Culture wars, ignite! My latest strike in America's ideological battlefield can be read in this week's Village Voice: "Heavenly Features: Moving into the mainstream, the Christian right tells Hollywood to have a little faith." Of course, a lot of ink has already been spilled by news outlets all over the world about the importance of "The Chronicles of Narnia" to the Christian Right, but I wanted to do a couple things that a lot of articles have not: 1) Highlight that this is not a one-time event pegged to Disney's Narnia, but a widespread movement in Hollywood and 2) the odd coincidence that "Brokeback Mountain" -- the Christian Right's worst nightmare -- is opening the same day as "Narnia".
But before you all call me inflammatory and essentialist and accuse me of being an atheistic culture divider, I wanted to provide you with a quote that Damon Romine, GLAAD's Media Director gave me. "I think the important thing to remember is that many gay people are deeply religious and spiritual -- and I'm guessing many, religious or not, grew up reading the 'Chronicles'; I know I did. These movies aren't at odds with each other -- one's a fantasy epic, the other's a classic romance. It would be an extraordinarily crass move for anyone to try and position this as 'Narnia' versus 'Brokeback', because there are going to be plenty of people who will want to see both."
We shall see. What do you think?
RT @RonRosenbaum1: .@antkaufman @errolmorris Smart interview. Here's more re notion of "evil as thoughtlessness" from this talk w/me: http…Posted 10 hours ago
RT @RonRosenbaum1: .@antkaufman @errolmorris Smart interview. Here's more re notion of "evil as thoughtlessness" from this talk w/me: http…Posted 12 hours ago
.@antkaufman @errolmorris Smart interview. Here's more re notion of "evil as thoughtlessness" from this talk w/me: http://t.co/48c6aEECOMPosted 13 hours ago
@antkaufman @errolmorris Haha, you might want to fix the spelling of "ethnical grounding."Posted 18 hours ago