Analyzing Political Undertones in Pop Culture Through Art


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There is generally speaking a list of artistic works that, despite their aesthetic greatness, are either historically misrepresentative & inaccurate or merely biased in context and coverage.

Some do justice, some don’t. Perception all depends on which angle you look at the subject. I wish for justice for all, but we must recognize, expose & bring to justice those distinct forces which cause & instigate violent political crime.

Munich, Waltz with Bashir, & Exodus, viewed as biased & racist. Black & Arab culture, disenfranchised, used, exploited, hung & dried.

A more accurate depiction of reality in the Middle East in Palestinian film Paradise Now.

Another, more realistic representation of the ME in a scene from Syriana, which features George Clooney & Matt Damon.

How Hollywood & all of western media distorts reality through film & other mediums of mass mainstream expression.

This rather, light film depicts the similarities, and differences, between the Arab & Israeli people. But recognition of Israel implies two things: treachery to the Arab cause; abandoning the human rights of the Palestinian nation.

Is it unfair for the international community to suggest that the Jews are fine without a state called Israel? The difference between the need for an Armenian state, for example, versus a Jewish one, is that the former is completely ethnic-based while the latter is a hybrid of religion, culture and language. This makes it difficult to place importance on the need for a Jewish state while ignoring Palestinian self-determination.

Individuals like Helen Thomas get blacklisted for making comments such as those in the video below:

If there is a moral arc of the universe, it bends in favor of the Westerner & the lighter-skinned.

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gone with the wind


to beauty is what life we made,

like lyric come, and winter fade,

for whom this diamond we have bade,

but love and lord and all his spade.

by now his glory could have gone,

from here to dawn, but she has stayed,

and now we’re left with all the songs,

and hymns and toms he often played.

the circus


A gullible man to fairy tales,

He ran away and joined the circus,

Thinking he would ever find,

A ways away from space and time.

And when he did to his surprise,

He found an end to his demise,

A locust swarm of hidden lies,

Appeared and ravaged a past once worthless.

insecurity


dear women,

dear friends,

and all my dear loves,

remember, remember,

there’s never a reason,

to play that silly game.

to act one silly way,

if merely the purpose,

is to hide away,

your pathetic insecurity.

Lofty


The rooters would hate, lest they had one their own,

A lofty skill to appreciate as I do my stone,

My crystal palace, that hard headed dome,

Find it not, where t’is sewn.

Upon my shoulders, between this frame,

And the heavens, from where came,

That lofty gift of imposing fame,

My way with words, dare I blame.

let’s go home to england my lovely


Yesterday night, or I should say morning (it was 2 a.m.), I watched the movie Sylvia, about the lives of two poets, Sylvia Plath and Edward Hughes, and their downward spiraling love life. While it was one of the most cryptic and depressing movies I’d ever seen, I was so inspired by the poetry of their lives that I decided to write a poem using words they exchanged in a mere conversation.

by Faber Books

We ought return home to England my lovely,

Surely, we’ll survive.

These utterances should suffice;

a few coins in my pockets,

this shelter of words,

we’ll be just fine.

____________

Some noteworthy quotes from the film:

“And as a matter of fact I’m not f***ing her! But if I do start f***ing her, you’ll be the first to know!” – Daniel Craig as Edward Hughes in Sylvia

“All I could ever think about is what would happen if someone took him away from me…If you fear something enough you can make it happen. That woman, I conjured her. I invented her, do you understand?”  – Gwyneth Paltrow as Sylvia Plath in Sylvia