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Saturday, January 28, 2012 

What if new Green Arrow TV series becomes a liberal propaganda vent?

After I heard of the plans for a new Green Arrow TV series, I was wondering if there was any chance the series planned for the CW network could end up spouting the kind of ultra-leftist propaganda that Smallville ended up doing in the latter half of its run. Now, the TV Addict website's offered a clue that any worries may not be far off, and in this case, it looks like Black Canary might end up being the tool exploited here (via Superhero Hype):
DINAH “LAUREL” LANCE
What They’re Looking For: 28 years old, smart sexy, Laurel is a legal aid attorney determined to use her life as a one-woman war against the 1% following the death of her younger sister Sara. A sister, who as luck would have it, just so happened to have died aboard Oliver’s yacht.
Who We’re Pitching: Tina Majorino (VERONICA MARS), Lindsey Shaw (10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU), Allison Miller (TERRA NOVA), Jurnee Smollett (FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS)
That little line they used there, of course, derives from what the Occupy movement would use to describe not just the rich, but anyone whom they could despise, and raises some questions over whether the stories planned intend to depict her viewing only the rich as baddies. If they do that'll be odd, since back in the early days when Ollie would take on semi-political issues, Dinah was not as heavily into politics as he was, and she also ran a florist shop.

If this series ends up becoming as politicized as Smallville did, then it certainly won't be guaranteed a very long life on television.

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Of course I figured they'd go for propaganda given that Green Arrow is a hardcore liberal and has been since O'Neill and Adams revamped him in the late 1960s. But I wasn't expecting them to exploit Black Canary for those nefarious purposes, since her political leanings (to my knowledge at least) have never been revealed. Also, as usual, they always have to change things about a character's background, something that also infuriates me.

Carl.

I can see this coming. At first, Canary goes after GA, thinking he's one of the '1%' because he's rich, but then she finds out he's one of the 'good' rich people and they discover her sister was actually murdered by a conservative (either a businessman, politician or clergyman) who was hanging out on the yacht that day. Etc. etc.

If Roy Harper turns up in the TV series as Oliver Queen's ward, they might even depict Ollie giving him a liberal "education" too.

When are these people ever going to learn...

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