With Occupy Wall Street protestors now in their fourth week of not showering, things are starting to smell funky. As such, we thought it was a good time to look at some movies caused a stink when they were released, garnering protesters of their own.

Film has the potential to be a dangerous medium. If a certain portrayal is convincing enough, it can cement false stereotypes in the minds of viewers. For example, the idea that all Arabs are terrorists or that electric cars prefer the exclusive company of homosexuals. That's why religious and social watchdog groups are quick to protest movies that offend their sensibilities. Here are nine examples.

Tropic Thunder

Designed to be risque, the comedy Tropic Thunder was protested and boycotted by advocates for people with intellectual disabilities.  Taking aim at dramas where the leads portray the mentally handicapped, the satire showed Ben Stiller's character as an actor trying to take a dramatic turn in the film within the film, Simple Jack. Problems arose from the film's liberal use of the word "retard." Oddly enough, no one was really rubbed the wrong way by Robert Downey Jr.'s performance in black face.

The Siege

Though they missed the point of the film, Arab American groups were upset by the plot of The Siege. The Council On American-Islamic Relations felt the film's portrayal of Muslims and Arabs as terrorists was dangerous in the sense that it would impress that belief upon American audiences. Director Edward Zwick refused to edit the material which was actually a plee for racial tolerance and condemnation of the use of martial law.

Silent Night, Deadly Night

The success of Halloween led to an overabundance of holiday-themed slasher films. But you just don't mess with Santa. The public assembled outside of theaters screening Silent Night, Deadly Night and threatened to boycott newspapers that carried ads for the film. Hollywood got the message and eased up the holiday-centric fare. Otherwise, the plot of Groundhog's Day would have been radically different.

The Dilemma

Vince Vaughn drew fire when he noted in the trailer for The Dilemma that "electric cars are gay." Comedy or not, gay and lesbian groups weren't amused to hear that term used in a derogatory sense in a nationwide advertisement. After tremendous pressure, the offensive line was removed from the film. I can see both sides of the argument and prefer to remain objective, but I would like to note that the days of kids quoting Vince Vaughn's movie lines ended in 2006.

The Da Vinci Code

If this list illustrates anything, it's that people are sensitive about religion. That's why protestors from South Korea, Greece, Thailand, and India planned to protest The Da Vinci Code screenings at the Cannes Film Festival. The film's assertion that Jesus was Mary Magdalene's baby daddy angered the groups who feel the subject matter is in direct violation of what was stated in the Bible. I guess it's good they didn't see the film. They sound like book purists anyway.

Superhero Movie

Cancer enthusiasts were upset with Harvey Weinstein when he ordered creative changes to the film Fanboys. In the original version of the film, friends band together for a road trip to George Lucas's Skywalker Ranch so that their terminally-ill friend can see Star Wars, Episode 1: The Phantom Menace before he passes. Convinced that cancer wouldn't play in Peoria, Weinstein re-shot key scenes with a different director that altered the storyline. In a move of protest, supporters of the film agreed to picket any film distributed by the Weinstein Company. The first victim was Superhero Movie. However, the fourteen protestors who bothered to show up in New York were quickly diverted by a security guard. Attica! Attica!!


Not one to miss out on a good protest, Dogma writer-director-star Kevin Smith joined a group of New Jersey Catholics when they picketed screenings of his religious satire. The protests backfired and the film went on a successful run at the box office. If only there was outcry surrounding Zack and Miri Make A Porno.

Deep Throat

Theaters in the early '70's sound pretty cool. The hardcore porno Deep Throat was released on the heels of the sexual revolution and sparked controversy across the nation. However, this controversy and protests only helped serve as a manner of promotion, helping the famous skin flick gross profits in the hundreds of millions. Deep Throat helped the X-rated meet the mainstream and signaled a change in the culture. Though banned in 23 states, it was allowed in South Florida, where I'm surprised they don't project the film on billboards every thirty feet.

The Passion of the Christ

Believe it or not, it wasn't the Evangelical Christians who flipped their sh*t over this one. Rather, Jewish groups were unhappy by director Mel Gibson's portrayal of their as the murderers of Christ. Gibson maintains that his ultra-brutal vision of Jesus's death is the most "accurate" ever filmed. This stance didn't really do him any favors the multitude of times he was caught making racist slurs after the film's release.

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