Everything is Not Awesome for Sen. Ron Johnson
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) is definitely not a fan of The Lego Movie. The Senator spoke with WisPolitics after addressing members of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.
At the meeting with the MMCC, he spoke on topics ranging from “Cuba to regulatory relief.” So, how did The Lego Movie come into this?
According to the United States Senator, the movie is an example of Hollywood propaganda that business is bad and government is good. That opinion was derived from a Wall Street Journal article written by Doug Haugh. Haugh is the President of Mansfield Oil Company.
Johnson said to WisPolitics:
He lamented what he called a “cultural attitude” that “government is good and business is bad,” giving as an example the animated “LEGO” movie, in which the villain is called “Lord Business.”
“That’s done for a reason,” Johnson said. “They’re starting that propaganda, and it’s insidious.”
This nothing new about how some viewed the movie. Many conservatives took to their platforms to blast the film for being ant-capitalist. It can also be argued that the film is about individuality, something conservatives also claim to champion…. so, yeah.
How far has this all gone? The Senator has responded on his official United States Senate website.
The strange thing isn’t that a kids’ movie was anti-business, it is that someone claiming to be a journalist never encountered the idea before.
The Senator faces a tough reelection campaign where he’ll face former Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold. Johnson defeated Feingold in 2010. I’m pretty sure he doesn’t have the vote of Lego fans after this.