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Sunday, January 08, 2006

The Ignorance is Spreading

Surprise surprise, a movie theater in Salt Lack City, Utah pulled Brokeback Mountain from its schedule. I wouldn't have expected anything less from the capital of Mormonville, but the rationale represents a broader problem which contributes to the further dumbening (the irony that I'm using a word that doesn't exist) of the American public.
"I just think (pulling the show) tells the young people especially that maybe there is something wrong with this show" - Gayle Ruzicka, president of the conservative Utah Eagle Forum

If you think carefully about this woman's actions, it implies a complete lack of the freedom to choose and form one's own opinion. By denying people access to contrary opinions and points of view, you are essentially brainwashing people. Of course, brainwashing is nothing new to any group trying to preserve tradition (conservatives, religious groups, etc.).

The movie is rated R, so only so many 'young people' are able to see the movie anyway. The fact that they won't even show the movie shows how delicate and feeble the minds of their constituents are. If there's a fear one movie about gay cowboys can topple an entire belief system, then it's clearly not a strong belief system to begin with.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought access to varying points of view in order to form your own conclusion was something that was encouraged and is the foundation of an educated mind. But maybe that's just me being old-school. We typically encourage such practices in other countries where the government controls the media and tells people what to think, yet there is a continuing trend in our own country of doing the complete opposite.

The silver lining, however, is that most people (consciously or subconsciously) believe that Brokeback Mountain is a powerful movie. It's powerful in its message, to the extent that it is even seen as a threat by those who fear its affect on their constituents / followers.


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