DISNEY TO DISTRIBUTE 'THE PASSION'
By: Roderick Beaman
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Hollywood - September 1, 2003
In a stunning development, Michael Eisner, Disney CEO has announced that his company
will distribute Mel Gibson's, 'The Passion'. Most unusually, Eisner himself made the
After Fox declined to distribute the film, Eisner began private
negotiations with Gibson for the rights. Eisner had been given a private screening of the
film with Gibson and stated that he was moved to tears by the suffering of Jesus during
his last hours. "I have always admired Mel's work and am honored to be associated
with this, his greatest film. The message is in complete accordance with the spirit of
Walt Disney." Eisner, a Jew, emphasized that he would have had nothing to do with the
film if it were even remotely anti-semitic. "Any viewing puts the lie to that
contention", he said. "I have been a lapsed Jew but after viewing what Christ
did, I am returning to the faith of my fathers. Jesus was a reformer who wanted his people
to live their lives in accordance with the principles of Moses and the prophets that many
of his contemporaries had forgotten. I'm going to try to do the same."
In further stunning developments, a coalition of Hollywood's brightest luminaries has
announced that they have collected over $100 million dollars to help defray the costs of
the distribution. Liberal activists James Garner, Barbra Streisand, Dustin Hoffman and
Steven Speilberg have contributed undisclosed amounts to the fund. Susan Sarandon, with
her husband, Tim Robbins by her side, announced the founding of the committee that is
spearheading the fundraising drive. The personnel who are supporting effort reads like a
Who's Who of Hollywood.
The Oscar winning Ms. Sarandon has often been affiliated with freedom for the arts
activities. At the hastily arranged press conference, she said, "We would be
hypocrites if we did not unite behind Mel Gibson in this endeavor. Mel's movie is free
artistic expression at its utmost. It can not be permitted to die on the vine'. At the
conference, Cher, another oscar winner, came forward and brandished a check for $10
million that she was contributing. "If Susan had not formed this committee, I would
have', she stated. . .
Barbra Streisand, yet another oscar winner, could not be reached for comment but was
rumored to have also donated $10 million to the effort. Steven Spielberg's contribution is
a closely guarded secret but an unnamed source said that it matched Gibson's cost of
making the film which was around $25 million. Spielberg, also Jewish, was so impressed by
the film that he said the public must be permitted to see and appreciate 'this
transcendent work of art'.
As the conference continued, additional names were bandied about as contributing, all
from Hollywood's liberal glitterati. Harry Belafonte, Mary Tyler Moore, Ed Asner, Tom
Cruise, Ted Danson, David Geffen, Whoopi Goldberg, Mary Steenburgen and Arsenio Hall are
all listed as contributors. "As liberals and artists, we can not condone censorship
in any form", Asner, a former president of the Screen Actors' Guild said. Asner
angrily denounced efforts by The Anti-Defamation League and other liberal organizations to
prevent the distribution of the movie and label it anti-semitic.
Since the controversy over Gibson's movie erupted, observers wondered what liberal
Hollywood would do. The reluctance of established activists to step forward and back
Gibson's efforts was taken by many on the right as an example of Hollywood's selective
application of tolerance. This latest effort by Sarandon, et al, is expected to put to
rest any accusations of hypocrisy and any contentions that Hollywood is only concerned
about leftist causes, especially in censorship cases.
It would be wonderful if all of this were true but it's all a hoax. I hope readers
enjoyed it as much as I did writing it. But isn't it the truth? Hollywood is exposing
itself for the huge bunch of hypocrites they are. Mel Gibson is lucky to be enough of a
star that he will likely survive this. Will a lesser star survive? Let's see what happens
to James Caviezel who plays Jesus. He's been regarded as one of the best young actors
My bet is that this movie will be such a huge box office success that materialistic
Hollywood will line up to do another project like it. Like all great leftist institutions,
Hollywood worships its sole God - money.
Roderick Beaman is a published poet, has
composed a blues song and written an, as yet, unpublished novel dealing with the abuse of
government power to wreak personal revenge. He is a new columnist for Ether Zone.
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Published in the September 3, 2003 issue of Ether Zone.
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