As my lovely spam-bots will remember, I just wrote about how ridiculous Americans can be when it comes to being outraged by stuff in movies and on television. Here is another great example. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is calling for a boycott of the film The Grey because it depicts wolves as killers, and the cast also snacked on some actual wolf meat as a fun little character building activity.
I would like to think people are reasonable. I would like to think people aren’t going to watch this movie and think wolves are terrible, bloodthirsty creatures that want nothing more than to snack on our innards and paint the inside of their dens with our blood. Unfortunately, there are people out there who will watch the movie and think wolves are terrible, blood thirsty creatures that want nothing more than to snack on our innards and paint the inside of their dens with our blood.
These are also the people who watch action films and then get their asses kicked thinking they can fight. Protest these idiots, not the movie.
I really don’t like the idea of having to curtail creative endeavors because dumb, impressionable viewers are dumb, impressionable viewers. Don’t tell me I can’t watch The Edge because a bear really wouldn’t stalk people. It is too much like punishing the rest of us who know better, and would just like to watch a cool movie about Liam Neeson punching a wolf in the face. Man v.s. nature movies are old stuff. The ol’ man v.s. nature drive is old stuff. Both are rooted in reality, with a fair dose of exaggeration thrown in.
Besides, how the f*ck do we know what would never happen? Sometimes, animals do crazy things. Sharks swim upstream and eat people. Lions kill a bunch of people building a railroad. We don’t make movies about the boring, usual animal things, do we?
As for the crying about the cast eating wolf meat; get bent. There are a lot of things I’ll happily go along with when it comes to the treatment of animals. Not eating them is not one of them.
Every time I see those pictures of cats and dogs on television looking so miserable, I really want to pull out the ol’ credit card and donate, but stuff like this is why I don’t. Like politics, there doesn’t seem to be a “middle ground” party. It’s either the Animal Liberation Front or Hillbillies for the Senseless Killing of Everything that Moves.