Wendy A. Goldman took to Big Hollywood today and unveiled her new production company like a student communicating in her introduction that her entire essay will be filler:
Movies have the power to make us laugh or cry, to anger or inspire us, to move us, or just to provide escape. And, sometimes, they have a power beyond simple entertainment; they can influence new ways of thinking, feeling and pursuing our lives.
Those are the kinds of sentences that you write when you’re not trying to say anything, not when you’re trying to introduce your new production company to the world. Her second paragraph is a marginal improvement, as it at least indicates why she feels the world needs another generic person to start another pointless production company:
Movies are also one of the primary arenas in which the so-called “culture war” is fought, where the battle for the hearts and minds of the public, and the conflict between values considered traditional and conservative, and those considered progressive or liberal is played out—reaching people in a profound, instinctive way.
What a precise and crisply written sentence. If she thinks as clearly as she writes, she deserves the seed money required to battle the conflict between traditional and conservative values and reach people in a more profoundly instinctive way. In short, despite all her talk of battles and conflicts, hers is a peaceful company whose conflict battlers will be merely metaphorical:
It is with this in mind that we have launched Crusader Pictures. Crusade means the vigorous advancement of a cause, and the cause at the heart of Crusader Pictures is to produce entertainment which stands up for individual liberty in a manner that will appeal to a wide audience.
She thinks “crusade” means what now? Because according to the final authority on the matter, the Oxford English Dictionary, it means:
1. a. Hist. A military expedition undertaken by the Christians of Europe in the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries to recover the Holy Land from the Muslims.
b. transf. Any war instigated and blessed by the Church for alleged religious ends, a ‘holy war’; applied esp. to expeditions undertaken under papal sanction against infidels or heretics.
2. fig. An aggressive movement or enterprise against some public evil, or some institution or class of persons considered as evil.
3. A papal bull or commission authorizing a crusade, or expedition against infidels or heretics.
4. Span. Hist. A levy of money, or a sum raised by the sale of indulgences, under a document called Bula de la cruzada, originally for aggression or defence against the Moors, but afterwards diverted to other purposes.
5. a. A marking with the cross; the symbol of the cross, the badge borne by crusaders.
b. fig. (with allusion to ‘cross’ in the sense of trial or affliction).
Note the common thread there? “Crusade” does not mean “the vigorous advancement of a cause,” but
1. a. the vigorous advancement of a Christian cause against Muslims,
b. people like Muslims,
2. or people generally considered evil;
3. it can also refer to the document that authorizes the above,
4. the money that finances it,
5. a. the symbol that justifies it,
b. or the suffering all of that entails.
That is what “crusade” means, so her “subtle” attempt to strip it of that context and transform it into some innocuous synonym for political engagement will—wait, she included a picture with this post? I can’t view images through the RSS feed, but I’m sure it’s just some patriotic pablum to distract non-dogs from the shrill of her whistle:
Or not. The Tea Party movement may be a fractious coalition of fiscal and Christian conservative groups, but they share a common commitment to doubling-down when they should be saving face.
UPDATE: Google image search provides the origin of the image on the first row of an image search for the word "Crusader." The description of the game is rather ... telling.