Kimberly Blough 6:28 p.m., March 9
James Earl Jones Calls for Straw Dogs Boycott in Light of Its Portrayal of His Home State
[File under: No, Not Really]
First came director Ron Howard's refusal to edit out a scene from The Dilemma in which Vince Vaughn said that the electric car was "gay." Gay rights groups complained about the reference, and Universal pulled a trailer that included the line, but Howard ultimately defended his attempt at comedic freedom.
Then came director Brett Ratner's apology for including an epilepsy joke in the trailer for Tower Heist after actor Greg Grunberg issued a call on Twitter for a boycott of the film. (Grunberg's teenage son suffers from epilepsy.) Presumably, the line will stay in the actual film.
Now, director Rod Lurie's remake of Straw Dogs is under fire from no less a personage than Darth Vader himself, James Earl Jones. Jones, who hails from Arkabutla, Mississippi, tweeted "@Straw Dogs' portrayal of MS as pervert hick backwater - bigoted much? #BoycottStrawDogs."
You think that just because you wear shirts with sleeves, you're better than me?
In a prepared statement, Jones argued that "Like many states in the South - indeed, like many states throughout America - Mississippi is not without its problematic elements. But the constant, unremitting media portrayal of Southerners and the South in general as a kind of moral and intellectual landfill is simply unconscionable. My good friend Morgan Freeman has a restaurant in Clarksdale, and it doesn't matter how many times he shows up on the Food Network or in the pages of Bon Appetit, he still can't get friends from Hollywood to stop by. They're too spooked by their own pernicious portrayal of our home state. Enough is enough."
Get it? There's horns on the truck because they're horny.
Lurie has so far failed to tweet a reply, but Sweet Home Alabama star Reese Witherspoon has weighed in: "@JamesEarlJones: the South will rise again! #BoycottStrawDogs."
Ole Miss - the school William Faulkner dropped out of!