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5/20/2005

The power of the dark side

Josh at The Lion and the Donkey says that wingnuts are planning to boycott the new Star Wars movie. Apparently, they see a liberal bias in it.
Star Wars a cautionary tale about politics

Star Wars is a wakeup call to Americans about the erosion of democratic freedoms under George W. Bush, George Lucas said yesterday.

Lucas, at a Cannes film festival press conference yesterday, said he first wrote the framework of Star Wars in 1971 when reacting to then-U.S. president Richard Nixon and the events of the Vietnam War. But the story still has relevance today, he said, and is part of a pattern he has noticed in history.

"I didn't think it was going to get quite this close," he said of the parallels between the Nixon era and the Bush presidency, which has been sacrificing freedoms in the interests of national security.

"It is just one of those re-occuring things. I hope this doesn't come true in our country.Maybe the film will awaken people to the situation of how dangerous it is . . .The parallels between what we did in Vietnam and what we are doing now in Iraq are unbelievable."

In the latest film, the Palpatine character takes over as ruler of the universe with the co-operation of the other politicians.

"Because this is the back story (of the Star Wars saga), one of the main features of the back story was to tell how the Republic became the Empire," Lucas said.

"At the time I did that, it was during the Vietnam War and the Nixon era. The issue was: How does a democracy turn itself over to a dictator? Not how does a dictator take over, but how does a democracy and Senate give it away?"

Lucas cited the Roman empire in the wake of Caesar's death, France after the revolution and Hitler's rise in Germany as historical examples of countries giving themselves over to dictators.

"They all seem to happen in the same way with the same issues: Threats from the outside; they need more control; and a democratic body not being able to function properly because everybody's squabbling."

PABAAH (Patriotic Americans Boycotting Anti-American Hollywood; I am assured this is not a joke) does not approve:
When will Hollywood learn? George Lucas and his intergalactic empire have now been added to our official boycott list. Sad...but necessary. A bigger Star Wars fan you'll never find...until now. Our country is at war and Lucas spouts off this crap?
On advantage of this is pointed out by Here's What's Left:
I wonder if this will catch on? I kind of hope it does. That way when I see it I won't have to worry about being in the same theater with some stupid republican and getting wingnut cooties.
All I have to say is that if you seeing parallels between your party and the fucking Empire from the Star Wars movies, you might want to stop and wonder why.

Of course, some wingnuts see this parallel, but don't think there's anything wrong with it. See, for example, The Case for the Empire.

Maybe the GOP is finally ready to proudly embrace fascism, as opposed to just flirting with it.

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