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Google categorized the new movie “Unplanned” as a “Drama/ Propaganda” film.   They have not categorized other films as propaganda, even films that are famous as examples of propaganda.

After the Christian blogosphere circulated this on Thursday, it got noticed in conservative niche media yesterday.   Today Google quietly changed the category of “Unplanned” back to “Drama.”   Shame on Google.

I expect that all y’all know that “Unplanned” is an anti-abortion film that tells the story of Abby Johnson, who famously flipped from being a successful abortion clinic manager for Planned Parenthood to becoming an anti-abortion activist.   Perhaps you also know that the MPAA slapped it with an R rating, even though it is devoid of sex, violence or bad language.   Maybe you also know that Facebook and Google have refused the publicist’s ads.   And that Google has been downgrading search results related to the movie.

This is just another day in the culture war.   Another state passed yet another anti-abortion law today, adding fuel to the fire that will ensure that Roe v Wade gets a return engagement at the Supreme Court.

Maybe someday America can stop murdering helpless babies.

LORD,  have mercy.

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  1. In March, supporters of “Unplanned” accused Twitter of unfair treatment after that social media platform blocked the film’s account and, critics say, suppressed the film’s number of followers.

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  2.  Many noted the sad irony that girls under 17 can get abortions without parental permission, but couldn’t go see a film about abortion without a parent. As noted by Live Action News’ Nancy Flanders, “The MPAA cites the reasoning for the rating as ‘some disturbing/bloody images’ but Ben Kayser of Movie Guide has stated that other 2019 films that include killing, murder, and death have only received a rating of PG-13.”

    In addition, there was a virtual blackout on ads for the film. According to the filmmakers, only two cable networks — Fox and CBN — accepted television ads for the film, while networks like Lifetime, Hallmark, the USA Network, and multiple others declined the ads.

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  3. MJBubba:

     Many noted the sad irony that girls under 17 can get abortions without parental permission, but couldn’t go see a film about abortion without a parent. As noted by Live Action News’ Nancy Flanders, “The MPAA cites the reasoning for the rating as ‘some disturbing/bloody images’ but Ben Kayser of Movie Guide has stated that other 2019 films that include killing, murder, and death have only received a rating of PG-13.”

    In addition, there was a virtual blackout on ads for the film. According to the filmmakers, only two cable networks — Fox and CBN — accepted television ads for the film, while networks like Lifetime, Hallmark, the USA Network, and multiple others declined the ads.

    This can be used to our advantage. Market it as something forbidden and people will flock to it.

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  4. In a much happier turn, check out Cash Adams’ film credit (“Abortion Ultrasound Model”) on the Internet Movie Database:

    https://www.imdb.com/name/nm10514088/

    Cash McKinley Adams is an actor that is known primarily for his role in the movie UnPlanned (2019). At just 18 weeks in utero, his ultrasound is featured in the film, and he is now the youngest actor ever to be credited with an acting role in a movie or television.

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  5. MJBubba:
    Google categorized the new movie “Unplanned” as a “Drama/ Propaganda” film.

    Why are you still using Google?

    In other news, the film is getting good user reviews at IMDb. My favorite Abby Johnson talk:

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  6. Haakon Dahl:
    What Google interface is that?  Is there a movies app or something?  Trying to dig into this — can’t replicate due to ignorance.

    On the default Google page, which I have never customized (though their algorithms present suggested links based on my search history), I type in “Unplanned.”   Google returns showtimes at theaters near me on the left.   On the right they have a listing with a link to the trailer on Youtube.   The link to the trailer appeared at midweek last week after it had been noticed that it was missing.

    Right under the caption “Unplanned” is a line with the R-rating, followed by “2019   Drama   1h 50m”

    On Thursday it said “Drama/ Propaganda.”   They changed it on Friday morning.

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  7. It strikes me that the pro-life movement has been politically inept for a long time. In spite of their numbers and the steady support the movement commands, they get dumped on freely by the media, by big business and by their ostensible allies in the GOP. Even the church groups which wave the anti-abortion banner are all talk and no action.

    A cynic would say that this is because there are two kinds of abortions that a huge majority of  Americans actually support: 1) black abortions and 2) the one that your daughter needs. So while many bow respectfully to the Marchers for Life once a year, mom and dad still want the ability to protect their Becky from the consequences of a little too much alcohol and a youthful female weakness for that nice Brian, Farhook or DeShawn.

    (“Punished with a baby,” if you’ll recall our former Fearless Leader.)

    Still, the lack of political acumen is galling. Wayne Wheeler knew how to shepherd Prohibition successfully through a nation that had a century-and-a-half history of Anglo-American inebriation. The NRA is more feared by politicians than AIPAC. But poor Right-to-Life can’t even get Planned Parenthood’s half-a-billion defunded by a Republican Congress and President. Heaven forbid they should ever ask Uncle Sugar for some of those federal dollars for their own abortion counseling services!

    In fact, the most attention the annual March for Life has ever received in the press was this year — but that was because one of the youthful marchers was thought to be smirking at the wrong sacred minority. Nobody paid much attention to the event itself, except for the usual suspects.

    But maybe the movie “Unplanned” or the literal death-wish suicidal masochism of the pro-infanticide Democratic Party will provide the pro-life forces with some electoral clout in 2020. Still, that’s not really a sound long-term strategy to turn the tide politically and culturally. More will be needed.

    The anti-abortion crusaders are going to have to start playing hardball — withholding voting support, primarying recalcitrant office-holders, doing civil actions, harassing and intimidating the soft-handed lobbyists-in-training who make up the GOP. Perhaps, for instance, instead of having all those fresh-faced young teenagers marching in the bitter January weather down the boulevards in Washington, organizers could send those kids in their thousands streaming through the corridors of the congressional office buildings, berating members and their staffs and forcing them to “have a conversation.”

    Can’t you just see a Ben Sasse besieged in an elevator by a dozen rosy-cheeked blonde Catholic girls all screaming at him to say whether he was going to fund murder again this year?

    And maybe the leaders of the movement will inform their elected officials that they’d better make defunding PP entirely a non-negotiable demand. That’s a tactic with a winning pedigree.

    Like they say at the Chinese laundry — “No defundee, no tax cuttee.”

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  8. I agree that the Pro-Life movement has not been particularly astute, but that is a long story.   There are several factions within the Pro-Life movement.   And they are mostly very nice people, who don’t like to call out people who are supposed to be allies when they get knifed in the back.

    Freesmith:
    Still, the lack of political acumen is galling. Wayne Wheeler knew how to shepherd Prohibition successfully through a nation that had a century-and-a-half history of Anglo-American inebriation.

    This is a bad analogy.   The Teetotalers had a very different America to work in.   Those were the days before radio, when the chief social activity happened at churches, and in the days before air conditioning, when drunken rants got heard halfway down the block through the open windows.   Everyone got to see and hear the downside of alcohol abuse, and large majorities were persuaded that a complete ban would be the best solution.

    Prohibition did not work, of course.   And I think America was much too slow to repeal and reset, and then America drew several wrongheaded “lessons” from the whole episode.

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  9. Freesmith:
    Even the church groups which wave the anti-abortion banner are all talk and no action.

    Church groups have a difficult situation.   Pastors want to preach the Gospel, not political activism.   At least, that is the case in theologically conservative churches.   (Those theologically liberal churches where political activism is preached from the pulpit are generally those who favor abortion and Leftist politics.)

    Political activism is generally frowned on in church.   We have work to do to support a variety of missions that help hurting people.  We prefer to spend our time in Bible study.   We are happy to have our people support Pro-Life politicians, but ‘community organizing’ for political campaigns is not something that many conservative churches want to have a lot of.

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  10. Freesmith:
    The anti-abortion crusaders are going to have to start playing hardball — withholding voting support, primarying recalcitrant office-holders, doing civil actions, harassing and intimidating the soft-handed lobbyists-in-training who make up the GOP. Perhaps, for instance, instead of having all those fresh-faced young teenagers marching in the bitter January weather down the boulevards in Washington, organizers could send those kids in their thousands streaming through the corridors of the congressional office buildings, berating members and their staffs and forcing them to “have a conversation.”

    Not likely.   Those young people who are sent to Washington are expected to be on their best behavior, and they are.   Theologically conservative Christians are not interested in “harassing and intimidating” or “screaming” or “berating.”

    That ain’t our style.

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  11. Freesmith:
    Even the church groups which wave the anti-abortion banner are all talk and no action.

    This is not accurate. Abby Johnson is the living proof of that. She quit PP about ten years ago and has been active in helping abortion providers (as she once was) get out. And before that, anti-abortion groups were active at clinics. That’s what got Johnson out in the first place.

    Watch the movie, read her book, listen to her speeches, visit her website. She truly does walk the walk.

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  12. Also, let’s not forget Project Veritas’s exposure of PP selling POC (pieces of children). That was an important part of the propaganda war. I’d call that hardball. 

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