I don't normally like to talk politics here -- or anywhere else, for that matter -- but can we discuss Rush Limbaugh for just a minute? Specifically, can we discuss his utterly bizarre assertion that the villain in Dark Knight Rises is intended to be a jab at Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s former company, Bain Capital?
See, Bane is the Batman antagonist played by Tom Hardy, and Bain is the company launched by Romney in 1984. According to Limbaugh, "the brain-dead people, entertainment, the pop culture crowd (are) gonna hear Bane in the movie and they're gonna associate Bain."
Are you following this? The Dark Knight Rises liberal conspiracy? Because if it's not making sense yet, just wait until you hear the REST of his rant.
On his radio show this week, Rush Limbaugh posed the following theory:
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?
Wait a minute wait a minute wait a minute. Bane is a four-eyed monster that breathes fire? Holy shit I did not even know this.
Anyway, he went on to explain why if you see Dark Knight Rises, you're probably 1) stupid, and 2) going to be brainwashed by the OBAMA AGENDA.
A lot of people are gonna see the movie, and it’s a lot of brain-dead people, entertainment, the pop culture crowd, and they’re gonna hear Bane in the movie and they’re gonna associate Bain. 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, Romney and Bain, that these people will think back to the Batman movie, “Oh, yeah, I know who that is.”
RIGHT???? Oh my god he nailed it! When all the idiotic movie fans wake up and start actually paying attention to the campaign -- because god knows they're too busy sitting slack-jawed in front of their superhero figurines to notice it now -- they're totally going to be like, "Bain ... Bain ... where have I heard that befo-- OH RIGHT! BATMAN BAD GUY! Me vote Obama now."
Or ... hey, here's another theory: Rush, you're batshit (get it? BATSHIT?) crazy.
I probably don't even need to point out the holes in Rush's Big Batman Conspiracy, but just for kicks:
The Bane character was created in 1992, about a year before Mitt Romney unsuccessfully attempted to challenge incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy in Massachusetts.
The Bane character was created by comics writer Chuck Dixon, a staunch conservative, who this week told a radio program, “It’s ridiculous. Obviously Bane was not created as an attack on Mitt Romney. We never heard of Romney 20 years ago."
Even Dark Knight Rises director Christopher Nolan has bemusedly weighed in on Rush's comments:
I’m not sure how to address something that bizarre, to be honest. I really don’t have an answer for it. It’s a very particular comment to make.
Conclusion: Rush Limbaugh is a strange, strange man prone to tilting at bat-shaped windmills. Something tells me a night off from political commentary -- say, in a theater along with a big tub of popcorn, next to all the 'brain-dead' people -- might do him a world of good.
What's your take on Limbaugh's Dark Knight Rises Bane/Bain theory? Are you buying it?
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