More publicity than it deserves


Glad to see I’m not the only one who thinks that the reaction of major Jewish organizations to The Passion of Christ has only served to give the film more publicity than it deserves:

Just as we are busy denying that the Jews control the world, it turns out that we do. Look what a wonderful job we have done publicizing Mel Gibson’s movie, The Passion of the Christ. Only we could take a film of unrelenting torture – by all accounts not a pleasant experience – entirely in Aramaic and Latin, and turn it into one of the best-selling movies of all time.

Haven’t seen it. Have no plans to see it. And somehow I think the publicity was generated more by the Christian religious groups than the Jewish ones. But why add fuel to the fire?

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1 Josh 03.04.04 at 9:19 PM

Hindsight is not always clear at all.

If the ADL and other Jewish organizations would’ve ignored this pornographic movie from the start, it wouldn’t have gone away, and it would’ve still raked in $$$. If we would’ve ignored the potential risk, then Gibson wouldn’t have made some changes/compromises, wouldn’t have added English subtitles, and then we would’ve blamed ourselves for being the ‘quiet Jews’ and be able to compare ourselves directly to 1930s German Jews who for now we can only identify with indirectly.
Don’t worry. No one started any pogroms this week from this movie, but the time will come, I’m afraid. From what I here, from believers and non-believers, the film makes a horrendous impact. The soul of a person is always affected by pornographic exposure.
Raising issues in the public sphere always brings more attention to the issue and always brings out the people who claim that the extra attention wasn’t worth it.


2 Jonathan 03.08.04 at 1:20 AM

The ADL should not have published a “teenager’s guide” to the film. They should have criticized it and its message.

What Gibson wants, I think, is for his movie to create a rift between Jews and Christians.


3 davewitwer 03.09.04 at 2:27 AM

I saw the movie. Come on….there is no way “pornographic” is an appropriate word to describe this movie. I left the movie feeling only love for others. It made me want to be a better person.


4 Hanthala 03.12.04 at 9:41 PM

Didn’t see it, and don’t want to see it either. But with all the propaganda, feel like I’ve already seen it. I’m just sad the devilishly handsome Mel Gibson has turned into such a fundamentalist freak.

“And somehow I think the publicity was generated more by the Christian religious groups than the Jewish ones. But why add fuel to the fire?”



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