August 22, 2007
HE FILLS GAPS
Leela: "Fry, this isn't TV. It's real life. Can't you tell the difference?"
Fry: "Sure. I just like TV better.
I'm always fascinated by our modern-day tales and legends, by the fictional characters we hold up as our inspiration for greatness. Sadly when I write about this, I often get insulted by people who think that I can't tell the difference between a TV character and a real person. But apparently a Serbian village is looking for inspiration in our modern-day heroes as well:
A Serbian village is hoping to channel some of Rocky BalboaÂ’s fighting spirit with a 10-foot-tall statue of the fictional boxer portrayed by actor Sylvester Stallone.
Zitiste has repeatedly suffered flooding and landslides, gaining a disaster-prone reputation. Fed up, the locals contemplated how to change that image and revive the village Â— one of the poorest in northern Serbia Â— and came up with the idea of a statue of the tenacious fictional fighter.
I think that's pretty cool. If we have to be a cultural hegemon, at least we're exporting Rocky.
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IIRC, there's a statue honoring Gojira in a park in Tokyo.
Posted by: Patrick Chester at August 22, 2007 01:56 PM (MKaa5)
I personally like exporting Elvis. He WAS the king, you know.
Posted by: airforcewife at August 22, 2007 04:31 PM (emgKQ)
Maybe it's because we don't seem actively to value a life of character as much as we did in the past that we don't have quite as many "real-life 'heros' "? That said, though, I think we've always had TALES of heroic deeds and lives of great character that we've told and re-told, just to give us something to shoot for. . . to aspire to.
I love the scene in the Lord of the Rings where Frodo and Sam are walking along, having a light moment imagining the other in subsequent folklore and the kids clamoring for Dad to tell it one more time - about Frodo the brave, and Sam-wise the faithful. . . .
I guess we take what inspiration we can find, wherever we find it. And I hope you're not insulted for what you wrote this time, Sarah! For all you nay-sayers, I look up to Sam-wise, the non-existent, mythical Hobbit. So there. For courage, perseverence, faithfulness, selflessness, and getting the job done, he's hard to beat.
Maybe that's a more important question: WHAT do we admire in our heroes? (real or fictional) And why?
Posted by: prophet at August 22, 2007 06:31 PM (Yagmr)
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