They Live

While the popular manosphere metaphor for understanding the realities of game, feminism, and the differences between the sexes is taking the red pill, I’ve always preferred thinking of it as putting on the They Live glasses:

I think this is just a matter of taste.  Some prefer the rather metro Keanu Reeves* and butch Carrie-Anne Moss in the highly stylized The Matrix, while I prefer the cheesy Pro Wrestler Roddy Piper and the campy clumsily marxist They Live.

*Not that there is anything wrong with that.  In Keanu’s defense, he doesn’t seem at all gay in Constantine and is instead surprisingly cool.

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14 Responses to They Live

  1. Red says:

    Marxist? Guess I really never thought about the movie as anything more than fun. Of course I view Marxists the same way I view the aliens in they live: Control everything, lie about everything, and treat people like shit. Money is always incidental to power.

  2. crunchie says:

    More national socialist.

  3. Omnipitron says:

    Considering everything we read on the Manosphere and currently know about, that clip was….unsettling…

  4. Anonymous Reader says:

    Very, very good observation Dalrock. It is like putting on the glasses. And trying to get some men to see reality is like this scene, sometimes exactly like this:

    [D: Perfect.]

  5. Twenty says:

    Constantine? Wow … I thought I was the only one who saw that. I don’t know if it’s much of a movie, but it’s got one great exchange. Constantine asks Gabriel what God wants, and is told “Faith and belief”, or some such. Constantine claims he does believe. Gabriel explains that, no, he doesn’t believe, he knows.

    For pop culture, it’s a great illustration of a pretty subtle point.

  6. George says:

    Best. Fight. Scene. Ever.

    And even Keanu couldn’t screw up a character as cool as Constantine.

  7. greyghost says:

    They Live is a cool movie and that fight scene is the best one ever.
    Dalrock you do have a point once you spend a couple years reading and studying you go out into public and it is like you are some super man and can see things you never saw before. Women now really do appear like they do through those damn sun glasses.

  8. Aaron says:

    Constantine was surprisingly underrated.

  9. Jordan says:

    I still like the Matrix analogy better. The movie is about breaking free of all cages, not just realizing you’re in one. The there is no spoon exchange is very enlightening when you apply it to your own being.

  10. phantommra says:

    The Matrix analogy is better because we live in a world where everything we are told about men and women is a lie, it’s not just a few aliens, it’s the entire society. That said i would rather sit through They Live a dozen times rather than once through the mind numbingly pretentious Matrix. Incidentally one of the guys who wrote The Matrix is so out of touch with reality that he thinks he’s a woman.

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