Who Was Gay?!
Date Added: Sept. 7, 2000
Is Hollywood planning a film that depicts Jesus and his disciples as gay? If they are, will signing this "petition" do anything to prevent it?
There is a movie coming out in 2001!
Saying that Jesus and his disciples were gay! There is already a play that went on for a while, but never stopped!
Maybe we can all do something!
PLEASE SIGN AND SEND TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW! PLEASE. IF WE WORK TOGETHER WE CAN BAN THIS! PLEASE! Note To sign this, copy the text and paste it on a new (or forward) message. Then scroll down, sign the bottom and send it on.
Gee, how do you dare disobey a message that includes the word "please" six times and uses eleven exclamation points?
Seriously, though, this rumor about a movie that portrays Jesus Christ as gay dates back to 1984. There was no such film in production then, just as there is no trace of one now. Yes, this could change at any time, given the popularity of the rumor (scandal = money, in Hollywood), but I can find absolutely no evidence of one as of this writing.
There is, however, one nugget of truth in this chain. In 1998, Terrance McNally produced Corpus Christi, a stage play that did, indeed, depict Jesus and his disciples as gay. The rumor about the movie predates the play by 14 years, but that doesn't keep the author of this chain from insinuating that the dreaded movie will be based on the play. As of this time, there are no plans for a movie version.
The bigger point to be made here, though, is that adding your name to an e-mail petition like the one above will accomplish nothing. The people who participate in and forward e-mail petitions like this one are acting in good faith, but chains like this often do more harm than good. Let's put it to the Seven Tests of Armchair Activism:
Now, I'm no minister, but I'm pretty sure failing to spread a decades-old rumor about something that never existed won't "show your lack of faith and a lack of respect for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who died for us," as the letter above contends. If you have doubt, though, consult your clergyman about this chain letter and the arguments against it. Break this chain!
References: About.com, Snopes.com