Today is Nelson Mandela’s 94th birthday and the United Nations declared Nelson Mandela Day. One of the most important freedom voices and icons of the 20th century, the man who was the catalyst for change in South Africa’s apartheid is a frail, old man. Yet his reputation as a man of humanity continues to grow as told through a visit by Bill Clinton this week. Much like Martin Luther King Jr. in this nation, the Nelson Mandela Day has become one of service and awareness for discrimination and racism. In a 20th century filled with evil, selfish leaders, I am glad we celebrate a man who was anything but.
Who is the most significant positive social force in the 20th century?
I would say the Mitt Romney is Bain and Obama is Batman, but that is only because Bain was Mitt’s company. Yet Luke Skywalker decided that he is going for Obama, and he says that the empire is alive and well. In a ridiculous interview, the famed light saber wielder is putting up the Democratic rebels against the Republican machine led by Darth Wealthy. Wait a second, isn’t Obama in charge right now? Isn’t he from the political corrupt machine of the windy planet Chicago? Doesn’t he control the media? Luke was always a hothead, and I will decide for myself unless Yoda tells me differently.
Is there any character in movie history you would trust enough for political advice?
I didn’t want to get into the fray of the Paterno statue. I am sick of the cover up, football, and everything blue and white right now. But when you hear from the artist who made the statue, a new perspective is offered. Angelo Di Maria from outside Reading, PA made the statue, yet never met Joe Paterno. He is ambivalent on taking down the statue. Di Maria’s ambivalence is not because of love for Joe Paterno or his enabling of a convicted child molester, but because the statue is part of himself and his work. Right now the sores are so open and painful that the statue needs to be removed and the library renamed. Joe Paterno’s legacy and work is everywhere in State College, but his wrongs are also. Football should never be bigger than the welfare of children, even the artist knows that.
Should the Joe Paterno statue be taken down?