As much as the baby boomers fought to overturn, and rebel against, (and eventually destroy), the American culture that existed before them, one thing that I have always found interesting is how much these same champions of the counterculture that sadistically dismembered their heritage and mocked every tradition their parents had gifted them would at the same time romanticize this very culture they worked so hard to undo. In the 1980’s and 90’s there was a flurry of television shows and movies that seemed to acknowledge a yearning for something. There was a not so quiet acknowledgement of a loss that nobody could put their finger on and a bitter regret that was much more than what could be explained away by the phenomenon of nostalgia.
While these homages to a paradise forever lost sometimes included the typical ridicule of their favorite boogie man, the puritanical “patriarchy” that had always been the thankless guardians of this now extinct culture, there existed a recognition, a deep remorse even, that these were the good old days. One of the most popular examples was even titled “Happy Days.”
Unfortunately, Pandora’s Box had been opened. The Genie could never be stuffed back into the bottle. The monster the baby boomers had unleashed would grow and mutate and seek to preserve itself, something it couldn’t do if everyone was looking back and quietly asking themselves if perhaps, just maybe, they had made a terrible mistake.
It wasn’t long before these fantasies of yesteryear would be distorted, something that was easier to do as those who lived through the era grew old and the memories faded. The sadness turned to anger, or maybe even shame. Shame is an emotion that the baby boomers have never tolerated. As one might expect the yearning was replaced with mocking and ridicule. Like a spurned lover who finally traverses the grief stage and, as a coping mechanism, must convince themselves that there was nothing good about the one they once loved. Perverting every memory of their time together to fit the new narrative that they are “better off without them.” But it wasn’t just important for the baby boomers to forget, and smear, the past they had thrown away as a coping mechanism that would help them through the new era they had created, although,in a way it was very much related to self preservation.
You see, a new generation was growing up now. Growing up in a new world. The “new normal” that had been crafted by the baby boomers. A world of broken homes, a broken society, filled with broken people. They had smashed everything with the hammer of revolution and hadn’t bothered to rebuild anything in its place. Now, there was this new generation that had been raised in the rubble and the smoldering ashes of the baby boomer’s devastating culture war. This new generation was looking at these images of nuclear families with attentive and loving parents. A world that offered affordable schools that allowed you to pay tuition with the earnings from a part-time or summer job at the corner store. The corner store that didn’t have any bullet proof glass. The corner store would let you run a tab on the honor system because everyone knew and trusted each other. They lived in communities with affordable homes and a shared culture and history. They knew each other by name, they didn’t even lock their front doors. No wonder everyone seemed so happy, and they were happy without drugs, without antidepressants without casual sex. What would this new generation think if they saw this time, this place, that now seemed like some kind of mad utopia? What would happen when they realized that it was gone, or more importantly why it was gone?
It must have been terrifying indeed for the baby boomers, standing over the corpse of this lost culture, the murder weapon still in their hands dripping with blood, as generation X, dazzled by this wonderful paradise that so starkly contrasted the reality they knew, began to slowly piece together what it was that had happened. So, out of self preservation, the baby boomers, fearing what would happen if they didn’t, decided to hide the body.
The movie Pleasantville was part of that disinformation campaign. The campaign weaponized against generation X. The baby boomers acted in the same way a brutal dictator might act. In this case it wasn’t Kim Jong Il banning all Western media in North Korea and telling his people that everything beyond their borders was a nightmarish hellscape, that North Korea was the true utopia. This was something the dictator had to do because if the impoverished people of North Korea were to discover the truth, they might overthrow him, or worse.
The boomers, using this same formula, and reasoning, told generation X that the 1940’s and 50’s, despite what it might look like on TV, was really a nightmarish hellscape full of misogyny and patriarchy, oppressive Christianity, and worst of all, whiteness. The baby boomers often explained how they had brought revolution, and “fought the man,” and now these times were the real utopia. they told gen X this again, and again, as they subjected them to a never ending celebration of the free loving 60’s and 70’s, and then made sure it stuck with institutionalized cultural Marxism as part of the curriculum in government schools and universities.
Pleasantville was written and directed by Gary Ross who, incidentally, worked on Ted Kennedy’s presidential campaign as well as the campaigns of Michael Dukakis, and both of Bill Clinton’s presidential runs. He comes from a Jewish family that has been working in Hollywood for generations, and has written and directed several films including his first film “Big,” which he wrote but didn’t direct.
“Big” was a film that successfully inserted pedophilia into a “family” movie, something that had increased in acceptability under the watch of the baby boomers. Ross’ most recent film was “Oceans 8,” a film that feminized a very masculine film from the 1950’s, that he both wrote and directed.
“Pleasantville” begins its assault on the baby boomer’s murder victim by mocking the era with an over the top 1950’s sitcom ,similar to “Leave it to Beaver.” This fictional show is called “Pleasantville,” the name of the town in which the 1950’s family resides, in a home that most of you reading this would never be able to afford (especially on a single income), in a clean neighborhood with a happy family. The promo takes place in present day, so in this case 1998, and is being played on a fictional cable network that plays old TV shows. The promo is advertising a “Pleasantville” marathon with a trivia contest that viewers can play to win $1,000.
The promo gives us a quick overview of “Pleasantville” and, of course, is dripping with irony. It endlessly pokes fun at how quaint and backwards this time was before the movie even gets started. The film then attempts to get a lighthearted superior feeling out of the audience by immediately clashing with America how it is in 1998.
In just a few shots, including some of the edgy new fads at the time (a tongue ring), we see how different everything is, most notably the demographics. We now meet our main character, who is a white suburban nerd who is fantasizing about asking out a girl he is afraid to talk to. This is followed by succession of scenes that paint a very dark future for this young man and the people in his age group in 1998.
First, we go to a man giving a presentation to students telling them how everything is getting worse in the economy and job market. It’s literally what boomers have been unapologetically telling everyone from gen X through Z for the past 2 decades. “Sure, salaries and opportunities are going down, that’s why you just need to try harder kids!”
Then we are taken to a classroom where a teacher is telling her class about the dangers of getting aids. The panic of heterosexual aids was being pushed heavily in popular propaganda in 1998. The pushers of the propaganda sought to increase funding from a public that saw it as a gay disease, which statistically speaking it largely was, but at the time it was “aids this” and “aids that” because they needed to scare some money out a public. This was especially important because they had not yet normalized homosexuality and so therefore, nobody felt a real obligation to pay millions to research aids.
We then go to another classroom. This teacher is talking about “climate change,” I’m sorry, “global warming,” wait no, back then it was the “ozone layer.” The teacher is telling the students that by 2010 the global temperature would raise 2 degrees and kill everyone.
It’s now after school and we go to David’s home in the suburbs. Rows and rows on McMansions occupied by the baby boomers. David is watching an episode of “Pleasantville” while his single mother baby boomer mother chats on the phone about her social life. It’s obvious to the viewer that David wants nothing more than to be in that world on the television screen. To have a mother who pays attention to him and a father that, well, just a father.
The next day and David is at school telling his friend about the “Pleasantville” marathon. There is a trivia contest and he is going to try to win the 1000 prize! We also meet David’s sister, who is a basic bitch THOT that embraces this new culture. She’s a hedonist and invites the cool boy from school over to have sex with her because her baby boomer mom is going to go out of town to party with a younger guy.
That night they get into a fight over who can use the TV remote and it breaks. Moments later, the doorbell rings. A crazy TV repair man, played by Don Knots who was a regular in many 1950’s TV shows, arrives with a new remote. After quizzing David about obscure details about “Pleasantville” he decides to give David and his sister a remote with magical powers ends up zapping them both into an episode of “Pleasantville.”
Now that they have been magically transported into the TV show and have taken the place of the daughter and son of the TV family, they decide to play along because David knows so much about the show anyway.
At first it, seems like this is going to be your typical fish out of water story. This quickly changes when the filmmakers immediately attack the fact that their new 1950’s TV mother, who in sharp contrast to their 1998 baby boomer mother who is off doing god knows what with a younger man, is attentive. They make fun of the fact that their TV mother has prepared breakfast for them by exaggerating the portions to make the idea that their mother making breakfast for them is completely over the top and insane. David’s sister, Jennifer, hates this new world she is in. She complains endlessly about how she wants to go home to have sex with the guy from school she invited over. David tells her she needs to play along which she decides to do after meeting her character’s love interest, Skip.
We now get a quick tour of Pleasantville. Nothing bad ever happens. You see, it’s very important to exaggerate this aspect of the world. This is how the baby boomers have to deconstruct it. When generation X looks at this world they see a utopia so the only way to tear it down is for the baby boomers to say “it IS a utopia, it’s TOO perfect, can’t you understand? That is why it must be destroyed!” and here is where we get to the real troubling aspect of this film.
If you’ve seen my videos before you know i’m not one of these guys that gets hung up on symbolism or pointing out secret satanic imagery. I’m not saying that stuff doesn’t exist, it’s just not what I do. In fact, I don’t think I’ve even mentioned the concept of satanism in one of these videos. I’m a storyteller and I dissect what the story is telling the audience, how it’s trying to inject ideas and themes into your head using propaganda techniques. But this film, in addition to being all the things I have discussed before, this smearing of the past, this hiding of the body, is literally satanic. I don’t mean that it’s evil, i mean that it’s satanic, as in it is promoting Satan. This entire movie is the story of the Garden of Eden, and if you doubt me know, you wont once we get a little further into this. It is the story of the Garden of Eden and it is a celebration of Satan convincing Eve to eat from the tree of knowledge, and getting Adam cast out of paradise.
This is a theme that is central in modern satanism, in fact, here it is depicted in the satanic monument that was put on display recently in an American courthouse:
“Pleasantville” is this story.
Now, I want you think think about what that means. How could this movie simultaneously be satanic and also be propaganda meant to obscure the past? What does that tell you about the people who were responsible for casting our society out of paradise? That they knew that what they had was good and that they purposely destroyed it because, like the modern satanist, they valued exploring evil more than preserving good. I don’t want to spend that much time on this because I think now that I’ve planted that seed you are going to see what I’m talking about as we go through the rest of this film.
OK, so back to the movie. We are in paradise. Everything is way too perfect. Everyone is way too happy. There are no problems at all. That is, until David strays from the TV script and tells Skip that maybe his sister isn’t up for going out with him that evening. That is when the first crack begins to form. They have poisoned the well by deviating from the routine that keeps this universe in order and now it has become tainted. Worried that this might become a bigger problem if they continue to stray away from the script, David tells his sister that she must go along with the routine to help preserve the order of this universe.
This is a metaphor for something else as well. This is a metaphor for what begins to happen to a society when outsiders come in and don’t assimilate. They disrupt the order of things, at first in small inconsequential ways, and the system will absorb some deviant behavior if the society is strong, but eventually it begins to cause bigger and bigger problems until it threatens the society entirely. This is an aspect of the world that this film also exaggerates. It paints the routine as something bad and extremely rigid. It dictates the behavior of the native population to extremes. For example, when David shows up to work a little bit late we discover that his boss has been stuck wiping the counter for hours because David wasn’t there to his part of the routine so he just got stuck until David arrived.
Later that night Jennifer, who is annoyed with her date treating her respectfully and not trying to have sex with her, which is an odd thing to see considering now days they have perverted the past even further and told us that people like Skip would have just raped her by now, demands that he take her to lovers lane.
In this scene Jennifer, actually rapes Skip, by today’s definition, but of course it’s OK because she’s a woman. Lovers lane is the Garden of Eden. We will see this again later in the film in a more literal sense, but Jennifer, in her pursuit for pleasure has decided to disrupt the universe and have sex with this boy she just met. And because this is a baby boomer’s view of what is good and bad in culture, this is celebrated as the best thing that has ever happened in this paradise. Eve has taken the apple and given it to Adam. They have both now eaten the forbidden fruit and the universe is beginning to change. Where there was once black and white, good and evil, new and ambiguous colors are beginning to appear.
The subversive force that has entered their universe begins to spread as Skip tells his teammates about the forbidden fruit, and slowly we see the world, that was too perfect, begin to slip away.
David is alarmed when he sees what is happening and begs his sister to stop destroying their universe, but Jennifer, who values her own whims her own wants her own desires over the good of the society around her.
Soon, all of the kids are going to the Garden of Eden and partaking of the forbidden fruit. This of course is a metaphor for the baby boomer sexual revolution. It’s all about pleasure seeking and free love, and if destroys the universe, in this case literally, so be it.
More and more the subversiveness spreads. But of course, it’s good you see, because its more vibrant, more colorful, it’s not the drab black and white world that you are foolish for wanting. These changes are good, because they are different.
These changes don’t go unnoticed. It was only a matter of time before the evil white patriarchy caught wind of all these changes. Whenever they show the mayor, the embodiment of white male patriarchy, they frame in the shot like a comic book villain.
Never are we asked to walk in his shoes. What he might think of this world being turned upside down, these men who created and maintained this paradise are automatically evil. Their sin? Creating a perfect world.
The women are also noticing changes. But women aren’t a part of the patriarchy. They are the victims. Victims of the perfect world that the patriarchy created for them. Trapped in a maddeningly happy existence, and when Jennifer gives the forbidden fruit to her mother by telling her about sex and explaining how to masturbate, the subversive force she has brought into the world strikes once more and further damages the society.
This time a tree in their front yard catches fire. This is a new problem that the community has never had to deal with before. David gets the firemen, but they have never actually had to fight a fire before. This was paradise and there are no fires in paradise.
David helps put out the fire and is given an award by the mayor in this scene where we also notice the first symbol to overtly call draw attention to the whiteness of the town.
Everyone in Pleasantville is white so it’s only natural for the logo on the banner to show 2 white hands shaking, but it still sticks out because it is a logo that has been used so often in our world to represent multiculturalism that simply by having 2 white hands shaking makes it stick out. This will come into play in a more overt way later in the film, but I just wanted to point that out. I also want to point out that this is part of David’s story arch. David likes Pleasantville the way it is. Afterall, he’s a white male. He is being recognized by the patriarchy for putting out the fire caused by the new subversive forces that are changing the community. He is being tempted to join the evil patriarchy that is attempting to preserve the existing culture.
And now that he has been tempted by the patriarchy, he goes to work where he is tempted by the subversive forces in the town. This is where a maddening bit of irony in today’s context begins. David discovers that all the books in town are blank until he tells the stories of those that he has read. That’s when the books magically fill in.
He is spreading forbidden knowledge into the town which starts a new trend of people reading.
This of course is very much frowned upon by the evil patriarchy who doesn’t like the free flow of information, you see even though this movie was made just 20 years ago, this was when the left fancied themselves the defenders of free speech. How times have changed. The truth of course is that they only want free speech if it helps them subvert a society. After that, free speech has to go.
So I’m going to skip ahead a little bit here. David’s mom is forced to wear makeup to hide the fact that she, now that she is sexually liberated, is now in color.
David brings an art book to his boss at the diner, almost all of the art is either garbage abstract art or sexual in nature of course.
David is becoming more confident and asks a girl out.
Jennifer is also changing. She is evolving in the same way the feminism she represents has evolved. She is changing from just being sexually liberated to wanting to get serious about her education so she can grow up to be a strong independent woman. Now that she has turned the universe upside down, she’s going to see what other resources she can squeeze out of it.
David goes on his date, or rather, he goes to the Garden of Eden with his date. This is kind of the turning point of the film. Just like the Garden of Eden story in the bible and in satanism, eventually God finds out his children have been eating the forbidden fruit and the town is about to be kicked permanently out of paradise.
While David is in the Garden of Eden, his mother sees the new modern art that the diner owner is using and begins an affair with him, because her husband, the man who helped provide and maintain the paradise was of course part of the evil patriarchy. At the same time, Jennifer having had her fun with skip, rejects him. Davids father comes home to an empty home and for the first time there is no dinner waiting for him, and then we see the unmistakable imagery that should once and for all shatter any doubt in your mind that this is the Garden of Eden and another eve literally plucks the fruit from the tree and brings it to Adam.
That is when god shows up. For the first time in paradise, there is a storm. The rain falls over the whole town and they are all once and forever cast out of paradise.
David’s dad goes and alerts the patriarchy about what is happening. The evil white patriarchy all lit and framed like comic book villains are dismissed as reactionary bigots. Their concerns about being forever thrust out of paradise are minimized as one of them men shows them his wife burnt his shirt while ironing. You see, the only reason the men wanted to maintain the way of things was so they could have dinner and neatly pressed shirts. The patriarchy is domineering and evil and only wants to preserve paradise because they are oppressing the women and making them do manual labor.
The next day, David’s mother leaves his dad for the guy at the diner, and again his father, whose only sin was providing a good life for his family and being a good husband and father is ridiculed and put down. His needs are not as important as his wife’s desires. The subversive new culture has taken hold, paradise is gone.
Now in this new multicultural reality, yes I said multicultural, they are all white, but some of the people are now in color. The filmmakers use this as a not so subtle metaphor for people of color as we see here when David is hassled by some evil white kids that don’t like that he has a “colored” girlfriend.
The town calls a meeting, no “coloreds” allowed of course, and with heavy handed fascist symbolism using lighting and framing that looks right out of “The Triumph of the Will” we see the patriarchy rear its ugly bigoted head. The symbol of the white hands shaking is more obvious now.
Fascism doesn’t like the changes that have taken place and they mean to stop it. Things escalate in the town. The white kids even try to lynch David’s mother, who is now a person of color.
And because he stands up to the white fascists David finally himself becomes a person of color.
In yet another expansion of the previous irony, the white fascists begin to burn the books of the colored people, it’s amazing to me how quickly the left has become the burners of books when this was the propaganda they were making just 20 years ago.
After some clashes the town holds a trial to see what they should do about these new people of color. The movie copies almost exactly the shots used in the film “To Kill a Mockingbird,” a movie about racist whites who attempt to imprison an innocent black man.
At this point it’s obvious what the film is saying. The real reason the paradise was evil and it had to be destroyed is because it was white and white is intrinsically evil. It’s not until every last white person is changed into a person of color that the town can accept this new culture that subverted their paradise.
Whites might have functioned well and been happy in the paradise they built and maintained until the outsiders arrived, but now they have to be eradicated one by one for this new culture, which is incompatible with the whites, to survive.
This movie isn’t just an excuse for destroying the past that seeks to counter the yearning to gain back what was thrown away do carelessly by the baby boomers, it’s a blueprint for the future. It’s both a confession and a prophecy. Generation X and those that followed never experienced that paradise lost, and they will never get to. They will slowly be replaced until every last remnant of that world has slipped away forever.
This movie says all that while giving a not so subtle nod to satanism and the most amazing thing of all is they managed to communicate all of this in an easy to swallow package. Chances are if you watch this movie, even after seeing this, you might even laugh at some of the charming jokes. Never again let it be said that the left can’t meme.