Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Barack the Barbarian

Oh Yes.

"Know, O Prince, that between the years when economics drowned the Soviets and, and the years of the rise of the Sons of the Fallout, there was an age Undreamed Of, when shining cities lay spread across the world like scattered diamonds beneath the stars. Germany, France, Great Britain, The Russian Federation, Brazil with its dark-haired women and towers of industry, India that bordered on the mountainous land of Pakistan, Japan with its shadow-guarded tomes, China with its accountants of steel and silk and gold. But the proudest kingdom of the world was America, reigning supreme in the Dreaming West. Hither came Barack, the barbarian, black-skinned, solemn-eyed, axe in hand: an attorney, a senator, a slayer, with gigantic economic trials and gigantic promises of reforms, to tread the old ways of the US under his shined size-11 shoes..."

Apparently this started off as an April Fool's gag, but proved so popular that it's going to actually be made. I'm all for it: political satire is one of my favourite types of satire. I'm a fan of Spitting Image, Brass Eye and Yes, Minister, as well as shows like Mock the Week and Have I Got News For You. It remains to be seen if this proves to be a clever and savage satire--it would be great to juxtapose the values of Milius' films with those of the modern electoral climate, not just the obvious Howardian overtones--but even if it's just a parody with politicians taking the place of Conan and Doom, it'll at least be worth reading for the fun value. Certainly more than the recent Thulsa Doom, I'll say that much.

Plus, the prospect of Sarah Palin as a warrior-witch from the Frozen North as a henchwoman of Thulsa McCain is too good to pass up.

The costume might have something to do with it too.

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