sitting on the edge of the sandbox, biting my tongue

December 18, 2010

Why the Past Tense?

Filed under: society — Tags: , , — edge of the sandbox @ 11:33 pm

Instapundit linked to an old Reason article titled Hollywood Comrades: Why Soviets Made Such Lovable Movie VillainsLast time I checked, and that was a very superficial check, films are still chalk-full of Russians villains.  OK, maybe the post-Soviet Russian villains are not that lovable, but they are still abundant.

Russians are white, so all political correctness worries can be set aside.  On the other hand, Russians don’t mind.  Seriously, maybe I’m sheltered, but I never met a Russian (a Russian American, that is, and most of those are Jews, but no matter) who had an issue with campy film villains.  To the contrary, Russians take a certain pride in on-screen Russian villains: attention is flattering.  It’s as if we were still important.  Most of all, Russian Americans see nothing to be gained by opposing Hollywood silliness.  Applying one’s energy to an engineering job will yield greater results.

I protest the geekiness of this image!

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