Tuesday, 27 May 2008

What? Really?!?

File under 'Oh My! Haven't Things Changed!'

Apparently, the Communist Party in Russia is complaining about anti-Soviet propaganda in the new Indiana Jones film. (Here for the BBC report, here for a Toronto Star article.) You can read about it at the Communist Party's website; I can't, because it's in Russian and I don't understand Russian, but I loved the look of it. (It's where I got this picture.) It was the vision of.... sweet nostalgia.

The Star explains:
Russian Communist party members condemned the new Indiana Jones' film on Friday as crude anti-Soviet propaganda that distorted history and called for it to be banned from Russian screens.
"What galls is how together with America we defeated Hitler, and how we sympathized when Bin Laden hit them. But they go ahead and scare kids with Communists. These people have no shame," said Viktor Perov, a Communist Party member in Russia's second city of St Petersburg.

One is tempted to ask whether they bothered to wait for the translation. Chuckle, chuckle.

But, I mean, really? Complaining that the Western capitalists distort history, and calling for a ban? They have no 'shame'? Oh, please! What happened to the days when they simply wouldn't let the fetishised commodities of American capitalist pigs' Cultural Imperialism anywhere near the People's Screens, and in silent retaliation fund a insurgency movement in a Latin American country lead by a US puppet regime?

(It almost makes one nostalgic for the 1980s and the Cold War. Almost. No.)

Is this the end of history as we know it?

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