City of the Living Dead
by Kelley B. Vlahos
October 25, 2011
Everybody knows that zombies eat brains. George Romero set the scene in Night of the Living Dead, and Hollywood never looked back. Before that, zombies in movies typically involved reanimation and mind control through so-called African-Caribbean voodoo. In films like White Zombie and I Walked with a Zombie bad actors with the magic enslaved poor mindless fools to do their bidding.
We see all types of zombies reacting to Occupy and its various manifestations. It’s not much different from how antiwar protesters have been treated throughout the last 10 years of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. But now that the mainstream is actually paying attention to what is going on in Zuccotti Park — in a way it never did for the dozens of major antiwar protests in Washington and New York over the decade — zombiism is rampant and quite easily discernible.
Most prevalent are the zombies talking about and mostly criticizing the protests in language that suggests only mind control could be at work. These zombies include all manner of talking heads, political courtiers and operatives, politicians, status-quo junkies, and haters — but also mindless corporate newspersons who typically just put their heads down and repeat what they’re told.
On a trip last week to the Northeast, I was bombarded almost immediately with the charge that Occupy Wall Street protesters were engaging in anti-Semitic chants, violent behavior, open sex, and flagrant drug use. One man had crapped on a police car. According to a family member, the whole thing had devolved into a dystopian nightmare with shades of Woodstock — Woodstock ’99 that is. At the beginning — according to the evolving meme — these demonstrators might have been well-meaning, but now the whole thing has been taken over by anarchists and criminals. Who, by the way, really hate America.