COMMENTARY | The latest Hollywood people to jump onto the hashtag activism bandwagon are some of the cast of “The Expendables 3,” including Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes, who flashed signs with “#BringBackOurGirls” on them on the red carpet at Cannes.
It is rather sad that the third movie is in the can, because a film sending that group of commandos of a certain age to Africa to liberate those school girls and smite the Boko Haram thugs hip and thigh would be a great crowd pleaser. It might even be a more eloquent statement that flashing signs for the French paparazzi.
It has been said before, but it bears repeating that Hollywood, with a few exceptions, has been pretty much AWOL on the war on terror. Indeed more often than not the film industry has seemed to be on the other side. For every movie like “Zero Dark Thirty” that celebrated Americans who hunted down terrorists, there have been dozens of films that have denigrated American warriors and called into question the whole morality of opposing terrorism.
Making movies has always been Hollywood’s traditional role in joining the fight. Hundreds of films were rolled out during World War II supporting the effort to put Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan in the grave. Many were terrible, but some, like “Casablanca,” became enduring classics.
This suggests a great way for Stallone to get into the fight. How about reviving his signature character, John Rambo, and sending him to rescue those girls? It might actually have an effect. There is precedence. A few months after Rambo invaded Afghanistan to help out the mujahidin, the Soviets withdrew from that country.
Clearly if Rambo, as venerable as he is, jumps in alone in the African bush to rescue those school girls, Boko Haram must give them up. It is no more an absurd idea that that they would release them because celebrities have taken to social media.