There is a new movie called Creation about Charles Darwin, you know the guy that wrote On the Origin of Species and put forth the Theory of Evolution–the theory that states man evolved from lesser life forms, and apparently it is facing the possibility that it will not be distributed in the United States of America because the subject matter is…
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That’s right, this film, whose distribution rights have been sold to many many countries around the world, including Canada, might not make it to American theaters because its subject matter is too touchy. Really? The theory of evolution is too touchy for American audiences? But a torture porn snuff film (without the sex no less) about the death of Jesus Christ (the Passion) is ok? It just doesn’t make sense to me.
Well, that is not entirely true because, as I have said before, Americans are stupid and intolerant. We like to think of ourselves as open minded, fair people, but most of us aren’t. We want the world to be the way we want it, and damn everything else, especially when religion (Christianity is the only one that is ok, screw the Jews, the Muslims, the Hindus and everyone else) is involved.
And that has to be the reason this biopic would be “too controversial for American audiences.” See, while America is not a Christian nation, there are a lot of Christians there, and they are a fiery, reactionary, hate filled bunch. They are the folks that don’t want Darwin’s theory taught in public schools, who want abstinence only, and only abstinence only, programs to be taught in school (because for some reason they do not see the need to arm America’s children with all knowledge possible concerning safe sex practices), and are convinced that our current president is a Muslim sleeper agent just waiting to crush Christianity in America.
This whole thing pisses me off to no end. America is supposed to be “the melting pot,” a place where ideas and values can converge and coexist. If you don’t believe in Darwin’s theory, fine, don’t see the movie. If you do, and don’t believe in God or Allah or whatever, that is fine too. America is supposed to be the land of the free, but denying a movie about a real life man and his research distribution because it offends your sensibilities is intolerant. There are no two ways about it.
And what does it say about these so called believers that get so worked up about Darwin. Are they really so insecure in their god and their faith that they are going to let one man’s theory (unproven as it may be–and it is unproven, though there is more than enough evidence to suggest that it is 99.9999999% true, which I might add is more than God and the Bible have going for them) challenge and endanger their faith? The answer to that question seems like it should be yes, but it is probably no. The issue, here, I think, is one of control. Religion has always been about the control of information and people, and what better way to do that than by blocking access to information, whether it is a film about Darwin called Creation, or the denial of teaching kids how to properly use condoms and other methods of birth control?
I think this movie will, eventually, see distribution in theaters in America, but it will not be in many mainstream cinemas. It will be relegated to art house and independent cinemas. There is nothing wrong with that. In fact, it will probably make quite a bit of cash in those places.
I lied though, when I said there was nothing wrong with this movie (or any other movie deemed “too controversial for American audiences”) being stuck in smaller venues, and that is simply that not as many people will get to see it while it is in the Cinema (or fewer people will be able to actually watch it at a cinema, the online viewing trade will not be hurt at all), and this means that access will be limited, and if access for one flick can be limited because of its so called controversial nature, then that opens the door for other films to be as well. This might be a slippery slope argument, but it is still worth keeping in mind.