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October 22, 2004


Carl Nyberg

Has anybody analyzed the politics of Rocky II?

The movie makes a number of political points about masculinity, piety and race.

It's a long discussion and it's been a few months since I've seen the movie.

One connection I made to current politics is that Rocky is so devoted to family, friends and piety he's sorta oblivious to the rest of the world. When interacting with the non-boxing, non-family aspects of the world, he's a simpleton. But more than being a simpleton, the movie portrays the qualities that make him a simpleton as being virtuous.

When men sign-off on Bush's Iraq War are they trying to live-up to the ideals of masculinity held-up in movies like Rocky II? "If you're salt-of-the-earth (pious, devoted to your family and hard-working) you will be rewarded in this life and the next." The implication is that it's the wicked that complain about society's problems. We should just let the President and other leaders do their jobs.

Am I reading it wrong?


Carl - I haven't seen "Rocky II," but your analysis makes it sound the perfect prototype for the Bush voters profiled in the Susskind piece, where piety takes the place of thought and trust in the prezdint, of action. The question you ask -- is this the model of masculinity suggested by such a stance - is an interesting one.

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