Hey there!! This is quite late, but I received our school’s art magazine last week and I’m really overwhelmed by the great artworks featured. Compared to the rest, mine looks sub-par; nevertheless, I am very happy to have been part of the contributors! Having my submission accepted is a great honor. ♥♥♥
The concept of this piece is Hypocrisy (obviously) and I’d like to talk more about it right now. Okay, so the idea came to me when I first read the short story called “The Lottery”. It’s basically a story set in this small village of some sort wherein they have this annual tradition of holding a lottery. At the beginning, everyone’s happy, carefree, as if it’s any regular lottery and the prize is a good thing. The author also writes that children were randomly picking stones and it’s not explained why. Later on when the protagonist gets chosen in the lottery, she suddenly yells and resists. Here, we see that the prize is actually more like a punishment. It’s revealed that the person who wins the lottery will get stoned to death.
It’s a reflection of hypocrisy because the woman had been going with the flow before she found out that she was the one drawn from the lottery. She, like many others, tried to fool herself and others into believing that the tradition was for the benefit of the rest of the village when in reality, she hated it as much as those who openly protest.
At present, many of us act like that. We fool ourselves into blending it with the crowd so we don’t have to be criticized. We play the role of a concerned person even when we don’t really care. We tell others that it’s okay or it’s not their fault when at the back of our minds, we know that it’s not okay and they had it coming.
In light of the new Noah film, I’ve encountered many articles criticizing it for being “Biblically inaccurate” and how they turned something Christian into something secular. Many of the Christians (I’m not generalizing everyone because some are pretty cool) I know have this “holier-than-you” kind of attitude. They don’t explicitly state it but it’s clear from their Facebook updates. Some people even went as far as to tell others not to see it or “warn” Christians when watching it. They make it sound as if this “blasphemous film” is the first of its kind. Just because this film had more modifications than others doesn’t make it worse. If they claim inaccuracy to be really wrong then let’s just condemn everything except the Bible itself because as far as I know, those children’s books with drawings of animals sticking out of the ark is also very inaccurate. It’s also a misconception that they went by pairs because the scripture states that clean animals were to go by groups of seven while only the unclean ones were in groups of two. The representation of the forbidden fruit as an apple is also wrong because no where in the Bible does it say that. However, it’s not like these same Christians bashing the Noah film for shaming God’s word hates on these other things. It’s so hypocritical to hate on one thing but not hate on the same other thing.
I think it’s up to the viewers on how they will take the movie, so rather than condemning the whole film and putting a caution sign all over its title, it’s better to just put a constructive criticism of it and just tell others to watch it with an open mind and judge it solely for being a film. I haven’t seen the movie so I don’t know if its good or not, but if I do hate it, it’s going to be because of something dumb in the film not because it’s “inaccurate”. Disliking it is okay, but telling others to hate it too is not.
To end this, I’d like to say that all of the above is my personal opinion and if you do think the film is bad because it’s Biblically incorrect, then it’s up to you now. ( ‘ v ‘ ) I just don’t agree with that reasoning. This is a controversial thing, so it’s obviously debatable.