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Fox host calls Lego movie 'anti-business'

LEGO mini-figure Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt) in

LEGO mini-figure Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt) in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Village Roadshow Pictures' 3D computer animated adventure "The LEGO Movie," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. (Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures)

On the heels of accusing "The Muppets Movie" of brainwashing children into far-left ideology, Fox Business today denounced the new animated film "The Lego Movie" for pushing an "anti-business" message.

Charles Payne, on the Fox Business show "Varney & Company," suggested that the movie's character of Lord Business, a tyrranical CEO voiced by Will Ferrell, resembles Mitt Romney. Though Payne did not mention specifics, the onetime presidential candidate and the fictional Lego figurine both wear suits, and their square-shaped hair is graying at the temples. Although Romney was a practicing Mormon, Lord Business never specifies his religious denomination, if any.

Though "The Lego Movie" is a roughly $65 million production that seems poised to further popularize the products of The Lego Group, a multinational corporation that generated $969 million in profit in 2012, Payne called it an example of "Hollywood pushing its anti-business message to kids." Co-host Monica Crowley asked, "What is the purpose of trying to indoctrinate kids in a movie? I mean, I guess they believe this movie is going to make a lot of money, so no matter what, they can embed these kinds of anti-capitalist messages and get away with it."

Payne said the movie "smacks of hypocrisy. I think there's something wrong with it, for sure."

In 2011, Fox Business featured Dan Gainor, of the Media Research Center, attacking "The Muppet Movie," whose villain was a heartless oil baron. "It's amazing how far the left will go just to manipulate your kids, to convince them, give the anti-corporate message," Gainor said.

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