Monday, December 04, 2006

"Monolithic" pop culture references #25

Ever searching for news about Rapa Nui, this blog's administrator comes across many references to Rapa Nui and its famous moai. Often, these references are quite comical and have nothing to do with the island or the culture of Rapa Nui. Other times, they appear to be speculative, based more on misconceptions than reality, or downright bizarre. Here are some of the more recent references:

Lake County News-Chronicle:
When we enter our Exalted Shack Master in a summer parade, across all corners of the North, in Canada and occasionally the Tapati Rapa Nui Festival on Easter Island, it is done in the spirit of representing all deer camps across Lake County, from the nominal to the forlorn.

Whittier Daily News:
Director/designer Douglas Fitch put a campy twist on the classic Grimm Brothers' fairy tale with forest critters right out of "Where the Wild Things Are;" a wicked witch who is a Viennese version of Dame Edna; a Sandman who glides around the stage in a giant salt-cellar sculpted like an Easter Island head; and a Dew Fairy transformed into a singing Christmas tree. No matter, it's a gemutlich holiday confection and an ideal way to introduce youngsters to opera. Performances continue through Dec. 17.

Sydney Morning Herald:
"You have Queensland developing a new coal-fired power station and expanding its Gladstone port [for coal exports] … I think these things are going to look like Easter Island statues - stranded."

Catholic Online:
Of these moral duties we will speak another time. Let us conclude with a memory from a film. There are two big stories about icebergs in the movies. The one is that of the Titanic, which we know well. … The other is narrated in a Kevin Kostner film of several years back, "Rapa Nui." A legend of Easter Island, which is in the Pacific Ocean, tells of an iceberg that, in reality, is a ship and that passes close to the island every century or so. The king or hero can climb aboard and ride toward the kingdom of immortality.

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