Good ol’ Dr. Seuss, political pied piper indoctrinating children and their parents through classic picture books and rhymes —
The Hollywood premiere of the children’s movie ‘Horton Hears A Who’ was turned into a political protest yesterday when a group of pro-life activists crashed the event to campaign against abortion. . .shouting the message of the film.
(This is a “message” film?)
“After all, a person’s a person, no matter how small.”
So if that’s the main message of the film, the sing-song message Dr. Seuss meant to teach with his wildly popular kids’ books, then anyone crashing the premiere in protest, must’ve been, um, protesting against that message?
To teach the small, happy, who-like yet real-life children gathered there a Grown-up Life Lesson, these uninvited, unhappy moral exemplars put red tape labeled with the word “LIFE” over their mouths, and paraded through the theatre.
If stranger danger had been the Lesson, we might have to score this demonstration as effective. That wasn’t the intended message, though.
And as a lesson, whatever it was meant to teach, it wasn’t as poetic as Dr.Seuss nor particularly easy to read, even for grownups capable of critical thinking about complex issues and competing ideology — does open protest with a taped-shut mouth mean freedom or fear, speech or silence, choice or not?
Exploit real-live boys and girls to save theoretical, potential boys and girls. Specks are real children, you know, and real children are specks — a “circle of life” story definitely not for children in any form, imo. (Some might even call it a wicked, demoralizing, dehumanizing message for any age.)
OTOH the protest while incoherent, was not quite as deliberately day-spoiling and shocking to the sensibilities of innocent kids out to enjoy a fun movie premiere, as it could have been made [shudder]:
I guess I could at least commend the protestors for keeping the demonstration PG. At least they were considerate enough to not scare the hell out of children even further by carrying elaborate crucifixes and gigantic banners depicting aborted fetuses.
Kay and I blogged this theme from different perspectives last year:
“Doctor Seuss, Doctor JJ and Power of Story for Life At the Highest Levels of Government” and it turns out we were way late to the party; organized anti-abortion protesters (absent any payment or legal right to it) snatched this creative property for their own use and printed it up on their organizational stationery, back when Dr. Seuss was alive to protest THEM, to demand they stop and threaten to sue.
Has outright theft of intellectual property somehow evolved into free speech for constitutionally protected protest — or does it remain one of Ten Shalt Nots in that other popular message book?
If freedom is oppression, obedience is lawbreaking, entertainment is indoctrination, protest is support, depending on Who is telling the story to Who-m and why, isn’t that the same moral relativism moral protesters usually protest?
Is our real enemy anyone Who disrespects Dr. Seuss as a sovereign individual in charge of his own stories, thoughts, beliefs and meanings? — because if they won’t respect his, they’ll likely trample my personal meanings and stories, and my kids’ too.
Any-“who” — the message I see in all this is that Kay and I were just bit players in an ongoing real-life world-view war.
But then I got to thinking that homeschoolers probably could unite to protest against a message in this book and movie: Beware the Sour Kangaroo!
She captures exactly the control-freak nature that’s not only suppressing the development of her son (still in the pouch, years after he should be out hopping around on his own), it’s preventing her from getting much out of her own life.
If you’re a homeschooling mom, you know this storyline by heart, sigh. We are overprotective, stunting our kids and sacrificing ourselves, when we really should go out and get a job, contribute to the economy, just let the Village raise the kids (to be Village Idiots, I suppose). . .