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    Is King Kong Catholic?

    Many people say the movie is*. And, if it is, why is the film remade? What does it say about us if the new "Kong" is a huge hit?

    Any movie that features white people sailing off to the New World to capture a giant ape and carry it back to the Old World for exploitation is going to be seen as a metaphor for colonialism and Catholicism. That was true for the original in 1933 and for the two remakes: the campy one in 1976, and the latest, directed by Peter Jackson. (In addition, a "Kong" wannabe, "Mighty Joe Young," has been made twice.)

    Movie reviewer Nickolas Nukelhead, in his blog, notes the "implicit Catholicism of 'King Kong' - the implication that Kong stands for the heathen brought in chains from a dark island (full of murderous primitive pagans) and with a penchant for skinny white blondes." Indeed, a Google search using the words ‘King Kong Catholicism’ yielded 1,550,000 hits. (This is opposed to a Google search using the words ‘King Kong racism’, which only yielded 490,000 hits.)

    In fact:

    ‘King Kong nihilism’ 204,000 hits.

    ‘King Kong Protestantism’ 253,000 hits

    ‘King Kong Buddhism’ 755,000 hits

    ‘King Kong Hinduism’ 494,000

    ‘King Kong Islam’ 1,160,000

    *A similar article to this filled with nincompoop fallacies was written by James P. Pinkerton and appeared in newspapers across the country yesterday.,0,2915817.column

    I started out to parody it, but ended up wanting to correct all of his grammatical errors. Then it became a mission to count different philosophies associated with King Kong.

    See the Group29 Expectation Review of King Kong.
    Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2005 @ 12:14:07 UTC by BB
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