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Friday, November 29, 2002
If you haven't yet click here to see the poster for Gulf Wars: Episode II - Clone of the Attack from the usual gang of idiots. The poster is even better in the magazine, although for better or worse the movie isn't actually coming out as instead of something that could actually be good George Lucas has given the world Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones.
As a consistent reader of MAD who rarely finds much in it funny, I have mixed feelings about this poster. When I first saw I found it very funny but the more I think about it the more confused I am about the message. Team Bush is portrayed as bing the position of the "Good Guys" while the "Bad Guys" are presented as Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden. This isn't at all removed from how Bush and friends, and many if not most Americans, see the situation so is it meant to be a parody of this perception? I'm not sure what the answer is and so the point becomes far less clear.
By just doing a poster MAD dances around the issue. It would be far more convincing if they did a segment on the war, then we would know hor far they are really willing to go.
For the record, back in May, I noted two appropriations of the Star Wars story for purposes of commentary on the "war on terror."