The Huffington Post published a stern rebuke to celebrities attacking the process of fracking one day before the release of Hollywood’s most strident anti-fracking feature.
“Promised Land,” starring and co-written by Matt Damon, pits a small Pennsylvania town against a very big, very evil natural gas company looking to gobble up fracking-friendly land.
The film is getting lukewarm reviews at best, with even Time Magazine’s liberal film critic Richard Corliss calling out “Land’s” unabashed biases.
Left-wingers in the mainstream media — by which I mean me — are supposed to lap up a movie that plays to our farm-loving, tree-hugging prejudices. But even we know that well-meaning does not automatically equal good movie.
Raymond J. Learsy’s HuffPo article takes both Damon and anti-fracking celebrity Yoko Ono to task for demonizing a process which could be a game changer for both the American economy and energy independence as a whole.
The column’s timing is interesting, no doubt, as are the responses from some dyed in the wool liberal film critics. Are even progressives piling on a movie made by their ideological peers? Do they sense a wave of common sense behind the fracking process that won’t be dented by a propaganda piece like “Land?”