2018-04-20 09:40:05 UTC
recruited into 'Sparrow School'. Set during the Cold War, the spies are
groomed for 'sexpionage' or as JLaw's character exclaims: "You sent me
to whore school!"
The movie is based on a book by CIA veteran Jason Matthews.
The real story, however, is the appropriation of history and symbology
to weave the plot.
To someone like me who has an appreciation for his ancestors it's plain
to see where this 'cultural appropriation' is coming from.
Let's start with the author's name to begin with. Jason, if that's his
real name, is an allusion to microwave as in "J=RAY" as explained in the
Then, there's the last name, Matthews. That's obviously a reference to
St Matthew as depicted in the St Olga memorial in Kiev, who's seen
holding onto the shepherd's crook or the inverted "J".
Finally, we come to the title of the book: "Red Sparrow." As you can
see from the memorial, in the center is St. Olga. The Sparrow reference
is an allusion to the following incident:
"...Princess Olga was the wife of Igor of Kiev, who was killed by the
Drevlians. At the time of her husband's death, their son Svyatoslav was
three years old, making Olga the official ruler of Kievan Rus' until he
reached adulthood. The Drevlians wanted Olga to marry their Prince Mal,
making him the ruler of Kievan Rus', but Olga was determined to remain
in power and preserve it for her son.
The Drevlians sent twenty of their best men to persuade Olga to marry
their Prince Mal and give up her rule of Kievan Rus'. She had them
buried alive. Then she sent word to Prince Mal that she accepted the
proposal, but required their most distinguished men to accompany her on
the journey in order for her people to accept the offer of marriage. The
Drevlians sent the best men who governed their land. Upon their arrival,
she offered them a warm welcome and an invitation to clean up after
their long journey in a bathhouse. After they entered, she locked the
doors and set fire to the building, burning them alive.
With the best and wisest men out of the way, she planned to destroy the
remaining Drevlians. She invited them to a funeral feast so she could
mourn over her husband's grave. Her servants waited on them, and after
the Drevlians were drunk, Olga's soldiers killed over 5,000 of them. She
then placed the city under siege. She asked for three pigeons and three
sparrows from each house; she claimed she did not want to burden the
villagers any further after the siege. They were happy to comply with
'Now Olga gave to each soldier in her army a pigeon or a sparrow,
and ordered them to attach by thread to each bird a piece of sulfur
bound with small pieces of cloth. When night fell, Olga bade her
soldiers release the pigeons and the sparrows. So the birds flew to
their nests, the pigeons to the cotes, and the sparrows under the
eaves. The dove-cotes, the coops, the porches, and the haymows were
set on fire. There was not a house that was not consumed, and it
was impossible to extinguish the flames because all the houses
caught on fire at once. The people fled from the city, and Olga
ordered her soldiers to catch them. Thus she took the city and
burned it, and captured the elders of the city. Some of the other
captives she killed, while some she gave as slaves to her
followers. The remnant she left to pay tribute.' " 
In essence she used the pigeons & sparrows to fire bombed the people who
killed her husband. What a skillful and masterfully executed act of
revenge. Thus the title, "Red Sparrow."
As I sit here typing this missive, the forces of EVIL are blasting my
head with a mindbending assault of microwave. My apt is a portable
torture chamber, no need for castle dungeons in this day in age. Do I
seek respite from this most cruel of all fates? You better believe!
Pray for us St. Olga, you know best what needs to be done.