After retiring from professional election-losing, conservative ex-senator Rick Santorum has reinvented himself as a film mogul. And he's primed for success, seeing as how his "faith-based film studio" is backed and managed by an expert in T&A anime, National Memo's Ben Feuerhard reported this morning.
Santorum announced last year he'd be the CEO of EchoLight Studios, a Texas-based production outfit with a consulting minister that's focused on making family-friendly, wholesome, Christ-centered entertainment to combat the godless hordes of Hollywood and their sinful filmic offal.
"This is a tough business, this is something that we're stepping out," Santorum said of EchoLight's launch, "and the Devil for a long, long time has had this, these screens, for his playground and he isn't going to give it up easily."
You know who else doesn't give it up easily? The amply-bosomed, teasing ladies of Girls Bravo, a sexy anime hit launched in 2004 by FUNimation Studios, the outfit best known for bringing Dragonball Z to America.
EchoLight's co-founder is Gen Fukunaga, a Japanese-American who founded FUNimation and shepherded the studio to its position at the pinnacle of the anime empire. He continues to serve as FUNimation's president and CEO today, generating libido-infused fantasy hits like Tokyo Raven, Fairy Tale, Is This a Zombie?, My Bride Is a Mermaid, and Panty & Stocking With Garterbelt:
EchoLight has never hidden Fukunaga's involvement in its Christian film fare. Media reports last year identified him as the investor who helped get EchoLight off the ground, and as manager of EchoLight since its inception in 2011, he has offered the wholesome studio his "distribution experience in nontraditional markets." EchoLight was even "working out of FUNimation's offices" as it tried to launch its first feature film, which turned out to be a Christmas dud.
But Feuerhard and the left-leaning investigative National Memo noticed the conflict between Fukunaga's portfolio and Santorum's movies-as-culture-war mission:
"Ironically, Santorum is on record claiming that television can directly influence culture as a whole," Feuerhard wrote. "In 2013, he was taped explaining why he believes the TV show Will & Grace led the country to accept gay marriage... So have FUNimation shows led to the degradation of society? By Santorum's standards, yes."
If Will & Grace wrecked the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman, wait till Santorum sees My Bride Is a Mermaid.