Have you ever wondered if your favorite games actually had a secret message or action? Today, I will discuss if Donkey Kong Country is about the Banana Wars and is it Anti-American, or are you just a gorilla trying to reclaim his food.
Is Donkey Kong Country secretly a piece of anti-American propaganda about the Banana Wars of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Discoveries About This Theory:
Before I go into detail, the Banana Wars must be explained. After the Spanish-American War, the United States gained control of Cuba and Puerto Rico, giving the U.S. military a foothold in the Caribbean that it used to freely police several Caribbean states, such as Mexico, and Haiti. It frequently intervened on behalf of the United Fruit Company who illegally overthrew local businesses in those states to gain virtual domination of the banana trade. That is how the term “Banana Republic” was born.
The theory has it that the Kong Island is actually a Caribbean Island and a military force is stealing the bananas off the island. Quick notice: King K. Rool, the leader of the evil crocodiles, does not even care for bananas, so that would suggest he’s stealing them for some economically strategic reason rather than joyous gluttony, and that is just like the United States — Americans don’t love bananas so much as they love trade monopolies.
Another thing is that the president at the time as Teddy Roosevelt, a man often referred to a king, who had no problem attacking any country that could stop American imperialism, particularly those in the Caribbean. So after the pieces are put together, Roosevelt is King K. Rool.
The final boss is King K. Rool on a pirate ship, which seems weird due to him not being a pirate. What should be known it that the United Fruit Company and the U.S. military had a habit of enforcing their will with fleets of naval vessels. So, the final boss is actually Teddy Roosevelt aboard a US navy frigate. Even some enemies resemble the United States military. Some have helmets, armor, or heavy guns, just like a military would.
A later level reveals that the crocodiles are turning large portions of Donkey Kong Country into desolate oil fields, which references American foreign policy.
Therefore, I can see the thin veil that could make this true, but this theory has not convinced me, but hey maybe it convinces you. I have deeply enjoyed not only doing video game review, but also theories, and I hope that you, the readers will also enjoy. Please email me for any questions or ideas for a future project.