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.
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.
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.