'Purge' Sequel Stirs Up Race, Income Inequality Against Tea Party Stand-Ins
Audiences may not have realized it, but the sleeper 2013 hit The Purge targeted the NRA and the Tea Party movement. The storytelling was inelegant, to put it kindly. Critics caught the slams, though, and the film's director copped to it during interviews at the time of the film's release.
The Purge franchise features a future America where crime is at record lows and the economy is booming. The catch? One day a year all the laws go away. You can steal, and kill, with impunity and not be punished. This allegedly cleanses the populace and allows people to live the other 364 days in peace. The group behind the purge legislation is dubbed the New Founding Fathers of America, and given the Tea Party's affection for the real Founding Fathers the connection isn't far-fetched.
Now, the official web site for The Purge: Anarchy, in theaters July 18, reveals that the sequel ramps up the political commentary--once more from the left. In the sequel, a movement calls for a revolution against the New Founding Fathers.
Visit PurgeTheLies.com and enter the password below the film's teaser trailer. Here's a hint, what does Jack Nicholson say you can't handle in A Few Good Men?
"We exist to truly change America," says the site, written from the perspective of the anti-purge movement. The group's manifesto sounds like Occupy Wall Street 2.0:
The resistance exists for the sole purpose of exposing the lies of the New Founding Fathers of America. We are committed to revealing the ugly truth surrounding the Purge, as well as protecting those it is insidiously designed to target and eliminate—our nation’s poor, disenfranchised, and underprivileged. United we stand to save America from itself.
The purge, we're told, supports racial and economic targeting. You'll find a series of statistics revealing that more people of color die during the annual purge than whites. A graph shows that political donations have increased in the five years since the purge took hold.
"The wealthy realize they can profit from the purge," the graph says.
The sequel to the modestly budgeted film, ironically, may be another cash cow for its studio.