Outside of pedigree and nepotism, all that is left is the lewdness associated with shameful means of success. I imagine Roger Ailes was one of the masked men in Kubrick’s last film Eyes Wide Shut — bringing women from the newsroom as a commodity to the sons and daughters of the confederacy behind Venetian masks.
The script is pretty standard text and subtext but this doesn’t mean it is mediocre, quite on the contrary, it just doesn’t take any risks. There is too much at stake with an upcoming election to not expose the kingmaker that manifested Nixon and shame him from beyond the grave. They don’t focus on Trump in the film but his presence is felt.
When journalists go to college many of them don’t have political identity outside of the one that they brought with them from home. Most of them just want to be in the spotlight. Working in a Fox Newsroom is different than being in your conservative father’s living room. In Megyn Kelly presents: a response to “Bombshell“ The panel presents the major motion picture as watered down compared to what Roger Ailes’ behavior actually was. There was a lecherous monster, Jabba the Hutt, propositioning newswomen, creating a hostile workplace, while preaching austerity, and making a statement about conservatism. Maybe the reason why the star-studded cast humanized everyone was because of the Matt Lauer monstrosity of malicious intent leave sticks and stones to throw, but Ailes started at NBC and started MSNBC.
References to New York and Hollywood elites generally turned up having something to do with the veiled antisemitism, at least, maybe in a part of the mind that individual does not allow himself to legitimize. As far as weaponized cinematography this film is it the top of its game. It’s sleek, armed with the most recognizable talent, it needs to find Roger Ailes as a person in order to state the urgency of shaming what he built as an instrument of a tyranny of the minority. Republicans who statistically shouldn’t win but they do and the Weinsteinian character of Ailes is the Satanic Panic Wizard of Oz.
What we can infer from the lecherous puppet masters displacement via Geraldo Rivera investigating ritual abuse uncovered under dubious regression therapy is that the reality is more nefarious than the misinformation. Roger Ailes was a cavalier in his transgressions like Weinstein because he was recruiting these women for the cast of a reality TV version of Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut. At least that is what I’d like to posit to the reader and perhaps challenge for a sequential viewing of Bombshell and Eyes Wide Shut. There is the account given by Kellie Boyle in NY Mag:
“You know if you want to play with the big boys, you have to lay with the big boys.” I was so taken aback. I said, “Gosh, I didn’t know that. How would that work?” I was trying to kill time because I didn’t know if he was going to attack me. I was just talking until I could get out of the car. He said, “That’s the way it works,” and he started naming other women he’d had. He said that’s how all these men in media and politics work — everyone’s got their friend. I said, “Would I have to be friends with anybody else?” And he said, “Well, you might have to give a blow job every once in a while.” I told him I was going to have to think about this. He said, “No, if you don’t do it now, you know that means you won’t.”
When she refused the ashes of her career in the GOP or conservative press were unrecognizable. But Weinstein was a donor for the Democratic Party and perhaps in this reality show where they recreate Kubrick’s Death Mask — Weinstein in a jail cell with the ghost of Ailes — share one political ideal: avarice, a dance of power with silly masks, while producing the supernatural as a smokescreen.