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    Is “Watchmen”‘s Ozymandias Obama?

    By kyle | March 11, 2009

    Is “Watchmen” conservative? Not really. Author Alan Moore is an anarchist who frequently excoriates conservatives in interviews. And the movie doesn’t stake out a clearly defined political position. But if the news media were as harsh on both sides of the political aisle as “Watchmen” is, Republicans would never lose an election. More in my Sunday column.

    And thanks to libertarian anarcho-capitalist comic book maven Todd Seavey for his input. He thinks the soothing, alternative fuel-promoting, action-figure hawking Ozymandias (who, obviously, was dreamed up long before Obama came on the political scene) has a touch of our new president about him.

    Topics: Barack Obama, Comic Books, Movies, New York City, Philosophy, Politics | 2 Comments »

    2 Responses to “Is “Watchmen”‘s Ozymandias Obama?”

    1. Craig Says:
      March 8th, 2009 at 10:00 am

      Hi Kyle, I’ve known about you for a while now (your article about “WALL-E” last summer first caught my attention). Funny that you should mention and compare Obama to Ozymandias, because late last November (after the election), I wrote a parody of the original poem “Ozymandias” by Percy Bysshe Shelley and made Obama the subject of it. If you’d like, I could share it with you.

    2. Jim Treacher Says:
      March 9th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

      I wonder if Bubastis would look good in something sleeveless?