‘She has no idea what a hero is’: Glenn reacts to one Lone Survivor critic

By all accounts the film adaptation of Marcus Luttrell’s bestselling book Lone Survivor has been a huge success. It far exceeded expectations in its opening weekend, bringing in over $38 million and finishing number one at the box office. Critics have also widely praised the film, but one negative review, courtesy of LA Weekly’s “head film critic” Amy Nicholson, has gotten attention for its bizarre tone.

“We have a really nice review of Lone Survivor from the Hollywood elite, and I think it's fantastic,” Glenn said mockingly on radio this morning. “It's the way I saw the film – would you agree, Stu? The way most people saw the film.”

Nicholson’s review, entitled “Lone Survivor has too much violence and jingoism for its own good,” takes issue with what she feels are factual inaccuracies and gross pro-war themes. It is clear from the onset that her intent was to write a snarky piece – and that is well within her rights. But, after reading the article, one can’t help but question whether Nicholson actually sat through the entire film before penning her review.

Below are a few highlights (in italics)  from Nicholson’s piece Stu read aloud this morning:

Here's a movie that'll flop in Kabul. Lone Survivor, the latest by Battleship director Peter Berg, is a jingoistic snuff film about a Navy SEAL squadron outgunned by the Taliban in the mountainous Kunar province…

“That should be a standard we all should try to aspire,” Pat said. “What's a flop in Kabul?”

“She's snarky, Pat,” Stu quipped. “She's being snarky here.”

It's based on the memoir Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 by sole evacuee Marcus Luttrell (played by Wahlberg)… Luttrell didn't exactly write his book. Rather than sitting in front of a word processor, he was back in action in Iraq. Instead, the United States Navy hired British novelist Patrick Robinson, who, among other embellishments, upped the number of enemy Taliban fighters from 10 to 200…

“Hold on just a second. First of all, she's concerned that he didn't actually write the book,” Glenn said. “He had all that happen to him, then he got well and went right back to combat, while some writer sat at home and fired up the dangerous word processor.”

“This is the thing,” Stu continued. “I had this impression over this time that what Marcus did was really impressive and what his brothers did was really impressive, very heroic… then I realized he didn't write it.”

These four men were heroes. But these heroes were also men. As the film portrays them, their attitudes to the incredibly complex War on Terror… were simple: Brown people bad, American people good.

“And the most important about the story that's not in the movie is that those two people have become very good friends,” Glenn said disgusted. “That the guy who had all of his friends killed by, quote, brown people, has gone back over and protected the brown people and has made it a very important mission in his life to make sure everybody understands, you know, not everybody over there is a bad guy. Marcus has never believed that.”

“It's as if she walked out half way through the movie,” Stu added. “It's hard to have understand how she could say the brown people.”

We're meant to cheer, not that anyone in my theater did. But there will be audiences who do, and I'm not entirely sure I'm comfortable with what they're cheering for. This is death. Look at death.

“I sat with a group of Navy SEALS. Nobody cheered… They applauded at the end, but did you hear anybody go yay, during that move,” Glenn asked. “This is not a superhero movie. This is an ode to heroic people, and not just the SEAL team, not the people who died in the helicopter, but to the town that protected them. They ‘brown’ people.”

Read the entire review HERE.

After reading the review for himself, Glenn had an offer for Nicholson: Come to Dallas (on Glenn’s dime) and read your review in front of Marcus himself. While she has not yet responded to Glenn's request, Nicholson did Tweet the following message to "Glenn Beck Listeners":

“Does she have any idea who this guy is… This guy had to look the people who wanted to kill him in the eye and say, ‘Let him go. We'll roll the dice. Let him go.’ He's had to look people in the eye as he's killed them,” Glenn explained. “I don't know what it's like to kill another man, but… if I had to go to war, I would much rather be on a battleship and blow a plane out of the sky… from a distance… Not to say it doesn't screw with you if you're up in the sky, but you don't see the eyes. You don't see people's eyes and carry those eyes around for the rest of your life. [Marcus] does.”

“[Nicholson] has no idea what a hero is. She has no idea what bravery is,” Glenn concluded. “You make me sick. You make me sick. But to each his own.”

The conditions in Afghanistan under the Taliban rule — for Americans, allies, Christians, women and more — continue to deteriorate, and the people there continue to plead that we will not forget them. On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck gave an emotional update on current evacuation efforts, including the tragic story of one girl — an American passport holder — who was not rescued in time.

"I have a pit in my stomach like I haven't had in a while. What is happening in Afghanistan is both miraculous and horrendous," Glenn began. "What's going on right now one of the most amazing things I've ever personally witnessed — the evacuation of Americans, those [Afghans] who helped us, Christians that are dying, women that are under incredible conditions. I see things that I can't show you. I see the pleadings from people who are in safe houses, 'Please, don't forget us.' I see what they're being sent by the Taliban.

"If I die today, my entire life will have been worth it for what you have helped get done, in just the last three weeks. You have saved well over 5,000 people," he continued.

Fighting back tears, Glenn added, "I ask that you pray for those in the Middle East, that are in the midst of doing work, that a Moses-style miracle will happen. ... There are several people that are in dire need of medical care. Friday, we told you — along with the congressman from Oklahoma [Rep. Markwayne Mullin] who had just returned — [about] a father and two daughters that were blue passport Americans, and a mother who had a permanent residence, a Green Card. The daughter was very ill. And they thought, that if we couldn't get her out of there, that she would lose her legs. I got a call on Saturday morning, that we were too late, that she didn't lose her legs. She lost her life, waiting. There are now two Americans, instead of three."

Glenn showered his audience with gratitude, repeating that "well over 5000" lives have already been saved because of their incredible generosity, but lamented that there are still thousands more people yet to be saved.

Watch the video clip below to hear more updates from Glenn:

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Megyn Kelly pulled her sons out of the private elementary school they attended after she learned that the boys were asked "weekly" if they were still sure they were boys. But that's not all that this "experimental transgender education program" taught.

Megyn joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to tell the story, which she thought had ended when the school apologized, and to talk about what's next for America as our leaders refuse to promote actual psychological support for our kids and instead "parade" transgenderism as the solution to their problems.

"When [my son] was in third grade, I found out they unleashed a three-week experimental transgender education program on these boys, with really inappropriate videos. The kids were confused. These are 8- and 9-year-olds, Glenn. They have no idea what the school is even talking about with the trans thing. They got really in-depth, with really in-your-face videos — and then parents complained. And the school did something it hasn't done in its 400-year history, which was they apologized. Even they realized they had done wrong," Megyn explained.

"But, then I said to my son a year later, so did they ever round back to the trans thing? Like, whatever happened with it? And he said ... they bring it up every week. ... [They ask] how many people here still feel confident that they're a boy? Do you still feel sure you're a boy?" she continued. "This is not support. This is not nonbullying. This is indoctrination. And it's deeply confusing to the children, and wrong."

Megyn went on to give examples of how she's seen trans ideology turn "support, nonbullying, kindness, friendship, allyship, on its head."

"The absolute surrender of the medical community to this insanity is a scourge on this nation. It's disgusting what is happening with our doctors," she added. "There are people who are legitimately transgender, or who have gender dysphoria. And for those people, we should be supportive and they should get the care that they need. But what we've done instead, is taken everyone who expresses any kind of gender confusion and said, you're trans. You're trans. And we have our psychiatrists doing this."

"It's crazy," Megyn asserted. "The fact that we're doing this so willy-nilly in the name of allyship and support, it's abusive. It's criminal."

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"Never forget" is not only a tribute to those we've lost, it's a warning that it could happen AGAIN. On "Glenn TV" Wednesday, Glenn Beck looks back 20 years ago to the modern generation's Pearl Harbor moment. A day of infamy we're STILL feeling repercussions from.

But in remembering 9/11, we need to look toward the future because the Biden administration is setting us up for the NEXT 9/11. They bungled the Afghanistan withdrawal, and now we have video of top al Qaeda commanders — who served with Osama bin Laden — returning to the country. But could America survive another terror attack?

Glenn asks former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the leader who brought America back from the brink. He tells Glenn about the moment he learned the Twin Towers were struck, the actions he took to prevent more terrorism, and if he thinks NYC could survive another attack under Mayor de Blasio's leadership.

Glenn is also joined by Rev. Johnnie Moore, author of "The Next Jihad." He warns that Biden's policies in the Middle East are Obama 2.0, and "if you thought ISIS was bad, you haven't seen anything yet. We must keep our eyes on Iran."

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