There’s yet another ridiculous Christian persecution film out and it’s called, cleverly enough, Persecuted. It’s a dark, dystopic tale of a future where all Christians will be framed for murder if they don’t bake cakes for gay weddings, or something. The Worldnetdaily loves it, of course, and they claim that Gretchen Carlson of Fox News, who appears in the film, is being “persecuted” for that fact.
Despite the film’s strong numbers in several Midwestern markets, news outlets on the coasts have been quick to condemn it, zeroing in on the Fox News star’s acting debut.
In fact, Carlson says, she’s laughing at how transparent the criticism is in taking aim at her views and her associations.
“I’m just cracking up” at the critical reviews,” she told the Hollywood Reporter. “The way in which they write the criticism is so transparent, because they automatically hit me for who I am.”
It’s not a big deal, she explains.
“I’m used to this in my life. I have a very thick skin. I was Miss America; trust me, I know how to be attacked. I was valedictorian in high school; I graduated with honors from Stanford; I studied at Oxford; I was a concert violinist as a child. The reason I rattle that off is because I’m not a dummy. It gets tiring to constantly be the target of criticism. I was used to that after being Miss America, and I’m certainly used to it working at Fox News.”
Some of the critics at least, have been amusing for her, she said. When she read the New York Times review, for example, “I laughed out loud. I seriously did. The first line is: ‘The title – Persecuted – and the presence of the Fox News personality Gretchen Carlson in the cast are really all you need to know.’ … I mean, they don’t even know me!”
The Times’ review was just one of the attacks.
“Persecuted is a heavy-handed and didactic drama which also manages to be totally mushy in terms of the message it’s trying to convey,” writes Christy Lemire for RogerEbert.com. “The ubiquitous presence of Fox News Channel anchor Gretchen Carlson ensures that.”
“Featuring Fox News Channel personality Gretchen Carlson as a television news anchor the not so fair and balanced film might have made its religious themes palatable if it worked reasonably well as a thriller,” piled on the Hollywood Reporter’s critic.
Yeha, that’s called criticism. The people writing those things are even called critics, which perhaps is some kind of clue. And criticism is not persecution, no matter how loudly you proclaim it to be. And it’s an insult to those who undergo actual persecution to so relentlessly push this idea that Christians in America are being persecuted.