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).