Has anyone heard about this? I was perusing the site ChristianCinema.com and saw a banner ad featuring Kevin Sorbo hosting a documentary called the “12 Biggest Lies.” The ad itself says: “Men and Women are Equal” with “Lie” stamped onto it. Really? Kevin Sorbo is hosting this?
Well, maybe we shouldn’t pre-judge. Maybe this is an advertising gimmick. Wait…a list of names involved in the project, one of which includes Ray Comfort? Okay, something is wrong here.
If you don’t know, Ray Comfort is the New Zealand nut who thought a banana proved God’s perfect design. He shared duties with Kirk Cameron on Way of the Master which set out to convince people they were all liars or had some sinful defect that required God’s salvation. Why is Kevin Sorbo involved in this project? He’s slated to slash up bodies in the long awaited Sword and the Sorcerer sequel called Tales of the Ancient Empire. Per TwitchFilm.net quoting director Albert Pyun, “It’s got a sexy sorceress, hordes of demonic vampires, a giant serpent, sea pirates, nasty sword (and axe, spear, leg of cow) fights and gore and nudity galore.”
I posted the YouTube trailer for this DVD below. One YouTube viewer commented: “You’ve made me sad Hercules…. truly sad, I used to love you. Now you’re propagating ignorant bullshit.”
Kevin Sorbo seems to be somewhat ambiguous on why he is involved in this project. He answered why he wanted to do 12 Biggest Lies in an article on ChristianNewsWire.com and says, “I’m just doing my part to help create a free-thought zone and give the other side a voice.” So is Kull the Conquerer actually a Christian or is he looking for attention? If he’s getting into bed with Cloud Ten Pictures there has to be more to this story than promoting freethought. C’mon Sorbo, the other side has a huge voice and plenty of money to back it up.
I finally found an interview where Kevin Sorbo answered point-blank that he was a Christian. It’s from 2003 on the Kevin Sorbo Official Site.
It’s hard to reconcile with his career. I expect religious Hollywood types, but not in the conservative, literalist vein. Just the other day I watched Kevin Sorbo on Two and a Half Men playing a himbo which is completely offensive to traditional Christians. On one hand, I can understand being in an industry where you work and have to accept some evil–such as selling products at a large commercial store where the garments may have come from sweat shops or a feminist starring in a TV role as a dumb blonde bimbo. Compromises have to be made because the world is imperfect, but a Christian in Hollywood has to be somewhat particular about what they lend their name to and while Hercules was fairly clean except for the scantily clad women–Two and a Half Men? The Sword and the Sorcerer sequel?
By hosting the 12 Biggest Lies, Sorbo is slapping his name on a questionable product or we wouldn’t be having this discussion. Besides Men and Women not being equal (my view is that we’re equal but different as I think most people believe in modern times) according to the trailer Evolution is a lie too (what else is new amongst American fundamentalists). If Sorbo wants to promote freethought he should host a documentary with debate from both sides. This project is obviously intended to sell to a Christian audience in order to try to convert their friends and relatives. If I find out that Lucy Lawless is a fundie too I’m going to be very depressed.