Friday, August 31, 2012

In Real Life: Bane

"Bane" Protests in New York City
Courtesy of United NY, [ Via]

Community activists United NY staged a costumed demonstration in Manhattan on Thursday to protest against Mitt Romney's economic policies on the final evening of the Republican National Convention. The 13-foot Dark Knight Rises villain was at Bain HQ in Manhattan Thursday with labor rights organization United NY to demonstrate against Mitt Romney's economic policies.

The action made more explicit a connection first observed by conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh: the homophonic relationship between Bain Capital, the private equity firm co-founded by Republican 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney, and Bane, the Batman villain of DC Comics and The Dark Knight Rises. While Limbaugh's extremely tenuous connection of the two was designed to criticize a perceived liberal bias in the then-unreleased Christopher Nolan film, United NY paired Bane with Bain specifically to compare the fictional villain to Romney's real-life company, which came under heavy fire this week in Matt Taibbi's new Rolling Stone piece "Greed and Debt: The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital."

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