For as long as there’s been an entertainment industry, there have been organized movements to combat their increased allowance for things like violence, sex, promiscuity, and lack of censorship. More often than not, these opposition movements have found themselves firmly on the wrong side of history. Rock and roll was seen as “the devil’s music” during its early years. Every subsequent musical genre was seen as the same, equating the youthful exuberance that accompanied it with the work of Satan himself.
Naturally this of course has spilled over into movies and television, with the most egregious offender being the American Family Association (AFA). The AFA has a spotted history of protests against the depiction of homosexuals, anti-Christian anything, and just about any TV shows, companies, and movie studios that have an even remotely progressive message. Their sub-campaign, One Million Moms, is at it again now, having just launched a petition asking Fox to pull Lucifer from the air before it premieres in 2016. The show in question is a fairly obvious target: The devil has come to Earth, bored of running Hell and now incarnated in human form as a smart-talking and devilishly (see what we did there?) handsome Britishman.
The petition outlines a concern that “by choosing to air this show, FOX is disrespecting Christianity and mocking the Bible.” Yet all it takes is a second or more of logical thinking to know that this is merely another instance of One Million Moms (and by extension the AFA) existing with a set of morals 50 years behind the rest of the world. The executives at Fox didn’t have a conversation about how they could best disrespect Christianity.
Exec #1: Hey, I’ve been feeling really mean-spirited towards Judeo-Christian mythology lately.
Exec #2: Here’s an idea, let’s make a show about mother-effing Satan, that’ll show those lousy Christians!
Keeping in mind that the AFA is the same organization that attempted to boycott JC Penney for featuring Ellen Degeneres in an ad campaign, they don’t have much in the way of solid ground to stand on. Check the trailer for Lucifer Fox released and you can see that it resides firmly in the world of fantasy and fiction, featuring a character based out of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman. Gaiman himself took to Tumblr to respond.
Ah. It seems like only yesterday (but it was 1991) that the ‘Concerned Mothers of America’ announced that they were boycotting SANDMAN because it contained Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans characters. It was Wanda that upset them most: the idea of a Trans Woman in a comic book… They told us they were organising a boycott of SANDMAN, which they would only stop if we wrote to the American Family Association and promised to reform.
I wonder if they noticed it didn’t work last time, either…
It’s a cycle that will likely continue on well into the future: Any property that evolves with the times and shows acceptance towards a marginalized group will always have detractors. Similarly, anytime One Million Moms or the AFA even sniff something attempting to pull elements from their established cultural norms and use them creatively, a petition is likely to follow.
It’s an unfortunate reality we live in, but we can rest assured that Fox will move forward anyway with Lucifer. As our society continues to evolve toward a place of acceptance, organizations like the AFA will continue their slide into irrelevancy, popping up only to show the world just how behind they are with their restrictive beliefs.
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