Thursday, September 21, 2006

Chairman Prime

This is a very cool article about a huge statue of Optimus Prime in China. It's interesting that Optimus has become a symbol of leadership and goodness. Here's an excerpt from the article.

"In an interesting parallel, Post-Mao China and I were in a similar position back in the ‘80s. We both lacked leadership and required lessons in how to be good. With the need to fill the void created after Mao passed, the Chinese embraced Optimus Prime’s leadership values and his embodiment of good. His image can be seen everywhere over here, from truck doors to t-shirts and badges. The Transformers is free of the political undertones of other cartoons from that era, such as GI Joe, and lacks the sexually explicit nature of Jem and the Holograms so was an obvious choice for the Communist Party to adopt as suitable entertainment for the proletariat."

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