Current Events that Influenced My Work
1978 was full of interesting things happening, almost every day of the year. It’s no surprise to me that some of those ‘things’ should creep into my screenplay My Satanic Struggle (MSS). For example, Superman (:The Movie) didn’t come out until December, but whatever was ‘in the air’ had already made its presence known to me.
John Paul I
How does a Pope only manage to reign 33 days? Later accounts tell of a conspiracy to murder him in his sleep. I picked up a hint of that at the time and wove it into the background plot of how Henry Evergreen took over the Pope’s residence in Rome.
JOE: Then what’s all this talk about “Religious Fever”?
BENJAMIN: It should be obvious: in the beginning of the COMMUNITY takeover, all the religious leaders who stood in Henry Evergreen’s way were E-E’d.
JOE: Is that the reason Evergreen had his personal living quarters in the Pope’s Vatican apartment in Rome?
BENJAMIN: Yes, he had the Pope E-E’d so he could move in.
Flying the Rainbow Flag
The rainbow flag, commonly known as the gay pride flag or LGBT pride flag, is a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) pride and LGBT social movements. Other older uses of rainbow flags include a symbol of peace and the colors reflect the diversity of the LGBT community, as the flag is often used as a symbol of gay pride during LGBT rights marches. While this use of the rainbow flag originated in Northern California’s San Francisco Bay Area, the flag is now used worldwide.
Originally devised by San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker, the design has undergone several revisions since its debut in 1978, first to remove colors then restore them based on availability of fabrics. The most common variant consists of six stripes: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet. The flag is typically flown horizontally, with the red stripe on top, as it would be in a natural rainbow. (Wikipedia)
The LGBT Community symbolized by this flag got me to thinking about a NEWSPEAK version of the concept: COMMUNITY (Communist Unity). That’s where the inspiration for the One World Government in my screenplay came from.
The Community Service icon confirmed the concept visually for me.
What about ITS CLAWS?
Feminism was in its early resurgence in 1978 and echoing what the Suffragette movement went through in the first part of the 20th century, I decided to make ITS CLAWS a group of lesbian women terrorists.
A Wikipedia post on Mary Daly reports: In Gyn/Ecology (1978), she criticized the “Equal Rights” feminist framework. Many feminist thinkers consider the choice to use an “equality” lens (also known as an “equity” or “equality” framework) a distinctive mark of politically liberal, rather than politically radical or postmodern, feminisms. Daly’s argument was that the equality framework serves to distract women from the radical goal of altering or abolishing patriarchy as a whole, directing them instead towards gaining reforms within the existing system. According to Daly, such reforms leave women vulnerable because, though they grant nominal legal equality with men, the larger structures of patriarchy are left intact, and the later repeal of reforms is always possible. She also argued that the “equality” framework de-centers women from feminist thought when it encourages women to assimilate into male-dominated movements or institutions.
In other words, only the complete overthrow of the system was going to work. Even now the #metoo and #timesup revolutionary zeal requires more than just equality. .
This story is far from over, even as I write this. But, who’s to say what will come of it all?
Maybe Wonder Woman is the answer.