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Michelle Obama Pushes for Better Treatment of Military in Hollywood


You have no idea how much I regret missing this story — because this is a good thing. A very good thing, both First Lady Michelle Obama and the various Hollywood Guilds participated in last month. Michael Cieply of the New York Times also wrote an excellent story around the news of this panel that details the negative ways in which the military has been portrayed in films just this year.

From June 13th:

LOS ANGELES–First Lady Michelle Obama will have her work cut out for her when she turns up here today for a talk with members of the Hollywood guilds about getting more positive attention for military service members and their families into popular entertainment.

The confab is part of the Joining Forces initiative started by the First Lady and Jill Biden, who is married to Vice-President Joseph Biden, earlier this year. On Monday, Ms. Obama is to join a discussion with military family members and representatives of the Directors Guild of America, the Writers Guild of America, and others, all focused on ways to “inform and inspire” Hollywood creators regarding the military.

But the military imagery in major studio movies for the last couple of months wasn’t particularly inspirational[…]

Read the whole thing and hope something real comes from it.

I’m fully aware that anyone can look at this news cynically, and even do so with good reason. But it’s always something of a good thing when you have a leftist First Lady, leftist guilds, and a leftist news outlet admitting there’s a problem and documenting it.

The panel was moderated by J.J,. Abrams, the director of the anti-military “Super 8,” so make of that what you will.


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