The perils of the movies

In China, the spectres of hutongs raise their heads:
Many Chinese, however, see a cautionary tale about a form of social and economic injustice all too common across their country. To many Chinese bloggers, Avatar is a fable about unscrupulous Chinese officials forcefully evicting residents in the name of local development. [...]

Dripping with sarcasm, bloggers' reaction to Avatar as a metaphor for average Chinese woes is unmistakable: "The humans actually failed to successfully evict and demolish [the aliens]? Truly embarrassing. Why didn't they send China's chengguan there sooner?" And "China's demolition crews must go sue old [James] Cameron, sue him for piracy/copyright infringement!"

Of course, Brad had a few things to say about the hutongs a little while back...