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March 16, 2004

"Passion" Controversy About to Fade?

So much has been made about the movie "The Passion of Christ," in recent months, it is hard to imagine another film causing such a stir, or getting people so worked up. However, I may have found one. "Latter Days" is about a Mormon missionary who falls in love........with another dude. Think this will fly under the Mormon radar? Doubtful. Sit back and watch the fireworks erupt.

Posted by Woundwort at March 16, 2004 11:05 AM | TrackBack
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I'm sure it will be (or has been) a big "to do" in Utah and other Mormon communities, but I would bet it won't get the same airplay in the mainstream media. Mostly because I doubt there are many Mormons in power positions in the mainstream media. With "Passion", the ire of both Catholics and Jews were raised - hence the huge media involvement.

Posted by: MojoMark at March 16, 2004 12:37 PM

Nope, this hasn't flown under the Mormon radar. It was already reported about in the papers in Utah about a month ago because the "art-house theatre" in Salt Lake that was scheduled to show it decided not to. The reason given was that the film was basically crap, i.e., bad acting, bad script, bad directing, etc., and they didn't want to sully their reputation by showing something so awful. Of course, the producers screamed "censorship" because they saw some nefarious plot behind the cancellation. I tend to think that the movie was just plain bad since in Utah, censorship/conspiracy/oppression (pick one or all) is what the anti-LDS church crowd screams whenever something doesn't go their way. "What the Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender Pride Day parade was cancelled due to rain? Censorship! Oppression! The LDS Church thru it's toadies in the Utah state guv-mint caused this! Conspiracy!"

Posted by: El-ahrairah at March 16, 2004 12:38 PM

I am a Mormon, and another friend, also a Mormon saw the film in LA, and said it basically wasnt a very well done film. However, since the director is gay, I betcha he and his supporters will be hollering about "oppression" and "censorship", when the basic reason is that t he film is just not well made.

Posted by: ronin at March 16, 2004 04:43 PM

Political propaganda and fine storytelling are often mutually exclusive.

Posted by: Captain Holly at March 17, 2004 09:33 AM

What is odd is that anyone would think this type of movie could even recoup its budget. Talk about a very limited target audience.

As for censorship, people in this country have the right to say anything they want. Just as other people in this country have the right not to use their business to promote it. I love it when a controversial band or rapper gripes about getting dropped from a label or a label not wanting to release something dreadful. They cry foul but the thing is, no one is stopping them from fronting their own money to promote it.

Posted by: Renee at April 12, 2004 10:55 PM
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