Sunday, January 15, 2006

One man's blasphemy is another man's Happy Meals Narnia figurine

I have to admit that I've never correctly grasped the graven images injunction, since the nuns and priests who were instructing me were always surrounded by graven images. My child-brain just couldn't nuance its way out of the contradictions.

So I am just going to pass along these two items. The first one, from The Slacktivist, concerns the weird twists of American cross-marketing and media tie-ins.
So McDonald's now has Chronicles of Narnia Happy Meals.
Each comes with one of several plastic Narnia figurines -- Tumnus, Lucy, Edmund. Aslan.
They're selling plastic Aslans at McDonald's.
Plastic Aslans. At McDonald's….
Plastic Aslans at McDonald's. The crucifixion-nail pendants were pretty awful, but at least Mel [Gibson] had the decency not to license Happy Meals.
And from MichNews comes the full fury and wrath of the American Life League.
"In its never-ending quest to sexualize everything in our culture, Planned Parenthood is selling a line of condom key chains that offends just about everyone in the country," said Jim Sedlak, executive director of American Life League's STOPP International. "Some are even blasphemous."
The rest of the article reveals that only one key chain is really considered blasphemous. Some are declared unpatriotic(!) and one is deemed offensive to parents. This is the "blasphemous" key chain.

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