I like peeking in on ChristianCinema.com because they regularly update and have opinionated articles. One fresh posting called “Easy A Spells Doom for Christians” concerns the teen comedy starring Emma Stone (loved her in ZombieLand) and Christian bashing. The general premise of the movie is peer acceptance through perceived sexual activity. Once the main character gets a reputation for having sex with nerds (which she fakes) she is judged harshly by the campus Christian youth group.
Phil Boatwright, author of the article, is worried that this is more typical Hollywood Christian bashing which is increasing in volume and of course he embellishes his point by using the word “Doom” in the article title (really Phil, it’s not that bad). He cannot understand why a friend of his watched Easy A and enjoyed it while overlooking the profanity and the Christian stereotypes. I can tell you why. Because no doubt Easy A does not represent every Christian in America and some Christians “get it” because they’ve met the type of Christians portrayed in the movie. There are judgemental, snotty Christians and there are friendly, open-minded Christians (the same is true of atheists). No offense to Phil, I would assume he considers himself a more moderate person of religion, but Hollywood constantly has to hear how evil they are by people in a religion with widespread abuse and scandal. Teenagers, in particular, can be especially harsh and they don’t need religion as an excuse to act like those kids in the film, though religious upbringing seems to be an underlying influence. Girls who sleep around are sluts while guys are “pigs” that supposed good girls will still sleep with.
I clearly remember being the awkward nerdy Christian in highschool and being flabbergasted at how many “Christian” girls would date clearly inappropriate “bad boys.” Heavy petting, blowjobs, sex and even getting knocked up for not using birth control–but then it was alright as long as you renewed your vows with Christ at one of those altar calls. Sexually speaking, it didn’t pay to be a good Christian nerd and it made me very judgemental as I did not realize that young women (as well as young men) follow their hormones first and God second. They will also talk about how the spirit led me to this guy or that girl–again, hormones.
The one part of the article I found amusing was when the author wrote this: “There doesn’t seem to be any effective Christian alliance willing to voice our dissatisfaction with the film industry’s bigotry toward us.” Bullshit. There is now a Christian Film Industry and there is no need to cry “bigotry.” Simply support Christian films you like with your money and Hollywood will listen–they have been listening. More Christian films–professional money makers–have been done in the last decade than ever before and it is only growing. I get tired of this supposed minority whining. You will be bashed–yes! Because we can point to numerous instances where it is deserved. But your new slew of Christian films should provide plenty of entertainment for you and America is a religious majority so I’m not sure what the worry is? Will Easy A convince the majority that they should become atheists because Christian young people are snots? I don’t think so.
Read the article over, you’ll be amazed at how far the author goes–even referring to a “demonic advance” within American culture. All this over a silly teen comedy. I think Christians may be more upset about Emma Stone’s character Olive helping out a gay friend and Lisa Kudrow’s scene where she repeatedly takes the Lord’s name in vain–also highlighted in a CBN review. The movie itself is inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlett Letter. Christians might do well to reread that book as Easy A is not a demonic advance but is a light touch compared to authors of the past who commented on vicious puritanism. At least these days, the new puritans can’t burn you or press you to death with stones for being a skank. Really what Christians are often complaining about is loss of power in an environment where the creative minority can bite back.