Culture of Illusion – The Lorax crushes Idealism.


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EVEN THE LORAX

ON HIS SMALL YELLOW STUMP

FELT A THICKENING FEELING

GROW WITH A LUMP AND A BUMP

AS HE SAW MONEY PILE HIGH

RIGHT UP PAST HIS THROAT.

THE ONCELER WAS RIGHT,

HE THOUGHT WITH A SIGH.

EVERYONE HAS A PRICE

AND NOW SO DO I.

I wrote this when The Lorax was first released because I was irritated that the characters from the film were being used to sell cars:

Admittedly they were hybrid cars but it seemed to fly in the face of everything that Dr. Seuss, his friend Theodor Geisel and the whole meaning of the original Lorax story stood for.

I have updated this post with the above comment because I am still fucking irritated by the whole concept. For those who have not had the pleasure of reading The Lorax the message is pretty clear. It is a moral warning against the excesses of Industrial Capitalism. So it fills my throat with bile, bile that has flowed up from my stomach, to see the characters for a story that is explicitly warning against the kind of rampant consumerist capitalism, that car companies have been instrumental in creating and perpetrating, are used to hawk their products.

The only way I can express my fucking irritation is in my tiny little blog.

So here I am Fighting the Power.

I am definitely still fucking irritated but I cannot deny that The Lorax commercial is beautifully animated and I am a sucker for fine animation.

Oh how hilarious The Real World is. I don’t understand one moment of it.

I must go for a drive in my air conditioned car to calm down.