Left’s Smear of “Sound of Freedom” Shows They’re Soft on Pedophilia

by | Jul 28, 2023 | Culture War

Jim Caviezel’s hit movie tackling child sex trafficking has the Left in fits, and his faith is why.

Media outlets couldn’t wait to tear down the film Sound of Freedom following its impressive box office performance of over $100 million this month, totally ignoring the movie’s message of fighting child trafficking and focusing on imagined conspiracy theories instead.

Critics took their insanity to a new level by painting veteran actor Jim Caviezel as a messenger boy for a “far-right fringe” conspiracy connected to the group known as QAnon.

Headlines like “Sound of Freedom: the QAnon-adjacent thriller seducing America” and “QAnon supporters are promoting ‘Sound of Freedom’ Here’s why” attempted to drown out the film’s positive message.

Here’s where Hollywood got it wrong and why they’ve reacted so viscerally to the story.

Running Scared

Instead of rallying around an issue that should transcend politics, the “progressive”media has once again framed the debate as Left vs. Right, not right vs. wrong.

With revelations regarding Jeffrey Epstein’s sex island and his connection to the Clintons, the scandals surrounding fallen mega-star Kevin Spacey, and Hollywood’s general excess—the walls are closing in.

Those once protected by anonymity are now in the spotlight, thanks to the rise of social media and people willing to ask tough questions.

Sound of Freedom scares Hollywood because it focuses on what one man will do to fight the evils of child trafficking so he can save a young life. It brings the discussion even further into the limelight, begging the question: What’s really going on in Tinseltown when the cameras are turned off?

The press didn’t have this kind of contempt for the 2015 movie Spotlight, which won an Oscar for Best Picture for exposing child sex abuse. The difference: Spotlight targeted the Roman Catholic Church, not American elites. It also starred liberal mouthpiece Mark Ruffalo instead of a conservative Christian.

The industry is likely to be fearful of an independent movie that can beat the odds, after being rejected by Disney which once owned the rights to the film after it purchased 21st Century Fox. Netflix and Amazon weighed in as well to say that the big budget services would not be streaming the Sound of Freedom.

Caviezel—who is no stranger to Hollywood backlash—famously portrayed Jesus Christ in Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ (2004), was cast as the Apostle Luke in 2018, and claimed Disney once mocked his faith after he challenged their removal of references to God in the script for his 2002 film The Count of Monte Cristo.

The movies Caviezel makes forces the entertainment industry to take a hard look at what they stand for and who they are.

Yet instead of self-reflection, many mainstream writers and artists became apologists for acts of inhumanity against defenseless children and have even begun a campaign to normalize such behavior.

How We Got Here

If you’d told this writer 15 or 20 years ago that the movie industry would fight against a film about human trafficking with such fear and smear tactics, I wouldn’t have believed it. Nevertheless, the script has been flipped now, as Hollywood inches closer and closer to total depravity.

This push began with the advocation for gay and bisexual lifestyles to be fully embraced—and even encouraged—in dramas, comedies, action films, and documentaries around the 1980s–1990s. The subject went from acceptance, to normalization, to being framed as cool.

As the LGBTQ movement—closely linked to Hollywood—progressed, it added bisexual and transgender individuals to the list absolving cross-dressing, intense surgical procedures, hormone usage, and multiple sexual partners as normal.

Things took a hard left turn into crazy when children became the new target.

Suddenly, because of past cultural shifts, it was now okay for a cross-dressing man to put on a drag show for young minors and for children’s movies to have sexualized themes.

It became perfectly normal for teachers to read from books featuring gay characters and adult storylines. It was suddenly not a problem for adults in positions of power to convince young students they were born in the wrong bodies, so they could help them transition without parental consent.

This is a far cry from the days of getting married, having a family, and shielding developing young minds from topics they can’t possibly understand.

If it wasn’t obvious already, there is a movement underway to turn children, through nurture and propaganda, into something they are not.

Whether the motives are profit-driven or intended to groom children so they can add more people to the LGBTQ ranks, this campaign is nefarious.

East Coast Meets West Coast: Defending the Indefensible

Hollywood would not be able to accomplish this agenda without help from media outlets, film reviewers, politicians, and educators.

In January, the Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post was called out for “normalizing” and “minimizing” pedophilia, after dismissing parental concern about a book featuring oral sex between 10-year-old boys that was featured in schools. Just weeks prior, the Post positively reviewed a play normalizing sexual predators.

Child Protection League chair Julie Quist told Fox News, “children are the central targets of the raging culture war” taking place in the U.S. today, adding:

The Washington Post has become a part of the pipeline. We’re bringing these transformational changes to our culture so that they have become part of the depravity . . . They’re minimizing, they’re normalizing the concept of . . . adults having sex with children . . . It’s a deliberate attempt to shift sympathy, sympathy from the victim of violence against children to the perpetrator. So that’s very intentional.

USA Today faced similar backlash in 2022, for highlighting a study that claimed there are major misconceptions about pedophiles in the public square. The study was entitled: “What the public keeps getting wrong about pedophilia.”

The article’s author claimed pedophilia is “among the most misunderstood” of disorders and said it describes “an attraction, not an action, and using it interchangeably with ‘abuse’ fuels misperceptions.”

Not to be outdone, Joe Biden’s Department of Justice has mirrored Hollywood’s behavior by recently wiping information from its website that provided a “Citizen’s Guide to Child Sex Trafficking laws.”

How to Hit Back Against Hollywood and Restore Sanity to Society

Despite HBO’s many far-left original series and movies, the network has conservative and neutral content worth watching. Deadwood, BARRY, Arliss, Band of Brothers, and True Detective to name a few.

In the first season of its hit series Westworld, the act of storytelling is beautifully summed up by Anthony Hopkins’ character Dr. Ford:

I believed that stories helped us to ennoble ourselves, to fix what was broken in us. And to help us become the people we dreamed of being. Lies, that told a deeper truth. 

Stories can be used to inspire, rather than pervert or distort the truth. More conservative actors and directors need to find new sources of funding to setup more studios dedicated to fighting Hollywood’s decadence.

It doesn’t have to be corny content, either, as Angel Studios demonstrated with Sound of Freedom and The Chosen. This has been proven countless times when movies like Top Gun 2 or Darkest Hour succeeded at the Box Office.

Mel Gibson has also given the public some hope by floating the possibility of a movie about Epstein’s private island client list and has announced plans for a Passion of the Christ sequel in 2024. But what about beyond that?

Content creators must take advantage of technological advances that allow for moviemaking, without the use of biased actors who believe the world is their own personal stage.

By utilizing deepfake technology and new filmmaking software, dollars can be stretched further and the monopoly of those who can make a quality movie will finally be broken.

Until then, it’s up to citizens to sound the alarm on content that goes too far and to promote movies and television shows that invoke God, family, and wholesome ideals.

For what’s the point of art, if it doesn’t help us strive to be better so we can find deeper meaning within our lives?

Check out our recent podcast interview with Neal Harmon, CEO of Angel Studios, where he discusses how the film became a hit and why the public responds so positively to their content.

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