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The Truth about Argo


Ben Affleck's Ficticious Movie Argo Wins the Oscar for Best Picture

February 28, 2013

The story of the rescue of American embassy employees in the movie Argo is pure bullshit and Ben Affleck, director, co-producer and star is a complete asshole.

Listen, I'm not naive about movies. I fully understand that Hollywood is granted "creative license" to mess with the truth to create the drama necessary for a good and successful movie. Hell, there were 43 movies made about the gunfight at the OK Corrall and none of them were true. Even director Ron Howard added an argument that didn't really occur in Apollo 13 in an otherwise accurate dramatic movie of true events.
But Argo is the truth adulterated to take the credit away from heroic Ken Taylor and the Canadians and give it over to the Tony Mendez, the American CIA. And that's why it's a hit movie. Because any movie and any director who will make Americans feel like they are the best in the world at anything, will be lauded with honours.

Former American President Jimmy Carter has weighed in on Oscar-nominated film Argo, saying he believes the film was a “great drama” and deserved to win an Oscar for best film. However, Carter noted that although “90 per cent of the contributions to the ideas and the consummation of the plan was Canadian,” the film “gives almost full credit to the American CIA.”

“With that exception, the movie’s very good,” Carter said, going on to praise former Canadian ambassador Ken Taylor’s role in resolving the Iran hostage crisis.

Jimmy Carter

Ken Taylor

Ben Affleck's character in the film, Tony Mendez was only in Iran a day and a half. The main hero, in my opinion, was Ken Taylor, who was the Canadian ambassador who orchestrated the entire process,” he said.

Taylor hasn’t been shy about voicing his opinion on how the film measured up to reality. “So much of the movie is total fiction. My concern is that we’re portrayed as innkeepers who are waiting to be saved by the CIA,” the 77-year-old former ambassador said in an interview with Maclean’s following the film’s premiere.

"In the movie, Canada and Ottawa didn't exist," Taylor told the New York Times' Carpetbagger blog. "It's a great film, it's great. But at the same time, it was a Canadian story that's been, all of sudden, totally taken over by the Americans. Totally."

Ben Affleck described his dishonest movie, as being made "in the spirit of the truth." in other words a well-intentioned lie. What the fuck does THAT mean? I guess he knew he couldn't say it was based on a true story when the story was as warped as it was.

Americans find it hard to understand why the rest of the world has no respect for them. Could it be that they diminish the accomplishments of any other nation if it will serve to make them look better?

Could it be that they constantly ignore the contributions of others in the world. Could it be that they forget who exactly their real friends are? Canadians are the best friends America has ever or will ever have and we should be treated as such.

Give your head a shake, Ben. You're a big star, you're a multi-millionaire, you can boink any woman in the world. So why do you need to diminish Canada and it's courageous efforts to help out its American friends? What you and your co-producers didn't realize is that for Canadians, rescuing your people was an event of great pride for us. It showed us to be standup people who support their friends in times of trouble. This is what you have dishonoured with your movie.

*NOTE: No one would truly believe that Argo was the best picture this year. Not with the quality of the other eight nominated films. The Oscars are all politics, lobbying by studios, and negative whispering campaigns to Academy voters. Affleck got ignored as best director so they had to give him something and Argo was the "feel good" movie of the year for Americans.