“Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer” producer Phelim McAleer claimed that his anti-abortion film was being victimized by “voter suppression” after it was pulled from some theaters following an opening weekend gross of just over $1 million.
The conservative Daily Wire crowed that the film “surpassed box office expectations” with a first weekend gross of $1,235,000, but was dropped from 668 theaters to 480 theaters.
The Hollywood Reporter noted that Michael Moore’s film “Fahrenheit 11/9” made $3.1 million its first weekend, and was declared a bomb.
McAleer, who speaks at politically conservative events, also spread the news about Hollywood’s supposed conspiracy against his film on Twitter:
Thank you – please encourage groups to go – we need to show theaters they have to keep it open – Hollywood wants this movie to fail – lets make sure it doesn’t https://t.co/LaSHJBQIz2
— Phelim McAleer (@PhelimMcAleer) October 21, 2018
McAleer also took his case to conservative Christian broadcaster Jerry Newcombe who recalled McAleer’s unproven claims on The Christian Post:
This is the movie that Hollywood and the mainstream media don’t want you to see.
McAleer offered the rejection of his ads by Facebook and NPR as proof of some type of conspiracy.
(Disclaimer: This news site has had some ads turned down by Facebook, some accepted, but does not allege conspiracy).
McAleer also told Newcombe that the anti-abortion film was blackballed by reviewers (the film currently has a low 55% review rating on Rotten Tomatoes):
This is a blockade, a blacklisting. Look at what the mainstream media did with the trial of Kermit Gosnell.
This is not a popular move in Hollywood. Hollywood claims to love controversy, but really what they love is people shouting loudly about something that they agree with. When someone disagrees with them, they want to shut them down.
Get the numbers up and show Hollywood that there’s a demand for the truth.