution
against the white
racists.

At the same time a group of

border vigilantes
led by Lt. Von Jackson (Don
Johnson
) are driving around in Jeeps shooting
illegal aliens. 
He shoots a defenseless pregnant woman and
explains how this is necessary because

the child will become a U.S. Citizen.

 He is joined by
Texas State Senator McLaughlin (Robert DeNiro) who yells
“Welcome to America” before shooting

another defenseless illegal alien.

McLaughlin is running ads comparing illegal immigrants
to parasites. He says

we are at war
, and makes putting an electrified

border fence
as his top campaign statement.

Machete is paid by a shady
businessman named Michael Booth (Jeff Fahey), who is
purportedly opposed to the border fence because

he wants cheap labor
, to kill the State Senator. 
But it turns out that Booth is working for
McLaughlin, and they wanted to set up a failed
assassination attempt they could pin on an illegal
alien.

It then turns out that McLaughlin
and Jackson are stooges for the Torrez Cartel—who want
the fence so they can shut out their competition. 

After surviving the set up, Machete
exacts vengeance against the racists and leads The
Network`s revolution.  All
the evil white racists end up dead, but only after he

sleeps with their wives and daughters.

The one sympathetic American
citizen is Mexican-American ICE Agent Sartana Rivera (Jessica
Alba
) who is described by the film`s website as "a beautiful Immigrations Officer torn between

enforcing the law
and doing what is right"
.
  By the end of
the movie, she yells to a crowd of armed illegal aliens
“we didn`t cross the border, the border crossed us”.

It would be futile to try to
explain why each little piece of propaganda is factually
and logically flawed, but here are a couple of nuggets. 

Machete does
not pretend to be a serious movie. The movie is
intentionally clichéd, corny, tasteless, and over the
top.

This supposedly means we shouldn`t
take it seriously. 

Writes the
New York Times,



“Conveniently timed to
sprinkle gasoline on the fires of the immigration
debate,
 Robert
Rodriguez`s splatter comedy
Machete
 has
already riled up hardliners in advance of its release.
Although laughter is the appropriate response to this
pulpy, lighthearted gorefest, its pro-Mexican,
anti-American stance is so gleefully inflammatory that
some incensed nativists may refuse to get the joke.”
[Growl,
and Let the Severed Heads Fall Where They May,

Stephen Holden,
New York Times
, September 2, 2010]

One can imagine how the
New York Times
would react to a movie where
illegal
aliens and their supporters
are portrayed as
sociopathic
racists
and

murderers
allied with drug cartels. 
So long as it was portrayed in a
“gleefully
inflammatory”
manner, I`m sure the Grey Lady would
accuse anyone offended of being humorless.

While Machete
is put together with a slapstick purpose, its creators
certainly intended to promote the usual agenda. 
On Cinco de Mayo, they recut the

trailer
to open,
"This is
Machete with a special

Cinco de Mayo
message … to

Arizona
."  


Certainly, anti-white racists
are more than happy to champion it. 
One popular movie website describes the film as
“a salsa-covered middle finger to the forces in the US that have chosen
to wage war against an entire race of people while
hiding their insidious intentions behind the altruism of
keeping America`s borders safe.”
[Machete,
The Diva Review,
September 3, 2010]


And in between the movie`s
obviously over-the-top violence and rhetoric, there is
some non-ironic talk about how we have a
“broken system”.
A group of disillusioned guards for one of the evil
racists talk about how they realized that our
immigration policy is unfair.


Apparently, we are supposed to
take the movie`s anti-white,

pro-illegal alien agenda
seriously—but we aren`t
supposed to take the suggestion that all opponents of
illegal immigration are murderers seriously.


In a favorable review, Scott
Mendelson
argues,


“It is easy to dismiss the
angry political threads running through Robert
Rodriguez`s Machete. While it`s easy to simply say that `it`s just a
comedic throwback to the
exploitation films of the 1970s`,
one must remember
that those films did indeed

tackle the political and social issues of the day
.
Whether by coincidence or design, the film ends up being
an uncommonly timely glance at one of the major
political hot-button topics of the day. Because it is a
violent action picture, it resolves its specific issues
with confrontation and carnage, and it eventually
becomes a form of wish-fulfillment fantasy. But in an
age where we constantly complain of empty-headed
mainstream entertainment, it is a disservice to both the
film and to our own desire for relevant mainstream
film-making to ignore the fiery conscience at the heart
of this over-the-top piece of Mexican myth-making.”
[Machete,
Scott Mendelson,
Huffington Post
, September 3, 2010]

I wholeheartedly agree, but
from the opposite perspective:
cheesy dialogue and
grindhouse violence doesn`t mean the anti-white,
anti-American,

treasonous
agenda of this film should be ignored

We can thank Robert Rodriguez, Rick
Perry, and Fox for giving patriotic Americans an honest
look of

how Hollywood really sees us
. 

Alexander Hart (email
him) is a conservative journalist.