It’s Time to Stand Up

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.

4 thoughts on “It’s Time to Stand Up

  1. StuTheWise

    Just so you know Randy, you are quite possibly my favorite non-Mormon (after my mother of course). I will throw my magical aura of protection over you when the time comes that all non-Mormons will be destroyed. Maybe I’ll win some points for protecting a Snow ;)

  2. ubercyl

    So he won’t show a rated R movie about gay cowboys, but he will, the same weekend, show a rated R movie about young adults being savagely butchered in a youth hostel.

    Someone brought the content of Brokeback Mountain to his attention, and then he pulled it. He’s not paying any attention to what’s playing at his theaters until someone tells him. Mr. Miller didn’t make the stand; someone else did.

  3. StuTheWise

    This post was NOT about Miller doing this or that, or why, and who cares? Like I said, Larry Miller is a business owner, and this is still America. If he doesn’t want to show Brokeback — whether it’s because he doesn’t like Heath Ledger’s ear hair, was offended by the great scenery, or because Karl Malone asked him not to so people wouldn’t think he’s gay when he wears his cowboy hat — that’s his right. Larry Miller’s been showing rated R movies for as long as he’s owned movie theaters. That’s not even close to being the issue of my post.

    This post was about the heat that Mormons received as a result. Larry Miller does not represent “Mormons in Utah”. In fact, Miller could be a satan worshipper and nothing would have changed. Utah is so closely tied to Mormonism that the world assumes that if anything goes on in this great state, it’s the fault of Mormonism.

    And again, that’s great! Bring it on I say. Blame Mormons for the unwarranted increase in natural gas prices! I can handle it… or so I hope. On second thought, maybe I’ll just become a Catholic so I can be in the majority and nobody will ever expect anything from me ;)


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