Okay, so somehow I got on the mailing list for McCain and Co. Public Relations, and every now and then they send me press releases about their artists. I checked my inbox the other day and found this:
All-American football star, recording artist and actor Terry Warren has a feature spot in The Campaign, the new comedy starring Will Ferrell that will be in theaters August 10. The Warner Bros. film, which tells the story of two Southerners vying for a seat in Congress to represent their small district, shows a clip from B.L. Stryker, a TV movie in which Warren starred with Burt Reynolds.
“It is such a great honor to be featured in a film starring the comic genius Will Ferrell, who I think is one of the funniest actors in Hollywood these days. Unfortunately, like most of his movies, the humor will not be appropriate for my 13-year-old daughter to see,” Warren said, laughing. “I give Jesus all the glory for this great opportunity.”
I couldn’t stop scratching my head. All it takes is a passing glance at the parents’ guide for this film to see that not only would it not be appropriate for a 13-year-old, it’s obviously not worth any Christian viewer’s time or money. Granted, it’s not Warren’s fault that a clip from one of his movies happens to be used in this movie, but why isn’t he embarrassed about it? Why is he “giving Jesus all the glory” for having a bit feature in… a pointless, godless, heavily raunchy, heavily profane comedy movie? I mean it’s not like people are going to be in the theater saying “Oh hey look, that’s Terry Warren! Hmmmm, wonder what he’s doing these days. [goes home and googles] Wow, he’s made a couple of Christian albums. How awesome is that?? I better go buy those right away.” Eh, not likely to happen. If he thinks that this little appearance is going to lead to somebody’s encountering the gospel, he’s using strange logic. Unless all he meant by giving Jesus the glory is that he just thinks it’s really cool for himself that he’s appearing in a Will Ferrell comedy. In which case he’s got me totally baffled.
So, my .02 on that strange little news item. Maybe if McCain and Co. finds this they’ll stop sending me their press releases. That would totally crush me…not.