Rush Limbaugh has a concern with the big new Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises".
On Tuesday's show, Limbaugh leveled a surprising accusation at the makers of the new movie saying they're quietly trying to brainwash audiences to help the Obama administration, by naming the Batman villain "Bane" -- as in Mitt Romney's "Bain Capital".
The Bane character first appeared in the Batman comics in 1993.
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Prof. Robert Thompson, Syracuse Univ.'s Blier Center for Study of TV & Pop Culture:
The controversy was first raised by The Washington Examiner, with this quote from Democratic adviser Christopher Lehane: "It has been observed that movies can reflect the national mood. Whether it is spelled Bain and being put out by the Obama campaign or Bane and being [put] out by Hollywood, the narratives are similar: a highly intelligent villain with offshore interests and a past both are seeking to cover up who had a powerful father and is set on pillaging society."
Rush says some people won't make the connection, but he says a lot of movie-goers will associate Mitt Romney's venture capital firm with the big bad movie villain.
Limbaugh adds: “You may think it’s ridiculous, I’m just telling you this is the kind of stuff the Obama team is lining up. The kind of people who would draw this comparison are the kind of people that they are campaigning to.”
"As far as some people making connections... we're hearing the two Bain's - B-a-n-e and B-a-i-n in the news a lot, and it is really tempting to make connections between them. If Rush Limbaugh was serious, and I don't think he was, and I don't think he often is when he says things lke this .. If he is serious that this is somehow contrived by the Democratic Party, I don't think he's right ... It gives so much credit to these political organizations."
-- Prof. Robert Thompson at Syracuse University's Blier Center for the Study of TV and Pop Culture.
From Entertainment Weekly:
" Limbaugh and Lehane are far from the only pundits suggesting that Christopher Nolan and President Obama are somehow in cahoots. To a degree, one can see how this sort of connection could be made, given that The Dark Knight Rises‘ story focuses on the One Percent of Gotham City. Nolan himself said as much in this week’s EW cover story on the film:
"The notion of economic fairness creeps into the film, and the reason is twofold: One, Bruce Wayne is a billionaire. It has to be addressed. We’ve never done that before. But two, there are a lot of things in life, and economics is one of them, where we have to take a lot of what we’re told on trust, because most of us feel like we don’t have the analytical tools to know what’s going on. So in making a movie about dishonesty, really, it’s one of the things we think about."
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