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29 September 2005 @ 09:57 am
News: Flight Attendant's Fume Over "Flightplan"  
In this recent Yahoo!News article, it states that flight attendants of 23 airlines are outraged by the movie's portrayal of attendants, giving them a stereotype of being uncaring and unattending to passangers. Here's an excerpt from this article, which I am thoroughly astounded that they don't realize what they're actually saying:
"Should there be another 9-11, it would be critical for the cabin crew to have the support of their passengers, not the distrust that this movie may engender," Tommie Hutto-Blake, president of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, said in a statement.

In addition to the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, the Southwest Airlines flight attendant's union (Transport Workers Union, Local 556) and the Associaton of Flight Attendants are calling for a full-on boycott of the film.
I find this completely blown directly out of porportion from the intentions of what the film is designed for, which is it's a freaking fictional movie! If these folks cannot distinguish between fact or fiction, I definitely wouldn't feel comfortable flying with them on an airline. Though, understandably, they feel this kind of generalization is somewhat inappropriate because of 9/11 and the recent events occurring in our world. But, they seem to believe that this movie would destroy their business as flight attendants, because audiences will come to realize that -- gasp! -- flight attendants everywhere are out for our children and are uncaring, unfeeling assholes! /sarcasm

This article and the situation behind it was just too narrow-minded, too defensive for the flight attendants to take a fictional movie so personally, and most of all hilarious that they would actually take it so seriously. It's a thriller, it's meant to be sadistic and uncaring and frightening. It's sort of like saying that all medical doctors will boycott watching House M.D. because the main doctor, being House himself, is a complete asshole to his patients.

The lack of rationality with this argument astounds me (even if there is subtle reasoning behind their distress), though in this world where folks criticize Harry Potter for seducing children to the Dark Side nothing surprises me anymore.
 
 
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amanda: power of the touch [by captainoats]morbidmuse on September 30th, 2005 02:46 pm (UTC)
Wow. That is... kinda crazy. It makes you wonder if they are just reacting so strongly because they kinda know it is true and don't want passengers to realize just how much they really don't care.
Renéerogueslayer452 on September 30th, 2005 05:00 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I mean, I can understand the part about being paranoid when something like 9/11 happens, but this is just insanely ridiculous. Dudes, it's a fictional movie, it's a thriller for crying out loud! I don't think about the uncaring attitudes of flight attendants, if I'm watching the movie I am solely focusing on the storyline, not being suspicious afterwards of all airlines everywhere.

This kinda makes me want to see the movie now. I actually wanted to see the movie since I saw the previews, but this raises my expectations about it simply of the controversy and reactions surrounding it.

But first....SERENITY, YAY! :D
amandamorbidmuse on September 30th, 2005 05:24 pm (UTC)
SERENITY TONIGHT! Oh man, so exciting! Even though I can't see the movie until next weekend *tear* it is still so cool that it comes out tonight. I can not wait.

And it is totally your fault that I'm so excited about this. It was your post saying that Firefly was on Sci-Fi channel with the day and time that got me hooked on the show. (Then I "stole" DVDs from my friend and finally rented them when she was too slow for my addiction.)
Renée: Inara Joyous Drunkrogueslayer452 on September 30th, 2005 05:45 pm (UTC)
Hee! That means I have done my work well, for converting someone to the Browncoats. ;D

I'm so excited! I have about an hour and a half before going to see the Big Damn Movie. I'm dressing up as Inara (which, incidentally, isn't quite difficult because I have SUCH Inara-like clothing in my wardrobe) -- complete with a Chinese parasol and fan. EEEeee! This movie is going to be so very shiny!
amanda: power of the touch [by captainoats]morbidmuse on September 30th, 2005 05:52 pm (UTC)
10 points for converting someone to the cause. *wide grin*

Dude, that is too cool! Enjoy the movie! And you so totally must take pictures of yourself as Inara and post them here!