WHO produced “The Giver”?





Michael Greer

Michael Greer

By Michael Greer

A month or so ago I started to see trailers for “The Giver” on television. I thought it was a television movie or series, and I didn’t pay much attention to it. I didn’t see any trailers for it in the theaters until I noticed that Fathom Events was having a screening for it. That reinforced my belief that it was a television movie, since they were going to have a special screening for people to see on the big screen.

A couple of weeks ago I started reading on conservative sites that this movie had a great conservative message, and we should all see it. I started to take more notice, and realized it was a feature film. But I was perplexed. I had worked in the entertainment industry for 30 years, and never saw a movie released or promoted this way. When I told my daughter I was taking my grandsons to see “The Giver”, she said she had never heard of it. Neither had my grandsons’ friends, nor their friends. This movie is based on a book by the same name. It’s basically the same genre, and for the same audience as “The Hunger Games” and “Divergent”. It was written for a teen audience, but it isn’t being marketed to them.

Producer Harvey Weinstein

Producer Harvey Weinstein

I was further confused to learn that “The Giver” was produced by Harvey Weinstein. Harvey Weinstein, personal friend of the Clintons and Obamas, who said he was going to produce a movie with Meryl Streep that would shame the NRA and end gun ownership. Big donor and active supporter of everything liberal. Yes, THAT Harvey Weinstein.

I was, then, even more shocked to see Harvey personally promote the movie. I’ve never seen Harvey personally promote any of his movies, but he promoted “The Giver” and on the O”Reilly Factor, no less. He said he had a screening at his house for the stars, friends, and family, and everyone loved it. Kids, adults, everyone. What?

I took my grandsons to see it yesterday. Like “The Hunger Games” and “Divergent”, it was about a One-World Government, with the “Elites” deciding how the citizens live. The “Elites” have access to everything, while the population has access to very little. Meryl Streep’s character in “The Giver” says: “When people have the freedom to chose, they chose wrong”. As in “The Hunger Games” and “Divergent”, citizens are discouraged from having family ties after childhood, and they are dictated by the “Elites” what jobs they will have for life. In “The Giver”, if you fail at your job, or are deemed unnecessary, you are “released” (which means killed). The climate is the same every day, because of government “climate control”. The people all live in the same dwellings on streets surrounding the city, they all dress alike, and ride bicycles. They get an injection of drugs as they leave their dwellings every morning (in the name of good health), and are not allowed out after dark. Children are assigned family units, and when they reach a certain age, they are assigned a job.

The Newbery Award Winning book, The Giver

The Newbery Award Winning book, The Giver

The citizens in “The Giver” have no memory of history or what the world was like before the war, but there is one man who does possess all the memories of history. He uses his knowledge and wisdom to advise the “Elites” and, therefore, as he ages, that knowledge must be passed on to a younger man. The young hero of the movie, Jonas, is chosen to receive the knowledge. He learns about love, and joy, and death; heroism and fear; accomplishment, discovery, and faith. He also learns about animals (there are none in this Utopian world).

Jonas stops taking his morning drug injections, and starts feeling things. He recognizes the value of freedom, despite the risks. He learns that if he can escape and cross the border beyond the mist, it will release all the citizens’ memories and free them.

As I watched the movie, I kept wondering if Harvey had a different vision. Harvey liked this movie enough to promote it himself, and on the FOX network, seriously. What does Harvey think this movie’s message is?

This is the Utopia all the Liberal policies he supports are pushing us into against our will. “The Giver” is closer to Agenda 21 than any movie I’ve seen yet. A reduced population, controlled by “Elites”. Everything for the people is planned; from what they eat, where they can go, what they wear, to what work they do. The movie says this is evil, and our hero must free everyone from it.

I’m dumbfounded. Does Harvey think it’s the Right not the Left that wants this Utopia? The Right is for LESS government, not more! We’re for personal liberty. We’re for choosing our own destiny. Is Harvey aware that it’s leftist policy to force people out of their cars and onto bikes? It’s leftist policy to medicate people to get them to conform. Just look at how our children, especially our foster children, are being over-medicated to control their behavior. Did Harvey hear Melissa Harris-Perry tell us our kids didn’t belong to us, they belong to the collective? Is he aware our

Steve Smith in the play - The Giver

Steve Smith in the play – The Giver

schools are telling our children they can’t have “best friends”? Does he understand that Common Core is government propaganda, dressed up as a curriculum? Common Core History leaves out our Founding Fathers, Lincoln, Hitler, and Martin Luther King. It talks about what various “groups” did, but not what individuals did to shape and influence events in history. We can’t have kids know that one person can change the course of history, can we?

Does Harvey know it’s the left that wants to reduce world population and control the citizens?  Agenda 21 was denounced by the Republican party, but the Democrats are all-in. It’s the left that pushes “Climate Change” to force us into “sustainable communities”, and off our private property. It’s the left that’s giving the EPA power to seize our property if rainwater collects in a puddle. It’s the left that’s shutting down our affordable energy production.

At the end, Jonas approaches a house where a happy family is gathered around a Christmas tree, singing Christmas carols. Does Harvey know it’s the left that’s removing religion from the public square and not allowing Christmas carols in schools? And, Harvey, it’s your pals, the Clintons and the Obamas, who don’t support Israel. Aren’t you Jewish?

The message I got from “The Giver” was that Utopia and One-World Government are evil and wrong, and that individuals need to be free. Individuals can change the course of events. What message did Harvey Weinstein intend to give us?

The Movie--The Giver

The Movie–The Giver


Michael Greer retired from the film/television industry and is the co-organizer of the Santa Monica Tea Party and the Los Angeles Tea Party, on the board of directors of the Citizens’ Alliance for Property Rights and was a member of the Republican Central Committee for the 41st Assembly District.  Her website is: http://madderthanhell.wordpress.com/

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5 Responses to WHO produced “The Giver”?

  1. Michael Greer August 19, 2014 at 10:59 am

    I apologize, the young hero’s name is Jonas, not Joshua. I meant to double check before I posted it and then forgot. So sorry.

  2. Michael Greer August 18, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    Here’s a few:




    The part about “no best friends”, I read about it happening at schools in the East about a year ago, but my twin grandsons complained to me last year their school had an assembly and said the same thing. No best friends and when the recess monitors enforced it, they went to the principal to complain. So, that is from their own experience as well as my hearing that it was happening back east.

  3. Brian Yoder August 18, 2014 at 12:19 am

    I have not seen the movie so this is a very tentative analysis, but here’s what makes the most sense to me given what I know about leftists. As many of them see things, the big difference between them and their enemies is that the leftists are full of zest for life, passion, and emotion. They see this ability to feel emotions and be guided by them as being the best thing in the world. It makes them human and everybody else inhuman. Being in touch with emotions makes life worth living. It also makes it possible for them to see the difference between right and wrong. How do they tell right from wrong? They just feel it. There’s no thinking involved, it’s all intuition and feelings.

    What about their enemies? Well, their enemies are unfeeling, cold, cruel, mechanistic, rational, and incapable of feeling the difference between right and wrong. They just know things because they are told to believe things. They don’t think for themselves. They have no morality or ability to think from themselves because they are disconnection from their emotions and driven by ideas, principles, dogma, rules, and social pressures. This makes them orderly, powerful, organized, unfeeling, cruel, and ready to dominate everybody and everything. They want to dominate nature, they want to control everybody, they are like Nazis, unlike leftists who are warm, personal, passionate, and capable of knowing good from evil. IF you listen to them talking about what was so bad about the Nazis they will very frequently complain that the Nazis were supremely rational and opposed to emotions. This and not collectivism and disregard for individual rights is what they think made the Nazis evil.

    As hard as it may be to believe, most leftists do not see their demand to control everything and everybody to be remotely totalitarian. That’s what their political enemies are. How? Well, because they don’t “feel” that a totalitarian state would be good. They just want to see every good thing happen. That’s not totalitarian, it’s just a normal thing for warm feeling human beings to want the good. If you object that this makes no sense thats just your small-minded rational thinking at work. If you would just get in touch with your feelings you would see what they mean.

    I will probably see the movie soon. We will see if that’s what is at work with Harvey.

  4. elizabeth August 17, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    I’d be interested in seeing your reference for the Common Core information


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