The movie version of The DaVinci Code is coming out soon, and I must admit that I'm conflicted. I read the book and found it amusing, despite the many times that it was completely off-base. It was fiction. It was entertaining. After all, I could afford to laugh. It didn't attack the basis of my religion.
In the big wide world out there, Christians are starting to get up in arms about the movie. And sho can really blame them? The movie is aimed at attacking the very foundations of their religion and one can hardly blame them for being annoyed. (I remember my own response to one off-hand misrepresentation of Judaism) Although I have little sympathy for anyone who calls for bans or boycotts, I would not blame any Christian who refused to watch the movie.
Which raises the question- will I go to see it? On one hand, it promises to entertaining and fast-paced, with witty dialogue and so forth. (Actually, once you know the ending, it may not even be so good. But let's put that to the side.) On the other hand, maybe, just this once, it might behoove me to take offense at something aimed at someone else.
Remember the Passion furor? Forget whether or not you agreed that the movie was offense- I remember how everyone seemed to feel that for anyone to watch it was offensive to our community. I don't feel that way about this, but maybe there's something to be said for coming to somebody else's aid, for refusing to give money to something aimed at another group.
And maybe the whole issue seems silly to me. The book is, after all, fiction. But if it were fiction that was so virulently offensive to me, I don't think that I would face the issue with the same equanimity. Everyone takes offense at different things, and this is not my battle. But maybe it's a battle that I should respect?
I don't know what I'm going to do. Or rather, I doubt that I will see the movie, but this is more a product of the rarity with which I watch movies than a moral stance. But then again, I wasn't particularly shocked by the Passion either. (I was slightly tempted to see it for the Aramaic- how many times will that skill have any practical applications?) But all those of you out there who may have been shocked that anyone would have gone to see a movie that affronted them- how can we justify not having the same sensitivity towards others?