Friday, July 08, 2016

Tarzan Movie

A friend of mine who is a Baptist Pastor and has been coming to our Aquinas study group said that he had just seen the new Tarzan movie.

He said it was a good movie except for the gratuitous anti-Catholicism which made the villain a Catholic who killed people with his rosary.

He said it was obviously intended to appeal to anti-Catholic sentiments in that this element would be insulting to Catholics and unnecessary to the movie.

Could you imagine a movie where the villain is a devout Muslim who kills people with the Koran?

Of course not.

I was going to see this movie. If I had, without this warning, I would have been blindsided by this and had to sit there as a captive, once again, being surprised by yet another example of my faith being used as a "stock villain." I may still see it on Netflicks, but at least I will have been warned.

Are we are at a point where the only "permissible" villains are Nazis, Catholics and fundamentalist Evangelicals?





8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Christians and in particular Catholics are in real trouble. Christians represent approximately one-third of the world's population, by far the largest religious affiliation. With approximately 1.2 billion worldwide, Catholics are the largest single christian denomination in the world, and Catholics are the number one religious affiliation in almost the every country in the Western Hemisphere and much of Europe. Roughly 70% of the U.S. population identifies as Christian, and roughly 21% identifies as Catholic, making Catholicism the single largest religious denomination in the United States.

But then it all falls apart with the horror of the new Tarzan movie and the obvious conclusion implied that "the only "permissible" villains are Nazis, Catholics and fundamentalist Evangelicals."

The persecution must be unbearable. I can see why you act out with posts on your blog.

By the way, you forgot the Irish, the Italians, African Americans, Southern Baptists, CIA management, Progressives, Conservatives, the Royal Family of Great Britain, Jews, the Bush family, the Clinton family, millennials, southern peckerwoods, CA liberals, Texas gun nuts, BLM protestors, local cops, the FBI, HRC and her husband, Jim Comey, Republican congressional investigative committees, Nancy Pelosi and her security driver in St. Helena, the political elite, and those we truly love: the under-educated.

Oh, you also forgot rustlers, cut throats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswogglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, axx-kickers, sxit-kickers and Methodists.

I could go on. But you sound ridiculous enough already.

Anonymous said...

"Could you imagine a movie where the villain is a devout Muslim who kills people with the Koran?"

I'm not sure I need to imagine.

But let me give it a shot after searching the Internet for, oh, about 60 seconds and coming up with some examples (there are many others) of Muslim villains spread out over the last several decades. The two most recent examples are rather telling for supposedly liberal (and Catholic-hating?) Hollywood:

The Delta Force (1986)
Back to the Future... kinda.
Iron Eagle (1986)
Rules of Engagement (2000)
Syriana (2005)
300 – (2006) - Persians (not Muslims yet) as homosexual monsters, literally
Zero Dark Thirty (2012) – nominated for 5 Oscars
American Sniper (2014) – nominated for 6 Oscars

It must be your "unrepentant neo-Conservative, Catholic, pro-Western Civilization bias" blinding you to popular culture.

Anonymous said...

"If so, what does that have to say about Mary Eberstadt's thesis about the shift in culture against Christianity?"

I think it says "nobody likes a whiner playing the victim card." With your unrepentant neo-Conservative bias, you should know all about the whinny victim card. Such a bias leads to identification of listless whiny victims on a regular basis.

Lauran said...

Frankly, your anti-Catholic verbal flatulence is dull, Anonymous, but curiously you by-passed a previous post that was, in part, a response to one of your earlier comments.

Now why would you do that, I wonder???

For your convenience, I’ve posted the link below and look forward to your response. Have a Nice Day.

Saturday, June 18
"The Fever-swamp has..."

Anonymous said...

Lauran,
There is nothing "anti-Catholic" about my posts. Mr. Bradley's post and references to a Tarzan movie reflecting some sort of widespread anti-Catholic and pro-Muslim perspectives in our society are factually and logically wrong. As I said above, nobody likes whiners (neo-Cons in particular like to identify whiners). This post by Mr. Bradley and your response to my comments are the same background whining we now hear from conservative christians every day. We are being persecuted by everyone. No, you are not.

We shouldn't love our country, our religious institutions, or our political parties like a 4 year old loves his mommy. "She's perfect, and I hate you if you don't think so." We should love all of these things as an adult loves his or her spouse. "I accept you and will help you to better yourself, just as you will help me to do the same."

The United States and the Catholic Church and the GOP are not "mommys" to be loved unconditionally. They are partners to be continuously nurtured and criticized and improved. Unquestioning veneration will lead to tyranny. You can wrap yourself in a blanket of whining, or you can engage with these institutions and work to make them better. After all, its a free country.

Anonymous said...

Lauran,
By the way, I'm not sure what you think I didn't reposed to in the comments section of the June 18th post. In response to your condescending comment regarding homosexuals on June 18th, I replied appropriately with two quotes from the current head of the Catholic Church as follows:

"I believe that the church not only should apologize to the person who is gay whom it has offended," he added, "but has to apologize to the poor, to exploited women, to children exploited for labor; it has to ask forgiveness for having blessed many weapons."

"But these are things that have nothing to do with the problem. The problem is a person that has a condition, that has good will and who seeks God, who are we to judge? And we must accompany them well."

Lauran said...

You most certainly are anti-Catholic AND anti-Christian, Anonymous--you're deceiving only yourself in thinking otherwise.Any perceived condescension of mine is, in fact, simply a slam on your genuine condescension on all that isn't progressive. You think your contempt is concealed--think again.

Whatever the Pope's statement (and don't bother pretending to respect him either simply because you happen to agree with his latest comment), his intent certainly isn't to either let homosexuals off the hook for their lifestyle or promote homosexuality. Clearly, you're not familiar with the Pope's views on homosexuality and the family.

In fact, no, you haven't responded to Peter's post that appeared after your whining post. I'm still waiting for that--actually, not really. And spare everyone the pretentious "Mr. Bradley," salutation especially since your sarcastic posts are hardly respectful toward him or his blog.

Lauran said...

"Christians represent approximately one-third of the world's population, by far the largest religious affiliation. With approximately 1.2 billion worldwide, Catholics are the largest single christian denomination in the world, and Catholics are the number one religious affiliation in almost the every country in the Western Hemisphere and much of Europe. Roughly 70% of the U.S. population identifies as Christian, and roughly 21% identifies as Catholic, making Catholicism the single largest religious denomination in the United States."

Talk about a laughable cut and paste--and I presume you researched all of these "statistics" before posting them.

 
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