Disney Likes Satan

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If you get to Prometheus early, say, 40 minutes early, you get to see commercials for upcomng TV shows.

Synopsis: sexy New Yorkers argue and fornicate in a demonic apartment building run by a demonic couple.  666.  Get it?  Cue religious protesting groups.

In the trailer I saw, there was an interview with Vanessa Williams:

It’s one part Rosemary’s Baby, one part The Shining, all enveloped in the warm glow of ABC.

What, exactly, is the nature of that warm glow?  ABC is a Disney Company, so it’s legitimate to ask, “why would family values Disney air a show about demons?  How do you Disneyfy The Shining?”

You run a subtext based on if/then.: if the show seems pro-Satan, then God exists.

Airing a show about demonic forces is exactly how you reinforce the Captain America agenda.  You can rip apart the Bible and Jesusians if, as a consequence of this attack, the overall narrative supports “Christianity”, or “family”, or “America”.  It doesn’t matter if the bad guys win as long as you know they are the bad guys.

Now, why would this have occurred to me watching Prometheus? 

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10 Responses to Disney Likes Satan

  1. spindritf says:

    > It’s one part Rosemary’s Baby, one part The Shining, all enveloped in the warm glow of ABC.

    It looks like one part “Devil’s Advocate”, one part “22-year-old Charlize Theron was not available” and two parts of “we’re out of ideas.”

  2. cheezmiss says:

    maybe because Prometheus is filled with religious motifs and symbols? at least accdg to this analysis http://cavalorn.livejournal.com/584135.html

    if Alien is about the fear of pregnancy, http://geektyrant.com/news/2009/11/22/classic-films-revisited-alien-1979.html

    is Prometheus about the fear of sex / intimacy?

  3. Guy Fox says:

    The trailer makes it seem like a remake of ‘The Devil’s Advocate’. If that’s the model, and it’s supposed to have a warm Disneyfied glow, we can also expect that there will be some protagonist who will overcome Satan. Never mind that God isn’t up to or isn’t interested in the task, but some jerk is and will, and he’s a recent graduate, just like you. You could be the One. That’s pretty much the way it’s gone for every Disney protagonist ever, with the exception of Old Yeller, no? You don’t even need to reinforce God through the back door of evil if you can make Him redundant with your own awesomeness. Although the idea of most early Protestants was to get a closer connection to God, most recent ones seem more interested in eating His lunch, making themselves in their own image.

    As for why you thought of this during Prometheus, we’d need a few more associations, wouldn’t we? You might want to start thinking along the lines of fire, punishment, theft, and the ambivalence of Charlize Theron (who incidentally was in the Devil’s Advocate).

  4. ThomasR says:

    “Airing a show about demonic forces is exactly how you reinforce the Captain America agenda. You can rip apart the Bible and Jesusians if, as a consequence of this attack, the overall narrative supports “Christianity”, or “family”, or “America”. It doesn’t matter if the bad guys win as long as you know they are the bad guys.”

    You lost me. “Captain America agenda”? Is that some sort of slang for the religious right? I guess it depends on what Captain America you’re referring to. More accurately it should be slang for peace loving socialists, which is why you lost me at first.

    If I understand the rest of your paragraph, your point is that Disney is only allowed to attack Christianity if the attack is within the parameters/paradigm of Christianity. This is probably less cause and effect and more correlation. Most writers are as lazy and uncreative as everyone else. If you’ve got a narrative that makes it easy, and your rehashed old plot is guaranteed to be somewhat popular because of how “edgy” it will be perceived, then there’s no need to be actually creative and work hard to think of new and interesting ideas.

    • sconzey says:

      ‘You lost me. “Captain America agenda”? Is that some sort of slang for the religious right? I guess it depends on what Captain America you’re referring to. More accurately it should be slang for peace loving socialists, which is why you lost me at first.’

      Both the peace-loving socialists and the religious right are essential parts of ‘the System’ which is this loosely coupled, incredibly complex structure which governs America today (and which Mencius Moldbug calls, possibly misleadingly, ‘the Cathedral’). The idea that America is fine, a cool place to be, the subject of worldwide jealousy and the pinnacle of human civilisation to date. That’s the Captain America agenda. This comes in two flavours: right-wing (‘they hate us because we’re free’) and left-wing (‘to end violence/oppression against women/homosexuals/minorities, we have to bring real representative democracy and bottom-up grassroots civil renewal to Libya/Tunisia/Egypt/Syria by supporting activist groups and sponsoring NGOs and civil society’).

      The system propagates itself and guarantees it’s future survival because any disaffected group is provided with a locus of aggression that distracts them from the questioning the system as a whole, or seeking their goals outside it. The Religious Right is an important component both as a locus of aggression for the mainstream left (‘those stupid bible bashers and their religious crusades’) and a focus of agitation for those who really hold those opinions (‘if only we can just elect Sarah Palin/Mike Huckabee everything wrong with America today will be made all right, Gawd Bless’).

      Yay! Democracy!

  5. xylokopos says:

    “why would family values Disney air a show about demons? How do you Disneyfy The Shining?”

    the same way you disneyfy everything else, from Greek mythology to Germanic folklore and Arabian fictions: you take out anything exciting, interesting, relevant or thought-provoking and you add kiddy tunes, comic relief and fucking dwarves.

  6. rawford says:

    She cackled after she said that in a way that gave it a sarcastic edge, like what she meant to say was “…all wrapped in ABC’s stifling grey cloud.”

    I’ll take a guess at why you thought about this during Prometheus. Prometheus is about mankind asking why were we made? The implication being that we were, indeed, made. If aliens seek to destroy the human race, well hey, at least they’re thinking about us.

    Or maybe your thoughts just wandered a bit until the carnage started, because the dialogue was so bad.

  7. Phanatic says:

    Because Prometheus was such a superficial and needlessly complicated shitfest that your brain decided to go off and do something more useful?

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