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Thursday, February 11, 2010
'Avatar' Derangement Syndrome Watch
Topic: makes its contribution to Avatar Derangement Syndrome with a Feb. 11 article by Penny Starr detailing "Best-selling author and screenwriter" Andrew Klavan's attacks on "Avatar":

On the other hand, “Avatar” is blatantly critical of the United States and the military, he said. And even if Cameron has changed from touting his film as being one that reflects how America is waging the war on terror to one about environmentalism, the message is clear.

"Of course, it's anti-American and anti-military," Klavan said. "(The U.S. military) are sadists and killers. They are happy to march over the indigenous, native people to get their resources."

Ironically, Klavan says, the natural world inhabited by the peaceful blue creatures on the planet Pandora in "Avatar" is really filled with the technology and democracy that has made the world a better place: even if aviation is in the form of flying dragons, it is the trees that light up and have Internet-like connections to power and wisdom, and the female species are treated as equals to males.

In other words, Cameron has successfully blended fantasy with his ideological message.

"He hit the sweet spot of environmental irrationality," Klavan said.

Starr baselessly claims that "Klavan is an insider when it comes to understanding liberalism in popular culture, especially when it comes to Hollywood." She doesn't disclosejust how right-wing Klavan is -- he regularly posts videos on the the right-wing PJTV, and has appeared on Glenn Beck's radio and TV shows numerous times.

Posted by Terry K. at 6:58 PM EST

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