Tuesday, December 22, 2009
THE EMPIRE TRADES BACK
It appears that not only are the holidays nearly upon us, but also the apocalypse. Today Darth Vader, a cadre of Stormtroopers and the illogically-grouped R2-D2 descended upon the New York Stock Exchange to ring the opening bell. One can only assume that the shouting of traders on the floor was eclipsed only by the ominous snickering of George Lucas, sitting somewhere getting richer.
It's worth noting that this was not to commemorate anything in particular, but rather to simply "celebrate the lasting appeal of the Star Wars saga." This comes on the heels of yesterday's YouTube sensation - a fanboy evisceration of The Phantom Menace (and all its riveting Republic trade drama) told in 7 parts. Set aside 70 minutes and start here.
But really, can we please try to keep the Dark Side out of our already unstable stock market? I don't think it's really sending the right message to have the business day opened by one of pop culture's most gleaming incarnations of oppression and misery. Just sayin'.
Of course it wouldn't be the first time someone completely unqualified rang that damn bell. I'm looking directly at you, Carrie Bradshaw:
In closing - file this under "As if the economy couldn't get much worse" and then go invest in Lando's Cloud City mining colony. You'll thank me later!