Food for thought from Tom Legg:
No one could have possibly dreamed up a story line about attacking a lady in a wheelchair to tug at the audience’s heart strings. That would be unpossible, right?
Go take a look at the video Tom links to in that post, of a woman being thrown out of a wheelchair in a fake “professional wrestling” stunt.
That got us thinking about other kinds of staged acts of apparent violence. It should get the rest of you thinking too. Beijing’s Western PR whores have been asking you to believe what your eyes tell you about the apparent “attack” on Jin Jing. They have asked you, rhetorically, “how could it have been staged? Don’t you believe your own eyes? Isn’t it obvious?”
Well actually, no, it’s not obvious. No more obvious than the staged stunts in Batman, or Zhang Ziyi’s ability to fly, or any stunts performed by the Three Stooges. Did you know that the sounds of violence in all the Three Stooges movies were artificially produced, on machines? That’s called “special effects”. Please – Roland, Richard and Dave – please teach your children the difference between special effects and reality. The real Three Stooges understood the difference, and expected their audiences to do so as well, unlike those PR machines who have nothing but contempt for their audiences.
Moe, the alpha stooge = Roland Soong
Larry, the mumbling fair and balanced stooge = Richard Panda
Curly = could only be the incoherent, petulant, prolix Dave