Nobles: Quinn Taylor, ABC’s vice president in charge of television movies, for making a very good point.
The movie version of C.S. Lewis’ classic children’s tale, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” opened this week to rave reviews, despite months of criticism from those quarters of society dedicated to trashing anything with a pro-Christian message. Lewis made no secret that his fantasy tale was an overt Christian allegory, where a Christ-like lion dies then is resurrected to save the world from evil. But besides that, it is also one good yarn that has been enjoyed by children of all ages and all faiths for decades.
Similarly, Mel Gibson’s 2004 “The Passion of the Christ” garnered equally unfair criticism for being anti-Semitic before it even came out. It wasn’t, which should have been clear to anyone when Mr. Gibson made a point of filming his own hand nailing Christ to the cross. Of course, one would have to actually see the movie first to know that.
Mr. Gibson’s latest project reportedly is a ABC movie about the Holocaust, and already some aren’t happy. “For [Mr. Gibson] to be associated with this movie is cause for concern,” said one critic, who cites the anti-Semitism charge. To which Mr. Taylor replied to Variety: “Shut up and wait to see the movie, and then judge.”
Well said, Mr. Taylor, this week’s Noble.
Knaves: New Orleans community leader Leah Hodges, for a ridiculous analogy.
Earlier this week, the House held a very strange hearing with Katrina evacuees and New Orleans community leaders. For the most part, the witnesses browbeat the congressmen with charges of racism to explain the slow response in the hurricane’s aftermath. The victims’ anger is justified, even if their fervent belief that racism — not incompetence — was the cause of the delay is wrong.
Miss Hodges, however, went a bit further than most have when she compared the shelter conditions to a concentration camp. “That is the only thing I could compare what we went through to,” she said.
Begging Miss Hodges’ pardon, but evacuees weren’t stuffed into cattle cars; forced to do slave labor; housed like chickens; sent to gas chambers; or lined up and shot in front of mass graves that they had just finished digging.
For letting her anger distort her reality, Miss Hodges is the Knave of the week.