I sat through a 2 hour lecture and discussion given by Barbara Nicolosi. She was brilliant. On her blog today she gives a well thought out plan from a true Hollywood insider. Sometimes I think as Christians we load our water guns and sprint toward the enemy without much thought as to how our energy could be better spent. I like her idea. Read on…
WHAT ARE YOU DOING MAY 19TH?
May 19th is the date the Da Vinci Code movie opens. A movie based on a book that wears its heresy and blasphemy as a badge of honor.
can we as Christians do in response to the release of this movie? I’m
going to offer you the usual choices — and a new one.
Here are the usual suspects:
A) We can ignore the movie. ……..
problem with this option: The box office is a ballot box. The only
people whose votes are counted are those who buy tickets. And the
ballot box closes on the Sunday of opening weekend. If you stay home,
you have lost your chance to make your vote heard. You have thrown your
vote away, and from Hollywood’s point of view, you don’t count. By
staying home, you do nothing to shape the decision-making process
regarding what movies will make it to the big screen.
B) We can protest. ……..
problem with this option: It doesn’t work. Any publicity is good
publicity. Protests not only fuel the box office, they make all
Christians look like idiots. And again, protests and boycotts do
nothing to help shape the decisions being made right now about what
movies Hollywood will make in the next few years. (Or they convince
Hollywood to make *more* movies that will provoke Christians to
protest, which will drive the box office up.)
C) We can discuss
the movie. We can be rational and be ready with study guides and
workshops and point-by-point refutations of the lies promulgated by the
The problem with this option: No one’s
listening. They think they know what we’re going to say already. We’ll
lose most of these discussions anyway, no matter how prepared we are,
because the power of story always
trumps the power of facts (why do you think Jesus taught in
parables?!). And once again: rational discussion of history does
nothing to affect Hollywood’s choices regarding what movies to make.
But there’s a fourth choice.
On May 19th, you should go to the movies.
Just go to another movie.
the date now. May 19th, or May 20th. No later than Sunday, May 21st —
that’s the day the ballot box closes. You’ll get a vote, the only vote
Hollywood recognizes: The power of cold hard cash laid down on a box
office window on opening weekend.
Use your vote. Don’t throw it away. Vote for a movie other than DVC. If enough people do it, the powers that be will notice. They won’t have a choice.
The major studio movie scheduled for release against DVC is the DreamWorks animated feature Over the Hedge. The trailers look fun, and you can take your kids. And your friends. And their friends. In fact, let’s all go see it.
rock the box office in a way no one expects — without protests,
without boycotts, without arguments, without rancor. Let’s show up at
the box office ballot box and cast our votes. And buy some popcorn, too.
May 19th. Mark your calendars now: Over the Hedge‘s opening weekend. Buy a ticket.
spread the word. Forward this e-mail to all the Christians in your
address book. Post it on your blogs. Talk about it to your churches.
And let’s all go to the movies.
(From the blog: Church of the Masses)