Expelled on DVD
Expelled came out on DVD Tuesday. Supposedly the filmmakers managed to get a good distribution deal, so it will be widely available in places such as Wal-Mart, Target, etc. That will make it all too easy for the mouth-breathers to find a copy to take home to the trailer to set next to their Jesus air freshener.
A lot of the major fundie sites are pushing the DVD onto their flocks. Some of them are putting it into bundles with other anti-evolution, anti-intellect products. Over at Access Research Network (whose motto is “Just as stupid as the Discovery Institute, but we do it for free!”), they’ve bundled it with Kevin Wirth’s crayon scribble, Slaughter of the Dissidents, and some creationist DVDs.
Until last week, a lot of the fundie sites were pushing it with this ad:
In case you can’t read that, it says “Thank you America for making Expelled the #1 documentary of 2008”. Shocking, I know, but it was true Of course, the filmmakers have a very loose definition of “documentary”, here, but that goes along with their very loose grasp of facts and intellectual honesty. Just for fun, let’s take a look at Box Office Mojo and see what the top documentaries are (there are only two from 2008 in this excerpt):
Oh, darn! Expelled is no longer the top documentary of 2008! It was beaten by Religulous. And Religulous managed to do that in only its third week of release. And it did that without subsidized ticket sales. Once again, rationality trumps religion.
Here’s another ad the fundies have been using lately:
It would be more accurate to say “The movie that the critics don’t want you to see!” It was universally panned by every critic who didn’t have a vested interest in pushing ID creationism.
We can go to Amazon for some amusement. Here’s the breakdown of the customer reviews:
This is an amusing little war that’s currently waging. All of those five-star reviews are by fundies desperately trying to raise the film’s average rating, and most of the one-star reviews are by “evolutionists” who are trying to “suppress” the “truth” about “Darwinism”!
Lastly, we know there are a lot of fundies out there, so the fact that this is selling well is not surprising. After all, one of the most horrible books of all time is a perennial best seller. What’s troubling is how Amazon (and presumably other retailers) has this festering stinkpile categorized:
I don’t know where they got the idea this was a comedy. Expelled isn’t so bad it’s funny. It’s so bad it’s tragic. And what’s the deal on “Kids and Family”? Yeah. Sure. Concentration camps and eugenics are perfect babysitters for the kids. Put it on right after Veggie Tales!