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Explaining the Media’s Bizarre Reaction to Sound of Freedom

Posted on Thursday, July 13, 2023
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AMAC Exclusive – By Shane Harris

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The surprise summer blockbuster Sound of Freedom exposes the dark reality of liberal open borders policies and paints Christian virtue in a heroic light – two things the modern left and the mainstream media simply won’t tolerate.

Over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, Sound of Freedom dominated at the box office, beating out Disney’s Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny and shocking many Hollywood executives. The film recounts the story of Tim Ballard, a former undercover agent for the Department of Homeland Security who left the agency to start his own organization dedicated to rescuing children from the underground sex slave trade.

Ballard is portrayed in Sound of Freedom by actor Jim Caviezel, who has been tops on the media’s hit list ever since starring as Jesus Christ in The Passion of the Christ (2004). Most of Hollywood effectively blacklisted Caviezel after Christ, and the 54-year-old said he lost two agents and a lawyer over his decision to star in Sound of Freedom.

Both Caviezel and Ballard, as well as writer and director Alejandro Monteverde, are strong Christians, something which plays a prominent role in the film. Caviezel’s stirring catchphrase in the movie, “God’s children are not for sale,” has already taken on life of its own and become a rallying cry to draw more public attention to the issue of child sex trafficking.

Many fans of the film pointed to its Christian messaging as a big reason why it took so long to be released. Sound of Freedom was originally a product of 21st Century Fox, and was completed all the way back in 2018. But upon Disney’s acquisition of Fox in 2019, executives canceled the film’s scheduled release with no explanation.

The movie also exposes how open borders policies act as a catalyst for child sex trafficking – shining an uncomfortable light on the disaster currently unfolding at the U.S.-Mexico border. Ballard explicitly pointed to that fact as a reason for the media’s visceral reaction to the film in a Fox News interview, saying, “I think that the left, these media outlets — they don’t want to have a discussion about what this film is going to compel, a discussion about why 85,000 children showed up unaccompanied at the border and got released into the interior of a country [the United States] that is the highest consuming country for child exploitation material on the planet.”

In total, the film grossed some $40 million in its first six days, far surpassing expectations. It has also dominated conversation on social media, with clips from the movie going viral around the world.

For the left, all of this is a nightmare scenario – a popular film with heavily Christian themes that functions as an effective criticism of Democrat policies. This likely explains the deluge of criticism and baseless claims about the film that came with its box office success.

Following the film’s gangbusters July 4 weekend, for instance, several media outlets slandered Sound of Freedom as “Q-Anon adjacent,” pointing to previous comments made by Caviezel – all of which were completely unrelated to the movie itself. Ballard has called these criticisms “absurd,” saying that he had never even heard of Q-Anon when work first began on the film back in 2018.

In one representative headline, far-left publication Jezebel called Sound of Freedom a “fantasy fit for Q-Anon.” Rolling Stone dismissed the film as “a superhero movie for dads with brainworms.”

Movie reviewer Charles Bramesco, meanwhile, writing for The Guardian, calls the film “paranoid” and a “snare of wild-eyed falsehoods.” Bramesco then mocks the pro-life movement – another subtle theme of Sound of Freedom – writing that Sound of Freedom “pretends to be a real movie, like a ‘pregnancy crisis center’ masquerading as a bona fide health clinic.”

Several commentators were quick to point out the irony in the fact that, as recently as 2018, The Guardian was running feature stories about how widespread child sex trafficking was, yet is now calling such narratives “paranoid.”

Unfortunately, official data suggests the disturbing events portrayed in Sound of Freedom are far from exaggerated. According to the U.N., there were 27.6 million people trafficked worldwide in 2021, 12 percent of whom were children. The National Human Trafficking Hotline, which just tracks the United States, reported nearly 11,000 instances of child sex trafficking that same year.

As Sound of Freedom also highlights, child sex trafficking is becoming one of the biggest illegal industries in the world, generating an estimated $150 billion globally each year. Yet, as some alternative news outlets have reported, the Biden administration seems to be de-prioritizing the issue.

Despite the left’s best efforts to discredit Sound of Freedom, it is still drawing big crowds at theaters across the country. Once again, it seems, the public is seeing through the media’s dishonesty and making their own judgements about who the heroes and villains are in this story.

Shane Harris is a writer and political consultant from Southwest Ohio. You can follow him on Twitter @ShaneHarris513.

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Michael Burke
Michael Burke
1 year ago

My wife & I saw The Sound of Freedom on July 3rd. It made angry to know that so many innocent children are being torn from their families and so many parents live in anguish with no place or no one to turn to in most cases. I’m very grateful to men like Tim Ballard who are fighting this horror and thankful to men like Jim Cavezil for bringing this to the forefront.

matt
matt
1 year ago

Could we expect the “MEDIA” gang to deal with the truth in a fair manner ? No, of course not. Keep hiding your heads in the sand [media] and your will continue to lose more and more viewers/ readers.

Michael & Gerrye Fielden
Michael & Gerrye Fielden
1 year ago

Saw the Movie Tuesday evening! So sad that this is happening, but totally glad that child trafficking is coming to life – so we can do something about it!

Marc Ziegler
Marc Ziegler
1 year ago

If the liberal left Marxists condone child sexual abuse by trashing “The Sound of Freedom” and saying that it is another right-wing conspiracy, I can only conclude that they are now in favor of all sexual deviancy against children, like slavery, pedophilia and incest. I guess, to them, everything against children is fair game. These people should not be around any children, Period!

John Gilpin
John Gilpin
1 year ago

Saw the movie Alejandro and Biden biggest child traffickers in this country. Where are all the kids that have come across our borders tell us where they are. There probably being sold as we speak. Our borders must be shut down.

Rob citizenship
Rob citizenship
1 year ago

Praise for you Shane for writing this very important article. Fighting against the despicable criminals involved in human trafficking in any way possible, and bringing hope for freedom to those who have been victims of it — this is an honorable, noble endeavor. Keeping the will of God in mind, the strength, courage, wisdom needed to achieve victory in this war to end human trafficking, will surely be aided by this article, and the film, ” The Sound of Freedom “. In the spirit of everything that encourages good character , good citizenship, respect for law and the will of God, respect for life and freedom.

anna hubert
anna hubert
1 year ago

Being trafficked or sold into slavery Is there a difference? Not a whisper from the usual loud mouths Not a twitter from Obama’s or almost the Gaia Hilary Too busy with project 1619 Oh UN is writing a report. The old adage it can always be worse is true

CLIFFORD F GERACI
CLIFFORD F GERACI
1 year ago

Just like they denied the public from Jeffery Epstein’s guest list to his island, just like they defeated a child sex protection bill in California, just like they don’t want to admit that their open border policy is cultivating child sex trafficking the socialist liberal left will do all it can to vilify this movie and the good works that they do. OPERATION UNDERGROUND RAILROAD are the true superhero’s of today’s day and age. Protect the children.

Jackie
Jackie
1 year ago

I fully expected the lame media to ignore such a film!! It tells truths, inexplicable truths, that, frankly, liberals and Democrats don’t want us to know about because someone, several someones, are making bank on these poor children!!! This is something that needs to stop and if liberals and Democrats aren’t willing to do that, then we should move Democrats aside and get it done!!!

mgx
mgx
1 year ago

This must have been a bomb released over the target. Direct Hit!
Congratulations! Keep up the good work!

JamesP.
JamesP.
1 year ago

SOUND OF FREEDOM was written and filmed 5 years ago, and is only now coming to the screens. So the lefty-loon claims of it being a Q’NON-based fantasy…is bullsh*t. . Those who are bad mouthing this movie, as far as i’m concerned are condoning this disgusting trade that child trafficking.

Patrick Cook
Patrick Cook
1 year ago

Just saw the “Sound of Freedom” yesterday. It’s the best movie I have seen this year! Powerful message.

slymet
slymet
1 year ago

I saw the movie on July 4th and I am donating monthly to the cause via Operation Underground Railroad website. Our mainstream media is pretty sad in its criticism of this film. It was well done, and everyone who knows the difference between right and wrong, needs to fight this evil. As Jim Caviezel (Tim Ballard) said in the movie, Children are not for sale!

Deborah
Deborah
1 year ago

Never knew there was a media outlet called JEZEBEL, but I’m sure it propagates deception! Jezebel is/was an evil spirit! She appears in the Old Testament (1 & 2 Kings) and does not appear again until 900 years later (Revelations).Wake up, America!!

Ken
Ken
1 year ago

I know one thing: these writers for Jezebel and Rolling Stone, as well as Charles Bramesco and anyone else critical of this movie, will never get near my grandchildren. These people need to be investigated as possible patrons of child sex slavery.

Dee
Dee
1 year ago

@fredf, you must be a pedo. It is a piece of garbage for you because you all pedos are being exposed.

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