Conservatives should Support ’12 Strong’ (or Stop Complaining about Movies)

The new film is everything Red State dwellers say they want from a Hollywood production.

Conservatives constantly complain about Hollywood … often for very good reasons.

The industry’s voice is almost uniformly liberal. Major stars (like Amy Schumer and Michael Shannon) talk down to Red State denizens in the ugliest ways possible. Films often mock or denigrate the U.S. Military (think “Redacted” for a glaring Exhibit A).

Liberal messages abound in many films and TV shows. Consider the “resistance” themes lurking within “Supergirl” and “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Sites like Newsbusters cover this terrain aggressively. Tinsel Town gives the site’s writers plenty of fodder.

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Hollywood also hasn’t captured the heroism displayed by U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Enter “12 Strong.”

The Jan. 19 release tells the amazing true story of the Horse Soldiers. These brave Green Berets were the first U.S. boots on the ground in war-torn Afghanistan after terrorists killed 3,000-plus Americans on Sept 11, 2001.

Modern day heroes Major Mark Nutsch and Chief Warrant Officer Robert Pennington are played by Chris Hemsworth and Michael Shannon, respectively. Some of the facts have been changed for dramatic purposes (including the aforementioned heroes’ names). The thrust of the mission remains accurate and compelling.

The film should be red meat to conservatives. It’s patriotic and lacks the kind of pearl clutching seen in some war movies. The Taliban is depicted in the cruelest way possible, reflecting the truth behind the barbaric group. It’s also apolitical to the core.

This doesn’t mean conservatives will run out and see it, though…


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Christian Toto

Christian Toto is an award-winning journalist, film critic, radio show co-host and podcaster. He's the founder of, which covers entertainment from a right-of-center perspective. He's appeared on Fox News and Fox Business along with nationally syndicated radio shows like "The Hugh Hewitt Show" and "The Mike Gallagher Show." Follow him on Twitter @HollywoodInToto

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