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the ann and john show, episode thursday - Thanks, ants.
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the ann and john show, episode thursday
john: do you think angry birds is actually anti-martian police officer?

me: Um...the hell are you talking about? Oh, the green pigs?

john: yes

me: Ah.I think it merely seeks to express the eternal conflict between bird and pig in a miniature format. A microcosm of the greater macrocosm, as it were. Much in the same way Wacky Races depicted the neverending race of evolution, a race that can never be won, yet is mandatory for all life. Or the way that Yogi Bear depicts the societal stresses that occur when authority defends the privileged class against those who have little legal means of obtaining necessary resources.

john: I thought Yogi just really liked picnic baskets

me: John. John. You've got to look for the bigger picture.

john: :( this philosophy is too deep for a hamster

me: You're gonna need more college if you really want to learn how to lay on the bullshit, son. Consider Rudolph, and its depiction of 20th-Century American masculinity. Donner and cohorts are depicted as the elite, but when it comes down to it, do they really have agency? They compete for a place in harness!

john: maybe it's a bondage thing

me: All right. Rudolph as a sexual text, then. The male reindeer see themselves as wholesome family men. But their real purpose is to be lashed together, 'pulling the train' for Santa. Their deepest, most important bonds are with one another, not their mates. But if one suggested such a thing, they would be horrified -- even murderous.

john: !!

me: Think of them as a pro football team.

john: ohhh

me: All their work time spent in intimate contact. Their off time concerned with demonstrating their heteronormative masculinity. To the point where society covertly endorses their acts of violence, especially those against women. Their personal power is harnessed and therefore acceptable. Though none of the reindeer will ever be allowed an administrative role, and reindeer who actively demonstrate awareness or difference are shunned and scapegoated. Santa is always in charge, John.

john: the man in red

me: The man.

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From: wolfy_writing Date: June 21st, 2012 05:56 pm (UTC) (linkage)
Deep.
nitasee From: nitasee Date: June 21st, 2012 06:22 pm (UTC) (linkage)
Profound. You do know there is a career for you in academia, right?
ymfaery From: ymfaery Date: June 21st, 2012 06:28 pm (UTC) (linkage)
So you have a BA in English too?
thecartoongod From: thecartoongod Date: June 21st, 2012 06:40 pm (UTC) (linkage)
I want your conversations to play in my head all day long.
cakemage From: cakemage Date: June 21st, 2012 06:52 pm (UTC) (linkage)
I know some English professors who would absolutely love you for this.
fisher_queen From: fisher_queen Date: June 22nd, 2012 05:25 pm (UTC) (linkage)
Every Christmas I swear i"m gonna write a paper about how Rudolph represents gender politics of the era. I also have plans to write about how the Flintstones and Jetsons are really about the fifties and sixties respectively, and how Darth Vader is the Fisher King, and Star Wars is basically the grail cycle.

So, I love this!
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