Christian boycotts prove ineffectual to The Golden Compass
Posted by That Other Mike on 10/12/2007
The Golden Compass, the film adapted from the first part of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, has had a relatively strong opening weekend in the US, pulling in $26.1m and $55m elsewhere.
I have to admit to a certain amount of malicious glee on hearing this; WordPress and the rest of the Intertubes has been all abuzz with Christian fundamentalists not only shrieking but thrashing and wailing about the film’s supposed agenda of converting young chilluns to Atheism. Cries for a boycott have been echoing all over the place, many sites promising to kill The Golden Compass as surely as Pullman kills God in The Amber Spyglass.
My glee comes from seeing a group which is generally so puffed up about its own importance being taken down a peg or two; it never ceases to amaze me just how much weight is given to the viewpoints of evangelical fundamentalists, both in the media and by the churches themselves. Of course, it’s impossible to tell what came first – the media’s belief in evangelical power or the evangelicals’; they feed on each other, each inflating the other.
Anyway, the short version seems to be that the American public, which is overwhelmingly centrist and moderate, acted sensibly and without listening to the evangelical fundamentalists, which can only be a good thing; extremist groups with political agendas arranged around the reorganisation or even destruction of the middle of the road way of life so characteristic to the modern West are a Bad Thing™
(H/T to The Great Realization)