Futurama Pimps Out Young Audience to Monsanto
The Organic Prepper
August 14th, 2013
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If you wanted to reach an audience of smart, hip young people, how would you do it? If you wanted to convince the young, energetic idealists that something was a good idea, how would you target them?
One way to reach such a group would be through a fast-paced funny bit of “light entertainment” geared towards a slightly geeky, intelligent, and witty teen and young adult audience. A simple animatedÂ television program.
Take the showÂ Futurama, for example.
Aired at different points on Fox, the Cartoon Network, and Comedy Central, this show is from the creators of the iconic pop culture hit, The Simpsons.
Often messages that are destined to change our perceptions are subliminal. Not so with the recent episode,Â Leela and theÂ Genestalk. (Aired on Aug 7, 2013) Subtlety is NOT really what they’re going for here.
After a rare condition causes Leela to grow tentacles, she stumbles upon a secret genetic engineering facility.
In this particular episode, the major character is Leela. She contracts a horrible genetic condition called “squidification” that causes her to erupt with tentacles all over her body. There is no cure – her only option is to live with the tentacles or to have repeated surgeries (very expensive ones) that provide temporary freedom from the tentacles, although they will soon grow back.
This could go either way. It could be a moral tale about the questionable ethics of genetic engineering. It could be a distinct lesson about how all of these horrible genetic malfunctions keep occurring in humans. It could be a fable about how GMOs have gone wrong and how our food supply has become irrevocably tainted. It could be a treatise on theÂ illnesses that have been linkedÂ to the consumption of GMOs orÂ the horrible environmental costs.
Or it could be one giant advertisement for the biotech industry, portraying them as heroes and the saviors of mankind and planet earth.
Here are a few references – let me know if these sound familiar:
A “floating genetic-engineering facility. It floats because if it were on the surface its experiments would be illegal.” (source)
“Because Mom considers ordinary beans tiny and pathetic,Â MomsantoÂ spliced elephant D.N.A. into their chromosomes for added heft.
Thanks to Leela’s D.N.A. sample, the beanstalks started to have suction cups to keep them from collapsing. This unlocked a cheap, abundant source of nutrition forÂ the world’s starving masses, which should make Mom a much richer woman.” (source)
(One world government, military and currency) Earth’s governmentÂ is a planet-wide democracy… Â Although frequentlyÂ invadedÂ byÂ Alien forces, Earth seems to be a military power to be reckoned with… Zapp BranniganÂ is responsible for protecting the world from various alien invasions as well as expandingÂ Earth’s territorial claims….Â Much like American money,Â EarthicanÂ currencyÂ depicts presidents…. (source)
In the episode, Leela and theÂ Genestalk, Leela is very much against genetic modifications and DNA experiments. She even tries to destroy the facility. In the end, wrapping things up in a warm and fuzzy fable-style ending, she changes her mind when she discovers that her “squidification” can actually be cured by…you guessed it…genetic engineering. Because Leela’s tentacles and the DNA thereof have helped to modify the giant beanstalks that Mom is creating to “feed the world”, Mom rewards her by curing herÂ squidification.
Well, gee. Maybe genetic engineering isn’t so bad after all.
It’s pretty clear that the makers of Futurama have sold outÂ and Monsanto was the highest bidder.
Selling outÂ is the compromising of integrity, morality, or principles in exchange for personal gain, such as money. (source)
I wonder what the going rate is to have a subtle brainwashing message inserted into an entire episode of a popular TV show viewed by a couple million people these days? This isn’t the first time Monsanto got airtime on the show. In the episode called “TheÂ ButterjunkÂ Effect” the butterfly derby contests were held at the “Monsanto Yokel Dome” and Monsanto is the sponsor of the “Goofy Gopher’s Revue” at Luna Park.
Television is a very effective medium to change perceptions because of the very way it works on the human brain. Melissa Melton ofÂ TruthstreamÂ Media wrote:
Type âtelevisionâ and âlow vibrational energyâ into a search engine, and itâll quickly return the fact that watching a lot of TV is like undressing your mind and submerging it into a bath of negative energy. TV effectively numbs the left side of your brain and renders you helpless to your right brain which is incapable of decoding and critically analyzing the information being presented to you. Essentially, you go on âauto-pilotâ.
Thus, everyone is put into aÂ hypnotic stateÂ that author Wes Moore says, âproduces highly functional, mobile âbio-survival robots.ââ Thereâs a reason he dubbed television an âopiate of the massesâ.
TV programs us. We tune in, drop out and stop asking questions.
Some of Krugmanâs moreÂ interesting conclusionsÂ from his 1969 TV brainwave research include:
- âInternal Alpha responses can be stimulated by appropriate external rhythms or frequencies.â
- âThe time may come when the mass media may create special programs to help people modify certain attitudes or behavior.â
- âThis means that passively learned material has an important âadvantageâ which some have also associated with so called subliminal perception, extrasensory perception, or hypnotism.â
- âFor early education there may be an opportunity to accept the fact that many children fidget in class, and that this interference with their attention is not to be blamed on parents, teachers, or the child.Â Mild drugging of these children, or training in relaxation through Alpha driving, may be dramatically helpful to their educational achievement.â [Emphasis Added]
- âFor public televisionÂ there may be an opportunity to accept without shame the fact that it has taught violence to an entire generation. The clear store of television violence is not that a new generation is more violent but that the new generationÂ knowsmoreÂ violence. The political consequences of this may yet be what some would call âgoodâ (e.g., pacifist).â [Emphasis Added]
- âIt is possible that the relaxed and successful character ofÂ passive learning can be enhanced by the artificial induction of Alpha rhythm, this with the aid of a flickering light.â [Emphasis Added]
Your brain on TV, ladies and gentlemen.Â Itâs a basic form of mind control. (source)
Melton’s article provides links to an alarming amount of research that has been done for just this purpose – to change the perspective of the audience. To brainwash you, to control your perceptions and to provide your opinions for you. (Check it outÂ HEREÂ - it’s an absolute must-read!)
Monsanto alreadyÂ deploys social media warriorsÂ to attack those who criticize them. They have created a propaganda website to provide “GMO Answers.” This company that wants to appear so benevolentÂ hired an army of deadly mercenariesÂ and is rumored to have evenÂ purchased the security companyÂ itself.
With this in mind, is it any surprise that the most vilified company in the world today might use popular entertainment as a tool for targeting young people in the hopes of enhancing their tarnished corporate reputation?
Thank you to Dawn for bringing this episode to my attention!
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Contributed by Daisy Luther of The Organic Prepper.
Daisy Luther is a freelance writer and editor who lives in a small village in the Pacific Northwestern area of the United States. Â She is the author ofÂ The Pantry Primer: How to Build a One Year Food Supply in Three Months.Â On her website, The Organic Prepper, Daisy writes about healthy prepping, homesteading adventures, and the pursuit of liberty and food freedom. Â Daisy is a co-founder of the website Nutritional Anarchy, which focuses on resistance through food self-sufficiency. Daisy’s articles are widely republished throughout alternative media.Â You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest,Â and Twitter, and you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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