By Ben Feuerherd

Is Rick Santorum In Business With ‘The Devil?’

March 27, 2014 10:25 am Category: Memo Pad 29 Comments A+ / A-
Is Rick Santorum In Business With ‘The Devil?’

Former senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) was in full rant mode. His message, while hyperbolic, spoke directly to those who tuned in: The Devil runs show business, and this has to be stopped.

“This is a tough business, this is something that we’re stepping out,” Santorum said to supporters who dialed in to the live web event last October, “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.”

Now, as CEO of EchoLight studios, Santorum has made it his business to promote a Christian message and provide an alternative to the sex, violence, and sin pervasive in Hollywood. What Santorum and other executives at EchoLight are not touting, however, is that one EchoLight manager has provided a Devil’s playground for years with another production company.

Santorum has said he was introduced to EchoLight when someone mentioned the company as a possible investment opportunity while then-candidate Santorum was campaigning in Texas. “I was interested, and the more I got involved, well, they offered me the CEO position this past summer,” Santorum told the National Catholic Reporter.

Prior to ushering in Santorum as CEO, other executive changes were taking place at EchoLight.

According to documents on file with the Texas secretary of state, with unanimous “written consent of the members of the Company” Jacob M. Hilton was replaced by Gen Fukunaga as manager of EchoLight on October 29, 2011.

This was, no doubt, a wise business move. Fukunaga is an extremely successful television producer, who founded the anime company FUNimation in 1994 (Fukunaga describes himself as CEO and founder of FUNimation here). FUNimation became extremely successful when it brought popular Japanese anime shows like Dragon Ball Z to North America for the first time.

Aside from harmless shows like Dragon Ball Z, FUNimation is also responsible for distributing more adult content in the United States. It’s not unfair to label some of the shows distributed by FUNimation as overtly sexual, if not patronizing and degrading to women. This clip (slightly NSFW), for example, is a “Quickie” from the “FUNimation Show,” a YouTube series produced by Fukunaga’s company.

Other adult shows brought to North America by Fukunaga’s FUNimation include the racy Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt. FUNimation’s website describes the show as follows:

Panty and Stocking are nasty angels who were banished from the pearly gates for being foul-mouthed bad girls! Now they spend their days hunting ghosts in the lecherous abyss between Heaven and Earth. Panty likes sex, Stocking likes sweets, and their afro-sporting main man Garter Belt has a fetish we can’t mention. Together, they’re keeping the streets free of bodily fluids!

Other adult anime shows like Girls Bravo are also distributed in North America by FUNimation. In one particularly graphic sexual scene of Girls Bravo, a young female character simulates oral sex on a banana while a male onlooker experiences sexual gratification by watching. The scene is, by any measure, downright pornographic.

Ironically, Santorum is on record claiming that television can directly influence culture as a whole. In 2013, he was taped explaining why he believes the TV show Will & Grace led the country to accept gay marriage. “One program on television started to change things and that is Will & Grace,” the former senator said at a CPAC conference.

So have FUNimation shows led to the degradation of society? By Santorum’s standards, yes.

Shows like Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, for example, have inspired young girls to dress up like the cartoon characters and post seductive photos of themselves on web forums like Reddit. (There’s also a fair amount of X-rated fan art on the web).

Obviously, in light of the evidence, it’s no surprise that people are wondering: Is Rick Santorum in business with the very devils he sought to exorcise from the industry?

(Rick Santorum’s Patriot Voices and EchoLight did not respond to requests for comment on this story.)

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  • dtgraham

    The Japanese cartoon porno guy seems like a good business partner for Santorum. For such an amazing prude, that guy never seems to stop talking about sex—especially gay sex. I still remember Santorum making a stop at a bowling alley during the last Presidential primary season. He made some outlandish statement about not allowing boys to use pink bowling balls. He then went on to say something about how he prefers black balls. The bigger and heftier the better. I’ve never felt so uncomfortable listening to a politician.

    • Jaybone

      I hope your not joking. And then I’m wishing there was, say, local news footage of him saying it…with raised eyebrows, one hand on a cocked (!) hip, and the other holding a Green Appletini.

      • dtgraham

        http:www.hrc.org/press-releases/entry/rick-santorum-tells-boy-not-to-use-pink-bowling-ball.

        He also said during that visit that “friends don’t let friends play with pink balls.” Rick Santorum, king of sexual innuendo.

        • Jaybone

          Yep…sounds like Rick might have a WALK-IN closet!

  • Lynda Groom

    Magical thinking is no way to run a campaign. Of course it is all this clown has ever had. Please proceed sir to educate the masses on your fantasy world view.

  • Daniel Jones

    Politics makes for strange, strange bedfellows..

  • penguintruth

    Yeah… not all anime is like that. Not even all Funimation-licensed anime.

    But yeah, it is pretty funny that Santorum is in business with a company that licenses shows that are so completely against his beliefs. I wonder how he reconciles that. The glory of the free market perhaps?

  • Independent1

    Here’s one instance when I certainly can’t dispute Santorum’s characterization of Hollywood but at the same time, it’s interesting that a member of the Devil’s party would criticize what the Devil is doing on the other side of the fence. And then again, it’s not surprising that Santorum would turn around and say – “Don’t pay attention to what I’m involved in, just follow what I say, not what I do”. Which is typical of pretty much all of today’s mainstream religions that want people to focus more on what they say and pretend to stand for than what really goes on behind the scenes.

  • DurdyDawg

    “Is Rick Santorum In Business With ‘The Devil?’..”

    C’mon! This wanker doesn’t need an outside source to blame his stupidity on, it’s all his doing and he should be held personally accountable for his BS. Telling sleeper fans what they want to hear (instead of what it’s really about) is as low life as promising to put in a good word with God if they tithe all their extra money (after bills of course) to the church.. And what is it ‘really’ about? The same thing that corporations salivate over, mo’ profit and as we all have known all this time, exploiting sex has always been a profitable enterprise so you really can’t blame Hollywood for their choices, you must blame the golden calf that accompanies such exploitation.

  • terry b

    One of the main reasons that I voted for Santorum in the primaries back in 2012 is because the people of Pennsylvania told the country that he is not electable. Romney was a terrible candidate but Santorum made him look almost good. The GOP has ben inundated by a group that has correctly being referred to as “The Crazies”. They will do it again in 2016 as they have alienated over half of the voting public. Clinton should win by a fairly large margin to save us from these crazy people who are going to run for the GOP in 2016. The last thing the country needs is to have a crazy person in charge of the country.

  • Buford2k11

    I just can’t recognize this Christianity…It is nothing like what I grew up with…All of the modern Evangelical, 700 clubbies, and their followers are not even close to what I learned in Bible School…I must say, we were warned about these people…Mathew 7:15 is not a suggestion, but a warning…When God destroys this planet, we will hear echoes of laughter and the words “I WARNED YOU ABOUT THESE GOP/BAGGER NEO CHRISTIANS”…

    • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

      You forget, Buford, that these NeoEvangelicals do not pay attention to the actual Books of the Gospel, but only to the Old Testament portions where God destroys all of the Chosen People’s enemies, and the Prophets calling down God’s curse on those Chosen People who stray. Then they skip right over to the Letters of Paul and Revelations, skipping the Gospels and the other Epistles as inconsequential to their beliefs.

      • Buford2k11

        The funny part is…they think “They” are the “Chosen Ones”…won’t they be surprised…

  • PetrusRomanus1

    This is a story about two devils in business with each other. Each is fulfilling his own fantasies while enriching himself at the expense of the public and the truth. So very much like the Rick Santorum whom Pennsylvania knows all too well!

  • Kurt CPI

    What? Hypocrisy on the part of a Christian Politician? I’m filled with shock and awe…

    • Agni Ashwin

      …and sturm and drang.

  • Julieann Wozniak

    If you’re a geeky otaku like me, you would know that Japanese popular culture is very sexist, and reflects the mores of Japanese culture that is highly misogynistic and paternalistic, um, just like American fundamentalism and Santorum. You need to ignore the crap in the anime genre and aim for the art: any Miyazaki production, for example. And in American politics, ridicule the racists and clowns and vote for moderates.

    • ThomasBonsell

      I take it that I should not have let a little college friend go back to Tokyo after she graduated even though I didn’t know about it until after she was gone.

  • Budjob

    Ted Nugent is fucking Rick Santorum!

    • dtgraham

      Oh thanks pal. Now there’s not enough voltage on planet Earth to electroshock that image out of my head for the next few days. Jeez.

  • latebloomingrandma

    Beware of the excessively sanctimonious. They are usually off their rocker.

    • paganheart

      Exactly. I would not be surprised at all if we find out someday that Rick Santorum is a deeply closeted, self-loathing homosexual. That he has been told all his life that his true orientation is vile, evil, sinful and an affront to his god, perhaps even been told to turn to that god to control his “sinful” urges (in other words, “pray the gay away.”) Perhaps he has come to believe that by doing everything he can to be a pious, holy “good catholic,” and by doing the things that good, pious, holy catholic men are supposed to do (namely marrying a woman and having a ridiculous number of children with her), he can “overcome” his “sinful” urges. Perhaps he became a politician (and now a maker of ‘christian’ films) and a crusader against the “evils” of pornography, homosexuality, etc. so he could save himself….er, others from seeing those evil, sinful images and having those evil, sinful thoughts….

      And if I am wrong, and Ricky is indeed straight as an arrow, then I think it is quite obvious that he is a very sexually repressed, screwed-up man. Perhaps he grew up in a family where any expression of sexuality was brutally and even violently repressed. I suppose it is even possible that he was a victim of sexual abuse of some kind. Any or all of the above scenarios would explain his politics and his often bizarre sexual outbursts, like that cringe-worthy “bowling ball” incident….

      Yes I am playing a bit of “amateur psychologist” here, but I have seen all of the above scenarios play out in real life. It ain’t pretty…..

  • http://whiterosebrian.tumblr.com/ White Rose Brian

    Okay, this is just rich! I myself am a Catholic Christian, and lately I’ve been asking difficult questions about the Faith. Certain people (I won’t name names here, especially during Lent, but in this context you might guess one of those names) in particular have forced me to ask what implications the Faith has for flesh-and-blood human beings.

    I still believe in Jesus Christ and seek truth and love through Him. I do not seek to be a crude moralizer who remains silent on poverty or pollution. I simply seek to learn about humanity and the earth as well as offer as much loving companionship as I can.

    I also seek to eventually produce truly beautiful and ennobling while also thought-provoking works of art. I’ve even been training myself in drawing and writing. I invite you to pray for me or wish me luck.

    • dtgraham

      I’ll both wish you luck and offer whatever prayer I can. I wouldn’t over think it though White Rose. You know what they say. 80% of life is just showing up. I think that’s from one of the Gospels. Can’t remember which one.

  • ORAXX

    Most politicians engage in a certain amount of public pandering when it comes to organized religion. I don’t like it, but I at least understand why they do it. Santorum, on the other hand, appears to be a true believer, and there is no limit to the damage such an individual is capable of. Given a free hand, people like Santorum would attempt to force their own narrow view of religion and morality on the whole country, the consequences be damned.

  • ThomasBonsell

    Yep, the idea of two Pointy Sisters on the chest girls is a terrible thing brought to you by the entertainment industry. But God put them there anyway. And he instilled in boys a vast appreciation for the result.

    Our method of reproduction is messy, disgusting and to be avoided most of the time. But God decided that was what he wanted for us, but only after he created numerous other systems for lesser animals. But he decided we get what we get and he had the audacity to make it pleasurable.

    Luckily we have the pious industry to save us from what God intended and did.

  • Bryan Blake

    Perhaps Little Ricky actually has set out on a new ministry. He can whisper in the ears of porn stars claiming he is bringing them to Jesus while promising to make them stars. We all know how some of that whispering will end. He should stick to tempting his god because evil almost always conquers those who think they can tempt it.

  • charles king

    Mr. Santorum I have to say that I disagree with you and your ideals of Where? you want to take the country. When? you were a Senator of Pennsylvania I held some respect for you even though you were a Republican and I a Democract since John L Lewis came to Pennsylvania with the Unions and President Roosevelt came with Social Security and these policies Work today and I have benifit very well cause I am at my peak at(84 years young) and Mr. Santorum I disagree with your policy for the country. Why? are you running amok with these ideals of nothing, Man Go somewhere and sit down and do some (Critical Thinking) on HOW? to save the country and their Democracy because MONIES have a lot people standing around with their finger up their Butt and doing Nothing, and my Motto are (YOU DO NOT DO NOTHING) I have always respected your Position cause I grew up with the Italian people in Johnstown, Pennsylvania and we made a lot happen in our town so you know I know you can come off better than WHAT? the hell you have been doing. Thank You are the magic words in my book. I Love Ya All. MR. C. E. KING

  • http://countzeroor.wordpress.com Alexander Case

    So, just to let you know, going from the press releases on EchoLight’s web page, Fukunaga’s job was as CEO of the company, which is also Santorum’s job with the company. Additionally, there is no mention of Fukunaga on EchoLight’s web page after Santorum was hired as CEO. I’d say that there is a distinct possibility that Fukunaga stopped working for EchoLight around the time Santorum was hired, and it’s equally likely that the departure was not amicable.

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