Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Britney Spears to play Virgin Mary?

Apparently, Britney Spears is up for a role as the Virgin Mary in the film industry's latest bit of anti-religious garbage.
French producer Phillippe Rebboah is believed to have asked the singer to portray Christ's mother in satirical movie Sweet Baby Jesus.

He told Us Weekly: "I had to convince my partners, because they were like, 'Oh, no. Britney?' But I thought it was brilliant."

The new version of the tale depicts Mary as a 19-year-old who is unsure of the identity of her unborn baby's father. She goes into labour on Christmas Eve in Bethlehem, Maryland, amid claims that the birth is the second coming of Jesus Christ.

I know that we have free speech and yadda yadda yadda, but can you imagine the *global* fallout that would occur if someone cast a train-wreck male celebrity (say, Ozzy Osbourne or Vanilla Ice) to play the prophet Muhammad in a "satirical" film about the origins of Islam? I normally don't get too worked up over the entertainment industry (ten years ago, this story would have been about Madonna), but this just goes to show that anti-Catholicism is the last acceptable prejudice in the Hollywood re-made by our parents' generation.

I genuinely feel sorry for Britney and the fact that she has let both her family and her career go down the crapper, but it's absolutely pathetic that a director would exploit the shambles of her brand in order to draw a parallel to the Virgin, so as to make some kind of statement that, frankly, was already passe in the late 90's.

1 comment:

Brian Boyd said...

Hear Hear!
As MacIntyre said in his lecture at the Center for Ethics and Culture's conference, many such displays of 'art' are attacks on the religion itself, and Muslims are right to object to the more strident forms of such, ones that Christians wrongly are too cowed to.