March 14, 2012, - 4:39 pm
For those who believe that Sarah Palin is the messiah and can do no wrong, nor can her babymama daughter, this will fall on willingly deaf ears. And that’s sad. However, their whining–and the whining of many conservatives fooled by the ex-half-governor with no clothing–garnered HBO it’s most watched movie original film since 2004. Yup, all of you who whined endlessly about the movie played right into HBO’s marketing plans. You got played, when you should have ignored it and moved on.
Even though I know Sarah Palin is ignorant, most other prominent conservatives are not, and I saw the movie as a likely unfair attack on conservatives in a Presidential election year in which the top Republican candidates are far wiser and more informed than Palin. I know that anything starring uber-lefty Ed Harris (who famously sat on his hands in protest when anti-Communist Elia Kazan received an Oscar), New Age weirdo Woody Harrelson, or uber-liberal former babymama Julianne Moore–let alone all three–is destined to be liberal propaganda. But the smart thing to do was to ignore the typical HBO drivel as if it were MSNBC. Instead, many conservatives naively played your role to promote a movie you didn’t see and claimed to hate and got it the best ratings for its category on HBO in eight years. Congrats:
HBO’s Game Change premiered with an average of 2.1 million viewers at 9 PM on Saturday to become the network’s most watched original film in almost 8 years, since the 2004 Something The Lord Made (2.6 million). The movie about John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign and the meteoric rise of Sarah Palin from a little known Alaska Governor to super-star Republican running mate, doubled the premiere audience of the previous HBO movie from the same writer (Danny Strong) and director (Jay Roach), Recount, which chronicled events surrounding the 2000 presidential elections. It also outperformed the opening nights of recent HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce (1.3 million), Generation Kill (1 million) and John Adams (1.8 million). For the weekend, Game Change averaged 3.6 million viewers over multiple plays.
I’m not saying the movie was an accurate portrayal of Sarah Palin and the behind-the-scenes goings on during the campaign. I didn’t see the movie and don’t know what really happened behind the scenes. Nor do you. I only know what happened when conservatives whined about a movie they’d have been better off ignoring: they helped HBO build controversy, get attention, and attract viewers who might not have even noticed otherwise. Way to go.
HBO will only make more and more of these left-wing, anti-conservative movies because the network execs know that you will always be a willing participant in their marketing plan, getting played like a violin in helping them garner the free media attention they crave.
Oh, and they also played into Sarah Palin’s smart marketing plan to stay relevant and play the martyr yet again. Good job. Palin and HBO are laughing at you . . . all the way to the bank. So is celebrated babymama “of the right,” Bristol Palin, who needs to breed attention and build ratings for her upcoming silly single mother/out of wedlock kid “reality show” on Lifetime.
Cha-ching? You betcha!
Tags: Danny Strong, Ed Harris, Game Change, HBO, HBO movie, HBO original movie, high ratings, Jay Roach, John McCain, Julianne Moore, martyr, Ratings, Sarah Palin, Something the Lord Made, Woody Harrelson