Add to the steady Fox & Friends parade of Christians, who are being persecuted by the slings and arrows of outrageous (popular Fox word) secularism, Christian filmmakers whose Christian film has been given an R rating by the Motion Picture Association of America. On this morning's Fox & Friends, Jesus BFF's Steve Doocy and Brain Brian Kilmeade (Per Colbert, the Doocemeade) hosted the Christian director of "My Son," a Christian movie made by the congregation, praise Jesus, of a Texas Baptist Church. The film, Jesus wept, got an R rating because of some violence and drug use and, as such, those connected to the effort are, according to Todd Starnes article which "broke" this shocking expose, shocked! So, where better to bring your vintage Christian whine about how this reflects an anti-Christian agenda than Fox & Friends. Not only will Fox get to advance its evil Hollywood meme, but the filmmakers will get lots of free publicity. Jesus applauds!
Fox immediately framed the agitprop with their patented "Fight For Faith" graphic and pounding music. Some movie video was shown. The chyron set the persecuted Christian message: "Critic Controversy, Film Given R Rating For Faith Message?" (Oh, yes Hollywood hates Christians, right!) Steve Doocy seemed mighty pissed when he reported that the film was given an R [he exaggerated the letter] rating and "now the church behind it is speaking up and saying that it was given that R because of the movie's faith message."
The movie's director, Jarod O'Flaherty whined that the film's content is "much less graphic" than many PG 13 movies. The chyron reinforced the propaganda as Fox fact: "Faith Under Fire, Film's Underlying Faith Reason to Blame." He speculated that "the message of faith" played a role in the rating. Doocy's question was just more propaganda: "Why do you think that the motion picture rating association would say ' OK, that's got a strong faith message, let's give it an R rating so it's harder for people to watch'?" O'Flaherty didn't think that they deliberately set out to do this, but "this is a reflection of how Hollywood views Jesus in general." ("Hollywood Jews" dog whistle?) His proof? "Profanity," using Jesus' name, is used in PG 13 moves while Jesus' "love and forgiveness" gets an R. He added "the evidence speaks for itself." (Uh, what "evidence?")
He whined that the church has tried to deal with the MPAA but "they are just a small country church" that doesn't have the money to "fly out to Hollywood to present" the case. He hoped that his "brothers and sisters in the faith wills support it." (Christians love porn, so they might actually be attracted by an R rating!) Doocy noted that the MPAA told Fox that the R was based on some violence and drug use. O'Flaherty described the plot of his sure to be blockbuster movie which is about Christians who lose custody of their son and "go outside the law" to get him back. (What about "rendering to Caesar?") O'Flaherty mentioned that, in one scene, "an unstable guy" shoots up a church but the portrayal was "sensitive." He whined that "White House Down," with shooting and hostage taking, is PG13 and that's why it "doesn't add up" that they got an R. Doocemeade said, "yeah" and "that's right."
And that, as proclaimed in the great Ed Wood classic, "Plan 9 From Outer Space," "that proves it!"
About the only difference between them is that O’Flaherty isn’t up to thinking that the ghost of Aleister Crowley rules the world from beyond the grave. Other than that, they’re both the same- If they don’t want it because it’s graphic, they don’t want it anyways because it’s slander.
Now, maybe these whiney little cretins would like to get a little sympathy from the producers of the documentary “Bully.” A film which exhibited no on-screen movie violence (ie, no special effects of stabbings or being shot and no choreographed fighting; there was, however, real violence—a boy is hit and even has his head pushed into the back of a bus seat WHILE BEING FILMED) and had no nudity but the MPAA felt the “language” was “too coarse” for anyone under 17—despite the fact that ALL the “coarse language” was being uttered by kids under 17—and the film was slapped with an “R” rating. The documentary filmmakers re-edited the film to get a PG-13 rating (which, of course, lessened much of the film’s impact). (What’s even more interesting, of course, is how much coverage that old woman bus monitor got from the media over her being “bullied” with all the tut-tutting from right-wingers at how mean those kids were to the old woman but when it comes to kids bullying other kids, well, that’s not important.)
Of course, these whiney little right-wing Christian “victims” COULD always do what other filmmakers have done when the MPAA slapped them with an “unfair” rating: Edit the film (They could always do the other major option—release it without a rating. Of course, the problem with that is that almost no movie theater—especially a multiplex—will play an unrated film and almost no newspaper will accept advertising for an unrated film.) But, I suppose it’s always easier to take the “victim” route, supplied by FoxNoise, than do something that might “cost them money.” After doing a little searching, I found out that the church is the Retta Baptist Church and it doesn’t really strike me as being “a small country church”—6 ministers (with 5 of them being “specialty” ministers) plus 4 “support staff” (who, as the church’s website states, "focus more on the “incorporated” aspect of our church") and 12 “deacons” (all male but who “handle” needs of the congregation that they can’t handle themselves). Also, all of the folks in these positions just happen to be, shall we say, as melanin-challenged as the FoxNoise hosts.
I’ll also go a bit further than Greg did. Here’s the movie website’s own description of the film:
“Cadon wasn’t going anywhere . . . until he met Jess. Now that Jess and her young son Austin are living with him, his life seems to have direction and purpose. But when they lose custody of Austin under questionable circumstances, Cadon feels responsible. His hope of having a normal family is all but lost. Desperate to keep Jess, Cadon turns to his lifelong friend Bo for help to reclaim their son. He is willing to do anything.
Love Has No Limits. As their plan unfolds and tensions escalate, Cadon finds himself trapped in a hostage crisis in a small church. With the situation spiraling out of control, Cadon, Jess and Bo will each have life-changing decisions to make. MY SON tells the story behind a too-real tragedy interwoven with a message of hope that can overcome even our worst choices."
And, if you go to the movie’s official website, there’s an image—presumably, the film’s theatrical poster—showing a man, facing away from the camera wearing “action-hero-style clothes” and wielding some sort of automatic rifle, and standing in front of a church. Sorry. But with the tag line “Love Has No Limits” emblazoned across the poster, I’m not at all surprised that the MPAA would slap the film with an “R.” The FoxFiends might also want to remember that the MPAA did slap “Olympus Has Fallen” with an “R” (apparently, it had more intense violence than “White House Down”) and “Magic Mike” got an “R” (but it didn’t really have all that much violence—lots of drugs and extreme language, yeah but not really that much violence). Oh. And guess what other much-loved-by-conservatives film was also slapped with an “R” despite having NO staged movie violence and very little profanity and virtually no sexual content or depicted drug use? If you guessed “Fahrenheit 9/11,” you’re right. It got slapped with the “R” for showing NEWS FOOTAGE. Does anyone remember how FoxNoise reacted to “Fahrenheit 9/11” being slapped with an “R” ‘cause I sure don’t? (If I’m correct, I think FoxNoise was leading the calls for the film to be banned because it was the work of a “traitor” and it dared to show Dubya for the worthless piece of crap he was. Also, its release just before Dubya received his party renomination didn’t sit well with the FoxNoise folks.)
“After losing custody of their little boy, Cadon and Jess take drastic measures to restore their struggling family with the help of an erratic friend. "