Flight Attendants Boycott Jodie Foster film

Oct 1st, 2005, 03:48 PM
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jorr, I never saw the Last Temtation of Christ, but I thought the reason some people found it objectionable was that they portrayed Jesus as having certain thoughts and fantasies about Mary Magdelene. Did anyone see it?

I agree that all of the talk about it only helped ticket sales, as it's helping Jodie's movie.
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Oct 2nd, 2005, 06:19 AM
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Just for a little perspective, let's keep in mind that as long as a boycott is not made somehow mandatory ('if we see you at the film, we'll tear your arms off'), it amounts to a suggestion that people consider not buying something if they share the perspective of an organized group calling attention to a problem with it -- from grapes to movies.

It's quite different from censorship, which is preventing something from being circulated in the first place. Boycotts are designed to publicize something, and it's a calculated risk that publicizing whatever your own objection is outweighs the obvious risk of calling greater attention to the thing you don't like.

I'm guessing that morale has sunk so low for most FAs at this point that for some the film was just one more huge slap at them. And even though they weren't stupid enough to know they'd be publicizing the film in the process, it was worth it to them to have a chance to say, "hey, we work hard, we try to be professional about our helping job, give us a dang break!"

There are things I've considered worth boycotting -- just my own individual way of withholding my money from something that bothers me for some reason. In a couple of cases, I wouldn't have known the issues if there hadn't been an organized call for boycott -- but that doesn't mean I'm just mindlessly going along. I make my own choices. So do you.

If people want to stay away from Flightplan because they are sympathetic to FAs, fine. If you want to go see the movie and don't "buy" the boycott, go see the movie.

No one's twisting your arm either way, and presumably there will be things you decide not to see or buy as much on principle as on what you think you'd like. Spending your money is a kind of vote, and the market depends on that.
Oct 2nd, 2005, 07:41 AM
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Excellent post, Cassandra. Especially liked your point about the difference between censorship and a boycott. And your last paragraph.

However, I think there's much more backlash (for lack of a better word) in the boycott of a movie. As has been pointed out many times, people hear about the boycott and go see the movie out of curiousity. That's not likely to happen with the boycott of something like grapes or lettuce. So you have to wonder whether a boycott is a very effective way of making their point.
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Oct 2nd, 2005, 09:01 AM
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Thanks for the kind words. As I said, it's a "calculated risk" -- and backlash is always part of the risk. I sort of agree that maybe the FAs taking this risk will backfire in that a lot of people are going to react as people here did: that it's kind of silly. On the other hand, it was so silly that it's making people think about what FAs do, which was sort of their point.

But I suspect it isn't going to really affect ticket sales either way. Among other things, there isn't a big anti-FA group out there who would go see the movie just to spite them. Otherwise, people who were going to see the movie will probably see it anyway -- it's not as if there are that many great movies out there right now!
Oct 2nd, 2005, 10:39 AM
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I would bet that while FA's are asking us not to see the movie 95% of FA's have or will see it themselves with their significant others. That's over 1.2 million in ticket sales! Tack on everyone else in the airline business and you've got another 10 million dollars.
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Oct 2nd, 2005, 11:15 AM
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Cassandra, I agree that it's making people think about FA's which is obviously what they want. But have you noticed how much of the "talk" about them here has been negative? Not just in terms of thinking the boycott is silly. But also in terms of the "attitude" of many FA's. Somehow I don't think they were looking for that!

But I again thought you made some very good points in your (2nd) post.
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Oct 6th, 2005, 04:49 PM
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OK, we saw this film today.
It was entertaining, I enjoyed it. I did not see anything that would make any normal person get so upset that they would want to boycott this film.
The flight attendants in the movie are professional and are not terrible..except for one instance where two exchange a Look...and one is a bad guy..
I think this is such an over-reaction and looking for insult where there is none.
In fact, I think with what was going on in the film, the flight attendants were better than I would expect them to be in real life!
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