The Zack and Miri Backlash…

Hi all…

First of all, I have to say there really isn’t much coming out this (October 31) weekend that I’m excited about seeing. I’ve never been a huge horror movie fan, and Zack and Miri Make a Porno doesnt’ do much for me (though will probably be added to my rent queue).

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However, speaking of Zack and Miri Make a Porno (how many times can I say the title in this post?)… I’m amused by all the people amazed at the backlash about the title and subject matter. Am I offended by the title? No. By the subject? Not really. But evidently there are folks around the country banning this movie in various ways — by preventing posters from going up with the word “porno” or even going so far as flat refusing to play the movie. Censorship is alive and well in the United States. And though the government may not officially allow censorship, individuals, communities, organizations, and companies all certainly have the right to do what they want.

Yes, it’s we live in a country where you have the right to express yourself. That doesn’t mean that anybody wants to hear, read, or see it. And you can’t force it on anybody, so I think this level of censorship is natural. I don’t necessarily agree with it, but I can see where they’re coming from.

I just find it amusing at all the people shocked and amazed that people would have the stones to just say “no” to this film. Just because it’s created for public consumption doesn’t mean that everybody in the public wants to see it. 🙂

Anybody have an opinion? (You know you do!) Share it in the comments. I’d love to hear from you!

–Fitz

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Comments

  1. I had no desire to see this movie UNTIL all the hype. I can’t believe some theaters pulled it. The woosbags. Now I have to watch it just out of principle.

  2. @Petra – I totally agree about having no desire to see it until everybody started talking about it. I guess that’s what marketing is all about – even negative press has the ability to get people interested. 🙂

  3. Oddly, even the “controversy” doesn’t really make the film look all that interesting to me. I’m always amused at people who don’t like a particular book/movie/etc — instead of just voting with their wallet, they try to publicly decry the item.

    Some people will listen to that and like sheep go along for the ride and veto it on the same principles. Others, will instead figure that they are protecting first amendment rights and flock to it — even if the subject matter isn’t really something they would have normally been into.

    For me, I usually save being overly concerned about something when it is preaching ignorance and hate. But for something like the subject matter like this film … bah, why bother….

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