john Carpenter’s cheerfully ham-fisted allegory on the way all of us are being manipulated has gotten quite a lot of renewed attention on its twenty fifth birthday. It must be because Holtzman glasses, the ones you can see the real world with, have become somewhat easier to come by lately.
Everyone’s favorite Marxist intellectual, Slavoj Zizek, made this video to say what he thinks about it.
“Rowdy” Roddy Piper, the ex-pro-wrestler who played the movie’s protagonist John Nada, has been tweeting that “‘They Live’is a documentary”. He’s exaggerating, of course, but he may have a point. Melissa Melton has made this video in which she correlates They Live with the subliminal messages in the video of the Star Spangled Banner that closed the day on American television, every day throughout much of the sixties and seventies. She wrote this post about it.
So there you have it. Here are some words to consciously take a close look at. Savour the full portent of each of them. You could meditate on them. Regardless what you believe or not.
TRUST THE US GOVERNMENT
GOD IS REAL GOD IS WATCHING
BELIEVE IN GOVERNMENT GOD
REBELLION WILL NOT BE TOLERATED
OBEY CONSUME OBEY CONSUME
BUY MKULTRA BUY MKNAOMI
WORSHIP CONSUME OBEY BELIEVE
DO NOT QUESTION GOVERNMENT