"American Factory," a Netflix film produced by former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama's production company, won an Oscar for the Best Documentary Film Feature at the 92nd Academy Awards Sunday night. During her acceptance speech, the film's co-director, Julia Reichert, used a political slogan that raised eyebrows among some who watched the event.
"Working people have it harder and harder these days," said Reichert, who is also battling cancer. "We believe that things will get better when workers of the world unite."
"Workers of the world unite" is a famous rallying cry from Karl Marx and Freidrich Engels' 1848 book, "The Communist Manifesto," and it's a call for international cooperation among the working classes to topple the wealthy.
The expression was also the official state motto of the Soviet Union (Пролетарии всех стран, соединяйтесь!; Proletarii vsekh stran, soyedinyaytes'!) and appeared in Soviet currency during the 20th century.
The 'opening line of the f***ing Communist Manifesto'
Julia Reichert of "American Factory": "Working people have it harder and harder these days—and we believe that thin… https://t.co/K8bYAJZXon— ABC News (@ABC News)1581300950.0
As the DailyWire noted, communism is an evil ideology responsible for at least 100 million deaths. In the "Communist Manifesto," Marx and Engels call for a violent overthrow of the upper classes, arguing that the ends of working people "can be attained only by the forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions."
Several leading conservatives slammed the director for quoting the controversial book.
The Dispatch's Jonah Goldberg tweeted: "I love that most of my twitter feed thought the big game [sic] away from her speech was 'go Buckeyes' not the opening line from the f***ing Communist Manifesto."
I love that most of my twitter feed thought the big game away from her speech was “go Buckeyes” not the opening lin… https://t.co/u7jcT0oXVg— Jonah Goldberg (@Jonah Goldberg)1581301321.0
Twitchy editor Greg Pollowitz did not mince words in his denunciation while blasting Hollywood's hypocrisy.
"[T]hese f*cks don't want you to drink milk or eat meat and they're quoting from the communist manifesto while taking private planes to film movies in New Zealand so they don't have to pay union rates in California."
these f*cks don't want you to drink milk or eat meat and they're quoting from the communist manifesto while taking… https://t.co/mbAvgX8F0e— Greg Pollowitz (@Greg Pollowitz)1581308323.0