The manufactured controversy over anti-abortion movie Unplanned - 2019-07-09
I wasn't going to write about the latest cinematic provocation from Pure Flix, the faith-based Arizona production company behind such productions as I'm Not Ashamed, The Case For Christ and the God's Not Dead series.
It's not because I'm part of some vast left-wing media conspiracy – it's simply because I haven't seen it. Pure Flix has chosen not to screen the film for critics, preferring instead to show it to a number of Andrew Scheer's Conservative MPs earlier this spring, who – as expected – took to social media to rally their followers against the supposed censorship that was preventing the film from screening here in Canada. (Saskatchewan's Brad Trost has proven an especially useful idiot.)
This was not a real thing; there was literally nothing preventing Pure Flix from booking the movie – about the come-to-Jesus journey of Planned Parenthood volunteer-turned-abortion opponent Abby Johnson – on however many screens the market demanded, as we're seeing with the film's nationwide release this Friday (July 12) on about 25 Cineplex and Landmark screens. In Toronto, it'll play exactly one venue, at Yonge-Dundas; it's also showing in Vaughan and Oakville.