Maybe I’m maudlin, maybe just old-fashioned, but I kind of like my entertainment to be, well, entertaining.
Not that books, or movies or even television shows can’t wrap a message into their medium; it’s actually a clever way to win believers to whatever cause you champion.
But when you want to make specious claims about world events, or denigrate a segment of society, or just plain lie about the state of things while seeking to make change, I tend to be less entertained and more than a little annoyed.
And in some cases, where you destroy a beloved story for the sake of some point or a believed miscarriage of social justice, you’ve done more than alienate an audience — you’ve done gone and lost traction for your movement.
Take the recent “Fantastic Four” reboot, for example.
I grew up reading the comic books, and I even at one time wanted to be Ben Grimm — made of stone and fighting crime, saving the world from bad guys both homemade and off-world.
Mostly, I just wanted to yell “It’s clobberin’ time!”
It was a fantastical set of circumstances that fired the imagination of children for a lot of years. However, this latest attempt to bring this story to the big screen was nothing more than an effects-laden diatribe about global warming and mankind “destroying the earth” or some such nonsense.
Mind you, there’s not a shred of evidence to support a claim regarding this destroying the earth myth, but it’s presented in such a way as to leave no doubt that it’s happening.
Kind of like the whole global warming nonsense.
The other day, I was watching one of the television shows I like — “Once Upon A Time” — because it was one that I watched with my children. Or, at least, I used to watch it with my children.
For some inexplicable reason, the stories that spawned generations of thrills for children who couldn’t wait to see the next Disney movie were altered in a way that not only veered far away from the source material, but injected a story line of homosexuality and acceptance into what I always considered a family program.
It bothered me enough to write to Disney, which to date has yet to respond.
The Big Bad Wolf, which in the mythos of the show is also Little Red Riding Hood, was in some way paired with Dorothy from the “Wizard of Oz” against some bad guy. Through the labyrinth of the story line, Dorothy is hit with a sleeping curse, the kind that only can be broken by true love’s kiss. You can see how this turned out.
This show even has Mulan carrying a torch of unrequited love for Sleeping Beauty.
Another show I like, “Supernatural,” has God being portrayed as an obsequious, bisexual nerd who was just knocked out by his sister, after he apologized to Lucifer for treating him so badly. Sort of a goofy sitcom father who makes mistakes all the time and blithely soldiers on amid a laughtrack.
The ill treatment of Christianity portrayed in movies, TV and books is the other side of the coin of promoting homosexuality, and that’s where I fall off.
The producers of the show want to reflect the world as it is now, but in doing so, erases the story as the writer intended and replaced it with the producers’ ideas. I’d rather they create their own masterpieces of allegorical fiction than to destroy the ones I grew up with, and especially the Bible.
Don’t like Christianity? Then play up the benefits of whatever you prefer. There’s no need to disparage the history and beliefs of Christians worldwide. Same thing with homosexuality. If it’s truly something that requires acceptance, then create a mythos that honors that.
Promoting change and acceptance is best done without destruction or lies.