In the new "G.I. Joe" flick, the character is no longer a typical American soldier. Instead he's part of some elite international force — kind of like a Benetton ad with grenades.
On MSNBC, Donny Deutsch praised this change, saying that the shift from an iconic American character to a U.N. community organizer is a "business" decision.
To this, I say, "fiddle faddle," which is short for "silly, stupid fiddle faddle."
Face it: This was not a business decision; it was a "wussy" decision. Movie execs were worried that the world — still pissed off over Iraq — would not go see a movie about an "American hero." As it turns out, they were wrong, the backlash over Saddam's death had less impact than Norman Fell's.
But, for a moment, let's apply Donny's logic on other flicks.
"Sex and the City" — my favorite film — made a pile of money around the world and it was about American chicks exercising their rights to unfettered capitalism and humping. According to Deutsch, they all should have been multi-racial, trans-gendered dolphins, stationed in Brussels in an undersea Earth-shaped condo. Granted, that does sound awesome, but it probably wouldn't include Mario Cantone.
Fact is, our mainstream media feels awkward about anything "American." But the world doesn't. No, it loves America more than TV talking heads are willing to admit, which is why everyone risks their lives to come here.
And get this: They like our heroes even more. Rambo, John McClane, Superman, Dirty Harry and, of course, Charlotte York. Seriously, she truly is a refreshing mix of Park Avenue lifestyle and feminine charm.