Adlai Stevenson once said, “The time to stop a revolution is at the beginning, not the end.” Had the French authorities done that, the future generations would have been spared from at least a novel, a musical and a musical film that all heroise communism and negate reality.
Never before has Les Misérables received such attention. Written in 1862, made into feature films in 1935 and 1958, and into a musical in 1980, it has undoubtedly been famous throughout time. But only now that the musical has put into a movie has it become something that is constantly talked about and praised so highly as if Hugh Jackman’s singing was from another, a somewhat better world. And even though the 1935 film adaption was nominated for an Academy Award, this time the movie-musical has already received three Golden Globes, and is nominated for nine BAFTAs and eight Oscars.
This makes me think, how is it possible that a movie about one of the greatest crimes against humanity that led to murdering of tens of thousands of people, has now suddenly got stuck in people’s hearts? How can it be that a criminal coup d’etat, which, like many such events before and after, culminated in murdering the King and the Queen, is so naively heroised and glorified and masses of people actually go along with the praise? Has the entire world suddenly gone nuts and become communist?
Of course not. But what it shows is that people nowadays are superficial. An average person doesn’t care about the events that inspired the novel and the film, they go to see a musical with catchy music and a heartbreaking story (which, undoubtedly, Les Misérables is all about). But at the end of the day this ecstasy is no better than thousands of youngsters wearing Che Guevara t-shirts without knowing that by doing that, they’re glorifying one of the worst terrorists and murderers in history.
Let’s be honest here for a minute. While the French revolution began because of people’s discontentment with the King, it led to death and destruction in which tens of thousands of people were killed. It led to the rise of Maximilien Robespierre and the Reign of Terror, in which alone up to 40,000 people were killed. It led to the destruction of traditions and aristocracy, and countless class murders throughout France. For God’s sake, they murdered their King and Queen. And moreover—in the end it led to the rule of Napoleon Bonaparte and devastating wars and misery throughout the continent.
The French revolution inspired many communist coups afterwards. Many communist terrorists were impressed with it and tried to implement bits and pieces from it to their own revolutions. But never in our wildest dreams would we praise or even tolerate a movie that heroises Lenin’s and Stalin’s mass murders. Never in a million years would we happily storm the cinemas to watch a film glorifying Hitler or Mao. You say Les Misérables is different? But… but… HOW?
We all know Victor Hugo was a communist. And we all know that Hollywood today is infested with ultra-left wing actors and filmmakers who actually think communism is great, despite its highly murderous nature. But we the people should be smarter than that. We should learn more about the crap that is thrown before us, not chew it all with a smile on our face and ask for more. Because at the end of the day, if this crap—communism—were to be thrown at us in real life, we wouldn’t like it one bit.