Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver rips Twilight in letter to colleagues

Posted By on Tue, Jul 24, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Rep. Cleaver doesnt care for  human-werewolf-vampire love triangles.
  • Rep. Cleaver doesn't care for human-werewolf-vampire love triangles.
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver is a scary-film fanatic, but he does not care for the Twilight films. In fact, Politico has a highly amusing story of Cleaver writing letters to his colleagues in the House of Representatives urging bipartisanship, and he uses the epically popular franchise to help make his point.

“As my family and congregation are well aware, I am a monster movie maestro. In fact, I am protesting these new Twilightvampire movies,” he wrote. “They are disgusting. After all, everyone knows that real vampires and real werewolves don’t date the same girl. This is a travesty that must be addressed by the horror scholars of this generation, otherwise millions of young kids will grow to adulthood thinking that Twilight movies are as accurate as Bram Stoker’s Dracula.”

From there, Politico reports, Cleaver shifts to Mary Shelly's Frankenstein and makes his ultimate point: Congress has created a horrible creature that “needlessly obstructs the goodwill and statesmanship."

There's a frog cooking metaphor, too.

Cleaver recalls in a letter that he was told as a child in Texas that if you put a frog in cool water and steadily increase the heat, the frog will boil alive because it won't sense the jumps in heat. He concludes: "It is not too late to hop out of the warming water of pathological partisanship, discord and political tribalism.”

Cleaver knows a little something about hot water. Bank of America alleged earlier this year that a car wash owned by Cleaver owes more than $1.46 million on a loan. The Small Business Administration guaranteed $1.1 million of the loan, meaning taxpayers could be left to cover a large part of the loan.

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