I’ll be honest, I wasn’t going to write about this at first. After all, bringing attention to something like this is the best way to give it legitimacy and to encourage other people with similar derangements to do the same thing. But the weekend has come and gone, and others are writing about the story now, so I figure one more write-up won’t affect the zeitgeist too much. So for anyone who hasn’t heard yet, or for anyone who is a gluten for punishment, here we go:
A Michigan woman, Sarah Deming, is suing FilmDistrict claiming that the movie Drive did not live up to the expectations set by its trailers. Those expectations? That Drive would be in the same vein as “the Fast and Furious, or similar, series of movies.” She is planning on filing this as a class action lawsuit, meaning she thinks others were similarly disappointed and would not be ashamed to admit that.
According to the Deming, the trailers for Drive were misleading to the point that she deserves a refund of her ticket price. It doesn’t end there, though. Deming also wants all misleading trailers to be outlawed, effectively putting M. Night Shyamalan out of a job. She also claims that a movie in which a Jewish character takes time to explain the defamation he has had to endure throughout his life is itself antisemitic because he doesn’t flinch from using a word that has been used against him. This echos a similarly logic-impaired argument that was made against An Education. In that film one of the characters is met by antisemitism, and apparently the act of portraying antisemitism makes a film antisemitic. Following this logic, Spike Lee is the most racist filmmaker in American history.
Now there are a lot of easy jokes to make here. We have a woman who clearly has never had any kind of experience with modern advertising; is self-righteous enough to form a class action lawsuit, clearly under the belief that others will want to align themselves with her in this crusade; and she doesn’t understand that simply acknowledging that something exists is not the same as condoning it. The comedic mine is bottomless – but why should I have all the fun? Write your own hilarious opinions and jests in the comments below. Best one gets re-tweeted by me.