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Boycott Theater Complexes Showing "The Campaign"

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People should protest the showing of the movie "The Campaign" by staying away from the theater complexes that show it. Promos indicate the movie contains a totally unacceptable scene in which a man apparently hits a baby.

In the scene one man is shown starting to punch another man. The second man ducks resulting in the first man apparently hitting a baby in the face. The movie is being promoted as a comedy but there is no way an adult hitting a baby can be considered funny by any normal person. The movie doesn't show the punch actually hitting the baby. but the implication is that the baby was hit.

A man apparently hitting a baby isn't funny. When an adult hits a baby in the head sometimes the baby dies.

The standard comedy routine of a person being hit by mistake is for the person being hit to be a tough guy such as Sylvester Stallone. Having an adult hit a baby instead is sick, not funny. Only bullies hit those who are unable to protect themselves. Bullies are the ones most likely to be drawn to theaters to see an adult hit a baby.

The best way to protest this objectionable film would be to boycott the entire theater complex that is showing the movie rather than just boycotting the movie. Boycotting all movies at the complex will provide a greater incentive for the owner to replace the offensive film with another. If people only boycott the offensive film the owner only faces a loss on that film. If all films are boycotted he can't make up the loss with the other films.

At mall theaters, boycotters should consider staying away from the mall while the film is being shown.

Child abuse is a major national problem. The news media regularly carry stories about babies who have been beaten or shaken to death. Movie makers should not try to make the subject seem less serious by presenting child abuse as something to laugh at.

Comments

organic_locallygrown_hatred 1 year, 8 months ago

You have to pay attention to the context of the scene in this movie. Of course punching a baby is wrong; this is why it works as comedy. It's funny because he punches the baby by accident. If the scene shown were simply about a grown man punching a baby for no reason, then it would be offensive. Part of the comedy lies in the fact that he punches the baby BY ACCIDENT. The baby-punching scene is a send-up of the common campaign trope of candidates kissing babies.

From the blog: "Only bullies hit those who are unable to protect themselves." The character in the film was not being a bully. As everyone knows, (even the writer of this blog is aware of this) the baby was not punched on purpose.

Of course it is your right to not go see the film based on this. But I doubt many others will care for your opinion. You won't convince anyone who already wishes to see the Candidate. I'll be sure to read your blog the next time you cherry-pick something to be offended over.

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autie 1 year, 8 months ago

I'm guessing the janitor steers was clear of Tosh.0. Slapstick innuendo is not OK but we can watch countless people being shot, stabbed, raped and whatnot all day long in movies? Jeez dude you been sniffin the cleaner too long.

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gl0ck0wn3r 1 year, 8 months ago

Older confused people are hilarious when someone allows them on the interwebs.

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Dispersant 1 year, 8 months ago

I'm sure the writer of this piece (and those with similar viewpoints), a couple of weeks ago, was complaining about those boycotting ChicFilA in light of the first amendment. What a difference a short amount of time makes. What about the free speech of the makers of this film? Just like the rebuttal of those on the other side that you don't have to spend dollars supporting these artists (or chicken sandwich makers). Does that take away the right of those making the film to produce it?

I've heard there's a lot of violence in the bible as well. Should we boycott that?

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blue73harley 1 year, 8 months ago

They will probably have a disclaimer, "No babies were harmed in making this movie".

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Kirk Larson 1 year, 8 months ago

He does not hit the baby intentionally. The slapstick element is in a politician usually kissing babies, but instead he has physically assaulted one no doubt leading to difficulty in the polls. (Jeez, I hate it when you have to explain it to them) (Oh, and I'm pretty sure it's not a real baby.)

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tange 1 year, 8 months ago

Boycott, girlcott... pretty soon you have a slew of toddlercotts.

/ and you just know they're gonna need pet peeves

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asixbury 1 year, 8 months ago

Someone needs to work on his humor. I will definitely see this movie for the comedy and apparent humor towards political campaigns. This is obviously a joke and in no means makes light of child abuse. You haven't even viewed the movie, so you have no context for that scene. You are a stick in the mud, or a turd...one of those two, and need to get a life if this is what makes you upset. By the way, I love Will Ferrell because he is so ridiculous. I like his humor.

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beatrice 1 year, 8 months ago

All kinds of things have happened to the baby on The Family Guy, and they even had a humorous song called "Prom Night Dumpster Baby," which makes fun of the tragedies of babies delivered in secret and then dumped. That is not a funny subject.

The Family Guy is on Fox, which means, all things associated with Fox television, including FoxNews, should be boycotted. Otherwise, you are promoting violence and harm to babies. Are you with me RM?

The Campaign appears to have humorous potential, but one never knows. I laughed out loud when I saw the clip in which the politician punches the baby ... by accident!

Since it deals with politics I hope the movie makes fun of "birthers," because those are people worth making fun of.

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Richard Payton 1 year, 8 months ago

The director of this movie was on fox news or msnbc, well I can't remember. Anyway, the director said he learned a few things about making movies from Michael Moore. Being this movie will appeal to the conservative's, I found that interesting that he would learn a few tricks from the left.

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meggers 1 year, 8 months ago

What about movies that depict child abuse in a dramatic fashion? Should we boycott those, as well? There have been some pretty disturbing depictions- Precious, A Time to Kill, Mississippi Burning, Mommy Dearest, etc. I think movies like that serve an important role in bringing abuse to the forefront and depicting it in ways that help us better understand it.

The movie is a satire and the scene you are referencing is likely intended to mock the whole politicians kissing babies routine. Somehow, I doubt anyone is going to watch the scene and decide to punch a baby in the face. Did you also boycott Bugs Bunny and Road Runner? That was some pretty violent stuff.

I suggest you learn the difference between art and reality.

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Ceallach 1 year, 8 months ago

BTW Liberty, what color is the wrong color?

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Liberty_One 1 year, 8 months ago

This is a great joke blog. Thanks for the laugh.

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1southernjayhawk 1 year, 8 months ago

....and the 3 stooges set a dangerous precedent for adult behavior.

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 8 months ago

The movie has Will Farrell being his usual D-bag character. That's reason enough not to see it.

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John Hampton 1 year, 8 months ago

I we wonder why people make fun of us.

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Leslie Swearingen 1 year, 8 months ago

I can't get behind the idea that because it is a movie the content does not matter. There are movies that I would refuse to see because of sex or nudity. However, what I saw in the trailer is a very funny movie, and a very realistic one that will resonate in this election year. Go see the movie and compare it with the campaign that is going on. In this scene both Will Farrell and Zach Galifianaki see a cute baby and rush to be the one to hold and kiss it for a photo op. It really isn't about hitting a baby, it shows just how utterly moronic campaigns do get as they go along and the candidates get more and more frantic to win. That is what we should take away from this movie.

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Paul R Getto 1 year, 8 months ago

Sheesh! It's a friggin' movie. Maybe you are put off because the satire is too close to reality?

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Liberty275 1 year, 8 months ago

As an old professor of acting once told me, "art is other", meaning it isn't reality. If an actor can't get past that, he won't even be able to kiss the wrong-colored girl or cry because his dog dies while the lights are up and people are standing around watching.

It is commendable for you to warn people of the content and even to suggest they not go. I just hope there are a few people in Lawrence that won't listen to you. Fortunately for you, I won't be seeing it by default. Movie theaters are a waste of time when you have a nice TV and an internet connection.

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