Atheists are ruining ‘Saving Christmas’
In a desperate bid to save Saving Christmas from being rated one of Rotten Tomato‘s worst films of the year – maybe even of the century – Kirk Cameron took to Facebook yesterday to urge his Christian fundie fans to vote this turkey up.
Trumpeting “help me storm the gates of Rotten Tomatoes!” the evangelical actor wrote:
All of you who love Saving Christmas – go rate it at Rotten Tomatoes right now and send the message to all the critics that WE decide what movies we want our families to see! If 2,000 of you (out of almost 2 million on this page) take a minute to rate Saving Christmas, it will give the film a huge boost and more will see it as a result!
Thank you for all your help and support in putting the joy of Christ back in Christmas!
A day later he wrote:
Keep storming! The gates of Rotten Tomatoes are falling! You are A M A Z I N G! You just drove the Rotten Tomato rating to an all-time, soaring high of 94%!
That didn’t last long. The Tomatometer immediately plunged to 9 percent, with an audience score of 49 percent. This is even worse than the 2011 straight-to-video atrocity, Christmas With a Capital C, which got a 60 percent audience score, but didn’t even register on the Tomatometer.
So who does Cameron blame? Why, the “haters and the atheists”, of course.
Now the haters and atheists are coming out of the woodwork, attempting to hammer your good work (they rallied to drop your rating super low).
They are attempting, once again, to ruin Saving Christmas for everyone. Look at their language, vulgarity, and spirit of hate. They can try to ruin a rating, but they can’t stop you from going with family and friends to see Saving Christmas this weekend! If people continue to turn out, the theaters will hold the movie longer. YOU have the power, just like with Rotten Tomatoes, to keep Saving Christmas in the theaters.
Your support sends a very loud message. Films like Soul Surfer, God’s Not Dead, Courageous and Saving Christmas are small lights in a dark world. Together, let’s light up movie theaters this weekend and remind everyone this Christmas of the true reason for the season. Together, they can’t stop us! Are you with me?
The oft-repeated formula here is to take something that exists and is beloved, and then work backwards to find a way to make it Biblically-inspired. Had Saving Christmas run any longer, Cameron would no doubt have found a way to find the divinity in Frosty, Rudolph, the Grinch, peppermint bark, the Elf on the Shelf, frosted cranberry hand soap and Mr Hanky the Christmas Poo.
Duralde also points out:
It’s not a movie so much as it’s an extended Sunday school sermonette …
Cameron’s answers all come from the Bible, that same book that has previously been used to excuse slavery, racism, imperialism, the destruction of the environment, and the subjugation of gays and women.
For instance, there are trees in the Garden of Eden, and Jesus was crucified on planks of wood, so ta dah — Christmas trees! Christian is too busy being a whiner and a sad sack to mention Saturnalia or the solstice, and as Cameron reminds us, ‘The last time I checked, God created the winter solstice’.