If you missed the recent controversy surrounding "Cars 2," allow me to recap: As details surrounding the movie have emerged, conservatives have charged that its storyline has a liberal bias. These critics believe that the movie holds the power to indoctrinate youths by railing against fossil fuels and advocating for alternative forms of energy. Newsbusters explains:
When John Lasseter moved from executive producer to executive director last year, he overhauled major portions of the plot into a good vs. evil story against big oil.
While one could easily assume that conservatives are blowing the situation out of proportion, Lasseter has essentially admitted to crafting a storyline that takes on oil companies, while trumpeting alternative energies. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, he said:
We revamped the whole story, the whole bad-guy arc...I kept thinking about, “OK. A spy movie in the world where cars are alive. What would be a really good kind of über bad guy? Who is an über bad guy?” I kept going to big oil. This is before what happened in the Gulf of Mexico.
Why isn’t alternative fuel more… Why isn’t everybody jumping on that bandwagon? It makes so much sense: Electricity, solar, whatever. There’s ethanol. There’s all this stuff you could be doing. And so I thought, well, that could be really cool in that you could have big oil versus alternative fuel. That’s when we kind of crafted the bad guy’s story.
Upon hearing about conservative responses to the film, comedian Conan O'Brien jumped into the mix and created his own version of the "Cars 2" trailer. The short clip, which takes on a number of conservative stances, is intended to tease those who call the movie biased. Watch Conan's video below:
Now that you've seen the faux trailer, you can watch the real one here:
What do you think. Biased...or not?