Limbaugh Totally Freaking Out About Batman Flick Just Because Villain is Named "Bane"
While movie and comic book fans on all points of the political spectrum get jazzed up for new Batman installment "The Dark Knight Rises" one conservative commentator is not particularly pleased with the fact that this sequel's primary villain is a guy named Bane. Why the offense at said villain? Because, dontcha see, he's a homophone for Bain, Mitt Romney's former company and current albatross. And clearly this homophone is nefariously planted by lefty Hollywood types who can see into the future and knew that Mitt Romeny would be the nominee the very same long hot summerthat their movie swept its dark cape of justice into theaters.
The guy who's taking a break from racism and sexism to get all worked up over the "hidden symbolism" here? None other than Rush Limbaugh. Via Media Matters,here's his rant that is nearly as epic as Bruce Wayne's vigilante crusade against evil:
So you think that it is accidental, that the name of the really vicious, fire-breathing, four-eyed, whatever-it-is villain in this movie is named Bane? … There’s now discussion out there as to whether or not this was purposeful, and whether or not it will influence voters. … This movie, the audience is going to be huge, lot of people are going to see the movie. And it’s a lot of brain-dead people, entertainment, the pop-culture crowd. And they’re going to hear ”Bane” in the movie, and they are going to associate Bain. And the thought is that when they start paying attention to the campaign later in the year, and Obama and the Democrats keep talking about Bain, not Bain Capital, but Bain, Romney and Bain, that these people will think back to the Batman movie — “Oh yeah, I know who that is.” There are some people who think it will work.
Psst to Limbaugh, but your beloved capitalism ensures that no respectable movie producer is actually going to alienate the superhero fans who are also Limbaugh listeners. EW's Adam B. Vary explains:
As any respectable member of the brain-dead pop-culture crowd can tell you, though, stories that deal with mythic heroes and villains are pretty well designed to be interpreted in different ways by whomever is consuming them. Is Catwoman a commentary on the perceived moral elasticity of ambitious women living in a profoundly sexist world? Or is she, you know, sexy and cool and stuff?
At least Rush didn't call Christian Bale a "slut."
Listen to the conspiracy theory-mongering below:
Update: Rachel Maddow weighs in.