It’s no secret that I don’t hold the general American populace in the highest regard. It’s not that I hate people, it’s just that as a group (and particularly IN groups), people are dumb. Even with this attitude as my baseline, people still manage to really disappoint me from time to time.
This time it’s “The DaVinci Code.” First, there was the book, which got a lot of people really riled up. Now, there’s a movie, which apparently gives those same people entirely new reasons to be upset. I’m not going to rehash the story or the resulting fallout here. If you’re reading this, you’re online; if you’re online, you’ve already heard about it.
I will present a short list of reasons why I find this latest string of protests particularly stupid:
1. It’s fiction.
2. It’s old news. The book was released 3 years ago.
3. It’s not the first time these ideas have been presented.
4. It’s fiction. This one’s really important and should be mentioned twice.
5. By all accounts, the movie isn’t particularly good.
6. Protests=free advertising.
7. Anyone whose faith is shattered by a crime novel was probably on pretty shaky spiritual ground to begin with.
C’mon, people, get with the program. “The DaVinci Code” was a really well-written, well-researched thriller. Read it, enjoy it. If the ideas presented in it bother you, try an open discussion with your family and friends. You might just expand your mind by some tiny little fraction.
But, I’m deluding myself. I can try to explain it ’til I’m blue in the face, but it’s all an attempt to avoid the really painful reality that all these protesters want is their 15 minutes of shame, er, fame. Why can’t they embrace the positive impacts of such a phenomenon?
Opus Dei could use this as an opportunity to make a lot more people aware of what they are really about. The National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation (Ever heard of them? Sure… NOAH? I get their newsletter.) could embrace this chance for some publicity. Rosslyn Chapel could probably take care of any funding issues for the next decade. But no, let’s all just protest and make asses of ourselves.
At least I can take some solace in the fact that this time, it’s not just America being amazingly stupid. It’s global.