There’s been a lot of quite unnecessary hoopla over Larry Miller’s canceling of Brokeback Mountain.
Personally, I don’t see what the big deal is. Larry Miller is a business owner, and last I checked this was still the United States of America. Miller can show or not show whatever movies he darn well feels like.
However, some people have decided that it is a big deal, and Mormons are taking criticism as a result.
Heath Ledger made an ambiguous comparison of Miller’s pulling the movie to racism. Then, what most news outlets failed to report, Ledger proceeded to bash Mormons.
“Personally, I don’t think the movie is [controversial], but I think maybe the Mormons in Utah do,” Ledger said.
That’s a perfectly innocent sounding statement, and he could have stopped right there. After all it’s true that most “Mormons in Utah” might find a public display of homosexuality on the big screen controversial. After all, “Utah Mormons” believe that homosexuality is a sin. A movie promoting homosexuality would be controversial.
But Ledger went on to say things along the line of, “If Utah Mormons don’t like it, then that’s their problem.” That’s not an exact quote. But it’s along those lines.
But that is minor compared to what MSNBC’s Keith Olberman said, mentioning that he could “sniff bigotry from approximately 2,000 miles away.” That comment in itself shows his own bigotry.
But maybe this is all good. Perhaps Mormons have had it too easy for too long. Maybe it’s time we have some serious international criticism to test our mettle and dedication to what we believe.
I can only hope that Mormons are ready for something like this. Note that I’m not saying or predicting that Mormons are going to get the hammer from the rest of the world. Just that I think it might be time for us to be tested.
Our prophet, Gordon B. Hinckley, has said publicly that “…we’re not weird.” I respectfully disagree, while at the same time understanding that his statement was not in the context that I am using it here.
But the fact is we ARE weird. Weird in that we do not hold to the beliefs of the world or the Christian faiths. We are members of the one true church in the world, headed by none other than Jesus himself, the very god who came to Earth out of Nazareth.
We are members of the one church led by Him whom so many others claim to follow. As the minority, that makes us weird. Let our weirdness be tested! Let the world criticize our weirdness! I’m ready for it. Bring it on. As long as I don’t have to make a thousands of miles trip through unknown lands by foot.