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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

X-Men 3 and Contemporary Junk Science

I just finished viewing the new X-Men 3, The Last Stand trailer and my apologetic warning signs went off.

From what I can gather in the new, 2 minute trailer, is that an evil pharmaceutical company (I am sure is run by Republicans with ties to Haliburton), has developed a drug that can cure mutants (the X-men) of their genetic mutations that give them the power to do such wonderful things like manipulate metal, shoot fire from their finger tips, or turn into giant rocks. With this new drug, the regular folks in the world (you and me) have a weapon to use against those nefarious mutants if ever a need arises.

Tipped off by radio talk host, Frazier, captain Jean-Luc Picard desires to stop the use of this new drug in a peaceful way. However, a beardless Gandalf has a different perspective. He and his henchman see this as a major threat to mutants everywhere, and the only reasonable solution is to take the battle to the regular folks (you and me) first with an epic display of mutant force. The only true hope for the regular folks being extinguished by beardless Gandalf and his gang is to let Jean-Luc and his good X-Men defend them. That is sort of the film in a nutshell.

Now for those of you who are X-Men challenged because you are like me and never read the comic books and maybe caught the Fox Saturday morning cartoon now and then, the basic premise of the X-Men is about a group of humans who have evolved special powers and superhuman abilities that set them apart from regular folks. The evolved special powers are called a mutation, hence the name, mutants. Obviously, due to these bizarre mutations, the mutants are despised and outcast from society. Hey, any guy with sea blue colored skin with a devil's tail sticking out the back of his pants usually isn't going to have it in with the ladies, if you know what I mean.

Anyhow, the mutants have sort of polarized into two groups advocating two separate philosophies. First you have Professor Xavier and his X-men who want to convince regular folks that they are not a threat. He has built a large facility that houses all the young, teenage mutants who have been banished from their homes, families and friends and attempts to provide them with close to a "normal" life as they would have in the regular society. Then, the second group of mutants is spearheaded by Magneto, who use to be friends with Xavier, but has come to believe the regular folks will never accept the mutants. He and his group of mutants are of the mind to extinguish all of regular humanity before they extinguish them in some Nazi like concentration camp holocaust.

The characters of the X-Men were created to provide an entire ethos of illustrating the prejudices and bigotry present in our real, human world. Originally, the world of the X-Men was found only in the pages of the comic books developed by former high school geeks (of which I am a proud, card carrying member) who experienced their share of banishment from the inner circles of the jocks and preps. The characters are suppose to resignate with the pains of bitterness all geeks feel when they are picked last for kick ball, or suffer rejection by junior high supermodels like Julie Stevens when asked to slow dance at the homecoming dance.

Now, with that background in mind, there are some aspects of X-Men morality, if we can call it that, which I like. Good science fiction can be used to illustrate the problems in our real society. There is a lot of stupid prejudice against people that is senseless.

But, with this new movie, my thoughts were triggered about the contemporary debate over homosexual acceptance. You see, apart from the ridiculous notion of mutating evolution that suggests a person can evolve into an individual with the ability to turn into a moving suit of titanium armor, there is a hint of "preachy-ness" against homophobes with this new movie; at least I gleaned this from the trailer.

Once you hear about the plot with the pharmaceutical company making a drug that can switch off the mutants' mutation and make them "normal," you hear one of the characters (I think Halley Berry) respond by saying, "but there is nothing wrong with us; it is just who we are." Some folks would just let that blow by them and be awed by the scene of the Goldengate Bridge blowing apart, but that comment stayed with me. The entire gay agenda is to convince society there is nothing inherently wrong with a homosexual lifestyle. Yeah, we are different in our own way, but that doesn't mean we have to be cast off from society. Moreover, fueling this push for normalizing homosexuality is the junk science behind supposed genetic studies that attempt to link homosexual tendencies with a person's genetic make-up. Thus, a person who is a homosexual cannot help be that way because it is who he or she is a person - it is in the genes. Any attempt to alter a person's "genetic self" is cruel and stealing from that person who he or she truly is. It appears the X-Men 3 mythology provides a tremendous outlet to illustrate in a graphic way just such an argument.

Some may say I am reading too much into a trailer. Perhaps I am; and my wife and I will more than likely go see the film. Yet knowing how the media places homosexuals in the forefront as being regular Joes with such movies like "Brokeback Mountain," and morally confused state legislators, by a threat of law, want to make society accept gay lifestyles or else, I personally think I may be right about this.



Blogger Highland Host said...

I doubt you are reading too much into it. Well, no more than said beardless Gandalf is.

11:42 AM, March 07, 2006  
Blogger Nathan said...

You ignorant right-wing homophobe.

Oh, no anonymous comments? In that case, I was thinking the same thing. I'm planning on seeing it since I loved the first two. But yeah, it's definitely going to be a gay apologetic, and do a better job of it than Brokeback Mountain since more people will see X3 and absorb the underlying philosophy.

12:01 PM, March 07, 2006  
Blogger Gummby said...

Fred--as the Highland Host alluded to, Ian McKellan is a homosexual, and sees his work on X-men as a mutant very similar to his real-life role as a gay man.

If anything, you haven't even scratched the surface on this one. Good stuff!

8:14 PM, March 07, 2006  
Blogger Sketchee said...

The director of the first two films is gay, but he's not directing Superman Returns. THe new director is straight!

Gandalf is gay IRL though.

9:04 PM, March 07, 2006  
Blogger Fred Butler said...

Oh yes, I am quite aware of Sir Ian being gay. I do not recall him making comments about his gayness and Xmen in general, but I can see how he could capitalize on the subject.

I thought Singer was directing the new Superman movie? Hence the reason why Fox is rushing the post-production of X3 so as to beat it into the theaters. Which, in my mind, is dumb. I would think the wiser choice is to let Superman go first. That way, people will remember X3.


5:49 AM, March 08, 2006  
Blogger BlackCalvinist said...

They've already used X-men to push this agenda, Fred. In X2, there's a scene where Bobby Drake (Iceman) goes home to his parents and his mother asks him the classic question: "Well, have you ever tried not being a mutant ?"

Replace 'a mutant' with 'gay' and you'll see the similarity.

I hope they did a good story with this one (as a theatrical piece). Rush production usually equals shoddy work.

7:32 PM, March 08, 2006  
Blogger Fred Butler said...

Yes, I do remember that scene and had the same reaction then; I just wasn't blogging at the time.

I think you are correct in noting that fast post-production turn around means shoddy work. I have enjoy the X men series, so I hope this is not the case.


5:42 AM, March 09, 2006  

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