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(Some Guy)   Vatican calling for boycott of "The DaVinci Code"   ( divider line
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620 clicks; posted to Entertainment » on 29 Apr 2006 at 3:52 PM (11 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2006-04-29 01:39:23 PM  
Normal people everywhere are calling for the Vatican to boycott little boys.

/warms hands over flame
2006-04-29 01:39:51 PM  
Really? It's almost like they're.......hiding something.
Duhn, duhn, duuuuuuuhhhnnnnnnnn.
2006-04-29 01:42:46 PM  
My god, it's full of lies.

Open the pod bay door, Hal.
2006-04-29 01:46:05 PM  
It's so cute when the catholic church thinks they're still relevant...
2006-04-29 01:46:27 PM  
Now I'm definately going to see it.
/At least you know who wrote the Da Vinci Code.
2006-04-29 01:46:45 PM  
He is right though; anything of this sort against either Islam or the Holocaust would invoke a boycott, or worse.

Unfortunately, his justification is flawed because everything should be open to criticism.
2006-04-29 01:51:05 PM are lovers of literature.

/Oh, and Dan Brown thanks the Vatican for making him more money.
//getting something banned is the surest way to make it a hit.
2006-04-29 01:51:53 PM  
That should boost sale by a couple of million...
2006-04-29 01:52:33 PM  
I'm boycotting it because it's so incredibly awful. I hated that book.
2006-04-29 01:53:07 PM  
Going to see it twice, then.
2006-04-29 01:57:04 PM  
Oh good. More publicity for the most over-rated book ever written...if you can even call it writing.
2006-04-29 02:04:26 PM  
Last One Left: He is right though; anything of this sort against either Islam or the Holocaust would invoke a boycott, or worse.

1. Yes, anti-Islamic literature would invoke a boycott (cf. Salman Rushdie). That's because there's a far higher rate of fanaticism in Islam. It's a good thing that most Catholics and Christians have progressed somewhat beyond the stage of book-burning - if they were truly outraged, they wouldn't need the pope to tell them to boycott it.

2. I think the Pope just Godwined himself...I mean, yes, any criticism against the Holocaust is a pretty sensitive issue. How does that prevent other things from being criticized? This is like saying you shouldn't slander PETA or Republicans because such slander against the Shoah would not be tolerated. The Holocaust and the Catholic Church are not the same kind of thing at all, so this is an irrelevant point.
2006-04-29 02:06:46 PM  
thejoyofpi: Yes, anti-Islamic literature would invoke a boycott (cf. Salman Rushdie).

Not to imply that Dan Brown is writing literature or anything, of course.

I've seen Salman Rushdie at a lecture. He considers Dan Brown the worst fiction writer in history. He would probably slap anyone who compares Brown to himself.
2006-04-29 02:12:46 PM  
Vatican, schmatican.

/former 43-year catholic who finally wised up
2006-04-29 02:29:15 PM  
"Slander, offenses and errors that if they were directed toward the Quran or the Shoah would have justifiably provoked a worldwide revolt," he said, referring to Islam's holy book and the Hebrew word for Holocaust.

"Yet because they were directed toward the Catholic Church, they remain 'unpunished,'" he said.

And he's absolutely 100% correct.

Normal people everywhere are calling for the Vatican to boycott little boys.

/warms hands over flame

Because as we all know, all homosexuals are pedophiles!
/if you're gonna kick off a flame war, do it right....
2006-04-29 02:42:15 PM  
Calling for boycotts of movies always works out so well.
2006-04-29 02:46:21 PM  
And another thing. How is a schlocky thriller crafted around half-baked conspiracy theories no one believes anyways an "offense" to the Catholic Church. All he is doing is legitimizing it. Really stupid move.
2006-04-29 02:47:33 PM  
Weaver95: And he's absolutely 100% correct.

Still a complete non-sequitur to compare the Church to the Holocaust.
2006-04-29 02:49:42 PM  
Now I'm definately going to go see it.
2006-04-29 03:03:16 PM  

Oops. I meant that all Catholics were kiddie touchers. Sorry homos, didn't mean to offend you.

/burn baby burn
2006-04-29 04:00:22 PM  
They don't seem to grasp the concept of "fiction"
2006-04-29 04:02:11 PM  

Agreed on the first point. Since the Pope Godwinned himself, this is over. :P

That being said, there is no good reason why the Holocaust can't be questioned. Those who question it and claim it never happened (like Ahmadinejad and David Irving) are ridiculed because their arguments lack substance. Indeed, comparing the Holocaust to the DaVinci Code is retarded, and as you suggested, criticizing one does not preclude criticizing the other. My point, essentially, is that everyone and everything should be criticized.

To quote Kyle, either it's all OK or nothing is.

/Salman Rushdie is awesome
//The Satanic Verses evokes the memory of Kahlil Gibran
2006-04-29 04:02:23 PM  
They don't seem to grasp the concept of "fiction"

Nah. They do. They just want their brand to be top dog.
2006-04-29 04:07:12 PM  
I say boycott it too.. I hear that this fiction movie based on a fiction novel may, in fact, contain some untruths
2006-04-29 04:10:48 PM  
See, here's the thing: there is precisely zero reason to think the Bible has any more truth whatsoever than the Da Vinci Code, and frankly there are indications that it contains less seeing as there are numerous contradictory statements in the Bible.
2006-04-29 04:50:50 PM  
The vatican is just upholding their long standing tradition to use their religious power to anything that makes them look like liars.
this should have been submitted with the obvious tag
2006-04-29 04:55:16 PM  
Well when Brown says in the forward, "All the titles and groups in this book are accurate and true." It kinda says "Hey I'm Non-fiction... kinda!"

What a douche.
2006-04-29 04:58:44 PM  
However, Opus Dei, which is portrayed as a murderous, power-hungry sect in the novel, has specifically refrained from publicly calling for a boycott of the film, aware that bitter criticism of Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" helped generate publicity for the movie.


A Vatican official reportedly called for a boycott of the upcoming "The Da Vinci Code" film Friday

2006-04-29 05:09:59 PM  
Angels and Demons is better.
2006-04-29 05:11:16 PM  
My wife read it... she said she didn't like it because, and I'm quoting her here.. "It's full of feminism garbage."

And mattharvest, I'm not a Christian, but there are many scholars who have studied history and would disagree wholeheartedly with you. The Bible does have some things that are historically accurate (the reign of some kings, for example), and therefore, it does have a bit of credibility. And as far as contradictory statements go, yes, there are. Many of those can be easily explained as translation errors or simply taking what is said out of context. Some people who read things don't realize that different works of writing are written for different purposes, for different audiences, and in different time periods.

And after all, what's a more convenient scapegoat than God?
2006-04-29 05:16:12 PM  
Anyone else immediately think of the Father Ted censorship episode?
2006-04-29 05:19:30 PM  
The only thing that comes to mind is that the unlikely tag was used. Wrong, wrong, wrong. It seems obvious to me, and I'm Catholic.

That book isn't non-fiction. It should be retitled "A Million Little Conspiracy Theories."
2006-04-29 05:36:03 PM  
I assume they're calling for the boycott of it because it's one of the worst-written books I've ever read, because the plot manages to be both obvious and random, and because the characters have all the inner life of a Keanu Reeves character?

I can't take anyone seriously who likes that book. The writing is just so goddamn bad, it makes Clive Cussler look like Harper Lee.
2006-04-29 05:43:02 PM  
I think submitter means that an acutal boycott is unlikely.
2006-04-29 06:05:04 PM  
Obdicut....I'm laughing at your comments, not just because they're funny, but because they're so true.
2006-04-29 06:12:44 PM  
I read the book, and afterwards i wanted a refind for the time I wasted. The worst part is, if you search favorite books on facebook, The Davinci code is number one at every school. People read it, and suddenly they are biblical and religious scholars. It makes me sick.
I read a book about brain surgery once.
Doesn't make me a surgeon.
2006-04-29 06:13:01 PM
2006-04-29 06:19:01 PM  
I heard he gets his lad out.
2006-04-29 06:30:56 PM  
Teknowaffle: I read the book, and afterwards i wanted a refind for the time I wasted

I always get a kick out of these kind of comments. Doesn't bode well for your intelligence if you kept plodding through a book that you absolutely detested.

I've occasionally started reading books that sucked. But you know what? After a few chapters, if it hasn't grabbed me, I stop reading.

As for the boycotting ... anyone remember when Life Of Brian debuted? The catholic church provided lots of free PR for that one, too.
2006-04-29 06:36:43 PM  
munchkinette: I'm boycotting it because it's so incredibly awful. I hated that book.

Not you TOO munchkinette!?!?

What is up with people who read an entire book and then whinge, piss and moan about how terrible it was??

If it's bad ... stop ... READING IT!
2006-04-29 06:36:56 PM  
I was in my second semester of senior year in high school. It was that or stare at my Econ teachers hairy knuckles as he lectured.
I picked the safe option.
2006-04-29 06:37:43 PM  
Dear Vatican -- suck my nutsack.
2006-04-29 06:41:55 PM  
Teknowaffle: STFU.I was in my second semester of senior year in high school. It was that or stare at my Econ teachers hairy knuckles as he lectured.

Hmm and you do know there is more than ONE book you could have chosen? There are things called "libraries" that are chock full of them, and they're free to sign out ...

Sorry that just sounds like such a STUPID thing to do -- to keep reading a book that sucks. I walk out of the occasional movie that bites, and it pisses me off that I wasted money on it. But to continue reading a bad book ... stupid.
2006-04-29 06:59:42 PM  
All the people liking Da Vinci Code were making it not cool to like Da Vinci Code, but now the Vatican not liking Da Vinci Code may make it cool enough to like Da Vinci Code again.

Whew, I'm up to speed again.
2006-04-29 07:05:11 PM  
I like how you sit there trying to make yourself the intellectual superior because I finished a book I didn't like. I had to do it constantly with the terrible books that are assigned through high school. I didn't have to read those all the way through either, I could have gone onto the internet like every other student, and read the Spark notes. But I didn't. Because I read the book all the way through I could present a more informative paper or argument in class as to why I did not like the book. Should I have put the DaVinci code down, I do not think that I would be able to say that the book for sure sucks.
As well, sometimes people read a book all the way through because perhaps something will redeem it. I am sure you have thought a book was bad at the beginning, but then decided to push on a little further to see if it would get better, and perhaps low and behold it did.
I read the book to see what the hype was about. Angels and Demons I put down because of how bad it was. Yes, there was a library at the school, and let me tell you, I made great use of it. I plowed through about one book a day, provided it was of average length. I learned more by reading on my own that year than I ever could have in class.

So don't try and insult me.
I can guarantee you in my short life I have out read most 50 year olds.
2006-04-29 07:05:33 PM  
So, the Church's official stance is, "The Muslims can do it, so why can't we?"

2006-04-29 07:13:39 PM  
<b>Teknowaffle:</b> <i>I can guarantee you in my short life I have out read most 50 year olds. </i>

You dropped this:

2006-04-29 07:18:06 PM  
yeah, i noticed.
2006-04-29 09:06:39 PM  
Roommates GF raved about much she loved the book. Random other chick raved about how much she loved the book. Random 100 people on the internet raved about how much they love the book. Best seller on lots of lists. So you figure...hey, why not.

About halfway through you realize a) how Dan Brown writes, and b) that this probably isn't going to change. But 1000's of people can't be wrong, can they? So you keep reading, believing that there HAS to be some redeeming factor.

And every couple of chapters, you stop and do the same thing.
"This book sucks"
"Its been on the bestseller lists for weeks, there must be something I'm missing...I'll stay with it"

And you get to the end of the book...and realize its just all one giant fraud. You feel a bit angry, a biatcheated...a bit of surprise at how easy it is to write a best selling novel.

Yes, I wanted that part of my life back...all 3-4 hours of it. (I think, might not have taken that long.) But more than anything, my opinion of those who raved and ranted about how good the book dropped significantly.

But hey, he's the one thats sold millions of books, and I'm just a wannabe writer that can't put two chapters together. The movie stars Tom Hanks, and opens as a summer blockbuster... I might have a highschool video we shot for speech class, does that count?

Half-drunk thoughts on a saturday night on fark...gotta love it.
2006-04-29 09:27:29 PM  
Let me throw my log on the "worst book ever written" fire. I got to about page 60 and threw the book across the roon because I was tired of dredging through a book that felt like it had been written by a 5th grader, who only used his penis.

This book is that jackass friend we all have and try to never hang out with.
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