May 09, 2002

The Two Towers Okay, I'm

The Two Towers
Okay, I'm fully aware that the tragic events of 9/11 were truly horrendous, but today I read something that made me realize some people are just a little too sensitive about the whole deal. For those who have been living in a self-contained bubble, on Mars, with their fingers in their ears for the past couple of months, there's a movie called Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Rings, that was based on the J.R.R. Tolkien classic novel trilogy. The next installment of the movie, based on the book, is called The Two Towers. Now, this is not some marketing ploy meant to capitalize on the tragedy of 9/11. The Two Towers was the name of the book, published in the early 1950s. And yet, according to this news report, "a group calling itself Those Affected by September 11 is petitioning director Peter Jackson and studio New Line Cinema to change the name 'to something less offensive.' 'The title is clearly meant to refer to the attacks on The World Trade Center,' notes the petition posted at and signed by more than 1,200 people. 'It is unforgivable that this should be allowed to happen.'" If I may, just for a second, editorialize on the uninformed state of 1,200 people: Kindly remove your heads from your collective ass, people! This is a movie, based on a book, that has nothing whatsoever to do with 9/11, unless there were hobbitts and orcs and wizards and trolls working in the buildings, which I highly doubt. There's nothing more dangerous than an idiotic person with a cause (see also the mailbox pipe bomber), unless you count 1,200 idiotic people with a cause. If it were up to them, every movie ever made that had footage of the WTC would be trashed and burned because they're obviously making money on the tragedy. Yeesh! I especially love the name of the group, Those Affected by September 11, as if they're some sort of elite group of moral purists that feel the anguish of 9/11 more fully than the rest of the American public. Why do I read stuff like that and feel dumber? Blech.

Posted by Ryan at May 9, 2002 12:45 PM
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