We'll Fight for Freedom, Wherever there's Trouble...
CNN pundit Glenn Beck (as well as Canada's National Post
] criticizes G.I. Joe, or more appropriately, the in-production live-action movie [IMDB
] of the same name, and the manufacturer of the multi-generational toy-line
, Hasbro. Beck cited the IMDB page, which stated that GIJOE was a "European-based military unit known as Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity (G.I.J.O.E.), a hi-tech, international force of special operatives, takes on an evil organization led by a notorious arms dealer." He further added that the change amounted to JOE being ineffectual pansies, like the UN, and that "[He believes] some are trying to indoctrinate our kids into hating their own country, turning us into some one-world-government nightmare; hating America, turning it into a dirty word."
Keep in mind that the cartoon was distributed in several languages [YouTube
], the toys sold in several countries, the 3 3/4" line is 25 years old, the comics
have been around for just as long, and that any modern movie needs international audiences to maximize profit, which might be difficult with an American-centric film.
Some say that GIJOE the movie was the best film ever-made [YouTube
], as well as being the inspiration for the TV's 24. At least the opening sequence was cool
. See also the fan site
, the character index, these comics