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Human-trafficking film 'Sound of Freedom' trashed by liberal outlets as 'QAnon-adjacent'

Multiple liberal outlets have trashed the new film “Sound of Freedom” as “QAnon-adjacent” and “fit for QAnon” in recent days, descriptions that relegate the film about human trafficking to fodder for conspiracy theorists.

Both U.K. publication The Guardian and website Jezebel claimed that the film starring Jim Caviezel, which was based on the true story of a U.S. Homeland Security agent rescuing two young children from human traffickers in South America, was attached to QAnon, a right-wing community that has been accused of buying into fringe conspiracy theories.

Although the film, produced by Angel Studios and released over the July 4 holiday, never engages in such conspiracy theories while exposing the underbelly of the real underground sex slave trade, both outlets linked the film to fringe right-wing extremists in an attempt to discredit it and its box-office success.


The author of the piece noted that the film doesn’t head into conspiracy territory, but only because the film supposedly “takes care to be the most anodyne version of itself, all while giving those in the know just enough to latch onto.” 

The author continued, “The trafficking follows no motivation more elaborate than the servicing of rich predators, eliding all talk of body-part black markets and the precious organic biochemical of adrenochrome harvested as a Satanic key to eternal life. The first rule of QAnon: you don’t talk about QAnon where the normals can hear you.”

They also described the film as a “Crisis pregnancy center” in the way it gets “persuadables” to believe in its subject matter by giving them a more palatable version, echoing liberal claims that crisis pregnancy clinics propagandize against abortion. 

Granted the article did acknowledge that “The exploitation of children is a real problem that no one (besides the exploiters) wants.” It added that the real-life Tim Ballard, the DHS agent played by Caviezel, “has testified at a House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee and shared footage of the sting operation portrayed in Sound of Freedom with the media (some of that footage also plays during the final moments of the movie).”

Like The Guardian, Jezebel made the QAnon link through associations outside the film, such as through some of Caviezel’s alleged beliefs he has espoused on media tours. The piece asked, “And really, how distant can Ballard (and by extension his organization) be from QAnon when the guy who’s playing him, with whom he’s been promoting Sound of Freedom, has been using the press opportunity to peddle QAnon theories about adrenochrome and organ harvesting?”

It provided an example, stating, “In an interview with Steve Bannon from earlier this month, Caviezel went on at length about ‘the whole adrenochrome empire’ as driving demand for trafficking. Though Caviezel didn’t direct Freedom, he’s treating it as a passion project, appearing in its trailer to speak directly to the camera about its importance.”

“Sound of Freedom” producer Eduardo Verastegui recently spoke to Fox News about the Guardian’s piece, claiming it’s part of “a lot of distractions out there” trying to get the public’s attention off the film. He claimed, “They’re trying to take this movie away from theaters.”

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