This is so sad.
To call Rush Limbaugh's most recent controversial comment berserk is an understatement — it's batsh*t cray cray! And quite literally too.
The conservative radio host went out on a limb on Tuesday and implied that Christopher Nolan decided to include the character of Bane in The Dark Knight Rises so that Mitt Romney would lose the upcoming election.
You see, Romney made his fortune through his private equity firm, Bain Capitol, which is now under heavy media scrutiny because of his political campaign. In his reaching rant, Limbaugh describes the matter as a "make-believe controversy," but he continues to make up an UNBELIEVABLE controversy himself. Here's what he said about the movie and his theory:
"Have you heard this new movie, the Batman movie, what is it, The Dark Knight Lights Up or whatever the name is. That's right, Dark Knight Rises. Lights Up, same thing. Do you know the name of the villain in this movie? Bane. The villain in The Dark Knight Rises is named Bane, B-a-n-e. What is the name of the venture capital firm that Romney ran and around which there's now this make-believe controversy? Bain. The movie has been in the works for a long time. The release date's been known, summer 2012 for a long time. Do you think that it is accidental that the name of the really vicious fire breathing four eyed whatever it is villain in this movie is named Bane?"
First of all, his entire statement should be null and void because he couldn't remember the name of a movie that A.) was the central component of his argument and B.) was probably written down on a piece of paper right in front of him.
Is he really trying to convince his listeners that a character — created by DC Comics in 1993 — was written into a movie (long before Romney announced he'd even be running for president) solely to attack the Republican presidential candidate?
Apparently…no. He didn't say that at all! You must be a real ignoramus if you interpreted it that way because, after hearing the backlash, he clarified himself, claiming he meant to say this:
"Everybody’s out there running around saying I got this giant conspiracy theory that the Batman people, the creators, the comic book creators, created this thing to campaign against Romney. I never said that. I didn’t say there was a conspiracy. I said the Democrats were going to use it, which they are."
He doesn't seem to understand how people interpreted what he said as a conspiracy theory, so we'll just go ahead and point it out for him:
"Do you think that it is accidental that the name of the really vicious fire breathing four eyed whatever it is villain in this movie is named Bane."
Sounds like a conspiracy theory to us! It also sounds like he has no idea who Tom Hardy's character is because he doesn't breathe fire or have four eyes. Glad to see he did his research before throwing that verbal hail mary into the political realm.
Even Chuck Dixon, one of the conservative comic book writers who created Bane, has called Limbaugh's comments "ridiculous."
We're going to go ahead and call them ridonkulous! In fact, we venture to say his words are dangerously irresponsible. This guy's got millions of devoted listeners and some of them probably aren't the best fact checkers. Does Rush really need to misinform the American public even more than they already are just so his party's presidential candidate can get elected into office?
The fact that this guy will do or say ANYTHING to push his political agenda makes us think that he is actually more dangerous than any Batman villain we'll ever see on the screen.
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