Slate: HBO's '451' Depicts Right-Wing Dystopia | 2/28/2018 | Staff
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The writers at Slate believe that the movie version of Fahrenheit 451 portrays a book-burning, right-wing dystopia. If only they could smell the irony.

Slate’s Matthew Dessem took to mocking conservatives in his preview of HBO’s screen adaptation of Fahrenheit 451. He writes that “for the most part, studios and networks are behaving as though they think Trump voters are a bunch of barely-literate boneheads, an audience not worth chasing.” But this adaptation is something for people on the right. “HBO’s Fahrenheit 451 will finally give right-wingers the heroes they deserve: firemen!”

Dessem - Bunch - Symbolism - Film - Trailer

Dessem apparently sees a bunch of alt-right symbolism throughout the film’s trailer. There’s the portrayal of an “idyllic futuristic America where, as the giant holographic eagle head in the trailer makes clear, citizens all feel safe expressing their patriotism” and a general “dislike of the printed word.”

In order to keep the public beholden to the state, government-funded fire departments are tasked with incinerating all forms of literature. The trailer shows that one of the books being torched is Brown Skin, White Masks (The Islamic Mediterranean); a book sympathetic to...
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