The senior managing editor for Health News at the Fox News Channel warned on Thursday that AMC's hit Zombie television series The Walking Dead was not only "hurting American society," it was inspiring viewers to "participate in this new world order."
"Hate me all you want, or call me paranoid and misinformed, but there is one common theme that is pervasive in American pop culture today: violence," Dr. Manny Alvarez wrote in a column on the Fox News website. "Even more specifically, zombie violence. The idea of a zombie-infested world inspires fantasies of monsters possessed by an uncontrollable rage to kill, and viewers get a thrill imagining what it would be like to participate in this new world order."
"Even scientists at the National Institutes of Health have spent time creating an apocalyptic how-to guide on dealing with a zombie outbreak," he continued. "Give me a break. As a doctor and scientist, I know one thing for sure: When you’re dead, you’re dead."
"With this country heading towards a socialized system of government, in which officials don’t want you to think or focus on what is important for your own personal growth, I’m sure they’re more than happy to let you obsess over something as stupid as zombies."
And Alvarez cautioned that those who failed to heed his advice could "ultimately become the zombie."
"Wake up and smell the coffee," he concluded. "Stop obsessing over eating brains, and focus on cultivating your own."
Watch this trailer from season 4 of AMC's The Walking Dead.