With excitement over James Cameron’s upcoming
World of Warcraft Expansion Pack movie, Avatar, it was only a matter of time before a religious group took issue with its potential to confuse and disgrace their most cherished beliefs (was it only a matter of time?). From TMZ:
James Cameron’s new film “Avatar” may have one of the biggest budgets of all time … but it also has one big problem — a group of Hindus are up in arms because they claim the title disgraces their religion.
The Universal Society of Hinduism and its president Rajan Zed are demanding Cameron put a disclaimer before and after the new 3-D flick saying it has diddly squat to do with the Hindu religion and its concepts … and the title is just a coincidence.
The concept of “avatar” — commonly known as incarnation — is a central theme in Hinduism and prominent Hindus are worried the movie will completely botch it if Cameron doesn’t bother to explain himself.
Oh, the Universal Society of Hinduism. Also, huh?
I mean, I’m not a Comparative Religions Scientist, so I don’t know all the details of Hinduism, but does anyone really think that a 3-D action movie in which a CGI Nintendo Wii character flies on a magical butterfly-dragon into battle with human warriors in mecha-suits in a war over hover space-rocks is really going to confuse anyone about any kind of religion? If it was even possible for anyone to draw the connection between this fantastic adventure and Hinduism, they might see a huge influx of TRUE BELIEVERS. “I want to go to Action Church!”
Also, why is it that every well-intentioned but outraged group always wants movies to be proceeded by a completely insane disclaimer that is never going to happen? And a disclaimer at the beginning AND the end of the movie? Relax, technouniversalsocietyofhinduism.
Extra Credit to TMZ, though, for their headline “Hindus Call Avatar a Big Hin-Don’t!” I’m on hold with the Pulitzer committee right now waiting to speak to someone from the Melting All the Awards Into One Giant Award Department.