If the audacious amount of gory violence and bloody sex in “True Blood” doesn’t do it for you, what about malevolent vampire “Christians?”
Apparently “True Blood” vampires have a sacred text, and HBO writers admitted it’s a slanderous take on the Bible and separation of church and state. A faction of vampires called the “Sanguinistas” functioned as a demeaning allegory for traditional Christians, as they literally interpret the vampire “bible” and believe humans only exist as blood-bags.
Entertainment Weekly reported, “There are, however, fundamentalist vampires who believe in a literal translation of the vampire bible – the Original Testament that predates the Old or New – which says that before God created Adam and Eve, he created Lilith. Like God, Lilith was a vampire, and Adam and Eve, like all humans, were created with the sole purpose of being food.”
The episode also included a vicious take on the Christian sacrament of communion when Roman, Guardian of the vampire Authority, (played by “Law and Order’s” Christopher Meloni) had the vampire chancellors drink his blood from a chalice, chanting Lilith was “The first, the last, and the eternal.” The demonic chant could be seen as a gross mockery of the Christian holy trinity.
“True Blood” producer Alan Ball told The Wrap that Rick Santorum inspired Meloni’s “deranged theocrat” character.
“What’s terrifying is how many people agree with him [Rick Santorum],” Ball said, “Chris Meloni comes in, he is the guardian of the blood. Supposedly they have a vial of blood of the first vampire – like a Catholic icon. The governing body of vampires is like the Catholic church plus the Supreme Court for vampires.”
HBO delights in disparaging conservative political figures in their original series. “Game of Thrones” producers came under fire for beheading former president George W. Bush in the show’s first season finale, and Alan Ball has happily confirmed he believes conservatives and vampires are the same.
Other attacks on religion and Christianity were scattered throughout the episode, as seen when minister-turned-gay vampire Steve Newlin attempted to buy sex-obsessed Jason Stackhouse from his female vampire consort Jessica.
When you’re producing the fifth season of a show notable mainly for bloody pornography, how do you keep viewers interest up? Evil conservatives!
“True Blood’s” new season features a vampire extremist group called “The Sanguinistas,” who derive their name from the Latin word for blood. They believe humans were created by God to be farmed like cattle, and exist only to serve as a vampire’s meal. Alan Ball said his inspiration for the group came from watching the "scary in their own right GOP primaries."
“My first instinct about going into religion and politics was from watching Michele Bachmann, who thinks she has a direct line to God. What would happen if she became president? A lot of right-wingers would like to see a theocracy in America. From there we thought, ‘What would a vampire theocracy be and how would you justify it? What kind of impact would it have on humans?’” Ball told Entertainment Weekly.
This isn’t the first time lefties have slandered the GOP with the word “vampire.” In a political attack ad the Obama campaign referred to Mitt Romney as a vampire. Obviously it backfired.
Of course, if Ball is looking for more believable example of violent parasites, he might try Occupy Wall Street for inspiration.