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But Paul Levinson, a communications and media scholar at Fordham University in New York, disagreed with the analysis of "Revenge of the Sith" as an anti-Republican diatribe.
Instead, he saw the film in terms that Bush supporters could rally around -- a cautionary tale about the menace posed by evil if not fully eradicated, as in the resurgence of Darth Vader after his inconclusive battle with Obi-Wan.
Applied to current events, he said, the message could be: "When we're confronting terrorism we have to do more than wound it -- we have to completely annihilate it ... because if even one drop of it survives, it could regain its power and do us enormous damage again."
Levinson said the politicization of "Star Wars" is a reflection of the highly charged partisan climate that persists after last year's bitterly fought presidential contest.
In the absence of an overtly political film like "Fahrenheit 9/11," Moore's scathing anti-Bush documentary, "people are seizing on something that has some political content and making the most of it."
Also the fact that news outlets are giving lipservice to the supposed undertones of probably the highest grossing movie of all time is important. The cultural implications of this are there and should be allowed to be discussed.