- When the work in question specifically mentions the RL individual.
- When the entirety of the example has to do with the portrayal of that individual in the work.
- When the work is fictional.
- When the RL individual has a creative role themselves, such as writing or acting in a work. In this sense we give them no more nor less treatment then we would any other creator.
edited 14th Feb '17 12:48:31 PM by Madrugada
edited 23rd Dec '17 5:15:12 PM by DeepRed
edited 24th Dec '17 9:38:52 AM by Gideoncrawle
- While the movie has been in production for six years, and thus wasn't created with the intent of dropping this particular anvil, the heavy subtext of "Mexico is a beautiful country full of beautiful people" is sorely needed in the United States in 2017.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: During the 2016 US Presidential election, many political and pop culture writers noted that the film could easily be read as a Roman à Clef of the real-life events of that election, despite having been written almost twenty years prior and largely based on the 1992 election. To wit...
- Tracy Flick can be read as a stand-in for Hillary Rodham Clinton, as an overachieving, blonde-haired female candidate who is both the most obviously qualified for the job and seems to be running more for her own sake than that of the school — reflecting the most widely-cited strengths and weaknesses of Clinton's campaign to an almost uncanny degree. Tracy's campaign slogan of "you won't just be voting for me, you'll be voting for yourself" even carries many of the same sentiments of Clinton's more concise "I'm With Her". When Reese Witherspoon was asked if she'd ever play Clinton in a movie, she replied that she already had — in Election.
- Elements of Donald Trump, meanwhile, can be read into both Paul and Tammy Metzler. Paul is a comically unprepared candidate who trades on his glories as a football hero to win over the crowd (much as Trump used his past as a celebrity business mogul), while Tammy is a bomb-throwing outsider whose campaign is built entirely around outrageous, attention-grabbing statements meant to express her and her classmates' disillusionment with the entire system.
- And finally, Mr. McAllister can debatably be seen as a stand-in for Vladimir Putin. He rigs the election out of pure spite for Tracy, switching two votes from her to Paul. Putin's government, meanwhile, has been accused of meddling in the 2016 election in favor of Trump, with alleged acts ranging from spreading propaganda to going so far as to hack into voting machines in key swing states.
edited 10th Jan '18 11:32:12 PM by jameygamer
- Co-Director Adrian Molina, from an interview with NPR, in response to a question about if the meaning of making a film set in Mexico over the course of six years changed at all since the 2016 election: "Well, it's a long time coming for Latinos to see themselves on screen represented in a way that they can be proud of and in a way that reflects the things that they value about their culture and they value about their families. [...] And for a family to go and see themselves reflected on screen the way they experience their lives and see that shown to the world means a lot. It means a lot for your self-esteem, and it means a lot for how you see yourself in the world."
edited 11th Jan '18 11:13:44 PM by jameygamer
edited 1st Apr '18 6:55:08 PM by lalalei2001
edited 4th Apr '18 6:05:54 AM by WaterBlap
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