Rutten: 'The Passion' dangerous


"Watching Mel Gibson cleverly build interest in his unreleased film on Christ's execution is like watching an unwholesomely willful child playing with matches," begins Tim Rutten's media piece in the L.A. Times today.

The immediate temptation may be to let the little brat learn the lesson that burnt fingers will teach. That impulse, however, is quickly overcome — not only because no decent person stands idly by while pain is inflicted, but also because, if the kid starts a fire, other people may be hurt.

Rutten sees ugliness ahead in the controversy over The Passion and blames Gibson in part.

But there is more than clever marketing behind Gibson's coyness. What he and his coworkers need to avoid at all cost are discussions of the religious convictions he has said led him to make the film. The actor often is described as a "devout" or "serious" Catholic. He is not, in fact, a Roman Catholic. He and his family are members of one of the so-called traditionalist splinter group that broke with the Roman Catholic Church over the reforms made by the Second Vatican Council in the early 1960s.

Alas, under the new scheme that begins today, all of the news and columnists in the front of the paper are free; those that happen to run in Calendar cost money to non-subscribers. Go figure. Here's the link anyway.

More by Kevin Roderick:
Ralph Lawler of the Clippers and the age of Aquarius
Riding the Expo Line to USC 'just magical'
Last bastion of free parking? Loyola Marymount to charge students
Matt Kemp, Dodgers and Kings start big weekend the right way
LA Times writers revisit their '92 riots observations
Recent LAT stories on LA Observed:
LA Times writers revisit their '92 riots observations
Los Angeles more worldly since '92, LA Times 'more insular'
More recommended media coverage of the riots
Fiction does have a winner at LA Times Book Prizes
LA Times geography throws USC a curve

New at LA Observed
Follow us on Twitter

On the Media Page
Go to Media
On the Politics Page
Go to Politics

LA Biz Observed
Arts and culture

Sign up for daily email from LA Observed

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

LA Observed on Twitter and Facebook