Blunt headline of the day

The Christmas box office race is getting rather interesting, but I think this is taking it a little bit too far, don’t you think? Anyone else seen any good headlines or novelty leads on this one?

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Terry Mattingly directs the Washington Journalism Center at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. He writes a weekly column for the Universal Syndicate.

  • Avram

    Hey, Kong died for your sins! (Now where can I get a small model of the Empire State Building to wear around my neck…?)

    Hm, now that I think about it, doesn’t an ape show up as an Antichrist figure later in the Narnia books?

  • Brad

    Yes, this is definitely a bit too far. I thought maybe it’d be a reference to “Brokeback” again. :)

    I just watched “King Kong” a day or 2 before Christmas and, while obviously no allegory, I think it makes points that most Christians could agree with.

    One interesting thing I noticed, and I’d be interested to hear if others did, too…I don’t believe anyone said a single swear word that didn’t in some way involve God (ie- “God,” “Jesus,” “Jesus Christ,” “Damn,” etc.).

    I can only assume Peter Jackson, who it seems I’ve heard is a practicing Catholic, intended this.


  • Jayne

    Wow. That takes the cake!
    I am new to your blog but always enjoy an intelligent discussion on religion in this country. . .

  • Molly

    No, I don’t think. Isn’t this the smackdown that some have been waiting for?

  • Molly

    Ooops, forgot the link.

  • Molly

    And while we’re on teh subject of movies…….

  • Avram
  • Will

    Considering the timing, how about a rousing chorus of P.D.Q. Bach’s Christmas chorale, “Good King Kong”?

    Good King Kong looked out at his feet, and he saw that they were large.
    “Ho, ho!” he said, “Let us go,” he said, “To make some tracks in the snow,
    “Because our feet are very large.”
    Squish! Squish! Squish! Squish!
    Squish squish squish squish!

  • Stephen A.

    I actually want to nominate “Rape of the Marlboro Man” as the most blunt headline (and a rather blunt article, too)

    Speaking of Brokeback (didn’t someone?) the backlash begins – or at least publicly:

    I love the link, Avram! ;-) That’s funny.

  • Brad

    Interesting, Stephen, that the second backlash link you sent (from came from the liberal side!:)


  • Stephen A.

    Brad, yes, the writer was actually sympathetic to the film, though I thought the article was very balanced and intelligently written, in a curious and rare way.

    Odd that it stood out as balanced in a sea of fawning, overenthusiastic reviews. It caught my attention.

  • http://BILL Dan

    I liked the caption in the ad in Avram’s link: “Love is a 24 foot force of nature.”