Communists Say Avatar Director ‘Robbed’ Soviet Science Fiction: Komsomolskaya Pravda, Russia
The controversy surrounding the movie Avatar has taken on a bit of a Cold War tinge, only this time, Russian Communists and American right-wingers have joined forces against common enemies: James Cameron and the Obama White House!
With Republican pundits and blogs attacking Cameron for appearing to criticize the American military, Russian communists are calling for an international arrest warrant against the director for, ‘the theft and misappropriation of socialist intellectual property – the contents of books and films of Soviet science fiction.”
For Russia’s Komsomolskaya Pravda, reporter Inna Tuchinskaya writes with evident sarcasm of Russian science fiction writer Boris Strugatsky:
Indignant party members say that Cameron, prepared to do anything to execute the command of the White House, surreptitiously entered the mysterious and romantic world of Soviet science fiction, and transferred all the action to his primitive propaganda film and to the Strugatsky-created world of planet Pandora. Completely devoid of imagination, Cameron plundered Strugatskys’ novels, and books by Yefremov, Bulychev and Snegov, naively believing that no one would notice the theft. You were mistaken, mister! St. Petersburg Communists accuse you and your masters of robbing Soviet science fiction!
Then Russian Web site Charter 97 quotes a number of Communist Party members on the issue. One of them is party secretary Yekaterina Petrova:
This star-spangled scum has lifted his hand against the artistic heritage of the deceased Strugatsky, Efremov, Bulychev and director Paul Arsenov, using the fact that deceased authors can’t write a statement to the prosecutor. But we will write the statement! Why is Polanski, who seduced a Pioneer, deservedly arrested, while this gangster Cameron calmly walks the earth shoveling in dollars, earned by stealing Pandora from Soviet books? Most likely, Cameron’s agents secretly bought Soviet science fiction novels in advance, snatching whole pages from them – even entire episodes to the delight of Obama and his clique!
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