The most inspirational film ever
has an underexamined dark side
, including a 1947 FBI memo
that branded the film as subversive
and "a rather obvious attempt to discredit bankers." The film's script was influenced by the liberal populism of the 1930s
, used suicide as a plot point
, and was criticized by a Christian Right website for "lax attitudes on alcohol and drunkenness."
The film also inspired a feminist art project on "bad girl" Violet Bick
and a dead-on parody
of a right-wing Christian movie review. Meanwhile, Jimmy Stewart paid back Frank Capra for reviving his post-WWII career by spying on him for the FBI
. The hidden backstory behind It's A Wonderful Life
Is Cinco De Mayo For Sale By the Alcohol Industry?
In the 1960s, Chicano activists in Colorado promoted a boycott of Coors beer
in response to employment discrimination against Latinos
at Coors breweries. Coors had two problems. They had to fix their image with Latino consumers, and they had to figure out some way to get college students to drink more beer
in May. The solution: start sponsoring Cinco de Mayo!
Thus, even though Mexicans in Mexico celebrate their independence day
on September 15th and 16th, Mexican-Americans are more likely to celebrate the May 5th anniversary of the Battle of the Puebla
, which is not even commemorated with a national holiday in Mexico. In fact, the Battle of the Puebla was a skirmish in the Pastry War
, a French intervention in Mexico that began because a French chef demanded several thousand pesos to compensate him for Mexican military officers looting his pastry supply