Friday, November 25, 2011

Seeing (things) is believing

Tim Blair links to an article in the Guardian by one Rick Moody, who, apparently under the influence of some mind-altering drug, looks at Hollywood and sees fascists everywhere. Two citations strike me as particularly strange:
Or what about the expensive and aesthetically pretentious Gladiator (2000), which I still contend is an allegory about George W Bush's candidacy for president, despite the fact that director and principal actor were not US citizens. Is it possible to think of a film such as Gladiator outside of its political subtext?
Well, I think it is for most people who aren’t in thrall to hallucinatory conspiracy theories, but then I’m probably a cryptofascist, too, so what do I know? And then there’s this, in connection with the Occupods:
…OWS is focused primarily on income inequality, and thus mainly taken up with domestic politics, such that OWS doesn't really take a position on the "ruthless enemy" and doesn't need to.
“Focused primarily on income inequality” – i.e., not concerned with foreign affairs. Oh, really?.

That’s quite a kaleidoscope through which Moody has chosen to look at the world.


RebeccaH said...

I thought the so-called "1%" were the ruthless enemy. Or the bankers, or Wall Street workerbees, or Jews, or something.

It's getting so hard to keep all those ruthless enemies straight.

Yojimbo said...

Paco Industries has just released their new Ruthless Enemies scorecard. I think it goes on sale next week ,if you can wait.

JeffS said...

That’s quite a kaleidoscope through which Moody has chosen to look at the world.

Burning one's brain out with marxism and drugs will do that to a person.

JorgXMcKie said...

Typical guilt-ridden Richie Rich guy who's ashamed of his legacy and wants others to pay. [Don't see him giving up any of his stuff, do you?]

If he wants to see a real fascist all he needs to do is look into a mirror.

Robert of Ottawa said...

The OWS croud: Ho-hum ... Every wants to drive a Rolls Royce.