Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Christians Upset Over Fleeting Images of Gay & Lesbian Parents in "Storks"

(Originally written on 09/27/16): I don't go to the movie theater as much as I used to. There are multiple reasons for that. Long story made short, I haven't seen Storks. I'm vaguely aware that it deals with storks and some corporation that delivers babies to people. One baby gets lost in the process, leading one stork to attempt delivery of the baby in defiance of his corporate overlords. Or something like that. (Jon's Note: I'm sure that the baby eventually makes it to his family and everything works out in the end.)

Turns out that Christian movie reviewers are upset because there's a lesbian couple and a gay male couple in this movie towards the end. Like for less than a second. But you really need to know this so that you can decide if you want your money to go to anything even hinting at gay families.

From the Christian Examiner:
The Bad... The creators of Storks did tip their hat to the LGBT community, although the scene is even more brief than the alleged lesbian scene in Finding Dory. The Storks scene takes place in the film's final minutes, as we watch a rapid sequence involving babies in the arms of different parents. Most of the couples include a man and a woman, but we also see two women, and moments later two men. It's so quick that it's easy to miss (it might last a fifth of a second – if that). The scene was not a deal-breaker to me, although it might bother some conservative families.
In fact, the Christian Examiner decided to post a second article highlighting Storks' gay parenting controversy yesterday:
But there is no question about a just-as-brief (if not briefer) scene in the new animated movie Storks (PG), which has been widely applauded for some of its general themes but which also includes a rapid sequence at the film's end that shows a baby in the arms of different couples – including a lesbian couple and a gay couple. The film grossed $21 million over the weekend and finished No. 2. 

Adam Holz of Focus on the Family's Plugged In department said Christian families who know about the controversy will reach different conclusions as to whether they should watch the film. 

"The scene in question here is very, very short. It may be a quarter of a second or less," Holz told Christian Examiner. "It's truly a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment. If viewers aren't paying close attention, they may very well miss it entirely. Because of that, I think there's room for Christian families to make a variety of decisions on whether they want to navigate this scene or not. That said, I suspect that for many Christian families, the fact that the film includes a scene with at least two same-sex couples (two women and two men shown in a fast-moving montage) receiving babies from storks will push it out of bounds on principle, no matter how fleeting the scene is

"By including those images, the filmmakers are promoting a worldview and an understanding of family that's consistent with mainstream secular values with regard to sexuality and marriage, but one that's at odds with a biblical understanding of those important subjects. I suspect that will be enough for many Christian families to take a pass on this film."
Seriously, there are people who will refuse to see Storks because it includes a passing image of two men holding a baby and two women holding a baby for less than one second. And Christians continue to ask me why gay people don't think that there's room for us within the Church...

Updated on 02/14/17: I have been meaning to update this post for a while. It garners much traffic and people from both sides are commenting, which is nice. But I still haven't seen "Storks." It's not on Netflix and there is a huge wait list for it at my local library. And I refuse to buy a DVD copy of this movie for a fleeting glimpse of same-sex couples.

Then I stumbled across images of these same-sex couples late last night, so...
 So these are the fleeting images that have upset so many Christian viewers.

15 comments:

Robert Jindra said...

I hadn't heard about the couples (I generally avoid spoilers before going to movies), but when I saw the two men and women during the montage, I was shedding tears of joy.

Anonymous said...

honestly it was the same for me. i wasn't expecting it at all. as a lesbian myself, it made me so happy to see

Kimberly said...

I have watched the movie half a dozen times and never noticed probably cause I'm crying like a baby by then but I hate that in 2016 people still want lbgt to not be included in tv shows and films. It is really a shame that some feel only what they believe should be respected and the poor kids being raised not to see people who are lbgt what are they going to do in the real world but honestly loved the movie and I will be looking for the lgbt couples next time I view it

stephen jordan said...

Yeah there's also a single mother in the sequence as well should that be frowned upon too

Raymond Dunne said...

Im not sure why the LGB group should be so glad about this since they cant have kids naturally anyway. Think they should just keep to themselves and leave the kids alone.Let the kids make thier own descisions without unnatural influence.

Jon said...

I'm not sure why Christians should boycott this movie because of this. But we can and do have our own kids, Raymond. Thanks everyone for commenting. Keep them coming!

Unknown said...

Raymond that comment is alittle ironic seeing as the film is about people not birthing their own children...soooo.....

Carl Driver said...

AMEN AMEN AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Canis Minor said...

To pervert the mind of kids with animated media is pretty sick... It's a big issue, and it not about avoiding a single second because that fractional moment in time is enough to offend and defile us. It is choosing to stand up for what we believe in, homosexuality is a perversion of the way we are made as a species. Want proof? Ask two men or two women to make a baby. Mic drop

Jon said...

Thanks commenting. I find that heterosexuals value procreation over parenting. Most anyone can fertilize an egg. Not everyone can parent. Say what you will about gay parents. Our families are planned and loved. We don't get pregnant by accident. More often than not, we're scrutinized by external agencies long before we become parents and we're forced to really consider if we're truly up to becoming parents.

In other words, I really don't care if you are offended by our families. None of us do.

Thanks again for commenting.

Cavies 101 said...

Love is love. The gay couples in storks are beautiful!!

Elijah Whitesell said...

I don't think lgbt should be in animated films for kids. It should be in designated movies for lgbt parents, but general films for kids shouldn't have it. The lgbt community shouldn't be able to force their views on kids and families. If the families want to allow then thats fine but putting it in general films is unacceptable. This is no different than what the nazis did with their kid program.

Elijah Whitesell said...

Jon, you can't have kids naturally. This entire movie is in support for the lgbt community. It shows kids that kids aren't made sexually and that they are made artificially without the need of a man and woman. It teaches kids anyone could have a baby. Christian families should abandon this movie if they are against this.

Jon said...

So these two images are similar to Nazi propaganda?

Jon said...

It's interesting though how this has progressed. "Storks" takes an old wives tale for explaining where babies come from to little children without talking about sex. And now it's an LGBT movie because it doesn't involve sex. Very interesting...