- The internet is mocking Robert Mueller’s report deadline Friday 7:53 PM
- Instagram blocks some anti-vax hashtags—but still has far to go Friday 6:20 PM
- Study: Netflix released more originals than licensed titles last year Friday 2:26 PM
- Laura Ingraham, Dinesh D’Souza slam journalist for having a job Friday 1:40 PM
- Netflix is testing a cheap-as-hell mobile-only plan Friday 1:08 PM
- Astrology app Co-Star’s bizarre push notifications are now a meme Friday 12:18 PM
- ‘The Dirt’ offers a sanitized history of Mötley Crüe—but why? Friday 11:42 AM
- ‘The Dirt’ director Jeff Tremaine on Mötley Crüe’s long, difficult road to Netflix Friday 11:30 AM
- Here’s video of yet another alleged gunman looking for YouTuber Adam22 Friday 11:09 AM
- 12 mugs that are absolutely purr-fect for cat enthusiasts Friday 10:58 AM
- Jared Kushner used WhatsApp for official White House business Friday 10:50 AM
- Unsettled Tom memes are on the rise Friday 10:36 AM
- Trans student nominated for prom king told by administration to run for queen Friday 10:07 AM
- Trump turns on his favorite cable news network Friday 8:56 AM
- Skillshare is offering new users one month of premium for less than $1 Friday 8:34 AM
John Carpenter tells neo-Nazis ‘They Live’ is not about ‘Jewish control of the world’
Sunglasses and tin-foil hats.
We’re not even a week into 2017, and a renowned director has had to defend a 30-year-old movie from neo-Nazi revisionists.
On Tuesday, John Carpenter—director of Halloween, The Thing, and Big Trouble in Little China—stepped up to defend his 1988 film They Live from accusations that the film is really about “Jewish control of the world.” Speaking with L.A. Weekly, Carpenter explained that someone in his Twitter feed was spouting this theory, and he decided to call bullshit.
THEY LIVE is about yuppies and unrestrained capitalism. It has nothing to do with Jewish control of the world, which is slander and a lie.
— John Carpenter (@TheHorrorMaster) January 4, 2017
Believers of this theory—or perhaps just bored bandwagon-jumpers—quickly filled the thread with racist and anti-Semitic memes.
The film, which is based on a 1963 short story, centers on protagonist John Nada (Roddy Piper), who discovers, via a pair of sunglasses, that humans have been taken over by aliens who want the masses to consume and obey. It’s a fairly obvious critique of greed and capitalism.
But if you’re a white supremacist, it’s also a very convenient film to filter your flimsy anti-Semitic conspiracy theories through. As far back as 2008, users on white supremacist website Stormfront were applauding the film, calling it “the best pro-white movie ever” and claiming that “The jews in the movie are not very realistic though. The real ones are much uglier.” Elsewhere, YouTubers have devoted way too much time to this theory, and human wind-up toy Alex Jones has screamed about it.
Let’s not forget the president-elect has become a very popular They Live meme, too. Big fan.
On one hand, it’s ridiculous that Carpenter had to address the ramblings of bigots with too much time on their hands, but on the other it’s fitting that these reality-averse “theorists” are constrained by shortsighted beliefs and only see what they want to see.
We’ve reached out to Carpenter for further comment.
Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot’s senior entertainment writer, and she focuses on streaming, comedy, and music. Her work has previously appeared in the Austin Chronicle, the Dallas Observer, NPR, ESPN, Bitch, and the Village Voice. She is based in Austin, Texas.