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Name: American Family Association
Occupation: right-winged hate group
Last Seen: Tupelo, MS
Bee-otched For: getting into the movie biz---
As I wrote yesterday, the movie theatre where I grew up is going to show an extremely controversial movie starting tomorrow.
The Elk Rapids Cinema is showing October Baby, a religious drama about a woman who was the product of a botched late term abortion trying to reconnect with her biological mother. The film stars newcomer Rachel Hendrix as a 19-year-old woman who collapses during a college play, and learned that it was triggered due to childhood epilepsy. Her parents - her father's played by ex-Duke John Schneider - finally reveal to her that she's adopted and that her mother tried to have her aborted. So, she ends up on a cross-country trip with her friends to find where her mother is. On the way, she finds the nurse who performed the abortion - played by ex-Cosby kid Jasmine Guy - who many critics claim was the only good performance in the whole movie. She ends up pointing her to her mother, and the two hate each other at first, but thanks to the power of Jesus, the two forgive each other and yadda yadda yadda.
Like I said yesterday, the Elk Rapids Cinema - now under its 40th year of ownership by Joe Yuchasz - does have a penchant of showing religious-themed films maybe once or twice a year. Frankly, I don't have a problem with that, especially since they do make good money. After all, in an interview years ago, Joe claimed that his best-performing film ever was Godspell. One night, two busloads of kids from a Bible camp came from out of nowhere, causing him to add a second show for the movie.
But sadly, October Baby is different. For the most part, it's produced by American Family Studios, the motion picture arm of (yep) the American Family Association, the right-winged wacko group from Tupelo that bashes gays and tried to get Howard Stern off the air. Now, they're trying to make people think that once a baby grows inside a woman, the only way out for it is alive.
Look, folks, I have a very important story to tell of a woman. She was born in 1955 in Detroit, and she was an accident. After all, her sister was 10 years older than she was. Her father was a WWII Navy fighter who was also an alcoholic. Her mother was a housewife. However, when she was 12 years old, her parents divorced. Her mother had her full-time, but since she was forced to work two or three low-paying jobs, she was home alone all the time, even with the 1967 riots not too far from her house.
Needless to say, this young girl did fall in with the wrong crowds. She lost her virginity at 13 and hung out with drunks and druggies galore. When she got a little older, she got into a serious relationship with a total loser and ended up pregnant. She didn't know what to do at first, given the culture of sex and drugs the early 1970's brought to her. So, she decided that for her sake and for her unborn child's sake, she had it aborted and went on with her life. Thankfully, she graduated high school and a few years later, she met her husband and married him a year later.
She and her husband decided that until the time was right, they wouldn't have kids, so she took birth control pills. Although it was a five year wait, the couple decided to have their one and only kid. This month, 31 years ago, he was born.
And that kid was me.
If my mother hadn't had that abortion some 40 years ago, chances were that I wouldn't be here today. My mother would have had to deal with being the mother to a kid with severe retardation and a liability. She made the right move, and it allowed her to be a better person making wise decisions.
Folks, it's a woman's right to choose, not a wealthy white politician's. How would they like it if, let's say, they were raped and forced to carry that child for nine months? True, that child could be put up for adoption, but what if that kid ends up in an abusive home, grows up and ends up trying to find its mother, asking why she put him in adoption? Nothing sucks like having your past come to haunt you again.
As for Joe Yuchasz, don't get me wrong. He's a wonderful and exceptional businessman, but like all of us, he makes mistakes now and again. Who knows? Maybe people will realize how filled with right-winged propaganda that movie is, causing him to want to find a better movie for next week. But then again, the church groups will probably go ga-ga over this one and he'll be drowning in cash by weekend's end.
When you only have one screen, you have to think real tough at times....
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