Monday, September 19, 2005

More on the Penguins

This morning, I wrote about the Right's newfound affection for the March of the Penguins.

Apparently, the Brits in their wisdom have taken Medved & Co. to task yet again. From The Observer:
If ever the world needed reminding about the oddities of America's Christian Right, its espousal of the film March of the Penguins provides us with a perfect example. To the movement's intellectuals, this French nature documentary - with its images of birds blinded by blizzards but still battling to protect their young - affirms decent, traditional norms like monogamy, sacrifice and child-rearing. Boys and girls have been urged to watch with notebooks to write down pious musings as they watch this life-affirming work. Penguin decency needs shouting about, it is argued. It shows us The Way.

But surely the penguin is only one of God's works. Earth also has Bonobo chimps, whose jaw-dropping sexual athleticism would make Hugh Hefner blush; well-fed cats that cruelly toy with their prey; and praying mantises that eat their spouses. How do we know that these creatures do not point The Way? We don't, therefore we should remember the words of the film company executive responsible for March of the Penguins: 'You know what? They're just birds.'



Blogger Jonathan said...

Yep, the penguins are just birds. The Bald Eagle is also just a bird. So why does it represent America? The lion is a big lazy cat who lets his females do the hunting for him. Why is this beast the grand symbol of so many an empire? And the Pelican! How can such an ugly bird symbolize Christianity?

I do not see the sense in the hostility against using a particular trait of these birds to illustrate something good.

19/9/05 22:24  

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