September 2, 2010
|Danny Trejo, Jessica Alba and Roberto Rodriguez during the Machete Premiere at the 67th Venice Film Festival, Italy, on September 1, 2010. Photo: Chad Buchanan.|
On Friday, Robert Rodriguez’s “grindhouse” movie, Machete, will hit the theaters. Critics are panning it, but for all the wrong reasons. Joe Neumaier, writing for the New York Daily News, dismisses the film as a cheesy “feature-length exploito-rific action-drama” while the AP’s David Germain writes that Rodriguez’s movie is “never as fun or funny as he thinks it is.”
It is not difficult to get Machete‘s message. It is right on the surface, although the critics either miss or ignore it — there is a race war in the works between Mexicans and racist gringos. Central to this conflict is the divisive border issue. “We didn’t cross the border, the border crossed us!” Jessica Alba’s character declares in the film. Machete is not simply a forgettable Mexploitation film. It is anti-American propaganda funded in part by Texas tax payers. It is designed to create animosity between Americans and Mexicans.
In a trailer released on Cinco de Mayo — a holiday commemorating the Mexican army’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla — Danny Trejo proclaims the film is an angry response to Arizona’s attempt to prevent a huge influx of not only illegal immigrants but Mexican cartel drug traffickers targeting the state’s police officers.
Rodriguez’s message is clear — if the racist gringos in Arizona (and Texas and California) prevent this illegal influx — the border crossing Mexicans, not Mexicans crossing the border — the reaction will be bloody carnage by way of machete, the preferred execution tool of drug cartel thugs fond of cutting off the heads of their victims.
In an interview with Machete star Trejo on the eve of the film’s premier, Robert Rodriguez said he plans to make at least two sequels. He may be a Hollywood opportunist simply pandering to Mexicans who believe all gringos are racist, the American Southwest belongs to them, and the “pilgrims” need to go back to Europe, or Rodriguez may in fact want to incite a race war based on radical Aztlan separatism.
I tend to think Robert Rodriguez wants to make a successful movie and will exploit Mexican nationalism in order to realize his goal. He does not hanker for Aztlan. He wants to be a famous film director.
Note from Alex Jones
As of this writing, we do not know the specific contents of Robert Rodriguez’s Machete. Rodriguez has said the film was not produced to incite a race war.
However, the “Cinco de Mayo” trailer released earlier this year contains a specific reference to Arizona’s illegal immigration law and the film’s main character, portrayed by actor Danny Trejo, states in the trailer that the violent movie is a “message” to Arizona. The trailer also shows grisly scenes of Hispanics hacking up white people.
In May, Rodriguez told Ain’t It Cool News that he does not intend to release a race war film. He did, however, tell the website that he wanted to “make a special trailer that was as absurd as what was happening in Arizona” and “cut it all out of context to make it look like the entire film was about Machete leading a revolt against anti-immigration politicians and border vigilantes. What can I say, it was Cinco de Mayo and I had too much tequila.”
Rodriguez has stated that certain incendiary aspects of the film would be cut from the released version, aspects that appear in the production script, as Alex documented on his radio show.
On Friday, when the movie appears in theaters, Alex will view it to verify if Mr. Rodriguez has toned down the film and has in fact produced a grindhouse B-movie without references to a race war between Mexicans and Americans.
Kurt Nimmo edits Infowars.com. He is the author of Another Day in the Empire: Life In Neoconservative America.