11/15/2004: Thought for the Day:
My hat's off to the religious right for drumming up attention for a film that might otherwise have gone unnoticed. Kudos.
Religious conservatives and family-values groups are planning to wage a battle against Fox Searchlight's "Kinsey", about the pioneering sex researcher, when the movie opens in limited release on Friday. In a statement on Wednesday, Robert Knight of Concerned Women for America charged that the movie "lionized" a man whose "proper place is with Nazi Dr. Josef Mengele or your average Hollywood horror flick mad scientist." Knight went on to assert that Kinsey "was the godfather of the homosexual activist movement, the campaign to mainstream pornography, and even the campaign to strike down abortion laws." The youth group Generation Life, composed of "virgins and renewed virgins," announced that it would picket theaters showing the film. And the conservative WorldNetDaily.com has taken aim at the movie in the current issue of its monthly magazine Whistleblower, in which it charges that Kinsey transformed America "in five decades from the Leave It to Beaver innocence of the 1950s to today's wanton, 'anything-goes' sexual anarchy.""Renewed virgins?" Did they have surgery? Drink some of that Paul Newman Lemonade? How many do-overs do you get?
WND can take their "Leave It to Beaver" innocence and shove it up their tight asses. I laugh a bitter laugh every time someone references the "good old days," when the darkies knew their place and no one said boo if you gave the little woman a light thumping if she left the roast in too long.
If Luther Campbell were dead, he'd be rolling over in his grave from spasmodic laughing fits. These people just don't get it: every picket sign that shows up on the evening news, every corpulent white man with a community college divinity degree who gets interviewed on Access Hollywood, and every unfortunate child trotted out in a sandwich board by his "sex for procreation only" parents is one more ticket sold for this movie. The marketing division at Fox Searchlight will be feasting on lobster and Cristal tonight, because you just saved them $5 million in advertising.
--Pete Vonder Haar
Len on 11.15.04 @ 06:54 AM CST