Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher blasted U.K. cinemas for refusing to show a 60-minute commercial before the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The advertisement came from the Church of England and included the Lord’s Prayer. According to the Guardian UK, Fisher said the DCM needed to get a life.
“I have no idea why they would do that.Offended? No. People should get a life. I don’t think it is offensive to have a ‘power of prayer’ advert before Star Wars.”
Fisher, 59, who stars in the latest Star Wars movie The Force Awakens, said the commercial was no different than having a Gideon’s Bible in her hotel room.
“I have never seen an advertisement like this, but if the theatre is like a hotel room, then they have every right to put up a power of prayer advert. It’s advertising, so it has to be advertisers that are objecting.”
The advertisement was turned down by Digital Cinema Media (DCM), who represents theater chains Odeon, Cineworld and Vue. It was previously cleared for showing by the Cinema Advertising Authority and the British Board of Film Classification. The U.K. Prime Minister and the Equality and Human Rights Commission criticized the DCM on the grounds that by not showing the short film it would cause offense. The DCM claimed they don’t run material of a political or religious nature for fear of offending audiences.
Fisher took to Twitter to ask her fans what they thought of the ban. She posted a photo of an unknown man and then asked them if they thought it was offensive.
“AguyJUST followedME2mydoctor&SAID”in UKfilm theaters,theyJUST pulled/aPOWERof PrayerADVERT-doU find thisOFFENSIVE/u?”
AguyJUST followedME2mydoctor&SAID”in UKfilm theaters,theyJUST pulled/aPOWERof PrayerADVERT-doU find thisOFFENSIVE/u? pic.twitter.com/MRIu9ZfzdV
— Carrie Fisher (@carrieffisher) November 25, 2015
Newsmax reported that Fisher also retweeted some of the fan reactions to show that they supported her position.
I don’t find it offensive, @carrieffisher, but even if I did it shouldn’t be banned. U can’t ban everything that may offend some1 somewhere.
— Trev (@mansizetrev) November 25, 2015
As previously reported in the Inquisitr, Fisher reprises her role as Princess Leia. In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Princess Leia has now become General Leia and helps to lead the Resistance against the Empire. Rumors have also surfaced that General Leia is related to one of the main characters in the film, Poe Dameron. Her connection to Dameron is believed to be through her adoptive parents who were from Alderon. No details of the connection have been formally released.
The new Star Wars film hits theaters in Great Britain on December 17, the day before the release in the United States. According to star Mark Hamill, who reprises his role as Luke Skywalker, a Jedi Knight, fans are in for a few shocks and surprises.
“Obviously you’re seeing him in a very different time in his life. There are lots of surprises in this movie. You’re going to love it.”
Fans have speculated about Hamill’s role as Luke Skywalker since he hasn’t appeared in any of the trailers or the movie posters. Some fans believe that Luke Skywalker has turned to the Dark Side and is really Kylo Ren, the antagonist of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuts in the United States on December 18. It is expected to set new records for the film industry. Four trailers have been released giving fans clues as to the storyline although the director, J. J. Abrams hasn’t commented directly on what the story is really about. It has been revealed that the story takes place 30 years after the sixth Star Wars episode The Return of the Jedi.
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