Machete: It`s How Hollywood Really Sees Us
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.”
seen as the seminal Blaxploitation movie,
its cue from the poorer produced and cheesier and more
anti-white movies B-Movies such as
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
Torrez kills Machete`s wife and leaves him for dead.
Machete escapes and moves to America under the
help of a group of friendly
day labor leaders called
in Austin, TX.
The Network has an arsenal and plans
an all-out violent revolution against the white
At the same time a group of
border vigilantes led by Lt. Von Jackson (Don
Johnson) are driving around in Jeeps shooting
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.
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
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.
The Network has its own sympathetic doctors and
nurses because they say illegal aliens are not
federal law makes it a crime to turn illegals away,
which has led to the
bankruptcy of hundreds of hospitals.
While the Joe Arpaio-inspired Lt. Jackson is a
stooge for the cartels in
Machete, in real life the Mexican drug cartels placed a
million dollar bounty on Sheriff Joe`s head.
stooges for the cartels are the
human smugglers like The Network.
not pretend to be a serious movie. The movie is
intentionally clichéd, corny, tasteless, and over the
This supposedly means we shouldn`t
take it seriously.
New York Times,
“Conveniently timed to
sprinkle gasoline on the fires of the immigration
Rodriguez`s splatter comedy
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.”
and Let the Severed Heads Fall Where They May,
New York Times, September 2, 2010]
One can imagine how the
New York Times
would react to a movie where
aliens and their supporters are portrayed as
murderers allied with drug cartels.
So long as it was portrayed in a
inflammatory” manner, I`m sure the Grey Lady would
accuse anyone offended of being humorless.
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,
Machete with a special
Cinco de Mayo message … to
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
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
“It is easy to dismiss the
angry political threads running through Robert
Rodriguez`s . 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.”
Huffington Post, September 3, 2010]
I wholeheartedly agree, but
from the opposite perspective:
cheesy dialogue and
grindhouse violence doesn`t mean the anti-white,
treasonous agenda of this film should be ignored
We can thank Robert Rodriguez, Rick
Perry, and Fox for giving patriotic Americans an honest
how Hollywood really sees us.
Alexander Hart (email
him) is a conservative journalist.