How Build Box Office Numbers Through Faux Controversy

January 23rd, 2006 · 1 Comment
by Booksquare

Maybe it’s the wind, we don’t know, but this article about the Catholic Church calling for The Da Vinci Code to receive an adult rating tickled our funny bone. We agree that protecting children is important — in fact, we think children should be protected from movies with violence, especially gratuitous violence. But we don’t always get what we want.

We would like to remind the Church that this book has been made available in millions of households around the world, including many households with children. At this points, the kids have been exposed. Also, we’d like to remind everyone that this is a work of fiction. This isn’t about protecting children; it’s about saving face. If the Church were to be honest, we’d probably make less fun of them. Instead, we share a near-miss candidate for Quote of the Week:

Spokesman Marc Carroggio said: “Any adult can distinguish reality from fiction. But you cannot expect a child to make proper judgements.”

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