Now that The Walking Dead has gotten so popular, we have zombie 5K runs, zombie pub crawls and much more. Sounds like a lot of fun, right? Not for some people, but there is always going to be a party pooper. According to columnist Manny Alvarez from Fox News, "America's obsession with The Walking Dead is hurting our society."
In Alvarez's column on Fox News, he describes in detail how the fascination with zombies is detrimental to society:
Is watching “The Walking Dead” seriously hurting American society?
I would argue ‘Yes.’ Hate me all you want, or call me paranoid and misinformed, but there is one common theme that is pervasive in American pop culture today: violence. Even more specifically, zombie violence. The idea of a zombie-infested world inspires fantasies of monsters possessed by an uncontrollable rage to kill, and viewers get a thrill imagining what it would be like to participate in this new world order.
Alvarez also says that considering the current state of our government, we're all ridiculous for enjoying The Walking Dead and participating in zombie-related activities.
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.
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.
Wake up and smell the coffee. Stop obsessing over eating brains, and focus on cultivating your own.
Ouch. It's hard to see how The Walking Dead is different from any other form of entertainment, but Alvarez is primarily concerned about zombie-related entertainment for whatever reason. Apparently he wasn't much of a fan of this tutorial from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how to survive a zombie apocalypse, either.
And here's what Daryl Dixon (played by Norman Reedus) thinks about Alvarez:
Hopefully no one tells Alvarez about True Blood--that might be too much for him to handle with vampires, fairies, werewolves and more. At any rate, it's probably safe to say that Alvarez will get a bunch of people dressed up in zombie costumes knocking on his door this Halloween.