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Is "Planet of the Apes" Anti-bonoboist?

In the Los Angeles Times, Charlotte Allen notes varying ideological complaints about the current Number One movie, including:

Not Natalie Angier’s kind of bonobo

Is ‘Planet of the Apes’ a left-wing apologia or a right-wing screed?

… 3. Defamation of bonobos.

It’s no secret that the bonobo is the favorite primate of the left. That’s because bonobos are non-aggressive, have sex all the time with just about anybody, and have a reputedly matriarchal society. Why can’t we humans be more like bonobos?

But as Susan Block, writing in Counterpunch, notes, the makers of “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” seemed to have gone out of their way to:

“[D]efame the good name ‘bonobo’ by calling the most violent, vicious, murderous, warmongering—not to mention the ugliest and scariest-looking—ape in the film a ‘bonobo.’ ” “Excuse me? This is like calling the Dalai Lama a Nazi or a dolphin a shark. …

“But that’s just what ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ does with the character of ‘Koba,’ the brutal ‘bonobo’ (a CGI based on the motion-capture performance by Toby Kebell) who kills without remorse and bullies the other apes into forming a fighting force that almost destroys the human race with a maniacal grin on his face.”

P.S. In another century far-away, I wrote about the great bonobo controversy.

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