Last week the religious press was cock-a-hoop over the release of Gosnell: the Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer, a film about Kermit Barron Gosnell, an American physician and abortionist who was jailed for life for murdering three infants who were born alive during attempted abortion procedures, and one woman during an abortion procedure.
It was, they insisted, a “must see” for all who oppose abortion.
This week the same media is crying foul over the fact that Gosnell – described by one reviewer as a “snoozer” and “anti-choice Catholic-backed propaganda” – is being dumped by hundreds of theatres in the US
Reports that movie houses are giving Gosnell the cold shoulder come after the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Austin,Texas, cancelled a screening.
Hate group the Family Research Council is is blaming a local branch Planned Parenthood for sabotaging the hotel screening.
But what was the hotel to do? On the one hand it was hosting a $400-a-plate Planned Parenthood fundraising gala, which had no doubt been booked months in advance, and on the other it had taken a booking for a screening of a tedious bit of anti-abortion propaganda on the same date.
The hotel decided that “security issues” were its prime concern, and cancelled screening last month.
The FRC was livid, and said:
The same organization that insisted Gosnell got what he deserved is doing everything they can to keep his story from being told.
Producer Ann McElhinney said that over 250 people had planned to attend the screening before the cancellation.
Ann and Phelim McElhinney wrote in an email to supporters:
But now thanks to the bullying of Planned Parenthood and the cowardice of the Hyatt they won’t get to see the Gosnell movie and the truth about abortion.
The truth is that Gosnell was a rogue operator who deserved to be jailed, but the movie, according to a number of reviews I have read, suggests that all abortion clinics are the same.
If anyone’s a security risk, it’s the group killing 881 babies a day! Of course, no one should be surprised at Planned Parenthood’s pathetic attempt to shut the movie down. They’re probably afraid more Americans will make the connection between Gosnell’s barbarism and their support for procedures just like it.
So why are theatres giving Gosnell the cold shoulder? Could it be the that they fear it won’t appeal to “liberals?”
Catholic League President Bill Donohue, above, seems to think so.
With the exception of the Los Angeles Times, no major newspaper reviewed the movie. The New York Times and the Washington Post review virtually every new movie, but found no interest in writing about ‘Gosnell’.
The reviews curiously noted how liberals would not appreciate this film. The Los Angeles Times said the movie ‘never loses sight of the choir to which it is plainly preaching’. Forbes called the movie ‘A Feature-Length Law & Order for Conservative Christians’. NBCNews.com called it a ‘conservative-backed dramatization of the story of Dr. Kermit Gosnell’.
Why are liberals not interested in a movie about a man who exploits – even kills – women? Why are secular liberals not as interested in this movie as conservative Christians are? If this is a ‘conservative-backed dramatization’, what would a ‘liberal-backed’ one look like? After all, a dramatization about a serial killer shouldn’t turn on ideology.