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The obvious movie analogy to the “my middle name is Hussein!” movement (good citizens symbolically showing support for Barack Obama and flipping off the righties who’ve tried to use the exotic Middle-Eastern sound of this name to stir fear among rural dumb-asses) is, of course, the “I’m Spartacus” scene in Spartacus (1960). Moving then, moving today.

To emphasize the analogy I tried to find a good-quality letterboxed clip of this third-act moment in Kirk Douglas and Stanley Kubrick‘s film. Then I was distracted by this beautiful Pepsi ad that ran on the Oscar show four or five years ago and forgot all about the Obama aspect. I love the moment when the Roman centurion offering to return the lunch-bag Pepsi shrugs and says “I’m Spartacus,” and then pops open the can and downs it.

  • http://reno-rambler.blogspot.com/ renorambler

    Personally I think this is more clever than the Hussein thing but I like the film reference.
    http://www.moremuslimthanobama.com/moremuslimthanobama/
    The site was created by a friend so I may be biased.

  • Mjs

    Sadly, those rural dumb asses do exist. Several members of my wife’s family, and a couple of my conservative friends, fear what Obama’s true intentions might be. They are spreading the word that he may actually side with the terrorists because of his name.
    There really are people that stupid in the Republican party.

  • SpinDozer

    No one really thinks this'; it is an onion-skin veneer for ‘not gonna vote for a negroid’.