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Are Lost ‘Mr. Rogers’ a Shot at Trump?

 
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 6:21 pm    Post subject: Are Lost ‘Mr. Rogers’ a Shot at Trump? Reply with quote

Lost ‘Mr. Rogers’ Episodes Mysteriously Resurface — And Might Be a Message to Trump
After Trump called for axing PBS to build up the military, Cold War-era episodes about exactly that went live on YouTube. Who found them?
BY Ben Collins

Thirty-four years ago, on five consecutive episodes of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, two feuding sects representing Russia and the United States began stockpiling parts for bombs—at one point stripping the neighborhood’s arts funding to bankroll the build-up.

This might sound like some particularly dark, on-the-nose fan fiction about a Mister Rogers episode written in 2017, but these episodes really did air in November of 1983—and only then. The episodes were pulled from syndication and future releases. While production stills reappeared over the years, and a poor-quality, five-minute clip wound up on YouTube recently, the individual episodes themselves were never surfaced again.

That was until this week. Two of them were anonymously posted to YouTube on Monday.

Now, the question isn’t, “Where are the tapes?” The question is, “Who did this?”

Or maybe more importantly, “Why now?”

Two weeks ago, Donald Trump released a budget that would entirely eliminate federal funding from public broadcasting. The budget also calls for $54 billion in military spending.

Just four days later, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’s conflict series, lost for 33 years and focused primarily on the dangers of stripping public funding of art and education to stockpile arms, suddenly appeared without notice on Youtube.

Longtime Mister Rogers fans knew of the lost episodes for decades, but modern viewers have likely never heard of them, let alone seen them.

“It’s surreal, honestly,” said Jorge Flores.

Flores runs a YouTube channel called BlameItOnJorge that mostly deals with lost media and conspiracies. He told his followers on Twitter he was working on an update of some of the spookiest lost media that were still unsolved. Then he got a tweet from a fan.

“First two Mr Rogers Conflict parts were found,” the tweet reads.

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At the very end of the last episode of Mister Rogers’ conflict series, King Friday takes all of the bomb parts and turn them into a record player for the school.

The episode then ends with a title card that shows a Bible verse.

“And they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
And their spears into pruning forks;
Nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
Neither shall they learn war any more."

Read the whole article at: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/03/25/two-lost-mr-rogers-episodes-mysteriously-resurface-and-might-be-a-message-to-trump.html?via=newsletter&source=Weekend
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 10:00 pm    Post subject: Mr. Rogers' lost episodes Reply with quote

Fascinating!!

As to "Neither shall they learn war any more", I thought the quote was "Study war no more" - at least I saw at least a couple of books with that title. confused
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