remember the eleventh of september September 11, 2006Posted by Brad Richert in media, politics.
- Remember, remember the eleventh of September,
- the bin Laden conspiracy and plot,
- I see of no reason why planes of terror
- should ever be forgot.
Before the age of film, music played a significant role in remembering events of our past. Transmission through song was a sort of coping device for us to overcome grief while also passing down history from the immediate down through the generations. The ripoff above may sound familiar if you have seen V for Vendetta. It is actually part of a popular song sang in Britain to commemorate the interception of Guy Fawke’s attempt to blow up Parliament in 1605. Similar to the American national anthem, it represents a time when song was used to commemorate important events in history. That is, not financially benefitting from the loss of life.
Fahrenheit 9/11, United 93, Flight 93, World Trade Center. These are just a fraction of the attempts to gain financially from the events of September 11, 2001. In just five years we have three major motion picture events (okay, United 93 might be a stretch), several “television specials-for DVD” and probably a couple hundred documentaries of all budgets… and motivations. I even read about a comic book that was released last week. I bet there are many songs about 9/11, yet at the same time I am pretty sure someone is financially benefitting from those as well. Am I the only person sick of this sickness of incessant greediness that has a sort of perverted resemblence to the lawyer who drives behind ambulances looking for injury-claims? Probably not. People are not exactly seeing United 93 or World Trade Center in record numbers. It certainly is not because of lack of hype.
It is not just the greediness of lala-land either that is getting on my nerves. Since 9/11, anti-fascist watchdog Alex Jones has released at least half a dozen films and two books. And those films and books are not exactly handed out. Honestly, I do not know if any of his money goes towards any good cause, related to 9/11 victims or not, but I know that only one Hollywood studio announced that any of their proceeds will help out the families (and even that amount was somewhat minuscule). Maybe that is because the financial situation of the families of people who died in the tragedy were not exactly “Katrina” victims. Financial compensation only goes so far, they would rightly argue, but does that give them free reign to continue this further disgraceful pillaging of murderous acts?
To Michael Moore, Paul Greengrass, and Oliver Stone: I do not have to go see these films, and I will not. Your indecency to humanity confounds me. Your need to make money in the name of pseudo-history is disgusting. As for people who have a decent bone in their body: remember history, but save your money. Send that ten bucks to someone who needs it. I do not care who. That kid you see on World Vision. That Katrina victim who did not lose much because she never had anything to start with. That family hit by that tsunami in Asia that we all forgot about but still cannot rebuild their home. Oliver Stone and Nicholas Cage are the last people who need your money. If you are really bored, go watch JFK again, back when Stone was making money off of something worthwhile watching.
remember, remember the eleventh of september. with silence. with hope. with peace.