So, apparently, a lot of people who dislike Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series (there are many reasons for disliking it, most of them legitimate) are going to Breaking Dawn Pt. 1 tonight, as evidenced by my facebook updates. They claim they are doing it “ironically” or just for the laughs, or for the chance to see the highly anticipated graphic and bloody honeymoon scene.
I can’t exactly turn back time and stop them from going to the movie, and I certainly can’t put a gun to anyone’s head and tell them they are forbidden from going to the movie. But I would like anyone who is thinking of going, for whatever reason, to please reconsider, especially if you are interested in equality and justice for LGBTQ Americans.
Why? Because every portion of money from your ticket to see the movie goes into the pocket of the author of the Twilight series, Stephanie Meyer, who belongs to the Church of Latter Day Saints (Mormons). They give ten percent of their annual income to their church, a practice known as tithing which varies across the Christian denominations. Why should you be concerned about this? Consider: The Mormon church spent $20 million plugging Proposition 8, the passing of which meant that the Constitution of California no longer recognized marriages between same-sex couples. Brigham Young University, a large Mormon college in Utah, flirted with pray the gay away aversion therapy. Orson Scott Card, probably the second most famous Mormon author after Meyer, is on the board of the National Organization of Marriage, a group devoted to trashing queers and painting us as villains out to ruin “the family”, and the things he’s said about queers on his own time is enough to make your hair stand on end.
Every time you see these films, purchase these books, or buy merchandise related in some way, you are putting money into the pocket of Meyer and therefore, the church which sees me and my girlfriend as subhuman creatures deserving less than equal rights. Even if you think it’s fun to spend a couple of hours heckling it in the theatre, it indirectly funds efforts to eradicate our rights in my beloved home country.
If you have to satisfy your itch to make fun of the movies, wait for the Rifftrax version to come out, or watch it on youtube. But don’t put money into the pockets of people who support homophobic institutions which are actively fighting to chip away at what little protections LGBTQ Americans have.
If you insist on seeing it or have already paid money to see it, might I recommend doing a “queer offset” by donating whatever your ticket cost to an organization that helps promote queer rights, like Freedom to Marry or whatever is relevant for your country of residence?