All my nerdy addictions in one post. I'm sure I'm not the only one who has noticed the politics of the new Star Wars movies. Its very clear that Chancellor Palpatine has engineered both sides of the Clones Wars to end the Republic and make himself Emperor. This is like the darkest nightmare liberal version of the Bush administration. I think I first saw Bush=Palpatine in BoonDocks after Episode 2 came out. The AP is now noticing:
Cannes audiences made blunt comparisons between "Revenge of the Sith" the story of Anakin Skywalker's fall to the dark side and the rise of an emperor through warmongering to President Bush's war on terrorism and the invasion of Iraq.
Two lines from the movie especially resonated:
This is how liberty dies. With thunderous applause," bemoans Padme Amidala (Natalie Portman) as the galactic Senate cheers dictator-in-waiting Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) while he announces a crusade against the Jedi.
"If you're not with me, then you're my enemy," Hayden Christensen's Anakin soon to become villain Darth Vader tells former mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor). The line echoes Bush's international ultimatum after the Sept. 11 attacks, "Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.
Pretty strong stuff for a pop culture icon, eh?