Obama-produced film wins Oscar, producer quotes Communist manifesto in acceptance speech
10 Feb 2020 — #CultureWars
The first Netflix film produced by former President Obama and Michelle Obama‘s production company won an award on Sunday during the Oscars and, while accepting the award, the filmmakers recited Karl Marx’s Communist manifesto.
"Working people have it harder and harder these days—and we believe that things will get better when workers of the world unite," filmmaker Julia Reichert said in her acceptance speech. Media critics were quick to pick up on her usage of the phrase, “workers of the world unite,” which has been used in communist propaganda throughout history.
Watch their full acceptance speech below.
How woke! How Hollywood!— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) February 10, 2020
Producer Julia Reichert cites the Communist Manifesto because... well, we all know why.
“Workers of the world unite." pic.twitter.com/kl64TC0uNh
The poster below is a great example of how this phrase has been used. Translation: Workers of the world, unite! "Deserter, give me your hand. You are the same kind of destroyer of the worker-farmer state as I am, the capitalist. Now you are my only hope."
Former President Obama was quick to congratulate the filmmakers. "Congrats to Julia and Steven, the filmmakers behind American Factory, for telling such a complex, moving story about the very human consequences of wrenching economic change. Glad to see two talented and downright good people take home the Oscar for Higher Ground’s first release," he said in a tweet.
Congrats to Julia and Steven, the filmmakers behind American Factory, for telling such a complex, moving story about the very human consequences of wrenching economic change. Glad to see two talented and downright good people take home the Oscar for Higher Ground’s first release. https://t.co/W4AZ68iWoY— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 10, 2020
Reaction on Twitter was pretty instantaneous.
The 100 million victims of communist regimes would like to have a word.https://t.co/aKTBr4VrjA— Jordan Schachtel (@JordanSchachtel) February 10, 2020
I love that most of my twitter feed thought the big game away from her speech was “go Buckeyes” not the opening line from the f***ing Communist Manifesto. https://t.co/zHiHVfuoCE— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahDispatch) February 10, 2020