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The latest anti-choice tactic: spoiling movies (spoilers for a recent movie at the link, obvi).

How long till CNN publishes a story promoting the idea that this all white pastors conference that will feature a cross burning is “not racist?”

Monica Roberts on transmisogyny aimed at Joseline Hernandez.

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Jos Truitt is Executive Director of Development at Feministing. She joined the team in July 2009, became an Editor in August 2011, and Executive Director in September 2013. She writes about a range of topics including transgender issues, abortion access, and media representation. Jos first got involved with organizing when she led a walk out against the Iraq war at her high school, the Boston Arts Academy. She was introduced to the reproductive justice movement while at Hampshire College, where she organized the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program’s annual reproductive justice conference. She has worked on the National Abortion Federation’s hotline, was a Field Organizer at Choice USA, and has volunteered as a Pro-Choice Clinic Escort. Jos has written for publications including The Guardian, Bilerico, RH Reality Check, Metro Weekly, and the Columbia Journalism Review. She has spoken and trained at numerous national conferences and college campuses about trans issues, reproductive justice, blogging, feminism, and grassroots organizing. Jos completed her MFA in Printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute in Spring 2013. In her "spare time" she likes to bake and work on projects about mermaids.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/cassius/ Brüno

    How is that an anti choice tactic? Sounds more like the patron of the theater was faced with angry customers who saw the scene and decided to take a “dont say I didnt tell you” approach to thwart further $hitstorms.

    • unequivocal

      Sounds more like the patron of the theater was faced with angry customers who saw the scene and decided to take a “dont say I didnt tell you” approach to thwart further $hitstorms.

      Eh? Where are you getting that? I didn’t see anything like that in the link.

      • http://feministing.com/members/cassius/ Brüno

        I meant the owner, I thought patron means like owner. English isnt my first language xd .

        But yeah, I guess the ticket guy was advised to do that, so prolifers who get offended at the scene do not get all in the face of the theater owner over that scene. I guess the owner had prolifers getting all angry over that movie before.

        But even if that would not be the case, how would that be an anti choice tactic and politically motivated? You warn people that there is a self induced abortion scene in the movie. From what I know about America, quite a lot of people are anti choice and would probably take offense at such a scene, so the warning is directed at those people. How is that an anti choice tactic? How does it help people who hold anti choice views?

    • http://feministing.com/members/azure156/ Jenny Gonzalez-Blitz

      The patron is the customer. They want to try to make the film lose money by announcing spoilers, which can dissuade some people from going to see movies, if they already know how what happens. The same tactic was used in the early 90’s by LGBTQ rights groups who felt “Basic Instinct” was homophobic and tagged every ad for it with who the killer was.

      And quite honestly, last year I posted the ending to the anti-choice film “The Life Zone” anyplace I could online, AND I DON’T REGRET IT AT ALL LOLOL }:)

      • http://feministing.com/members/cassius/ Brüno

        I kinda doubt that the owner wants to make the movie lose money in his own theater, seen as patrons are informed of that scene while their tickets are being ripped up or just prior. It all still reads like an theater owner who wants to thwart the possibility of people getting in his face over that scene by giving them a warning.

        Where is the cinema located and who is the owner?

        • http://feministing.com/members/azure156/ Jenny Gonzalez-Blitz

          But if the owner DIDN’T want to lose money, why would they want to give out spoilers beforehand, which may discourage people from seeing the movie? (Either because they’re against abortion, or because some people feel the experience of seeing a movie is “ruined” if they know what happens in advance).

          My guess is that this is one usher who took it upon himself, but yeah, we’d need to hear a statement from the owner to get a sense of what actually happened.

          The only time I remember a forewarning is when I saw “Antichrist” in the theater and there was a sign posted warning of excessively graphic violence in the film. But even then, it didn’t tell you exactly what that was, they let you see for yourself if you went in.

          • http://feministing.com/members/cassius/ Brüno

            So prolifers dont get in his face over that horrable scene and keep going to his cinema? That could be a real concern if that particular theater is somewhere in the bible belt or something like that. Thats why I was curious on the location of that cinema.

  • http://feministing.com/members/azure156/ Jenny Gonzalez-Blitz

    As for the “all white Christian meeting” sounds like the perfect way to worship a Semitic man who’s life and ministry took place throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Yep.

  • http://feministing.com/members/skoelle/ Spencer Koelle

    Oh those wacky hate groups. I imagine the reasoning goes something like this “Lots of people think racism is bad. I don’t think I’m bad, therefor, I must not be a racist.”

    CNN: If you’re watching this, your flight has been cancelled.

  • http://feministing.com/members/karmorda/ karmorda

    I have to say, that while it is possible that the ticket taker was motivated by political views they could have also been motivated (and seems more likely) by the graphic nature of the scene.

  • http://feministing.com/members/violetyoshi/ Jackie

    They should fire this ticket taker. His freedom to push his politics on others, does not apply to his job. He’s acting like an outraged child, spoiling the movie, and then standing with a smug grin expecting to be told what a good boy he is. Until he can act like a big boy, and keep his thoughts to himself, he has no place at that theater or any other job.

    • http://feministing.com/members/cassius/ Brüno

      I am pretty sure the ticket guy was advised by the owner to do that.

  • http://feministing.com/members/dancingyeti/ JT

    I’ve seen movies with really graphic torture and murder scenes, and none of them came with such a warning. I find it baffling that anti-choice folks get so upset about cinematic portrayals of abortion but don’t bat an eyelash over scenes of the brutal murder of an adult.