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Sunday, July 02, 2006

How wrong can you be?

I was reading an article in SFX magazine today. It was about how sucessful Superhero movies have been & how there seems to be an endless appetite for them atm, so what else can marvel pump out onto the big screen.

The big Marvel movie producer is Avi Arad, who made this comment about bringing Captain America back to the big screen: "I think it is always right for the times" (despite the fact that CA has not been seen in cinema's since the 1940's), "because at the end of the day all societies strive to be this country. Everybody wants freedom of speech, fredom of the press and the opportunity to grow up to be who you want to be in an open society"


Hands up who want's to be American?

Hads up who really believes Americans have all those freedoms? More than all other countries?

hands up who believes America is the best society on the planet?

uh ha. thought so!



  • At Sunday, July 02, 2006 5:22:00 pm, Blogger Miss Cow is a Cow said…

    Here via Michele's. You did not get skipped

  • At Sunday, July 02, 2006 5:28:00 pm, Blogger Michelle Pessoa said…

    I'd never say that. Only someone who's never been outside of America could believe something like that. Unfortunately, there are a LOT of Americans that will never set foot outside of the country, or travel more than 100 miles from their home. In some cases that means you've never left your own state.

    Via Michele.

  • At Sunday, July 02, 2006 5:34:00 pm, Blogger Carmi said…

    All societies have their advantages and disadvantages - America included. Democracy as a whole is a hugely flawed concept, but it's better than the alternatives.

    As flawed as the U.S. may be - and there is indeed much validation of your perspective - I'm glad it exists. Go back a few short generations and they were saying the samr things about the then-dominant U.K. empire.

    Plus ca change...

  • At Sunday, July 02, 2006 5:38:00 pm, Blogger Juggling Mother said…

    I am not saying that the US is the worst country on the planet. Obviously that isn't true. But to say that every society strives to be like the USA, and that the USA is the ONLY country with thise freedoms (or even the country with more/better freedoms than others) is patently ridiculous & the reason why so much of the world really hates americans!

  • At Sunday, July 02, 2006 5:49:00 pm, Anonymous Mrs. Fun said…

    I am with Carmi on this one.
    and everyone is entitled to their opinion. not saying its right or wrong,just an opinion.

  • At Monday, July 03, 2006 11:45:00 am, Anonymous ~ Stacy ~ said…


    All righty then...

    Yeah, Mr. Arad obviously didn't think before he spoke.

    Our so-called freedom has plenty of restraints. Any american that has tested the boundaries of thus knows this to be true. However, for the majority of americans, they're happy to remain ignorant. It's easier and much safer that way.

    I would venture to say that 'all societies"/"countries" have their fair share of freedoms and restraints; some more than others perhaps.

    "...the reason why so much of the world really hates americans!"

    Hey, hey, now. That's a rather harsh statement. And frankly, I find that kind of thinking ridiculous. Which is to say, I realize that you were generalizing there. I just think it's ridiculous to "hate" the populace based on the few. And those that follow this way of thinking, well... I pity them.

    I can't put my hand up because I've never had the opportunity to travel outside of the USA. However, for the most part, I like it here.

    Now, as for the superhero movies... Hey, bring 'em on, I enjoy them. :)

  • At Monday, July 03, 2006 12:36:00 pm, Blogger Juggling Mother said…

    oops, I didn't wright that very well did I? What i meant is, people like him are what much of the world sees when they think of Americans, and they hate that arrogant, superficial, uneducated & smug vision of America.

    I'm sure the US itself is quite a nice place - it's big enough:-) I've personally only been to Boston, so can hardly claim to know what America or Americans en masse are like, although I've met plenty of decent ones online - and plenty like Mr Arad too!

    Sadly they rarely make a good example of them selves avbroad either - and those are (we assume) the best America has to offer.

    However, I will say this for him, I like the movies (mostly), and more would be good, but that now is NOT the right time to bring back captain America.

  • At Monday, July 03, 2006 1:28:00 pm, Blogger CyberKitten said…

    Unfortunately there are a number of people who still think that inside every 'Gook' [in other words every non-American] is an American wanting to get out.

    They are finding out the falicy of that argument on the killing fields of Iraq & Afganistan.

  • At Monday, July 03, 2006 4:51:00 pm, Blogger RCA said…

    Ironically the recent Ultimates series of comics has Captain America as an almost anti-hero who encourages resistance from the Arab nation he and other forces go in and strong arm.

    This very valid counter argument is then lost be calling everyone terrorists and lumping N.Korea and France together as allies against America...

    Its gross simplification and a worrying statement about the USA vision of the world.

  • At Thursday, July 06, 2006 5:54:00 pm, Blogger Kimba said…

    I can say that as an American who once lived in are sooooooo right! Quite honestly, I felt much "freer" (and safer) in the UK than I've ever felt here in the USA!
    Stop by and read my 4th of July entry...its about just this!


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