Are you watching AMC’s hit zombie show, The Walking Dead? Then you’re what’s wrong with America.
Well, that’s according to Dr. Manny’s Alvarez who says that the country’s obsession with the show is “hurting our society.” Yes, now Fox News has a problem with The Walking Dead.
“Hate me all you want, or call me paranoid and misinformed, but there is one common theme that is pervasive in American pop culture today: violence,” Alvarez said in a recent edition of his Dr. Manny column on the cable news giant’s website. Even more specifically, zombie violence. The idea of a zombie-infested world inspires fantasies of monsters possessed by an uncontrollable rage to kill, and viewers get a thrill imagining what it would be like to participate in this new world order.”
For fuck’s sake. Alvarez, who joined Fox News back in 2005 has been the Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Science at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey is arguing that zombie shows are making our culture zombies in their own right, or something. “This obsession with the undead in television and other media is quite puzzling. The concept of zombies has been around for decades, and their mythology has even been studied by scientists to prove that such an outbreak can never occur. Yet, whether it be in books or film, zombie popularity has only increased after having originally been popularized by the 1960s film, “The Night of the Living Dead.”
“Give me a break. As a doctor and scientist, I know one thing for sure: When you’re dead, you’re dead.”
Then Alvarez went all Fox News and started bringing in the video games. “We also see this zombie obsession in many videogames. Even more disturbingly, these games create environments for young children, in which they are exposed to an imaginary world where they get to play with firearms and place themselves in dangerous situations that they find exciting. And studies have shown that these videogames can sometimes condition people, especially young children, to be apathetic towards violence. That’s why they’re labeled M for Mature.”
Alvarez also points to the fact that there are many zombie themed runs throughout the world, because screw making exercise fun right? He then mentions the Center for Disease Control’s viral campaign of creating zombie outbreak survival plans in an effort to raise awareness for creating actual disaster plans. Because, you know – -screw research too right? “Give me a break. As a doctor and scientist, I know one thing for sure: When you’re dead, you’re dead. Our brains should be less focused on imaginary zombie hoards and more focused on harnessing the tools that we need in order to enhance our lives, whether it be music, education, science or the classics. Entertainment should help us soothe our brains so that we can ease our minds of some of the stress from our daily lives”
Give me a break indeed Mr. Alvarez. Be sure to catch our weekly recaps and reviews of The Walking Dead.