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Glenn Beck’s Latest Mickey Mouse Conspiracy Theory

Reported by Guest Blogger - October 16, 2010 -

By Aunty Em

Glenn Beck never seems more cartoonish than when he’s spinning those whacky Conspiracy Theories linking the government to Marxism, or Fascism, or Socialism, or Communism or Nazism. Notoriously thin-skinned, Beck has now taken to arguing with actual cartoons found on the innertubes and has woven a very funny cartoon mashup into every Conspiracy Theory he’s ever spewed about the Obama administration. As far as Beck is concerned, if it walks like a Donald Duck, talks like a Donald Duck, then it is a Donald Duck, therefore all part of a federally funded smear campaign against him.

Last week a video went viral across the innertubes. Created by Jonathon McIntosh at Rebellious Pixels, this funny mashup swept across Facebook with a real sense of urgency. People seemed concerned that the Disney Empire would clamp down on this parody, even though it seems like fair use. The ghost of Disney notwithstanding, I’ve rarely seen a video swapped around as quickly and relentlessly as Donald Duck Meets Glenn Beck in Right Wing Radio Duck.

To quote the creator, “This is a re-imagined Donald Duck cartoon remix constructed from 50 classic Walt Disney cartoons from the 1930s to 1960s. Donald’s life is turned upside-down by the current economic crisis and he finds himself unemployed and falling behind on his house payments. As his frustration turns into despair Donald discovers a seemingly sympathetic voice coming from his radio named Glenn Beck.”

But Glenn Beck saw nefariousness afoot. To him everything is a government plot:

It is some of the best, well-made propaganda I have ever seen... We are looking into the funding of this gentleman and the incredible propaganda against me... We’ll find out if it’s been federally funded – you know, as part of the stimulus package.

I’m sure McIntosh would appreciate the backhanded compliment: this video is too good to be the work of just anybody. Therefore, it must have federal funding and Beck must smear its intent. But, that still begs the question: Why go after a cartoon, albeit a very clever cartoon, in the first place? The answer is right in the “about” section of Rebellious Pixels:

Hi my name is Jonathan McIntosh. I’m a pop culture hacker, video remix artist, photographer, a new media teacher, consultant and a fair-use activist. I’ve also worked on numerous media and social justice related projects in the United States and around the world.

There they are! The two words Glenn Beck fears the most: Social Justice.

Even worse, in Beck's mind, there's a Chicago connection! Beck read on from McIntosh's bio, "Last summer I also co-taught a two week intensive workshop called the Fair-Use Remix Institute (FURI) with Chicago youth." Beck gave those last two words extra emphasis and paused for dramatic effect.

It wasn’t long after Glenn Beck claimed McIntosh was federally funded, that Mickey Mouse entered the fray, courtesy of ikat381.

It’s only a matter of time before Beck accuses Mickey Mouse of being a Marxist, or Fascist, or Socialist, or Communist or Nazi intent on radically transforming the nation.

H/T Huffington Post and especially the video mashups by Jonathon McInosh and ikat381.

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