Censorship and complaining about offensive material has gone so far passed acceptable recently that this week’s news out of CNN that U.S. religious groups are upset at the new release of Dimension Films’ Black Christmas, a remake of the cult hit from 1974 about a group of female students being terrorized by a killer during Christmas. The film is set to hit theaters on December 25 and some people are raising a fuss calling the timing of the release “tasteless and offensive.”
GIMME A BREAK!!!!
Mathew Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, an organization dedicated to upholding religious freedom and traditional family values told CNN, “To have a movie that emphasizes murder and mayhem at Christmas, a time of celebration and joy around the world seems to be ill founded.”
Brad Brevet of RopeofSilicon said, “Get a life Matt. It’s a movie.”
Jennifer Giroux, who co-founded Operation Just Say Merry Christmas as a way to reclaim the season for Christians, said it was abominable to release this film on Christmas Day. “The use of religious music — ‘Silent Night’ — and the nativity set on the front porch in one scene are insensitive to Christians,” Giroux said after watching the trailer online.
Brad Brevet of RopeofSilicon said, “Get a life Jennifer. It’s a movie.”
Luckily Jen continues her tyraid, “It’s not enough to ignore and omit Christmas, but now it has to be offended, insulted and desecrated. Our most sacred holiday, actually a holy day, is being assaulted.”
Who is ignoring Christmas?!?!? The only thing offensive or insulting is her ability to believe that everyone should think and live their lives the way she does, combined with her inability to understand that movies are for entertainment and an escape from real life. Recently I wrote an article about Happy Feet and one Christian reviewer’s opinion that the movie slammed Christians. What is this mightier than thou opinion some of these religious fanatics tend to hold over everyone and why is it that if they deem something as offensive they believe everyone else should step in line? Of course this is a select few, but they are the vocal few and they are the ones that can’t seem to just let things be. I hope they realize that their complaining does nothing but bring more attention to the movie than it would have gotten had they kept their mouths shut.
Thankfully Dimension Films isn’t listening to the hullabaloo and released a statement saying, “There is a long tradition of releasing horror movies during the holiday season as counter-programming to the more regular yuletide fare. Black Christmas is a remake of a classic 1974 horror movie with a big cult following.”
Long live the violent movies… Gimmee more of them and if you can let’s kill Santa in every single one. One Santa death per horror movie should suffice.