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November 15, 2005


Hmmm . . . and I thought that line in "Ray" about "laying pipe" was a sexual reference . . . not enough tin-foil in my hat, I guess.

Seriously, what purpose does a boycott serve here? Doesn't it need to be publically visible and linked with individual actions to be effective? I know my decisions are meaningful to me to not buy at McDonald's (Republican donor), or buy Hewlett Packard (job outsourcing), but those are personal consolations, and have no effect at all on those companies, absent some communication to them that they are losing minuscle revenue because of their corporate actions. I would be happy to join others in making a movement out of this, but, realistically, I know I'm not going to be the organizer.

I'm not calling for a boycott. I'm just troubled by some of the activities of the person whose company is producing this film. I wanted to mention those activities because I don't think the media will. We're probably going to hear endless hype about how this movie is to help kids, this is an example of "moral values", and all the rest. People should at least know what kind of political or religious activitities they might inadvertently end up funding if they see this film.

I have a lurking suspicion that the movie is going to butcher the book in a pander to fundies.

When I read the Narnia books as a kid, the Christian allegory went right past me, even though they were suggested by a Sunday school teacher. I just thought they were cool stories. It would be a shame, though hardly a surprise, if the magic gets beaten to death by blatant prosyletizing.

-- Rick

Those books meant a lot to me -- so I am NOT going to see the movie.

James -- I think you are right to fear what a winger may have done here, but I think we always have to hope that unexpected better influences get through, even inadvertantly. And I am pleased to be able to say that in the Episopal Church there is actually a national program, already started, that seems to aim to reflect on the work of CS Lewis, jumping off from the fact of the movie, but aiming to move beyond from many bits of his oeuvre that are racist and homophobic, toward those that lead in more inclusive directions. It is a gentle nudge, but at least someone thought mainline Christians needed their own interpretive materials.

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