The Walking Dead is only part of a greater zombie epidemic. Zombies are bad. Not only do they eat people and smell bad, zombies are bad for America, according to Dr. Manny Alvarez.
Alvarez, known as Dr. Manny, is an OB/GYN in New Jersey and FOX News Channel’s “Senior Managing Editor for Health News,” according to his FNC bio. Dr. Manny contends that not only are zombies impossible (thus silly?), they are also bad for society.
“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,” Dr. Manny said in his column Thursday.
Books, movies, video games, TV: Zombies are everywhere, Dr. Manny cautions. They even have zombie runs with “zombies” chasing “civilians” toward the finish line. Enough is enough. The undead need to stay dead.
“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.”
One would think a medical professional would appreciate a healthy adrenal response. Or the importance of escapist entertainment for stress relief. Or fostering Imagination and creativity. Or anything that gets people outdoors and running. Zombies are still bad though.
But Dr. Manny really buried the lead:
“With this country heading towards a socialized system of government, in which officials don’t want you to think or focus on what is important for your own personal growth, I’m sure they’re more than happy to let you obsess over something as stupid as zombies.
And in turn, you ultimately become the zombie.”
Oh. Now we get it. It’s a really bad ideological metaphor. Sorry, all this zombie entertainment makes us brain-dead.
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