We all have our own interpretations of the movies we watch. But if you’re planning on adding weird meanings to John Carpenter’s films, you may want to think twice about that.
The late “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, star of They Live, once tweeted that the 1988 sci-fi film was a documentary. He was, of course, not being completely serious, but in a way, he meant what he was saying. With the film, John Carpenter brilliantly fired a shot at the media and the way it brainwashes us to buy, consume, and breed, and it’s perhaps more relevant today than ever.
But recently, there have been a handful of vastly different interpretations of They Live here on the internet. Back in 2014, YouTuber/self-proclaimed “info warrior” Libertas Bell posted a video declaring that with They Live, Carpenter was actually firing a shot at Zionists, in an attempt to expose “Jewish Hollywood.” It appears that Carpenter only recently caught wind of the video, because a tweet he posted last night seems to be directed squarely at this interpretation.
Carpenter (@TheHorrorMaster) tweeted:
THEY LIVE is about yuppies and unrestrained capitalism. It has nothing to do with Jewish control of the world, which is slander and a lie.
He subsequently re-tweeted this tweet from @BarryFreedNYC:
Amazing and appalling that this statement has become necessary. We’re all out of bubble gum you fucking Nazis.
You can watch the analysis below, which I believe to be the one Carpenter is referencing.
Stop pissing John Carpenter off, you jerks.