Have you all heard about the boycott of Tropic Thunder? Let me preempt this by saying I don’t agree with their usage of “retard” and can empathize with parents that have children of disabilities. That being said, I don’t see how a boycott HELPS the situation in the slightest. In fact, it draws more and more interest. The radio station was talking about it this morning and all it does is make people want to see the movie MORE, kwim?
For example, when the Golden Compass hit the movie theatre there was a huge religious uproar about the movie “killing God”. I was so intrigued by all the bad press, I purposely went out and bought the book..and you know what? It was absolutely amazing. The book was fabulous, all the books in that series were. They brought religious overtones, definitely, but the entire outrage of it was completely taken out of context and if I had listened, I would have missed a book worthy of talking about and recommending. Or Harry Potter. How many said that it was ‘witchcraft’ and ‘insciting sinful activities’…oh, COME ON.
What I don’t like is that boycotting something seems to insult my intelligence as a human being. As if I cant see it least it turns me into a racist, sexist, bad mouthing pig that will now forever use slander and insults as my form of communication. When in fact, it brings a good discussion around for me to talk to those around me what my own convictions are and why I do, or do not, agree with what is being shown to me.
If I boycott every item that I shouldn’t be exposed to or my family shouldn’t be exposed to, I might as well skip museums, history, art, and culture altogether, much less open a bible at all.
While I am not saying that I dont agree with the whole concept of the reasoning behind a boycott…just remember, you can see something and still keep in line with your own morals.