The Christian world is in a sudden uproar over the release of the movie Deadpool from 2oth Century Fox, producers of the popular X-men franchise and the not so popular Fantastic Four films. Christians have taken to social media to denounce anyone who would consider viewing the movie Deadpool because of it’s violence and graphic nudity.
Though Deadpool has been in production for a few years, and the publishers have been very public about the content of the film and the fact it’s not for children, people are coming out in droves to take a stand for or against this movie.
What I find the most fascinating is that more people are standing up against Deadpool then I ever saw stand up against 50 Shades of Grey. Pastors, preachers and churches are making public announcements in response to Deadpool. I never saw a pastor stand up and tell his congregation to avoid 50 Shades, and though Deadpool does have some graphic nudity in the movie it also has gratuitous violence that people seem less concerned about.
The majority of the Deadpool movie is childish in it’s humor and by childish I mean immature. The appeal for most people is how the character breaks the “fourth wall” meaning that he knows he is a comic character and that he has an audience watching him. This is appealing and different, but the jokes and the language are sophomoric at best and could honestly be heard walking into any college frat house.
The real reason I believe people are coming out in droves over Deadpool is because of the lack of capable parenting happening in our culture. Parents are upset because they were duped. Their kids told them it was another Marvel movie and as what seems most parents do, they said “ok” and sent them on their merry way to the theater without doing any research.
Now parents are speaking up because they themselves were “tricked” which they weren’t really because FOX and others have been very transparent on the topic and content of this movie. In a case for this movie vs. 50 Shades I can say that Deadpool isn’t all about sex. There is sex, there are references but the main idea for the story isn’t sex. Does that mean it’s ok? Certainly not, that isn’t the point I’m trying to make.
I went into this movie knowing it had nudity, and I’m not trying to justify the argument of paying for entertainment in this medium because that argument can be made for much of the things we entertain ourselves with whether murder mysteries or scandalous affair novels. What I am saying is that I have the self control to look away when a scene is on the screen and I have my wife there who holds me accountable. I also honor my wife’s decision that if she had not wanted to watch this movie with me I would not have gone to see it at all.
This is what self-control is. God gives us His expectations, even gives us authority and power over things in this world and we have to make the choice to use it or not. I cannot with a good conscience tell anyone to go see the movie aside from my children, because they lack self control and maturity to know what to do with those things.
What I will say is that with all things you should know what you or your family is doing and you should be in touch enough to not be duped into sin or allowing your kids to sin. We are a reactive culture instead of proactive, meaning that we don’t care about something until everyone else is caring about it. So before you get roped into something after the fact, maybe take a moment to make yourself aware of what is happening in society around you.