Monday, October 29, 2007

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

I wasn't at church but two seconds, and I'd already been warned by two people about a new movie coming out soon - The Golden Compass.

The gist of the reviews was that this is the first in a series of three books written by an atheist author. In this series, which is being pitched as a Chronicles of Narnia-type movie, the children (I'm assuming allegorically) "kill" God at the end.

Can anyone shed some light on this for me?

I don't mean to be cynical. I would like to have all the information before I make a decision to boycott this movie or not.

The thing is that...I've been told my whole life that certain entertainment-type things are evil. And some of them were just plain Baptist paranoia.

Some examples? I was told:

In Fried Green Tomatoes (one of my all time favorite movies) the two main characters are lesbians.

THEY ARE NOT!!! They are just very good female friends. Anyone who does not see this has obviously not had a friendship this close. It is NOT sexual!!!

In the Smurfs (yes, the Smurfs), the bad guy and his cat are Satanic in nature and encourage children to worship Satan. Oh, and Smurfette was an example of the evil woman in Proverbs who led young men down to destruction. Uh-huh, Smurfette. Oh, and the Smurf's blue color was a representation of the triple 6's of Armageddon as the "outward" sign. I'm serious. I can't believe they wasted their seminary-trained minds coming up with this stuff.

In Disney's Avonlea series, The old women Peg Bowen is referred to as the Witch of Avonlea. The whole point of that episode was learning Peg is simply an old woman, turned hermit, who uses herbal medicines as opposed to modern day methods. She's not really a witch. Watch the entire episode before you condemn it, people!

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were representative of the"end of days." They represented the way society will be - in Sodom-style - before the Lord's return.

Hogwashery! Balderdash! Horse Puckery!

So, you'll excuse me my skepticism.

But, I'm keeping an open mind. I know the Devil is alive and uses entertainment as one of his many snares. So, if you've heard legitimate criticism from a reliable source, I'd love for you to send me the link.


Now, I've got to check and see how my Smurfette Big Wheel is doing on eBay. I wonder how many bidders she's so blatantly led astray.


The Beard Bunch said...

I had to laugh when I read your post. I never knew how "evil" the Smurfs were. I do, however, remember, that at my wedding I was not allowed to play the music to a particular song because the guy who wrote it also wrote a song that talked about Pete and the Dragon, which is wicked in some way also. I am not quite sure?????????

Robin Hayes said...

I didn't mean to bombard you with that yesterday. I don't even remember why I brought it up. TMNT rock, man! They made a comeback and my kids are fans, or at least were. Maybe it's not cool to like TMNT when you're 10? I wasn't into them as a kid. Boy thing? I have an adorable picture of my three boys with my dad, and they all have TMNT tattoos on their arms. And they're posing with a flexed arm muscle. Totally classic picture. Andrew was just a baby, but it's way cute! I remember watching the Smurfs as a kid, but nothing specific, other than Smurfette was the ONLY girl! :)

WendyJanelle said...

Fried green tomatoes... yeah, I like that movie, too. But it does get kinda weird in that class she was in... remember?

Heidi said...

I was told that the name of the bad guy, gargamel was it? was a name of a demon and that vanity the smurf was gay.
I was not allowed to watch TMNT because, I was not told why.
The other two I know nothing about.
I knew someone who was not allowed to watch the Wizard of Oz because the guy in the beginning was consulting his crystal ball.
I only watched Fried Green Tomatoes once.
I received a link about the Golden Compass and I will send it to you if I can find it.

psturg said...

"I can't believe they wasted their seminary-trained minds coming up with this stuff."

The fact that they went to seminary is either a poor reflection of those seminaries or a big assumption that they went.

Ann-Marie said...

Michelle - We "snuck" a "bad" song in our wedding, too. The pianist was a friend of mine, and she played "How Do I Live" by Trisha Yearwood from the movie, Con-Air, right before I walked down the aisle. (And no one was the wiser) Hee. Hee.

Robin - I was GLAD you told me about the movie! I go to so many, it was nice to have the advance information. I do not want to support this movie. I was glad, and then I started thinking back to Berean when "everything" was "evil." That just prompted me to start this post. Please...please continue to talk to me!

Wendy - Yeah, the GYN class, I remember. It was...different, that's for sure!

Heidi - I'm SO glad you grew up like I did. People think we make this stuff up. They really do.

Aaron - You commented! You commented! Yea! You're right, one person in particular who fabricated most of those items, did in fact NOT go to seminary. But YOU did - and I know you wouldn't advocate for any of the "silly" stuff - so your seminary-trained mind's right on track!