Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Star Wars and American Politics

I was reading this article in Yahoo UK talking about the "political messages" in the latest and final episode of Star Wars.

I found it interesting that some people read into Anakin Skywalker's warning to Obi-Wan Kenobi "If you're not with me, you're my enemy". The article mentions that it reminded many of Bush's post-September 11 declaration: "Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists."

However, it was not the first time such a phrase was used in movies. In the epic MGM Technicolor blockbuster Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1959) Roman Tribune Messala (Stephen Boyd) offers Juda Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston)and ultimatum: either Ben Hur was with him in eliminating the Jewish rebellion or against him.

See the movie (if you have not) for the rest of the story.

1 comment:

BabyPink said...

our lady president, gloria macapagal-arroyo also said the same thing. either we are with her or we are with the terrorists, so she said. i think it was one of the most stupid things she ever said!


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