Thursday, March 09, 2006

F for Frightened

In the vein of the diatribe I linked to comes Debbie Schlussel's similar porcine squeal of fear and loathing.

It's simpler to sum up, though, with a one-line quote:

"It's an exciting, quality Bin Laden film."

What more needs to be said, really?

Well, ok. One other quote.

Under the religious Christian Chancellor, "unjust" Gitmo-style military tribunals and absurd NSA-style wiretapping is going on at every corner. Throughout the movie, we are shown vans of law enforcement personnel listening in to every home. As if that's what NSA wiretapping was about. It isn't, but "V" drills it into you the way the ACLU wants you to see it: every conversation in every kitchen, etc., secretly being listened in on and laughed at by guys in sweaty, rumpled shirts and ties.
This would be a more effective attack if this ditzy waste of oxygen remembered that the film is both set in Britain (where surveillance is omnipresent and an issue far more serious than the United States) and was almost certainly scripted long before anybody knew about the NSA issue!

Not to mention it's drawing on standard totalitarian imagery of annihilated privacy that predates ORWELL, for god's sake, let alone Moore!

Now I'm almost not sure if I want to see the movie, because I honestly can't see it as being anywhere near as entertaining as the right's terrified reaction to it.

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