21. Monsters Like Revenge Against the Perpetrators, or, Failing That, on Humanity

Revenge is a tricky thing. When an average man from rural Oklahoma with a past as an assassin commits an act of revenge by pursuing and killing someone responsible for shooting his wife and child in the middle of committing a drug store robbery, Hollywood makes a $400 million blockbuster about it and paints him as a hero.

However, when the disfigured victim of a nuclear meltdown transforms into a giant insect and vows to destroy all of humanity for his misfortune, he’s a monster. Not only is he a monster, but he gets chased, and shot at, and is generally hated by everyone whom he encounters for no more than being a little cranky about his circumstantial misfortune.

And for destroying an elementary school, two bus stops, and a Wendy’s; killing dozens of people; and costing tax payers millions of dollars in law enforcement labor and repairs to the national infrastructure.

But, hey, when Bruce Willis does the exact same thing for his family, what’s the big deal?


Sarah G

What do you get when you cross a horror movie with a pile of books? She’s not always sure, but Sarah G is always there to find the connection. In the process, she has helped found a local nonprofit, started a satirical holiday, ticked off celebrities, and tried to purchase the lunar surface.

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