Whether you liked or hated Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, you now have to admit that it was good for something. Specifically, members of the Russian Communist Party have called for a nationwide boycott of the film, because it lies about history and aims to undermine Communism. They've objected that the Soviet Union in 1957 was launching satellites instead of "send[ing] terrorists to the States," and are wondering whether "talented directors want to provoke a new Cold War."

First, it's important to note that the Russian Communist Party isn't a tiny cabal of pamphleteering loonies à la the American Communist Party. The Russian Party got 11.6% of the vote in 2007's parliamentary elections (that's about 8 million votes), and its representatives actually hold seats in Parliament; it's the largest opposition party in the country, and the Communist presidential candidate tends to be competitive. Second: HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. An Indiana Jones film is an attempt to provoke a new Cold War? Really? If anything, it's proof -- as if any were needed -- that America doesn't take Communists seriously as adversaries. And if anything else, it's flattering: I seriously doubt that the modern Communist Party has any leaders as brilliant and ambitious as Cate Blanchett's Irina Spalko.
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