Self-styled “America’s Daughter” Meghan McCain is using her column in the very British The Daily Mail to try her hand at film criticism. This week she extolled the virtues of Top Gun: Maverick, calling it “a celebration of the American military and America in general,” that’s not “overly political.” You see, Meghan loved Top Gun 2: Chemtrail of Tears so damn much because she is “sick of having politics infiltrate [her] entertainment.” Although she does concede that “art is political, it always has been,” she says the answer to Hollywood’s “go woke, go broke” curse is to make more movies that are “unabashedly pro-America and pro-military.” Look, her arguments make about as much sense as The Daily Mail letting her post her own stories online without any editorial oversight or copy-editing.
Meghan may be wrong, broadly speaking, but she’s right about one thing. A lot of Americans went to see Top Gun 2: Do You Know Who My Father Was? over the Memorial Day Weekend. It’s grossed over $357 million so far and has been Tom Cruise’s biggest box office hit to date. But Meghan thinks it’s because “Americans have pride in their country, and they don’t want to be made to feel bad about that when spend their hard-earned money” and not because we want to be reborn, together, by dazzling images on the screen like Nicole Kidman told us. But according to Meghan:
The question is: why? Why did so many people go out to see this film and not any other Hollywood offering?
The first part of the answer is obvious – ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ is the sequel to a universally beloved film that garnered incredible reviews and is considered by many to be as good, if not better, than the original.
The second part of the answer is more complicated.
Maybe the more apt question is why has it taken modern Hollywood so long to realize how to make a successful movie?
Well, it’s simple, Meghan. Not everyone in Hollywood is the second coming of L. Ron Hubbard. Just like not everyone in Washington is John McCain’s daughter. Tom flies in rarefied air, dear. Megan’s arguments that being too “woke” has devastated Hollywood’s ability to earn numbers like Tom’s are that Netflix lost all those subscribers because they aired the Colin Kaepernick documentary In Black and White and an uncited report that Disney “is set to rank among the worst performing stocks in 2022” as a direct result of their dispute with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis over the so-called Don’t Say Gay bill. And don’t get her started on the media! Fuck, too late.
Throughout the media, there are examples of companies, newsmakers and television personalities deciding to take explicitly political, and yes, anti-Republican, anti-conservative stances.
CNN’s ratings are so pathetic, it has become the talk of industry. They lost 70% of viewers in the key demographic of 25 to 54-year-old between January 2021 and May 2021.
In conclusion, Meghan would like to know if “anyone besides Tom Cruise has the backbone” to create “it,” it being the aforementioned “pro-American, pro-military” propaganda (my word, not hers. Meghan thinks propaganda is a fair and accurate accounting of her book sales) or will Hollywood “continue to make commercial failures for an ever-decreasing audience?” It’s cute because she is so confused about the intersection between art and commerce that she doesn’t understand that 75% of the Top Gun 2: Speed Balls viewing audience went hoping to ogle some homoerotic greased up nipple action.