When Your Light-hearted Movie Tradition Winds Up Setting Off Something… Unexpected

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I do, like many of you, appreciate the comforts of everyday routine, the security of the familiar, the tranquility of repetition.

Ever since 2006 and I first heard Hugo Weaving’s deep voice growl that “people should not be afraid of their governments; governments should be afraid of their people,” I’ve sat down to watch V for Vendetta on every November the 5th, much like every other SJW millennial out there. There was something about that movie that captivated me. I don’t know whether it was the devastating intellect that V used to cut into his enemies as deeply as his knives; or the fact that, despite his mission, he never forgot to appreciate beauty- he kept paintings by Titian in his home next to his bomb supplies; or that, no matter how committed he was to his martial arts technique, he still managed to get tongue-tied by a pretty girl.

There are, of course, those who do not want us to speak. I suspect even now, orders are being shouted into telephones, and men with guns will soon be on their way. Why?

For the last three years, this entire country has seen a sentient Cheeto puff spout hatred into microphones as he has tried to sow discontent through the citizens of this nation. We have witnessed him take a razor blade to the ideals of the constitution, which several of history’s greatest intellectuals risked everything to ratify into existence. We have watched as a beautifully made up ghoul in couture dresses made up phrases like “alternative facts.” And we have seen an active campaign by the current seat of power to sow distrust in the free press by dubbing them “fake news.”

Because while the truncheon may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth. And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn’t there?

Since November of 2016, we have watched a steady attack being levied against our free press, the value held so dear by our founding fathers that they ensconced it into the very first Amendment of the Bill of Rights, a document that, courtesy of James Madison, dictates the liberties of all citizens of this nation. While the news is far from perfect, it is the duty of the principled press to continue informing us of what goes on throughout the nation.

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Cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission.

For the last three years, some things have gotten indisputably worse: as of September 1st, there were 283 mass shootings in the US. The Opioid epidemic is continuing to grow. Incidents of racial and religious violence have risen all over the world.

More than four hundred years ago, a great citizen wished to embed the fifth of November forever in our memory. His hope was to remind the world that fairness, justice, and freedom are more than words; they are perspectives.

In the States, most of the people who think of 11/5 (if they think of it at all) think of it as V for Vendetta Day, and they’re not entirely wrong. After all, that’s why I’m sitting up at midnight watching a movie I’ve seen approximately 20 times. But in the UK, they have bonfires every November the 5th for Guy Fawkes day. I wouldn’t exactly call Fawkes a hero; after all, he was part of a massive international plot to blow up the House of Lords and assassinate the king in favor of his Catholic daughter.

How did this happen? Who’s to blame? Well, certainly, there are those who are more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable. But again, truth be told, if you’re looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror.

Unfortunately, our nation’s future has been forcibly manhandled by our creepy current attempt at a president, who appropriately fits yet another quote featured in V for Vendetta:

Our integrity sells for so little, but it is all we really have. It is the very last inch of us, but within that inch, we are free… an inch … it is small, and it is fragile, but it is the only thing in the world worth having. We must never lose it or give it away. We must never let them take it from us.

  • The quotes in bold are all from the film V for Vendetta, written by Lilly and Lana Wachowski and adapted from the graphic novel by Alan Moore.

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Amy Schmidt

Amy Schmidt

Writer, filmmaker, tarot reader, eternal nerd, lover of Thai noodles. Writing my way through post-concussion syndrome one anxiety attack at a time.