Thursday, February 22, 2007

Was Willie Wonka a Union-Buster?

Although this just came in through a google search, it was just too sweet to pass up (pun intended)...

It seems as though our children have been indoctrinated by the likes of Willie Wonka that union-busting and slave labor are okay. Or, that's what the reviewer Scott Tobias would have us believe in his 2-year old review of the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory video game as he describes those poor little Oompa Loompas:

So who are the Oompa-Loompas, anyway? At best, they're just scabs, the union-busting replacement workers brought in by Willy Wonka after he canned his previous staff for giving away trade secrets to competitors. But they're more like unpaid slave labor, "liberated" from their native land and plopped into Wonka's factory, where they keep the chocolate flowing and serve as guinea pigs for experiments in candy that disrupts the space-time continuum. The perversely joyless Charlie And The Chocolate Factory video game might as well be called Charlie And The Chocolate Plantation, because it turns you into an Oompa-Loompa slave-driver, ordering around the little buggers as they bow to the sound of your stern patrician clap. And lording over the whole operation is the imperious Wonka, a dictatorial man-child whose whimsical musings on candy mask a deeper obsession with the bottom line.

Since the original Willie Wonka movie came out in 1971, more than 35 years ago, and has influenced an entire generation (not to mention that tasty candy) , perhaps this explains the reason why unions keep declining.

1 comment:

cw said...

that was hilarious