V, Obama, and David Icke

I received an e mail from Hume’s Ghost of the Daily Doubter about ABC’s remake of V, which I forgot to watch last night–despite the billboards posted all over Brooklyn and my fond memories of the original, which brilliantly hybridized an evening soap on the Falconcrest model with a heavy handed sci fi parable of the sort that Charlton Heston used to star in. In fact the original was said to have been inspired by Sinclaire Lewis’s anti-fascist satire It Can’t Happen Here. Oddly enough, not long after the show aired, the ex-soccer player and sportscaster David Icke began to formulate his Draco-Reptilian conspiracy, a Protocol of the Elders of Zion/Illuminati portmanteau in which the Jews are replaced by shape-shifting lizards from outer space–among them, the British royals, the Bushes, Gorbachev, and Henry Kissinger.

“If you hadn’t already heard the buzz, I thought you might appreciate this,” Hume’s Ghost writes. “Within one day of the premier of ABC’s revamped V plenty of conservatives have concluded (despite the show having more or less the same plot/premise as the 80’s series and the show’s creators denying a political allegory) that the totalitarian, secretly reptile, aliens in the series are supposed to be the Obama administration. It’s a sad commentary on the state of conservatism in America that this is only slightly less deranged than Icke’s having seen the original series and concluded that their really are reptilian aliens out to rule the world.”

Hume’s Ghost collected links to any number of right wing websites, blogs, and magazines–click here to read them.

But it’s not just movement conservatives who are spreading this meme: the show’s Wikipedia entry repeats it, and provides links to reviews and articles in Slate, The Washington Post, and The Chicago Tribune (“V Aims at Obamamania”). Slate’s review, by Troy Patterson, puts it best:

More than a few journalists and bloggers have remarked that it’s possible to read V as an allegory hostile to President Obama and sympathetic with the birthers and other nutcases who believe him to be a wolf in sheep’s clothing. The charismatic Visitors load up their “bandwagon” by “spreading hope.” In using their sophisticated iguana technology to provide free medical services, they promise “universal health care.” Indeed, if the show is to have the symbolic import that we expect from a science-fiction story, this is the only possible way to read V as a coherent text. The only problem with this analysis lies in its generous presupposition that the text is, in fact, coherent.

The producers have denied that they have any animus towards Obama. That said, I think it’s a safe bet that, pro- or anti-Obama or just opportunistic, they seeded the show with topical references in the hope of stimulating exactly the sort of buzz that it’s gotten.


5 thoughts on “V, Obama, and David Icke

  1. post-Capitalism’s Self-Righteous Oligarchs
    By John M.
    “The injunction of Jesus to love others as ourselves is an endorsement of self-interest,” Goldman’s Griffiths said Oct. 20, his voice echoing around the gold-mosaic walls of St. Paul’s Cathedral, whose 365-feet-high dome towers over the City, London’s financial district. “We have to tolerate the inequality as a way to achieving greater prosperity and opportunity for all.” Bloomberg1

    Thank goodness for Tatjana’s 17th Century English Lit course. The last few months would have made no sense at all if I hadn’t decided to make a close study of Donne’s sermons and Laud’s adventures in Xtreme Interior Decoration.

    As it stands, I can just sort of work my way through the section on “The Growth of Individualism” in Tawney’s 1922 Religion and the Rise of Capitalism and treat the whole affair as a kind of cosmic joke.

    When the banking lobbyists marched up the Hill on September 18, 2008 and seized control of the economy it was the perfectly symmetrical event to the fall of Soviet Communism. We’re now enjoying (on a compressed time frame) the same post-collapse rise of oligarchs that Russia experienced in the late ’90s. Perhaps if Putin’s not too busy pulling the strings back home, Larry could sign him on as a consultant. Obama’s got a serious problem if he lets these guys strut around unhindered.


    [1]: “Profit `Not Satanic,’ Barclays Says, After Goldman Invokes Jesus”, by Simon Clark and Caroline Binham, Bloomberg, November 4, 2009.

  2. Seriously, the aliens already log into myspace accounts and facebook. They are already on their way, bored in their ships. To get to know us they pretend to be people. Banks of them act as cyber-ciphers, spreading rumor and deciet. They create cells of the loyal…FYI Diana is hawt!

  3. Yep, not just movement conservatives … Jon Chait at The New Republic was outraged that the show was transformed into conservative propaganda. It’s as if some of these critics have internalized the propaganda of movement conservatives to some extent: conservatives believe the Obama administration appears benign but is secretly totalitarian, therefore a tv show about an apparently benign but secretly totalitarian takeover of the planet must obviously be an allegory about the Obama administration. This despite the plot/premise having been fleshed out in 1983.

    I would not that the reviewer for the Chicago Tribune would most likely fall under the umbrella of the conservative movement. He’s a libertarian writer who writes stuff about Sonia Sotomayor being a racist, defending Rush Limbaugh and such. His review assumes that there is such a thing as “Obamania” in the first place; an article of faith among movement conservatives.

  4. It’s pretty obvious that if the V aliens don’t exist, they might as well. The only problem I have is the show didn’t portray the corporate oligarchy as part of the government-alien-corporate axis. The Democrats are in league with the “health insurance” agencies; people are being forced under threat of prison to form a contract with a 3rd party insurer. I for one want nothing to do with those demonic “insurance” organizations – I won’t be forced to buy the sh*t they’re selling.

    Same as Obama being the butt boy of his masters at Goldman Sachs. Or GM. It’s one corporate bailout after another, it’s “trickle down” economics on steroids but the so-called progressives lap it up because the man feeding it to us is half white.

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