Saving Christmas, Part 2

Well, Kirk is no longer fooling around—he has gone out to the car to talk some sense into White Christian.

I like this part of the movie, because screenshots are a snap.  Here’s what we see a lot of:

Saving 6

Chronically contracted forehead alert!

And this:

Saving 7

So White Christian dives right into his list of Christmas grievances:

  1. Kids get all bratty when they don’t get everything they want
  2. Everybody gets greedy
  3. Kids are all excited about their presents on Christmas morning, but have forgotten them before February
  4. All this money is wasted on food and forgotten presents, which could be spent helping people
  5. He also doesn’t like nativity scenes in snowglobes, which I didn’t even know was a thing (our nativity scene was out in the open every Wintermas (yup, in out secular home!)

For a second, Kirk looks like he’s agreeing, even returning White Christian’s terrorist fist bump!

But then he says:

“YOU’RE all wrong.  About everything you just said.”

Yeah, White Christian!  Screw feeding the hungry and helping the poor!

To top it all off…

“Everything you see inside there, it’s all about Christmas, it’s all about Jesus, and you’re spoiling the whole thing.  Not just for your wife, but for everybody inside your house.”

Really?  Because everybody seemed to be having a good time.  As long as the hot chocolate keeps flowing, things seem pretty chill.

But Christian ignores this obvious guilt trip, and wants some FACTS, man, about how such a party as his “honors and glorifies Jesus.”

So Kirk starts with the nativity snowglobe.  As would be natural.

See, White Christian hates the snowglobe, but he also doesn’t like that the snowglobe gets stuck in a corner.

Because nobody puts Jesus in a corner!

Kirk is all for the snowglobe!

Although, “to think that [the nativity set] is only valuable because Jesus is there misses a huge part of what’s going on.”

Oh, bear with Kirk here.  Because the important thing about Christmas isn’t birth, it’s death.  Bloody, violent death.  Of babies.

“I want you to think of soldiers surrounding [the Holy Family].  You need to think of Herod’s soldiers moving through the streets, finding babies and murdering them.  And mothers weeping for their children.”

What Kirk is talking about here, of course, is the Massacre of the Innocents, an event mentioned in only one of the four Gospels.  It was just that important and historical, you see!

Then, more death!  Kirk focuses in on the swaddling cloth:

“What is this swaddling cloth?  Is it just a blanket for a baby?”

Doesn’t Kirk have a lot of kids?  Doesn’t he know what swaddling does?  No, Kirk, honey, it’s not just a blanket.

And it’s not a blanket to Kirk, either.  The swaddling cloth is also representative of the burial cloths that Jesus busted out of.

Seems a bit of a stretch.  I mean, I’m as atheist as anybody, but shouldn’t the nativity scene stand on its own without making it about Easter, too?

Why am I telling Kirk how to argue his points?

Eh, who cares?  On to more death!

See, the Wise Men brought Jesus frankincense and myrrh.

“Those are burial spices.  Why would they bring burial spices to a baby shower?”

Well, um, kinda.  I mean, they were, but they had plenty of other uses.  If you take something that you can have many uses, you can make whatever meaning you want.

Also, dude, depressing.  More death for Christmas!

Naturally, this talk of death and depression completely blows White Christian’s mind:

“I gotta admit, I never saw the whole swaddling cloth thing.”

Eh, guess you’re just not as RTC-savvy as Kirk, WC.

Either that, or it’s a silly idea.

This is our pattern for the bulk of the rest of the movie: White Christian complains about something, Kirk comes up with a bizarre, convoluted explanation, and WC’s mind is blown.

I mean, in a weird way, it’s kinda refreshing for Kirk to be condescending to other Christians rather than atheists, but it’s still pretty obnoxious.  And these are certainly the type of arguments that would only appeal to those who really (really, really) want to believe them.

Anyway, in order to provide a change of scenery, we cut back into the party, where Black Deandre has a bizarre conversation with another partygoer…about conspiracy theories…all tied to the War on Christmas.  Fox News, Area 51, Halliburton, they all make appearances.  Now, I can only assume that Kirk believes in the whole persecuted-Christian, War on Christmas thing.  So is he just providing Deandre and Other Partygoer as more examples of Christians who have gone over the top?

Maybe.  Or maybe they just found a way to add two and a half minutes to the screentime, BOOYAH!

Next time, Christmas trees!  Because White Christian’s mood swings like a gorram pendulum.

Advertisements

Posted on December 22, 2015, in Saving Christmas. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Wow, so this movie is literally Kirk Cameron giving ridiculous pro-RTC explanations for various Christmas stuff? I now understand why it has 0% on Rotten Tomatoes.

  2. At first I thought WC meant the inflatable lawn snowglobes, which I have an unreasoning hatred for, but just regular snowglobes? I mean, I’m indifferent to the ones that aren’t also music boxes, but the non-cheap ones can look nice.

    Also, does Kirk ever address the snowglobe stuff specifically? Are we supposed to be imagining it as some kind of Jesusy kekkai barrier that protected him from swordpoints?

  3. Seems to me that this film is all about “you can carry on doing your standard Christmas things, just stick an RTC label on them”. Which is a great example of missing the point, because there’s a real religious argument to be made for cutting down on the whole conspicuous consumption thing – but no, like most RTCism, this is all about feeling good and not at all about personal effort or inconvenience.

    • Yep, this is basically it. It’s about Kirk feeling good about guzzling hot chocolate and buying a million gifts and not giving to the poor (though he waffles terribly on this issue).

      “Materialism…that’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown!”

  4. Did you skip part of the argument? The nativity is not just important because Jesus was there… there’s a lot of references to death in it… therefor putting a nativity snowglobe in the corner is fine. Even by Kirk Cameron’s standards that is incoherent.

  5. As long as the hot chocolate keeps flowing, things seem pretty chill.

    The way you said this made me think there might be more than chocolate in that hot chocolate, heh.

  6. Listening to Kirk’s ramblings reminds me of old Trek Magazine articles, where writers would graft their own interpretations onto a 15-year-old TV show as though that were the intent of the creators all along, finding deep philosophical themes expressed in “Spock’s Brain” or whatnot.

  7. Y’know increasingly I wonder if Kirk Cameron isn’t actually the perfect actor to play the part of Buck Williams. They both have such an over-inflated opinion of themselves that in fact, having Kirk play Buck barely qualifies as acting. All Kirk has to do is turn his head when people call him Buck.

  8. Saving Christmas, saving Christmas is so fine
    It’s our this time and won’t the heathens be surprised

    (With many apologies to Tim Burton and Danny Elfman)

  1. Pingback: Deconstruction Roundup for December 25th, 2015 | The Slacktiverse

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: