This is some email I suspect a lot of you have already received; look at it through new eyes, though.
It’s from Premise Media (I’m on their mailing list, and have been for a long time…how else could I have gotten an invitation to their premiere?), and I present it here as I received it, except that I stripped out most of the links. Notice anything familiar?
Ben Stein’s movie is now in danger of being “Expelled” from theaters
A “Top 10” box office opening…
Standing ovations in theaters…
Scathing critics and raving fans…
Expelled is being sued by YOKO ONO – and she’s demanding that it be booted from THEATERS NOW!
If you haven’t done so already, PLEASE SEE EXPELLED NOW; its future relies on you.
Check HERE to see where EXPELLED
is playing near you (1,000 screens nationwide)
Click HERE to hear a special message from Ben Stein>Despite harsh reviews from liberal critics, predictions of box
office failure and ridiculous lawsuits, EXPELLED has become
a FAN FAVORITE:
> #5 in per screen box office ($3,000 per screen) > #9 overall, despite being on only half the screens of its competitors > EXPELLED may become one of the top 10 box-office performing documentaries of all time.>"It opened as one of the most commercially successful releases for any documentary film," said the Christian Post.
BUT BEN STEIN NEEDS YOUR HELP…
>Secular critics, atheist groups, and now the beloved Yoko Ono are black balling EXPELLED and trying to get it out of theaters.
Without strong support from leaders like you, EXPELLED could get tossed from the theaters.>PLEASE get out to SEE EXPELLED THIS WEEK. Ben is risking his career by taking on the world’s leading atheists, and he can’t do it alone – he needs your support.
CLICK HERE to take a GROUP to see EXPELLED.
Please forward this email to friends and contacts!
Font size changes, random underlining, random color changes — it is so typical of creationist email. If I didn’t know that these gomers had millions of dollars at their disposal, I’d consider this to be yet another rant from a lone fruitcake living in his mother’s basement.
Notice too the palpable hysteria and desperation. “Oh noes! Our movie is tanking!!! You have to come see it!” It’s also rife with contradictions; it’s a “fan favorite”, but at the same time it needs more people to come to the theater, its future relies on it. Attendance will not influence the course of the lawsuit from Yoko Ono, despite their complaints. This whole thing is laughably incoherent.
Have you seen any “blackballing” of this movie by atheist groups? No, none at all. There have been no picket lines, no harrassment of attendees, no threats to theater owners — atheist groups, such as Minnesota Atheists, have even held group trips to see this bad movie, the better to critique it. The reason there aren’t any butts in the seats is that they made a lousy movie. If you want to know why it’s sinking fast, look to the reviews.
They undermine their own premise, too. They need more people to attend so that the movie isn’t “expelled” — apparently, “expelled” is now a synonym for “flopped”. I can agree with their idea now: Sternberg, Crocker, Gonzalez, etc., are all failures in the competition for ideas, just as their movie is a failure in the competition for attendance.