Right wing golden boy Glenn Greenwald is being dragged on Twitter today after going on tangent about a movie that was released 30 years ago.
This morning, the once-respected gay journalist/defender of statutory rape went a long–very long–Twitter tirade about how Oliver Stone’s 1991 film “JFK” nearly ruined the iconic director’s career because of cancel culture.
“In 1991, Oliver Stone was the most celebrated director in Hollywood, having won 2 Oscars in 4 years,” Greenwalk wrote. “Instead of cashing in, he used his platform to make ‘JFK,’ the first mainstream cultural product to question the official JFK narrative. He was pilloried and destroyed for it.”
In 1991, Oliver Stone was the most celebrated director in Hollywood, having won 2 Oscars in 4 years. Instead of cashing in, he used his platform to make "JFK," the first mainstream cultural product to question the official JFK narrative. He was pilloried and destroyed for it.
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) December 14, 2021
Greenwald fired off another six tweets about how the “corporate press” went after Stone for the film, then he attacked “snotty movie critics” of disagreeing with him before posting a picture of himself and Stone together and claiming he just had the celebrated director over to his house last Sunday.
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At the time of its release, “JFK” was criticized for taking liberties with historical facts, but it still made over $200 million at the international box office. It was also nominated for eight Academy Awards, winning a total of two, and four Golden Globes, winning one.
Siskel and Ebert gave it two thumbs up. Time magazine ranked it the fourth best film of 1991. And it currently holds an approval rating of 84% based on 64 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. Stone, who is worth an estimated $70 million and once praised Russia’s homophobic “gay propaganda” law, went on to produce and direct several more hit films with some of the biggest stars in Hollywood.
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But, according to Greenwald, he was “pilloried and his reputation destroyed” by the press.
Now, for the replies…
Um, JFK was a wildly popular movie that got all the “thumbs-up”, got nominated for a boatload of Oscars, put Stone on every TV show/magazine cover, and sold a ton of VHS tapes for years.
Your tweet above is as historically accurate as the movie itself.
— Dmitriy Mandel aka Schnitzel 🐈 (@mndl_nyc) December 14, 2021
So destroyed that JFK was his biggest international hit and it and his subsequent films went on to make over a billion dollars internationally. Good research, chief. pic.twitter.com/v0STrO7Epm
— Aaron Starmer (@AaronStarmer) December 14, 2021
‘destroyed’- nominated for EIGHT Oscars. Went on to make countless more successful films including ‘Natural Born Killers’ and ‘Nixon’
— Adam Silver (@adamhsilver) December 14, 2021
JFK. Yep you’ve really got your finger on the pulse of the young American public Glenn. 🤡
— Nathan Tribble (@TroubledTribbs) December 14, 2021
Not only was JFK as several people have indicated a huge hit and nominated for multiple Oscars it was Roger Ebert’s top film of the year and on his top 10 films of the 90’s and he was the biggest most mainstream film reviewer around at the time.
— OBD Films (@OBDfilms) December 14, 2021
Being 👏 Nominated 👏 But 👏 Not 👏 Winning 👏 Best 👏 Picture 👏 Is 👏 Cancel 👏 Culture
— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) December 14, 2021
You know a director’s career is destroyed when they get to direct movies with Angelina Jolie and Anthony Hopkins
— future historian 🪐 (@yesbagdad) December 14, 2021
wow can i be pilloried and destroyed too pic.twitter.com/m30LKdOOmf
— Goatstein (@MandelaFace) December 14, 2021
I mean… you say he was “destroyed” but he still went on the have an incredibly successful career after JFK so he wasn’t really ‘destroyed’ was he?
— Kyri (@KKMUFC2020) December 14, 2021
It’s pretty cool that you can just straight up make stuff up that’s not just wrong but also the complete opposite of reality and then call yourself a real independent free thinking journalist
— Wrought (@Wr0ught_) December 14, 2021
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Glenn Greenwald is the only person that makes my skin crawl, or l get a chill down my spine, whenever I see a picture of him. No one else does this to me, and there many who should be worthy of this effect. Nope, just him. I don’t understand why.
I get that from Andy Cohen BECAUSE of what he says. After attacking Kathy Griffin with a coordinated cancelling, Anderson Cooper is also on my list.
I give Greenwald’s hot husband David Miranda credit, because it would take more than love to stay with this noxious human pill! As the tweets point out, not only was Stone’s JFK a huge success, but it brought Oliver Stone tons of new fans AND is probably his best known movie, or easily one of them. (My favorite is On Any Given Sunday.)
It’s also one of the most influential (for good and worse) films of the last 50 years in terms of people believing its fictional messages as reality. After directing JFK, he’s directed nearly two dozen further feature films, documentaries, series, etc. His career hardly went into a standstill. And that’s in spite of his sometimes nutty stances too.
Stone re-established his ties with the establishment making “W” and following the establishment script. I should watch it again; the first time I was mostly yelling at the TV for not veering from their Bull*hit and misinformation.
I appreciate Glenn’s approach of playing the Devil’s advocate. It tells me that he understands that there are different views than those of the DNC and RNC. Today, the majority of voters understand this; it’s why 43% of the public prefer to be called independent (from the crazy of “Benghazi” and “Russia, Russia, Russia”).
@Ronbo, I hear you on independent thinking, but on this and other topics Glenn has been wrong. Since his connection with Edward Snowden, he has consistently downplayed Russia’s actions in the US and across the globe. Typing “Russia, Russia, Russia” doesn’t change the fact that not only the Mueller Report but also the extensive, bipartisan US Senate Intelligence Committee reports showed numerous contacts between the Don the Con administration and Russia, and let’s not forget, Don the Con’s campaign manager, first National Security Advisor, etc., were convicted of felonies linked to their actions involving Russia. I’ve asked this question many times but i’ll pose it again, for you, Greenwald and others: if everything the Don the Con campaign, transition and administration did involving Russia was on the up-and-up, why did so many of them lie, to the FBI and others, tried to hide those contacts, etc. Why did they and the RNC have so many engagements with a convicted spy like Maria Butina, who, after being expelled from the US, was warmly embraced by Putin? Etc.
As for Stone, his career did not suffer because of criticism over JFK. The film itself won two Oscars, a Golden Globe, BAFTA awards, etc. It made massive amounts of money. And after it, Stone would go on to film a number of other films, including Natural Born Killers (remember the controversy around that film?), Any Given Sunday (starring the then huge Cameron Diaz and others–it also featured full frontal male nudity–Queerty, did you miss this?), Nixon, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, his own take on 20th century US history, his Putin interviews (!), etc. So Stone’s career has hardly suffered as a result of JFK.
@Kangol I was surprised as you about the change in Greenwald. What you don’t consider is that his change came about AFTER he removed himself from our media environment of “Russia, Russia, Russia” hysteria here in the USA. (He moved to Brazil). Mexican President Vicente Fox openly urged Hispanics to vote for Biden; was that reported in the Muller report as a foreign attack on our democracy?
Remember the DNC Hack that wasn’t? VIPS scientists showed that their copper phone lines could NOT have transferred that volume of data; that it had to be done on-site. Research the science. It was leaked locally not a Russian hack.
Regarding the President’s staff contacting Russia; I think they all were drinking Russian vodka. Did you know that it’s common for the President’s staff to communicate with a lot of other nations… it’s their JOB!
Truth be told, Michael Flynn’s charge was dismissed without any conviction. Did you know that the job of the National Security Advisor is to communicate with foreigners – including Russia and Mexico? You are repeating a conspiracy theory.
Conspiracy theories are the result of news merging with “what ifs” of crazed Tucker Carlson and Rachael Maddow. Both of whom argued in court that they are NOT journalists; but rather they are entertainers. The judge said of Maddow, “…reasonable fact finder could only conclude that the statement was one of opinion not fact.”
Be THAT reasonable fact finder.
“JFK” was a complete piece of fiction and I never understood how people could take it as truth. Stone should have been canceled but he wasn’t. So, I don’t understand what this fool is talking about and neither does anyone else, apparently.
If Stone had made “Apollo 13” it would have explained how the Apollo 11 and 12 moon landings were faked and 13 was on a secret mission from the Trilateral Commission and the Freemasons to… something…
He is always terrible.
Another “gay” republican/libertarian that should do us all a big favor and perform a retroactive abortion on himself. He should take Peter Thiel with him
Hive minds don’t move beyond black and white. Playing the Devil’s Advocate requires that individuals KNOW more than propaganda.
Did you know that Bill Clinton signed unconstitutional Defense of Marriage Act AND Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell AND the anti-union NAFTA? I am a Democrat, I vote for Democrats… real Democrats.
Hey genius, this screename was already exposed as one of your troll names on other threads, trying to change it up and play the “I just like playing devil’s advocate” line hasn’t worked with your other names, and it won’t work with this one.
Your troll game, as always, is sad and weak.
Greenwald started out as a civil libertarian but has ended up a Trump and Putin apologist.
WOW his whole premise is just wrong. His so called facts are all wrong and lies. Typical right wing idiot. Of course that JFK movie was bat shit crazy and is probably why there are absolute insane folls hanging out in Deally Plaza as we speak
Greensand, once a respected, deep-diving journalist now a pathetic has-been must try (desperately) to stay relevant. Anyone who feels he has to flee is own country is neither a fighter nor a hero, but a coward. Good luck to him in Brazil… he and the wing-nut president Jair Bolsinaro deserve each other.
At least he can write, unlike the sanctimonious moron who wrote this piece.