“The Angry Birds Movie” may seem like an irritatingly bright, but ultimately harmless diversion for kids, but it turns out that a nasty group of people have found a lot to love in the movie. In the film, Red (Jason Sudeikis), a grumpy clown bird recently sent to anger management, discovers that a group of pig explorers have arrived on Bird Island to steal their eggs even though they say they’re just peaceful explorers. Naturally, this broad, “good vs. evil” story can be taken as a metaphor for many disparate ideas, and white supremacists have decided to adopt it as their own, strongly identifying with Red and his distrust for interlopers.
The New Republic’s Jeet Heer points to examples of modern white supremacists who have embraced “The Angry Birds Movie.” On the neo-Nazi website Counter-Currents Publishing, Gregory Hood compares Red to American Nazi Party founder George Lincoln Rockwell and says the film is a “giant metaphor for the European refugee crisis” about a “spoiled island of happy birds” who don’t “recognize the threat of interlopers.” Heer adds that “racists who love the movie might want to consider what it says about their ideology that it needs to be validated by the most rudimentary narrative possible.” In a time when Donald Trump is the presumptive GOP nominee, it’s unclear whether said racists will heed that call.
“The Angry Bird Movie” opened on May 20th nationwide. It received mixed reviews from critics and is still currently in theaters.