The Dark Marxist Message of the Lego Movie

Remember when Jerry Falwell caught on to the fact that the Teletubbies were a plot to turn your children gay? Well the wingnuts have done it again, uncovering a dark plot to destroy capitalism buried deep within an animated children’s film, The Lego Movie.

A concerted propaganda effort underway in America has created a “cultural attitude” in which people believe “government is good and business is bad,” Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) told a local reporter for

Johnson said the latest evidence of this propaganda campaign is “The Lego Movie,” in which the bad guy is a heartless businessman intent on destroying the world for profit. “That’s done for a reason,” Johnson said. “They’re starting that propaganda, and it’s insidious.”

In condemning “The Lego Movie,” Johnson may be doing the work of his well-heeled supporters. At a separate event earlier this month, video of which was posted to YouTube Thursday, Johnson recalled a phone conversation with a father who’d recently been assaulted by the same type of propaganda. Typically, when senators are calling people they don’t know well — it’s known as “call time” — they’re fundraising. “I actually called a gentleman, it was a couple months ago, he was so upset, he took his children to an animated movie … guess who the villain was? Evil Mr. Businessperson. It’s insidious. That propaganda starts very early,” said Johnson.

And they would have gotten away with it if it weren’t for those pesky kids. Zoinks!

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  • raven

    Demons are everywhere.

    Teletubbies, Sesame Street, Legos, Mars Candy, Halloween. The latest one was the Disney movie Frozen.

    The Cartoon Mentality of the Religious Right

    www. positiveatheism. org/writ/anijerry.htm

    Chambers is also the author of “Barney: The Purple Messiah” — a tract that denounces the world’s most insipid dinosaur as a tool of Satan and homosexuals. … home of Bert, Ernie and Barney — for sponsoring “anti-Christian” programming.,

    Only satan could have thought up a purple TV dinosaur.

  • hunter

    I dunno — sounds pretty realistic to me.

  • raven

    Disney slammed for ‘homosexual’ and ‘bestiality’ agenda in …

    www. smh. › Entertainment › Movies

    Mar 14, 2014 – A pair of right-wing Christian commentators have slammed the. … Disney’s animated blockbuster Frozen has come under fire from a pair of extreme Christian radio hosts in the US, who claim the children’s movie is pushing a …

    Ron Johnson, Tea Party, Wisconsin has a reputation for being slow witted.

    He completely missed the point of the movie, Frozen.

  • dingojack

    Well what would you expect? Lego is a Danish company.


  • Donnie

    So, what does the senator think of ‘Wall Street”?

  • dWhisper

    They’re forgetting entirely the message that “father’s are evil” in the movie when it goes to the real-life part. Seems like a missed opportunity.

    I do find it funny that all of their reasons to hate the movie match up exactly with all of my reasons to love it…

  • Modusoperandi

    The Lego Movie is great. You can judge a person completely based only on their opinion of it. And also whether they call dibs on stuff. This piece of information, tangential to the plot and apparently of little value, will come in critical in the last act.


    raven “The Purple Messiah”

    Dibs on genital nickname!

  • Phillip IV

    in which the bad guy is a heartless businessman intent on destroying the world for profit.

    Which seemed to be the plot of upwards of half of all kids’ movies in the eighties, as far as I can recall. Doesn’t seem to have had much of an effect in slowing down the march of capitalism, though…

  • leskimopie

    Yeah, that $60m dollar budgeted movie, made by giant corporation Warner Bros and one of the largest toy makers on the planet as essentially one giant commercial for their products with the goal of making as much money as possible in movie and product sales clearly has a message that businesses are evil and should be taken over by the government…

  • John Pieret

    … Because movie making has nothing to do with the “God-ordained” free market system!

  • daved

    I take issue with the idea that the movie is a “giant commercial.” OK, maybe those Transformers movies were, but these guys use it as a jumping-off point. Yeah, sure, probably Lego sold some more toys because of it. It’s still a very good movie and I think it’s outrageous it didn’t get an Oscar nom.

  • brucegee1962

    This father has good reason to be upset — of course he misses the kinds of pro-capitalist movies they made back when he was a kid. Like that Frank Capra — now there was a man who would never make a businessman into a villain.

  • caseloweraz

    It’s one thing to oppose anything that really pushes the idea that all businessmen are evil. There are those who feel that way, and such may be the reason for this petition (which itself over-generalizes.)

    But blaming a single movie with a bad businessman for fostering this attitude? Not good. Especially when the target is the latest kids’ movie. It indicates short-sighted thinking, perhaps the prime aberration of the human race.* Does Ron Johnson remember Citizen Kane? Wall Street? Chinatown? How about Goldfinger — or for that matter most any James Bond film? A movie has to have a villain, and a businessman will do as well as any. The connection to reality is tenuous — except in the minds of demagogues, apparently.

    *Yeah, I stole that phrase from an Arthur C. Clarke story.

  • StevoR

    @ ^ caseloweraz : Which story? Grew up reading Clarke an d Asimov and others and don’t recall that one,.

  • DukeOfOmnium

    Didn’t Limbaugh already say that last year? Wing-nuts don’t even have the virtue of originality.

  • StevoR

    Lego, “Let It Go” in ‘Frozen’ , pretty much everything is gay now ..

    Yeah, get used to it right-wingers. You’ve had long enough and crapped on about Teh Ghey (imagionary or real) long enuff. You’ve lost this one. And so many others. Get used to it. You’re about lose plenty more.

  • John Pieret

    Well, I hope they all find out that It’s a Wonderful Life!

  • namowal

    If “Mary Poppins” were released today, the “it’s a plot to brainwash the kids!” crowd would go nuts. Where do we start? The song about women’s rights? The father’s obsession with the bank and money? The kid who wants to spend his tuppence for feeding the (freeloading) birds instead of investing it? The fact that the bankers are a bunch of stuffy clowns while the good guys are riffraff (street performers, sidewalk artists etc..) Also the fact that it takes outside influences to (1) take care of the children and (2) straighten out mom and dad could be interpreted as “Oh noes! They’re saying the government knows best…” 😛

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Remember when Jerry Falwell caught on to the fact that the Teletubbies were a plot to turn your children gay?

    Hell, I remember when the head of the American Family Association (Donald Wildmon, coincidentally father of the current AFA honcho), revealed that a scene in which Mighty Mouse swooped down out of his flight path to sniff a flower was actually intended to start kids snorting cocaine.

  • Nemo

    I read the title and thought, “I wonder if ‘Dark Marxism’ is like Dark Buddhism, or the Dark Enlightenment?” It’s possible I spend too much time on FreethoughtBlogs.

  • matthewheath

    Apart from the more obvious derp, the baddy was *President* (of Earth) Business. I’m pretty sure that isn’t a “government yay” message.

  • zippythepinhead

    I thought the message of the movie was anti-conformist and how buying multiples of every Lego set ever would be totally AWESOME!!!!!

  • caseloweraz


    I’m pretty sure it was Childhood’s End when one Overlord (not Karellen) is discussing the great number of UFO reports: “The evidence is confused with mysticism — perhaps the prime aberration of the human race (or spirit).” I’m not sure that is an exact quote.

  • eric

    Aha, the fundies fell for it! While they think the movie is promoting marxism, they will completely miss how that double-decker couch is influencing their kids to want to participate in orgies.

  • whheydt

    Now as regard Legos, I find the primary problem is that child+lego peices leads to loose lego peices on the floor to be stepped on. That’s why I’m quite delighted that my grandson (age 7) likes to play Minecraft on a Raspberry Pi. Same general concept, but no loose piece about the house.

    As for lego sets…I understand they’re going to come out with a model of the HMS Beagle.

  • felidae

    Ron Johnson rose to the top position in his firm by the time honored tradition of marrying the boss’s daughter–in light of his obvious imbecility, I doubt he could have succeeded in business any other way Maybe his father-in-law bankrolled his Senate candidacy to send him off where he could do little damage to the family firm

  • dannorth

    DukeOfOmnium says

    “Didn’t Limbaugh already say that last year? Wing-nuts don’t even have the virtue of originality.”

    That’s because to confuse their public with new stuff, it’s better tojust refresh their memory.

  • kantalope

    Ha lego movies, last week on sesame street they wanted the kids the share….sheesh wear your politics on your sleeve won’t you?!

  • JohnInLex

    Here’s the quote from Childhood’s End. The book is available online.

    “Precisely. I originally contacted him because he has one of the world’s finest libraries of books on parapsychology and allied subjects. He politely but firmly refused to lend any of them, so there was nothing to do but to visit him. I’ve now read about half his library. It has been a considerable ordeal.”

    “That I can well believe,” said Karellen dryly. “Have you discovered anything among all the rubbish?”

    “Yes—eleven dear cases of partial breakthrough, and twenty-seven probables. The material is so selective, however, that one cannot use it for sampling purposes. And the evidence is hopelessly confused with mysticism—perhaps the prime aberration of the human mind.”


  • evodevo

    @felidae: Ah, yes, like GW Bush, born on third base and thinks he hit a triple.

  • somnus

    The bad guy is President Business, who is very clearly an amalgamation of *both* big business and big government that reflects a child’s ambiguous understanding of authority and is ultimately a stand-in for a child’s anal retentive father anyway. If you must read him as a political statement, he’s clearly an indictment of both government and big business. But in the wingnut world if false dichotomies, criticizing corporate greed and mindless consumerism is automatically an endorsement of the evil government authority and no nuance exists. It’s almost as if rabid ideology cripples one’s ability to understand the plot devices of children’s shows.

  • Kermit Sansoo

    Of course the government is bad and businesses are good! How much does the government ever leave in a collection plate? Businessmen give much more (especially to politicians).