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Noe Gold February 12, 2012 at 04:22 am
Kelly, I have to disagree with you on the race card you are playing. Your comments about fear beingRead More a powerful motivator are spot on, but Denzel would be the last to claim the role of representative of his race any more than Vincent Price, Bela Lugosi or any actor who has starred in a horror movie would represent the white race, or the Hungarian nationals or any ethnicity they hail from. What if it were a movie about extraterrestrials with the same tag line, and the image was of an alien? Would you say the billboard was promoting fear of aliens, the unknown, the Other? Course not. In a capitalist society, your freedom of speech is sometimes paid for (or payment for) marketers' use of the landscape to sell stuff. In the Soviet-era communist society that same space was used to convey the government's message. You could legislate it away, but you'd be better off "growing a thick skin."By the way, I saw the movie and it was a crackling good yarn of an action movie, and Denzel's performance gave it some quiet dignity. I went because of the great tv spots that promoted the movie two months ago, not because of the billboards. So I am happy you are not campaigning for a boycott of it. Justmsayin'...
Kelly Cole February 14, 2012 at 06:41 pm
Thanks for your note, Noe. I mention (barely) the racial bias issue because I think it hasRead More validity, as does the whiff of Obama-bashing. But neither are my point. This is: When I hear suburban, middle class moms say they wish they could send their 10 years olds outside to play unsupervised, or let them walk two blocks to school, but they can't "because we live in such dangerous times," I tell them we actually live in the safest time in history. And they look at me like I am crazy. Because we are all so inundated with the "NO ONE IS SAFE" fear-mongering that we have completely internalized it. The movie is just the latest to use the tactic, and I used it back as a jumping off point. And I don't the think the answer is to grow a thicker skin, I think that is part of our problem. We think we are shrugging it, off but we are just internalizing it, and letting that deep-rooted, barely conscious, fear-based world view control our quality of life.
Noe Gold February 14, 2012 at 07:14 pm
Your point is a good one but I believe you obfuscate it by bringing in the Obama-bashing and racialRead More bias, which is simply not there. That is what I am reacting to – Denzel Washington is an actor who is black no more than Al Pacino is an actor who is Italian. To attribute some agenda because of this casting to white haters and Obama baters is just myopic. And by the way, the ad campaign has nothing to do with the safety of our streets. It's about a spy thriller named "Safe House," a simple play on words, so any other message is in the eye of the beholder.