Pro-lifers crash the Horton premiere?


This is for those who thought pro-lifers were going out on a limb by trying to claim Juno and Knocked Up as their own:

A kid-friendly movie doesn’t need to be “Harry Potter” to draw protesters.

At least that’s the lesson from the “Horton Hears a Who” premiere.

Ove the years, the signature line from Fox’s upcoming “Horton” has been used — to the anger and dismay of Theodore Geisel, or Dr. Seuss — as a rallying cry for the pro-life movement. The line, “A person’s a person, no matter how small,” has been adopted by right-to-lifers as a kind of slogan — even though in the context of the book it has nothing to do with abortion, and Geisel even threatened to sue over its use.

Fox’s Saturday’s premiere at Westwood’s Mann Village for its Blue Sky-produced “Horton” showed that the phrase continues to generate controversy, and offered the odd spectacle of a politically charged moment at a family-friendly affair.

A small group of pro-life protesters, some with red tape over their mouths, turned out to the event, chanting the “A person’s a person” line (in the the book it refers not to a child but to a speck of dust that contrains a micro-universe on the back of Horton, the elephant main character). . . .

People were chanting through red tape?

In any case, just imagine how things might have gone if this film had been an adaptation of Horton Hatches the Egg (1942).

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).

  • http://thomwade.wordpress.com/ thomwade

    In fairness, the article says some had their mouths covered in red tape. I assume those who were chanting were not likely part of that “some”. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17492591447246532970 jasdye

    groan…


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