Top Gun is a live action movie that celebrates all that is good about our country and our military.

MEGHAN MCCAIN: ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ is another wake-up call for WOKE Hollywood

My husband and I were just two of a dozen Americans, who rushed to movie theaters this past Memorial Day weekend to see Top Gun: Maverick.

The sequel to the epic 1986 original, starring Tom Cruise, broke box office records, making an estimated $156 million domestically during its four-day opening weekend.

It was also Cruise’s first opening with more than $100 million over the course of his entire career.

Ben and I got a babysitter, prepaid tickets, and bought a collectible metal popcorn bucket.

It was the first time since before Covid hit that I was looking forward to going out to see a movie – and I’m sure thousands of other Americans felt the same way.

The question is: why? Why did so many people go out to see this movie and not any other Hollywood show?

The first part of the answer is clear – “Top Gun: Maverick” is the sequel to the universally loved movie that has garnered incredible reviews and is considered by many to be as good, if not better, than the original.

The second part of the answer is more complicated.

Perhaps a more relevant question is why did modern Hollywood take so long to realize how to make a successful movie?

Top Gun is a live action movie that celebrates all that is good about our country and our military.

Add to that handsome lead men, a romantic drama with Cruise's love interest Jennifer Connelly (top left), a new generation of actors and

Add to that handsome lead men, a romantic drama with Cruise’s love interest Jennifer Connelly (top left), and a new generation of actors and “pilots” like Miles Teller, and you’ve got a darn sequel.

Don’t they realize that most Americans take pride in their country, and they don’t want to make them feel bad about it when they spend their hard-earned money.

For a generation of Americans, the Top Gun is a celebration of the US military and America in general.

The original and sequel opened with the same iconic texts – describing how the US Navy created an elite school for the top one percent of its pilots…the Navy calls it the Combat Weapons School. The pilots call it: Top Gun.

If this gives you chills – you are not alone.

Top Gun is a live action movie that celebrates all that is good about our country and our military.

Add to that handsome lead men, a romantic drama with Cruise’s love interest Jennifer Connelly, and a new generation of actors and “pilots” like Miles Teller, and you’ve got a darn sequel.

There’s also a really touching scene between Maverick and the Snowman (Cruz and Val Kilmer) and I’m a woman enough to admit I cried through it.

But above all – the film is not overly political, not depressing, and does not focus on the flaws of the USA and why we suck and why our flag and national anthem do not deserve to be honored.

The filmmakers also took a stand against the disgusting Hollywood trend of sticking to the demands of the totalitarian Chinese government.

In the original 1986 movie, there is a patch depicting the Taiwanese flag on a Maverick flight jacket. But during 2019 previews, the patch was removed to satisfy alleged Chinese censorship.

The filmmakers also took a stand against the disgusting Hollywood trend of sticking to the demands of the totalitarian Chinese government.  (Above) Cruz Maverick wears a flying jacket with the Taiwan flag on it

The filmmakers also took a stand against the disgusting Hollywood trend of sticking to the demands of the totalitarian Chinese government. (Above) Cruz Maverick wears a flying jacket with the Taiwan flag on it

Moviegoers were delighted to see the flag restored in the film—a sign that the filmmakers and La Cruz are content to be the dogs of the Chinese system.

I absolutely loved the movie and felt good about leaving the theater that evening.

Hollywood should wake up to the fact that “Wake up, go bankrupt” is a fact.

It was announced last month that streaming giant Netflix lost 200,000 subscribers in the first quarter of the year – the first drop of its kind.

This is probably because many viewers cannot link to their own content.

Netflix recently produced and distributed series such as Colin Kaepernick’s “In Black and White” which, among other things, likened the NFL Project to slavery.

It was also claimed last month that Disney is set to rank among the worst-performing stocks in 2022 after its major dispute with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis over the ‘Parental Rights to Education’ bill.

Disney CEO Bob Chapek’s decision to take a political side in the battle has been called into question, given that it is in his company’s best interest to remain neutral since families of all political persuasions visit Disney theme parks and watch their productions.

Throughout the media, there are examples of companies, newsmakers, and television personalities who have decided to take outright political positions, and yes, anti-Republicans and conservatives.

CNN’s ratings are pathetic, they’ve become the talk of the industry. They lost 70% of viewers in the key demographic from 25 to 54 years old between January 2021 and May 2021.

They also spent $300 million on a digital streaming service called CNN+ which was a failure that was canceled less than a month after its launch.

Ratings for award shows are dropping across the board, and anyone subject to hosting a party in Hollywood has a 50/50 chance of being canceled because of an outdated tweet or routinely mined by the thought police.

I, for example, am tired of hacking politics for entertainment.

This does not mean that artists cannot use their own voices and platforms. But if you were an artist who says people like me, who are born in red states, who vote Republican and go to church every Sunday, are shocked, I probably wouldn’t watch you.

I don’t want to support people who hate me and seem rude about it.

So what is the lesson here?

Art is political, it always has been. But for every 5,000 Watch movies and TV shows, it’s clear that making an unabashedly pro-American, pro-military movie is the answer to Hollywood’s problems.

The question is whether anyone other than Tom Cruise has the backbone to create it or would they prefer continuing to commit commercial failures to an ever-decreasing audience?

Only time will tell… but hey, I’m glad I sat in 2022 through a movie and simply had fun.

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