Monday, October 29, 2007

G.I. Joe was just a toy, wasn't he?

Interesting, I didn't know that the G.I. Joe doll was patterned after a real person.

Hollywood now proposes that in a new live-action movie based on the G.I. Joe toy line, Joe's -- well, "G.I." -- identity needs to be replaced by membership in an "international force based in Brussels." The IGN Entertainment news site reports Paramount is considering replacing our "real American hero" with "Action Man," member of an "international operations team."

Paramount will simply turn Joe's name into an acronym.

The show biz newspaper Variety reports: "G.I. Joe is now a Brussels-based outfit that stands for Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity, an international co-ed force of operatives who use hi-tech equipment to battle Cobra, an evil organization headed by a double-crossing Scottish arms dealer."

Well, thank goodness the villain -- no need to offend anyone by making our villains Arabs, Muslims, or foreign dictators of any stripe these days, though apparently Presbyterians who talk like Scottie on "Star Trek" are still OK -- is a double-crossing arms dealer. Otherwise one might be tempted to conclude the geniuses at Paramount believe arms dealing itself is evil. Read More.

1 comment:

Ray said...

When it says, "an international co-ed force of operatives who use hi-tech equipment" does this mean like computers, GPS, satellites, etc, BUT not rifles, bombs, artillery, etc.

Instead of vilifying the soldiers, people should criticize the leadership. In the case of the US, the President AND Congress. And let's not forget to condemn and criticize the lack of action and the non-use of the military which can be just as harmful as their inappropriate application.