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Posted on Monday 16 March 2009 at 11:19 am

Why I'm not going to see Watchmen


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I had no strong feelings one way or the other on this whole Watchmen movie thing. I am somewhat interested in reading the comic, and have been for a while. If the opportunity presented itself to see the movie, I'd have gone, but I wasn't actively going to seek it out. Now, I don't think I'll ever be able to watch it, and I'm certainly not going to pay any money to ever see it.

One of the screenwriters posted an open letter on a website recently. He was making the argument that this is a difficult movie to watch and fully understand and that he encourages people to see it more than once and to think about it for a bit to truly get it. I'm down with that and it matches everything I've heard about the comic. What I can't take is the way he chose to express his argument. He essentially says this movie is all about beating you up and bending you over a pool table, but you know you secretly like it and you'll come back for more. I understand this is a reference to a storyline of the comic and movie (which I can't comment on because I don't know the material first hand) and I will grant that he apologized (I think sincerely though he then sort of backtracked on the apology in comments), but rape is never funny. Making claims that women secretly like being raped and will come back for more is not acceptable in any context. I don't usually do things like this, but I'm getting on my moral high horse for once and refusing to give any of my money in support of someone who would use that as an argument.

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