Wednesday, July 02, 2008

How Dare They?

Wall-E…supposes that the human race of the future will become a flabby mass of peabrained idiots who are literally too fat to walk.

Shouldn't we be so successful that all Americans can be fat and lazy now? Aren't we the best nation in the history of the universe, ever in all creation, for all time? How dare Pixar and Disney suggest that Americans are anything but fat, lazy, and all consuming!

In all seriousness, while I may have my own struggles with the ease of over-caloricating and the general lack of effort needed to live in the US, I don't agree that we are a lazy people. Shit, most people are lucky to get a full ten days of paid vacation a year and goddamn blessed if they are actually able to take those vacation days. This is not a great indicator of an lazy workforce, but ask yourself how many nights you have worked late and put in tons of overtime for your office without any direct compensation for that effort.

Or maybe that is just me and my bosses.

Staples of small-town conservative life such as the small farm, the “atomic family,” and old-fashioned and wholesome entertainment like “Hello, Dolly” are looked upon by the suddenly awakened humans as beautiful and desirable.

As an editor, I take issue with the use of scary air quotes. The quotation marks around atomic family are entirely unnecessary. The marks around "Hello, Dolly" are appropriate but whether that film is wholesome is another matter. After all, don't those gheys like show tunes? Are "Wall-E" and Patrick Ford promoting the insidious homosexual agenda?


David said...

BTW, great movie for those of you who haven't seen it. Beep Eeep Bleep

Von said...

Inappropriate air quotes are like nails on a chalkboard to me. Bleh.

dontEATnachos said...

I think it's supposed to be "air quotes" and I agree they can be "annoying." It's kind of like CAPITALIZATION. When USED correctly it serves a purpose. Otherwise it's SPURIOUS at best and CONFUSING at worst.

Anybody remember that part when WALL-E was wandering around trashed Earth and harvesting parts off the husks of his dead coworkers? That was wholesome family fun, right?

Chuckles said...

Cannibalism is a family value for conservatives, I guess.

Kathleen said...

There was nothing in Wall-E to indicate that the lifestyle was "small farm" rather than "agrarian commune", i.e. communist. EAT IT AMCONMAG

Kathleen said...

someone else will have to be the judge as to the "appropriateness" of my capitalization.


Ok, I'm done.

Shannon Erin said...

In the future might be too fat to walk because we've been working too goddamn much. We'll all become a flabby mass of geniuses.

Chuckles said...

Or we'll eat more celery or similar foods.