Film Critic Roeper Calls MRC, Conservatives Racist, Elitist

August 21st, 2007 12:16 PM

Reacting to an MRC press release, Chicago Sun-Times critic Richard Roeper lashed out at MRC President Brent Bozell and Culture and yours truly for applauding the record-breaking viewer numbers racked up by Disney Channel’s "High School Musical 2." Roeper makes the nonsensical argument that Disney is known for wholesome stuff, so what’s the big deal? But then he wraps up his piece with this shot:

One more thing for the conservative movement to consider before they get too attached to the 'High School Musical' franchise: It could be argued that the primary messages contained in both 'High School Musical' movies are quite liberal.

As one parent and certified Disney-phile told me Monday, "As wholesome and family-friendly as these films are, both 'High School Musical' films promote tolerance, interracial dating and rejection of elitism -- all 'liberal' themes that drive those religious right-wingers nuts."

Translation: conservative religious people are for racism, intolerance and elitism. Pure ad hominem from Mr. Roeper, and a typical liberal media slam. For more facts on "High School Musical," click here.