Transformers, Liberal Parable?

by: Living Liberally

Fri Jul 13, 2007 at 09:15


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Even though every frontrunner has refused to participate, the Congressional Black Caucus is continuing with its plan to host a Fox News-sponsored Democratic debate in September. I suppose next they'll be hosting debates with Augusta Golf Club, Denny's and FEMA.

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TRANSFORMERS: Liberal Parable in Disguise?
by Seth Pearce

Besides probably being the best movie Hasbro has ever made, Transformers is also a compelling metaphor for energy policy in a post-industrial age. The greedy Decepti"Cons" (hint, hint, nudge, nudge) have drained their planet Cybertron dry. Endless war and blatant energy misuse (sound familiar?) has left them without the capacity to survive. Like many imperialistic powers, desperate for fuel, they turn their attention to the fruitful planet Earth. They don't care about the well being of the Earth's current inhabitants, they are just focused on one thing: the AllSpark (Oil-Spark maybe?).

This AllSpark gives life-energy to inanimate objects wherever it goes. This is not necessarily a bad thing except for its perilous side effect of turning all its creations into violent killing machines (including one evil-ass Mountain Dew machine). The Autobots, however, do not give in to the lure of the AllSpark. They recognize its great creative powers but refuse to let it become more important than life, even if that life is not like their own. Optimus Prime is a great role model for our leaders today. It would be really cool if John Edwards could transform into a giant robot! More, importantly, our leaders, like Prime, will have to deal with the death of a significant energy source and supplement this loss with other forms of energy. If you want to see a liberal film this weekend, check out Transformers and when you do, notice that you never see them fueling up at the pump. 

(However, I will admit there is another side of the argument...)

(wait till after the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles part)

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I do plan to see it (0.00 / 0)
I just have to wait until next week.

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Not the smartest cookie. (0.00 / 0)
Don't get it, somebody explain?

Definitely liberals (0.00 / 0)
Clearly the Autobots are liberals. Megatron says during battle with Prime "You fight for the weak, that is why you lose", so Prime is clearly a good leftie. Prime also says "self determination is the right of all sentient beings", which is another ideal liberals hold dear. To be honest with you, I was paying a lot more attention to Megan Fox and Rachael Taylor than to the possibly underlying meanings of the movie, but it is definitely a good movie for Democrats to watch.

For me... (0.00 / 0)
For me the most telling "political" aspect of Transformers was the constant racism sprinkling throughout the movie. 

The Spanish soldier is constantly berated to "Speak English!", the Indian phone operator is condescending and stupid, etc, etc.

Compare this, for example, to "Live Free or Die Hard", where the chief counter-terrorist guy is of Middle-Eastern descent and where minorities, if not a significant part of the movie, are at least treated for the most part with dignity and respect.


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