Film director and writer Paul Schrader, who used to be somebody many years ago in Hollywood, has taken to Facebook to call for "violent resistance" to protest the election of Donald Trump. Actually, the keyboard guerilla has gone to the extent of claiming to be willing to take up arms. Schrader claims to be enraged by "alt.right nut jobs" but as you can see in his Friday (ironically Veteran's Day) Facebook post, Schrader is obviously living out his violent fantasies in an alt.world:
I have spent the last five days meditating on Trump's election. Upon consideration, I believe this is a call to violence. I felt the call to violence in the 60's and I feel it now again. This attack on liberty and tolerance will not be solved by appeasement. Obama tried that for eight years. We should finance those who support violence resistance. We should be willing to take arms. Like Old John Brown, I am willing to battle with my children. Alt right nut jobs swagger violence. It's time to actualize that violence, Like by Civil War Michigan predecessors I choose to stand with the black, the brown and the oppressed.
Hey, Paul, how about violence actualized against your bank account when some idiots out there, impressed that you used to matter in the film world, take up your advice and cause harm to people and damage to property? Yes, you could be subject to lawsuits if not incarceration for your misguided armchair call to violence. Karma would be if, after January 20, President Donald Trump appoints Sheriff Joe Arpaio as Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons who forces inmate Schrader to wear pink underwear (to be worn on the outside so they can check).
So what is the real reason for Schrader's call for the violence that he is probably much too cowardly to carry out himself? This tweet seems to get to the dirty truth of his motivation:
Although Schrader had film success years ago writing the screenplays for such movies as Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, his career has been in the toilet for almost 30 years. His latest directing project, Dog Eat Dog (2016), received this Critics Consensus from Rotten Tomatoes:
Dog Eat Dog's refreshing bundle of quirks and surfeit of visual style aren't quite enough to compensate for an aimlessly forgettable story.
Schrader's last major award was in 2005 with a Golden Raspberry Awards Razzie Award to honor his work as Worst Director for Dominion: Prequel to The Exorcist.
Meanwhile the reviews on Facebook for his call to violence are even worse than his movie reviews. Here is a sampling:
Morally and legally unacceptable and beyond the pale.
sounds more like you spent the last five days getting hammered and trying to figure out how to make yourself relevant. You aren't.
LOL!! Paul, I can't wait to see you decked out in combat attire! Sportsman's Guide is having a sale on paint ball equipment.
Paul Schrader is a rich fat old man who would do nothing to jeopardize his comfortable lifestyle. He will fantasize about being Travis Bickle (who he, himself, has said was no hero) while calling young people to fight his war for him.
Exit question: Will Paul Schrader escalate his threat of armchair violence from merely posting about it on Facebook to tweeting about it on Twitter?