And you know, it’s not even because he called Mormons un-American. I mean, if you’re gonna go that route, then whatever. If you can’t respect someone else’s right to vote according to their beliefs, then what am I going to say.
And it’s not because if you’re going to go the whole “Mormons have it wrong about gay marriage” thing in the context of Big Love, you could just avoid the whole “un-American” argument and go with the more obvious and more difficult to argue “the people in this show are going about marriage in a way that works for them; this was a part of Mormon history; how is gay marriage different; blah blah argument”, and avoid having to backtrack once you realized that you offended a whole bunch of the target market for your fine upstanding movies like Forrest Gump and Apollo 13.
No. What offends me is this: “The truth is this takes place in Utah, the truth is these people are some bizarre offshoot of the Mormon Church,”. Last I checked Tom Hanks is a producer on this show. This show that he apparently believes is about people from “some bizarre offshoot” of my church. And you know what? I don’t necessarily disagree with him, but I’m not making major bank off of a show about people who are part of that “bizarre offshoot”. It seems to me that he’s profiting pretty heavily off of a group of people he holds disdain and a complete lack of respect for. That’s not integrity, that’s exploitation. And you know, naive as it may have been, I expected more from Mr. Hanks.
So I’m done.