There’s a documentary that’s making the rounds on YouTube called Out Of Shadows, and I’m pretty worried about it. Let me explain why.
First off, I have to admit that there is so much discussed in this documentary that I really do think is important.
I think that there’s a lot going on in politics and Hollywood today that really needs to be looked into.
The ties between big Hollywood studio executives and the US government are far too close.
Take Harvey Weinstein, for instance. He was a huge benefactor to Hilary Clinton’s Presidential campaign.
Then there are the leaked emails between Sony Pictures’ executives and government officials.
Hollywood and the government have been working hand-in-hand for years.
Just look at who they portray to be the villains in their movies. It’s almost always Russians, Germans, a British guy, and we’re now seeing Koreans (mostly North Koreans) being depicted as villains in more and more movies today.
Out Of Shadows makes a lot of good points
It’s the fear of the outsider and you almost never see an American as the villain in big Hollywood blockbusters.
This is really something that needs to be changed in Hollywood, and Out Of Shadows does bring that to light.
Hollywood also does have a huge issue when it comes to sexism and sexual politics in general.
It’s dominated by men, and these men are now being outed as the sexual predators they are.
Again, take Harvey Weinstein as an example. He’s just been convicted, finally, after traumatising and sexually assaulting women in the industry for years.
Then there’s Jeffrey Epstein, which is an incredibly fishy and distressing case.
What happened with him and the close ties he had with Hollywood elites and celebrities really does need to be investigated further.
There definitely is something here which is really worth researching more, and Out Of Shadows touches upon all these issues.
However, there’s an incredible lack of actual research in this documentary which I find to be quite troubling.
This is my main issue with Out Of Shadows – its lack of empirical evidence and research.
Show me the research
I’ve spoken to a lot of people about this since watching the documentary and I’ve been told the same thing by many people.
“They want you to go and do the research for yourself”.
Let me explain the issue with saying that. The first problem is I’m not an investigative journalist.
I don’t have the financial or legal backing really required to go and do the actual research needed to verify all the claims in this video. This is actually really important.
I know that there are plenty of websites out there and people on YouTube claiming to be telling what they say is ‘the truth’.
However, there’s not really much research I can do myself to be sure that what I’m reading or watching has actually been verified.
This does go down to the issue that anyone can write and say anything on the Internet nowadays.
This is really my main issue with Out Of Shadows. There are a lot of claims being made, but they’re not demonstrating that they’ve done any research or show any empirical evidence.
There are a few interviews with a former stunt man Mike Smith, another stunt man called Brad Martin, former CIA operative Kevin Shipp and then a journalist called Liz Crokin.
Who made the documentary?
These are the four people who appear in the documentary, and that’s it really.
I’ve looked into all of them, and there’s some stuff on the Internet about them, but not a huge amount.
Smith and Martin really are Hollywood stunt men and stunt coordinators and their resumés are very impressive.
Martin, for instance, has worked on movies such as Ocean’s Eleven, Spider-Man 2, The Matrix Reloaded, Batman v Superman to name a few.
He’s currently working on the Disney Plus and Marvel series, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Avatar 2.
Shipp is a bit of a harder nut to crack. He’s often interviewed on morning TV shows and many YouTube channels and is always referred to as a former CIA whistleblower.
However, I noticed that his English Wikipedia page seems to have vanished over the last few days.
As for Liz Crokin, she was indeed a journalist with bylines at The Observer, RedEye Edition of the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times: Splash, Townhall, Elite Daily, Marie Claire and Us Weekly.
She also wrote a book called Malice and she’s been very vocal about the whole ‘Pizzagate’ scandal.
The issue is here, that most of these people interviewed in the documentary are also very vocal about their hatred of left wing politicians.
Liz’s articles, the ones I found at least, are all very pro-Trump and this is when the skeptic side of my brain really kicked in.
Satanism is a big deal in Out Of Shadows
This is also when the documentary started to go down the “Hollywood is just full of satanists” route.
It seems to have a hatred of satanists and artists like Marina Abramović which I struggle to comprehend.
I get that her work is rather shocking at times, but she’s an artist, and that’s what many of them like to do.
They want to push the boundaries of artistic expression, but it doesn’t mean that they’re satanits.
I also have an issue with Out Of Shadows’ obsession with Satanism and its religious and political leanings.
The documentary has very close ties to the Christian faith, which is problematic.
This documentary was made by people who are very Christian, and that’s fine.
However, I feel like this does get in the way of the actual story here because they’re so focused on the religious aspects and not the bigger picture.
You have to think about who made this documentary and what their goals were.
Was it to inform, or was it to influence? I feel that it was the latter in Out Of Shadows’ case.
The reason I say this is because the documentary doesn’t really inform us all that much.
Inform me, don’t convince me
It’s more a case of spending an hour watching something which is trying to convince you that what they’re saying is the truth.
That said, as I mentioned earlier, there is so much in Out Of Shadows which warrants more research and needs to be discussed more.
That’s where I’d recommend reading something such as Ronan Farrow’s book, Catch and Kill.
His book demonstrates the amount of research and sheer number of interviews he conducted in order to get to the truth.
None of that is evident with Out Of Shadows. The issue is that there is something bigger here which really needs to be researched and brought to light.
I suppose that’s what I find so annoying. I’ve watched Out Of Shadows about three times now.
Each time I sit there and think, “Yes, there’s something here, but it’s all very surface level stuff”.
And then the part on satanic cults starts and I think, “Ah, it’s lost me now”.
Don’t get me wrong, I do think Hollywood is just one big cult, but I really don’t think that’s the story here.
We need to think about where the balance of power lies in Hollywood.
Who’s really pulling the strings and what do we really know about these people?
What did we really know about Harvey Weinstein before he was front page news?
It’s good to question what you’re watching
I’ll tell you. We knew next to nothing about him.
The guy was thanked more that God at the Oscars and we knew pretty much nothing about what he was up to.
The same can be said about Jeffrey Epstein, the billionaire ‘financier’ who was friends with all the right people.
He turned out to be a horrible person who was engaging in trafficking children.
The thing is, we still know very little about what he was really getting up to.
I think that’s the story there, and that’s what we really need to look into and do out research on.
The fact that Epstein died of ‘suicide’ right before his trial just makes the whole thing stink even more.
However, all that said, I still think Out Of Shadows is worth watching.
I’d just implore you to keep and open mind whilst watching it.
Listen to what’s being said and take it all in. However, you also have think about what’s missing and who made this documentary.
Anyway, that’s enough from me. Let me know what you think in the comments below.
I’ve had a lot of comments about Out Of Shadows over the past few days.
I just wanted to put all my thoughts down about it in one article. I’m sorry if it’s a bit rambly.
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