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Should ZACK and MIRI have used PORNO in the TITLE?

ZACK AND MIRI MAKE A PORNO continues to be the source of controversy as a handful of TV stations and newspapers around the country have rejected advertising because of the word “Porno” in the title. While I would never object to the content of any film as long as it’s rated by the MPAA, I have mixed feelings about the Weinstein Company and director KEVIN SMITH going with that title. I think the question to think about is – how liberal do we want our society to get? I certainly say that as someone who is much more liberal in my views than conservative but understand and appreciate the viewpoints of all people. Remember this debate has nothing to do with the content of the film; it has to do with the title, which will be seen on print material advertised on buses and trains and on TV.

We are living in a time where the country hasn’t been this divided in living memory. Getting news coverage from FOX and CNBC is like living in two totally different worlds. Half this country is somewhat liberal while the other half is more conservative. The film’s title has and will offend many people and it has nothing to do with whether I agree with that or not, it’s just a fact. RESPECT is still an important thing, at least in my world! When the Weinstein Company and Smith agreed on that title they knew it would meet with resistance in many circles. So now they have to live with it. I wrote a few months ago that by going with that title it could hurt its box-office, and maybe a lot, and if it were my money I would have used something different because I want to maximize my profit potential. That is just smart business. The question I ask again is- DO you want to live in a society where anything goes? Where teachers use curse words to educate children, where you turn on TV and see hard core porn on major networks? Where internet posters use the F-BOMB every other word! OH, forgot we’re there with that one already!

This story’s far from that or the end of the world, but to walk a mile you have to take one step at a time! If we continue to accept Trash over Class we put everything right into the gutter. Again, I don’t object to the film’s content. I like Kevin Smith and think he’s one of the most knowledgeable and interesting guys in the business but sometimes you can be wrong! While I look forward to seeing the film I feel they might have gone down that proverbial slippery slope with the title! Whether that helps or hurts the box-office is yet to be determined as only time will tell, but the real question is, what do we ultimately want and expect from our society?! Let me know what you THINK.

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October 17, 2008 - Posted by | And Beyond - Trailers & News |

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