Rush Limbaugh has come in for a lot of ribbing for his, umm, insight that the prospective blockbuster hit The Dark Knight Rises is a clever piece of pro-Obama campaign propaganda because the villain—Bane—has a homonymous name to President Obama's current adversary's old companies, Bain & Company and Bain Capital. But is it possible that Limbaugh is only scratching the surface?
Here's what Limbaugh said in his radio show yesterday, courtesy of MediaMatters:
RUSH: LIMBAUGH: Have you heard, this new movie, the Batman movie—what is it, the Dark Knight Lights Up or something? Whatever the name of it is. That's right, Dark Knight Rises, Lights Up, same thing. Do you know the name of the villain in this movie? Bane. The villain in the Dark Knight Rises is named Bane. B-A-N-E. What is the name of the venture capital firm that Romney ran, and around which there's now this make-believe controversy? Bain. The movie has been in the works for a long time, the release date's been known, summer 2012 for a long time. Do 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?
LIMBAUGH: Anyway, so this evil villain in the new Batman movie is named Bane. And there's now discussion out there as to whether or not this was purposeful, and whether or not it will influence voters. It's going to have a lot of people. 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. There are some people think it will work. Others think—"You're really underestimating the American people who think that will work."
Sure this conspiracy theory might sound, what's the word? Silly. On its face. But if you dig deeper you'll find a lot of sinister data points which are just begging to be linked together. For example this isn't Bane's first appearance on the big screen. He appeared in the 1997 Batman & Robin, a film which also starred apostate Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and liberal activist George Clooney? Maybe it's a coincidence, and maybe Barack Obama's birth certificate is real.
And what about Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan? Did you know he was born in London, England? Or that Christian Bale, who plays Batman, was born in Wales? Or that his trusty butler, Alfred, is played by Michael Caine, another London-er? As is Bane himself, actor Tom Hardy? Can this film be seen as anything less than a European plot to destroy the American way of life?
Sure, the Bane character's motivation—judging from the movie's trailers and the word of a colleague who caught an advance screening this week—can be described as "Occupy Wall Street" gone bad, with heavy overtones of villainous class warfare. And yes, some would argue that, to paraphrase Freud, sometimes a movie's just a movie.
But where would the fun be in that?
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