Worst movie ever, or Republican campaign ad?

(I originally posted a version of this to my Ferret Press blog back in November, 2010…but given that election season is once again upon us, I think it’s worth revisiting)

So I was flipping through the channels, and I come across American Ninja 4: The Annihilation.


Now, with a title like that, I’m sure you can guess just how bad it was, but let me just share the synopsis that popped up on the TV listing:

An ex-ninja must save commandos and the world from a mad sheik and his ninja army.

Yes, you read that right: an Arab sheik and his ninjas!

I watched about 15 minutes of it, and was thoroughly impressed by how they managed to insult Muslims, Arabs, women, Africans, the Japanese, the British, and, oddly enough, extras from the Mad Max movies, all in just that short amount of time. But I digress…

What I wanted to say was I believe this 1990 movie is actually the perfect propaganda campaign ad for Republicans today. Think about it, what’s scarier than Evil Muslims (TM) who are planning to bomb New York with a suitcase nuke? Evil Muslims (TM) who are planning to bomb New York with a suitcase nuke + their ninja army!

Forget about the illegal Mexican children, or African Ebola. Stir up your conservative base by appealing to their fear of Muslim ninjas!

You’re welcome, Republican Party.

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