PETERSEN: Censorship is for the Weak! We Must Defend ‘Full Metal Jacket’ and Free Speech!

by | Jun 28, 2024 | Opinion

Listen up, you limp-wristed pansies! If you’ve been scouring Amazon Prime for Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket” and found the iconic “Born to Kill” helmet stripped of its slogan, you’re witnessing a crime against art. That’s right, those cowards at Amazon decided to wipe out the text on Philip Castle’s legendary poster.

Matthew Modine, the man who played Private Joker, let loose on X (formerly known as Twitter), calling out this gutless move:

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“Who decided to remove ‘BORN TO KILL?’ They not only defaced an iconic piece of art by Philip Castle, but they completely missed the point it was there for. Pvt. Joker has the helmet with ‘BORN TO KILL’ and the peace button as a statement about ‘the duality of man.’”

That helmet isn’t just some decoration, it’s a statement, you spineless jackasses! “Born to Kill” next to a peace button shows the raw contradiction of man, the inner clash between our savage instincts and our yearning for peace. Kubrick was peeling back the layers, showing that war isn’t just black and white.

After Modine’s tweet stirred the hornet’s nest, Amazon retreated, tail between their legs, putting the original poster back up. Some milksops might say it was just a design rule, but that’s a load of bull. It’s censorship, plain and simple.

This isn’t an isolated incident. These tech overlords and their dumbass algorithms are constantly neutering art. Remember when Facebook yanked Nick Ut’s “The Terror of War” photo? Only public outrage and a prime minister’s fury forced them to put it back. Or how about when Amazon’s Gemini These private companies might be within their legal rights, but they’re sure as hell wrong. They love to yap about free speech, but their actions scream censorship. There’s a huge difference between what they can do and what they should do if they actually gave a damn about freedom.

The “Full Metal Jacket” mess is just the latest example. Tech platforms, with their ham-fisted policies, keep choking off artistic expression. Violence, nudity, you name it – they cut it all, stifling creativity and expression. And don’t even start with this crap about sanitizing classic books to fit “modern sensibilities.” Rewriting Roald Dahl? Give me a break. That’s an insult to the original work and to readers everywhere.

“Full Metal Jacket” would get axed today for a laundry list of reasons. It’s got slurs and offensive behavior – but that’s the point, you morons! Kubrick wasn’t glorifying it, he was exposing it. Censoring “Born to Kill” neuters the film’s biting critique of war and humanity. Art’s job isn’t to make you comfortable. It’s to slap you in the face with reality. Violence and taboo have always driven artistic insight. Kubrick’s film can teach us about the duality of man – if you snowflakes can handle it.

So grow a pair, defend artistic freedom, and remember: Censorship isn’t just a crime against the artist. It’s a crime against all of us who want to see the world for what it really is. Now get out there and fight for the truth! Semper Fi!

Austin Petersen is a former Libertarian presidential candidate turned Republican and the host of the Wake Up America show every Monday-Friday from 7-9am central which you can stream live on Rumble, or listen to on Spotify or iTunes. He resides in Jefferson City, Missouri with his wife Stephanie and their two presidential French Bulldogs, Calvin and George.

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