If you’ve ever wished you could sue Mike Huckabee for being a generally terrible human being, there’s a damn good chance you can make that dream a reality after a judge just said that millions of Americans can drag his ass to court over a terrible movie he promoted.
In 2014, Dorit and Ron Golan filed a lawsuit against Huckabee after they, like millions of others, received unsolicited phone calls using the Trump-loving former Governor’s voice promoting right-wing propaganda film Last Ounce of Courage — a movie that has managed a 0% rating on review site Rotten Tomatoes.
Reviewers note that straight-to-DVD mess Last Ounce of Courage is “pure preaching-to-the-choir poppycock,” a “Christian-themed movie that needs better acting and definitely a better script,” and “bait-and-switch that masquerades as an inspirational drama while pushing a political agenda.”
“This is bigotry masquerading as leadership, thuggery claiming the banner of freedom, braggadocio pretending to be strength,” one reviewer notes.
“The problem with this numbskull travesty isn’t that it’s fatuous and smug (which it is). It’s that it’s slack and dull,” writes the Boston Globe’s Mark Feeney.
The Los Angeles Times’ Robert Abele says the film “has been made with the conviction of true zealots, but also the competence of amateurs” while Hollywood Reporter’s Frank Scheck writes that the “religious-themed drama about a small-town mayor’s personal crusade against ‘the war on Christmas’ is about as subtle as the character’s name — Bob Revere.”
The couple correctly alleges that the calls promoting the godawful film (which one reviewer notes contains a cameo by either God or a “ZZ Top cover band refugee”) violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, which aims to protect Americans from unsolicited commercial phone calls.
“The advertising campaign for Last Ounce of Courage included approximately 4 million telephone calls to residential telephone numbers through many states in the United States and ‘Email to Text (ETT) Messages’ to 30 million cell phones,” the complaint says, noting that the calls were disguised as surveys.
According to the complaint, Huckabee “composed, reviewed, and modified the script, made the recording, inserted material into the script and recording advertising his radio show, inserted material into the recording personally benefiting him, all with the knowledge and expectation that his recording be played on 4 million illegal calls.”
“Hello, this is Governor Mike Huckabee with a 45-second survey. Do you believe in American Freedom and Liberty?” the pre-recorded call begins. “Would you, like me, Mike Huckabee, like to see Hollywood respect and promote traditional American values?”
“I am an enthusiastic supporter of a new movie called Last Ounce of Courage,” Fuckabee drones on. “It is a film about faith, freedom, and taking a stand for American values.”
Raw Story notes that the calls also promotes the right-wing zealot’s terrible radio show.
“Huckabee himself was originally listed as a defendant but was later removed from the case, according to a memorandum from United States District Judge E. Richard Webber, the person who initially determined that the Golans did not have a case,” the Daily Beast’s Ben Collins and Gideon Resnick notes, but, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals allowed the case to proceed.
If you were harassed about this film by a recording of Mike Huckabee, you are encouraged to visit a website set up to help victims sue the f*cking sh*t out of the former Governor. This might not “make America great again” but it could be a lot of fun to watch.
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