Okay, I’ll admit it. I had my first major hurdle to overcome since I started the blog- used the holidays as an excuse to take a day off and a day turned into two and so on. For the past few days, I’ve been wrestling with another vegan world issue that reminds me again of my Christian days and why I started this endeavor.
To see or not to see War Horse- that’s my dilemma. My first reaction after seeing the trailer was hell no!… here we go again. Another movie that abuses animals and all this in the wake of the New York carriage horse collapses, and… You get the point. The vegan/animal rights community I’ve gravitated to since converting about a year ago tells me not to see this movie because real live horses were used in the production and the use of animals for this any purpose that serves the selfish needs of mankind is wrong. And if I see the movie, I’m in a sense casting my financial vote for the perpetuation of animal use/abuse in the film industry.
I get that line of reasoning, but I also have to confess that there’s a part of me that rebels against the one size fits all mentality that quite frankly can be a little constraining to me at times. Especially since I’m still in the process of figuring out where I fit into all of this. Back in the day, I used to listen to this Christian family-friendly movie review guy’s radio show. He had the enviable task of seeing every movie out there with notepad in hand- counting swear words, drug and alcohol references, nude scenes, and any other non-christian elements that struck a dissonant chord with a prim and proper world view.
So I’m listening to a podcast the other day that reminded me of the family values douche bag. This guy reviewing War Horse had somehow obtained a free ticket to a premiere and thus could attend guilt free. He went on to essentially promote the film to the vegan community with the caveat that one should only see the film if like him they could attend for free because the positive animal rights messages don’t outweigh the negative impact your ten bucks is going to make. Really? Is Steven Spielberg seriously going to base his next film making decision on whether or not a few thousand vegan animal rights activist see this movie? Is my money going to perpetuate animal cruelty in the film industry? In principle, yes. In reality, no. A presidential vote cast in a fixed system has more weight I think.
I for one am willing to sacrifice my vegan purity to see a film that I know will move me (like the non-vegan masses) to give more of a shit about the treatment of animals past, present, and future.