The Ridiculous Orphan Controversy
We’re getting closer to a point in life where pretty soon we won’t be able to say anything to anyone without running the risk of offending them. Every movie will have to be about cupcakes and strawberries except, even then, you’ll find some whacked-out percentage of the population who harbor deep-seated fears for confectionery treats and garden fruits. Am I exaggerating? I don’t believe so, but read on for the absurd controversy surrounding the Warner Bros. horror flick Orphan.
THR caught wind that adoption communities around the country are standing firm against Orphan, worried that the film will provoke real-life resentment toward real-life orphans.
"We are concerned that in addition to its intended entertainment value, this film will have the unintended effect of skewing public opinion against children awaiting families both in the United States and abroad," said a letter to Meyer from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. And what’s worse, Warner Bros. is considering the addition of a pro-adoption message at the end of the film when it hits DVD. Seriously?
Have we in this country lost our fucking minds!? When we pander to groups like this, it only pours fuel on other fires. And what’s next? How long until the powers-that-be decide that this genre in general is "offensive"? Maybe I’m getting ahead of myself, but it’s a sorry state of affairs when people can’t accept entertainment as precisely that.
Look for Orphan in theatres, July 24th.
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