Black Christmas Offends Religious Groups

Hey, there’s nothing like a little controversy to drum up publicity for an underpromoted movie. Religious groups are up in arms with the impending release of Black Christmas, a remake of Bob Clark’s 1974 slasher classic, calling the timing of the release “tasteless and offensive” (I call it good marketing). Unfortunately, if they would just keep their mouths shut, I have a feeling that this movie would go away pretty quickly. It’s going to have its hands full competing with all the holiday blockbusters like Rocky Balboa, Charlotte’s Web and Night at the Museum.

Still, when you’re upset about something, I guess you can’t keep quiet. Mathew Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, says that “To have a movie that emphasizes murder and mayhem at Christmas, a time of celebration and joy around the world seems to be ill founded”. I think that’s the point of the movie though, isn’t it? I’m sure a lot of people are sick of the joy and merriment and jingling of bells by the time Christmas rolls around. Jennifer Giroux, co-founder of Operation Just Say Merry Christmas, on the other hand believes that the movie is not only ill founded, but offensive to Christians: “The use of religious music… and the nativity set on the front porch in one scene are insensitive to Christians… Our most sacred holiday, actually a holy day, is being assaulted.” Well, too bad, you can’t have it both ways. If you want to push your religious holiday on everyone, then it becomes a part of the cultural landscape, which makes it a valid backdrop for a horror movie in my opinion. I mean, I’m sure this won’t stop the movie from being released, but does anyone else think the complaints are ridiculous?

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  • Zedd

    These people can’t be reasoned with, sadly. They seem to have no concept of anything beyond their own self-serving interest. This plays out identically in nearly every social cause these religious conservatives take up, from the repressive (gay rights) to the petty (say ‘merry christmas’ NOT ‘happy holidays’). These people don’t want to be socially or culturally inclusive to anyone who does not adhere to their restrictive INTERPRETATIONS of their religion and anyone who even borders on sacrilege they cry foul. I have some friends and family who come close to falling into this category and it’s a bit depressing.

  • Henrik

    Religion is bullshit. Eat shit, believers!

  • Ridiculous indeed. Almost as bad as taking a Christmas tree out of the law courts. Almost.