On his radio show, Rush Limbaugh claimed the new Batman film The Dark Knight Rises is anti-Romney propaganda masterminded by the Obama administration.
Here is the audio from Media Matters:
Transcript from Rush Limbaugh:
RUSH: Have you heard this new movie, the Batman movie, what is it, The Dark Knight Lights Up or whatever the name 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 Bain?
OBAMA: Somebody else made that happen.
RUSH: In case you’re wondering what’s going on. I am so astounded by this I have told the broadcast engineer to play that whenever he feels like it. So he’s on his own. He’s getting no help from me. He can put that sound bite anywhere at any time he thinks it’s called for. It’s totally up to him. I don’t know when it’s gonna happen. I had Cookie roll off the little excerpt of that big, long bite, and this thing’s gonna show up ’cause I can’t tell you how it’s affecting me.
OBAMA: If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.
RUSH: Just stop and think of that, just from the standpoint of logic. And then I had to read today that some conservative commentator, “Well, the president, he’s right. He actually is right.” I’m not gonna embarrass the guy by mentioning his name ’cause I’m not trying to pick a fight with the guy. I’m trying to point out that we have a bunch of people that want to be thought of as the smartest people in the room and the most reasonable and they don’t want to be lumped in with me having a reactionary take on this. So they’re going out of their way, “Oh, no, I don’t think the president hates the country. Oh, no. No, no, no. In fact, I think the president, on some level it’s obvious he’s right, so simple to see.” Then later on they point out their disagreements with it, but after that what’s the point?
So, anyway, this evil villain in the new Batman movie is named Bane. And there’s now a discussion out there as to whether or not this is purposeful and whether or not it will influence voters. It’s gonna have a lot of people. This movie, the audience is gonna be huge. 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.” (laughing) There are some people who think it’ll work. Others think you’re really underestimating the American people to think that will work.
OBAMA: You didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.
RUSH: Right. (interruption) At the polls, will the brain-dead people show up at the polls? I don’t know. See, I think you have to assume they will. I think you have to plan on the fact that they will show up and vote. No, just from the standpoint of you’ve gotta get your own turnout. You can’t go into an election thinking, “Well, that group’s not gonna show up. The young, yeah, they got disappointed. Obama’s not who they thought he was. Ah, college students, they’re not gonna show.” You can’t think that way. You have to think they’re gonna show up. You have to count on it. You have to plan for it and come up with a way of neutralizing it.
The Bane character in this movie was a terrorist. He’s out to destroy Gotham, New York City, which is the case in every Batman movie. But instead of sounding like Romney, he sounds like an Occupy Wall Street guy, in truth. Now, there’s a story in the Washington Times today: “Is Mitt Romney…Batman? — Opponents of Mitt Romney have noticed that the name of Batman’s villain in the upcoming film The Dark Knight Rises is homonymous with the name of an investment firm that Romney founded in 1984. The childish ‘aha’ moment was not unpredictable. Americans have tolerated condescension remarkably well for the past four years, so we can presumably take an insult to our ability to spell — or ability to follow a storyline, for that matter.”
But, anyway, I didn’t really know what the point of this story is. They’re trying to point out that in Batman the good guy and the rich guy are one and the same, and that’s Bruce Wayne. And so what this guy is saying here, hey, instead of falling in with the evil guy being Bane, let’s just say Batman is Romney. Batman’s Romney, he’s the evil rich guy, he’s the good rich guy, he’s out to save New York. The rich guy’s the good guy. Of course the evil guy is always rich too in these Batman movies. You may think it’s ridiculous, I’m just telling you this is the kind of stuff the Obama team is lining up. The kind of people who would draw this comparison are the kind of people that they are campaigning to. These are the kind of people that they are attempting to appeal to.
According to Limbaugh, the character Bane combined with the timing of the movie’s release equals an Obama conspiracy to defeat Mitt Romney through Hollywood summer blockbuster propaganda.
Rush Limbaugh really nailed Obama on that one, except for the fact that the character of Bane debuted in 1993, and this isn’t Bane’s first on screen appearance. Bane was also in Joel Schumacher’s infamous franchise destroying debacle Batman and Robin.
Limbaugh was correct about one thing. There will be a lot of brain dead people who have been brainwashed by propaganda going to the polls on Election Day, and all of them will be voting for Mitt Romney. Young people are smart enough to know that Bane isn’t an attempt at Obama propaganda, but Rush Limbaugh listeners and Fox News viewers really believe that Obama wasn’t born in America, and that he hates freedom and our nation.
The right is getting desperate. They are starting to hallucinate and see Romney attacks everywhere. Mitt Romney does remind me of a special effects laden blockbuster, but it isn’t The Dark Knight Rises.
The movie that best symbolizes the Republican Party’s supposedly unsinkable 2012 voyage is Titanic.
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