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Posted: Nov. 17, 2002
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Hollywood Hype through movies such as "The Craft" and now the "Blair Witch" movies, and television shows such as "Charmed", "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer". "Freakylinks" and "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch," have all contributed to the rise of public interest in the Pagan paths and especially Witchcraft. If someone came to YOU after seeing "The Craft", "Charmed" or "Blair Witch," etc., what do YOU want them to know about real Witchcraft and Paganism? What would YOU-or do YOU- tell these folks?
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| As Someone Who Works At A Public Library, I've Gotten My Fair... ||Oct 15th. at 10:21:49 pm UTC|
|Heather H (Martinsville, Indiana US) ||Age: 29 |
As someone who works at a public library, I've gotten my fair share of "I just saw "The Craft" and want to know about witchcraft" teens. I can always tell that when the movie's been on TV lately that I'll get an influx of requests. When I first started working at this library, we didn't have a lot of material. Let me rephrase that, we had one book, the "W" edition of "Man, Myth and Magic". I would show them the entry on Wicca/Witchcraft and then tell them that they could find more information in the nearby college town library. And most of the time if I showed them the entry which states that it's a religion and not "woo-woo make things move and levitate" like they see in the movies they'd look at me like I was nuts and leave. Lately, the teens and adults who come in looking for material on the subject seem to be more knowledgable about what paganism/wicca is. Luckily, due to Lynn's Pagan Book Drive and some quiet bullying on my part, our library has purchased more material and I can give these people access to much more information. In a way, mostly TV shows, like "Buffy" and "Charmed" give their viewers a basic starting point for what paganism and wicca are and make it obvious that the "magic powers" are an entertainment conceit that helps the plot along.
Mostly what I try to make very obvious to people asking for information about paganism/wicca is that it is a religion that honors Mother Earth.
| Hi, All!; The Problem I See With Hype For Movies And Programs... ||Oct 15th. at 9:19:38 pm UTC|
|Tarostar (Toronto, Ontario CA) ||Age: 58 - Email |
The problem I see with hype for movies and programs about Craft is not so much a movie company making a fictional story, as it is the self-appointed Pagan/Witch politicos demonstrating and writing letters protesting before a movie ever comes out.
Witches Of Eastwick was protested quite vociferously by those types in 88, so I went to see it just because "Witches" told me I shouldn't.
Since not one word of Wicca/Craft/Pagaism was mentioned in the movie, I wondered what all the protests were about. I began to think these Witches protesting must be on the payroll of the movie company to create controversy.
Later in the 90's an NBC program titled Craft was to be aired about a child abusing occult sect. (Satanic abuse scares were the fad then) So, the Pagan/Witch activist politicos wrote letters and protested and said they were assured by NBC the offensive thing would not air. They crowed their victory from every newsletter. NBC simply changed the name and aired it anyway. Some victory, eh?
If a movie, or a program is a work of fiction, I have no objection to how it is hyped.
If it is a deliberate biased documentary, that requires a protest.
Last Temptation Of Christ by Kazantzakis, a novel, was protested by xtian fundies sight unseen.
I crossed their picket lines just to say I did, as I will not be told what works of fiction, or even History, I may or may not see.
Blair Witch is horror drama and fiction. Protests would be silly and draw attention to it.
Evil old curmudgeons such as myself would go see it just because some politico says not to. BB Tarostar
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