I had to chuckle a little as I read the headlines that Kirk Cameron is going to sue public libraries for refusing to promote his children’s book. Cameron who can’t let his feckless cunt of a sister, Candace, get all the news, had to one-up her with the release of a book, As You Grow, which he demanded all public libraries carry as well as rolling out the red carpet for him to come and read the book. They are also supposed to round up a bunch of kids from each community like the Child Catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and have them listen to his story like Alex in A Clockwork Orange strapped to chairs in straight jackets.
Cameron, like most Christians, who only turn the other cheek to talk about people behind their back is threatening legal action because the libraries are also allowing drag queens to read. Well, considering that Cameron looks more like a pedophile groomer than Miss Noxeema Jackson, I wouldn’t let Cameron within a 10-mile radius of any child. Taking a page from his fuck buddy Donald Trump, he said the Indianapolis Public Library had about 2,500 people in attendance at a reading, even though they said it really was closer to 750. Well, considering conservative Christians are attacking math, they can go after “woke” numerals too.
Cameron is just one of the way too many Christians who wants to preach Jesus and demand everyone who isn’t brown-skinned to be pray to Trump and God. Kevin Sorbo, who once had a career, about 30 years ago, is directing yet another Left Behind movie. You remember those Left Behind movies that also featured Cameron as Buck Williams. If you visited one of your releatives for the holidays around 2000, you probably saw the VHS copy set out in full view of everyone near the entertainment center. The movie series was so bad the writers, Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, sued the filmmakers for breach of contract because the movies were schlock. There were two sequels made and they went straight to video faster than a Bruce Willis movie.
Then, in 2014, Nicholas Cage (who was competing with Willis on how many awful direct-to-video movies could be made within a year’s time) made an adaptation of the first book where he played the pilot guy Rayford Steele, a name that sounds both like a gay-male porn star as well as a soap opera character. Come to think of it, Buck Williams also sounds like a gay-male porn star’s name. That 2014 movie got bad reviews as well and is mostly forgotten as one of many movies Cage made in an effort to pay off his debts to the IRS. Sorbo is playing Steele in the upcoming movie Left Behind: Rise of the Antichrist. Reportedly the budget is less than the $3.5 million Nic was paid. The 2014 movie cost $16 million and made $27 million.
But I have a suspicion that Rise of the Antichrist isn’t going to be good. It’s not because the movie’s budget is so small. A lot of good movies have been made on shoestring budgets. No, it’s mainly because Sorbo is such a washed up actor, he’s turned to Twitter to continue to spew his hatred. I can just imagine him in his director’s chair dropping tweets when he should be communicating with the cast and crew. It’s ironic because they’re supposed to be spreading love and harmony, yet, they’re more consumed with being the one twerp at every school who was a constant tattler.
What’s really messed up is most of these “Christian filmmakers” make their movies so bad just so they can bad-mouth the people who don’t like them. I’ve watched most of Cameron’s Fire Proof that he made with the Kendrick Brothers. It’s definitely an awful movie that is ripe for the MST3K/RiffTraxx people. But here’s where they create a Catch-22 for the regular people – If you hate their movies, then they argue you’re saying Christianity is bad. But while you literally can’t defend something that looks bad, you should still believe the message is worthy. No, that’s the way you tell a story. You can’t tell a joke, ruin the punchline and then say, “Well, you know what I’m getting at.”
No. It doesn’t work that way. Antichrist is set to open on Jan. 26 and I anticipate Sorbo and Cameron and others will come out and defend it when it gets bad reviews and when it doesn’t make the gazillion dollars they want.Then, they’ll wag their fingers at us telling us we’re bad people for not liking their movies. Mel Gibson pulled this same trick with The Passion of the Christ back in 2004. If you’re going to write a book or make a movie, you have to take some criticism. You can’t make something that everyone is going to like.
I welcome comments I don’t agree with just as much as those I do on this blog. I worked in journalism for over 10 years. I got a lot of criticism. Sometimes it’s warranted. Sometimes it isn’t. Any time you’re dealing with the public, you got to accept some form of criticism. But just because you’re “spreading the word,” doesn’t mean everyone will want to hear it.
Both Cameron and Sorbo have a history with making Christian-faith movies that have gotten bad reviews, not just from professional critics, but from audiences. You go to http://www.imdb.com and type in their movies and you will notice a lot of online reviews from people who claim to be Christians but don’t like what they’ve seen.
So, go on and sue, Kirk. Christians love to talk about God’s law all the time, but they want to exploit our laws for them to get what they want. Personally, I don’t like a lot of people who are too open about their religion and faith to begin with. What Sorbo and Cameron are doing by making big problems out of these forms of media is pride. And pride is a sin. But I’m sure they’d used the old Prejudice Get-Out-Of-Jail Card that goes “Love the sinner; hate the sin.”
What do you think? Please comment.