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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Penguins for Bush?

I knew this was coming. Turns out conservatives (especially religious conservatives) have enlisted that cute little summer antiblockbuster "March of the Penguins" in service of their agenda. It's in the Times. Who knew this National Geographic film actually makes "a strong case for Intelligent Design"! (Not to mention the passing reference to an "unborn chick" who dies in the egg.) And according to the always-reliable-for-an-awful-quote, Michael Medved:

Speaking of audiences who feel that movies ignore or belittle such themes, [Medved] added: "This is the first movie they've enjoyed since 'The Passion of the Christ.' This is 'The 'Passion of the Penguins.' "

You can't help wonder if this also explains the Bush Administration's lazy heartlesness over the victims of New Orleans. If Penguins can migrate for miles and miles on their own little waddling claws, why can't you! To them, the movie must reinforce that forced migration ("winged" or otherwise) is all part of nature's plan. Maybe the better "adapted" ones just have SUV's? Oh wait--that would be Darwinian now, wouldn't it...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I dont get it. These penguins are not monogamous. They get new partners every year. Why would the right embrace that?