It started with the March 8 premiere of the animated interpretation of Dr. Seuss’s classic book, “Horton Hears a Who.”
Hollywood A-listers and families attending the film’s opening in Los Angeles got a bonus feature: pro-life protesters who after the film began chanting the story’s famous line, “A person is a person, no matter how small.”
Celebrities in attendance included two of the film’s stars, Jim Carrey and Steve Carell, along with Jenny McCarthy, Brooke Shields and Victoria Beckham, all with kids in tow. All 12 “American Idol” contestants were also there to view the pro-life performance.
After chanting, the pro-lifers placed red duct tapes over their mouths with “LIFE” printed on them and marched around the theater.
I’m a “no justice, no peace” kind of girl, so I endorse this sort of protest, sorry as I am that kids who beforehand were unaware of the epic moral battle of our time learned a sad thing or two that Saturday afternoon.
And that little protest had far-reaching effects, informing the mainstream media of Horton’s long-standing pro-life cult following.
The correlation could not be clearer. Horton is an elephant who discovers a microscopic town on a speck of dust. No one but Horton can hear the townspeople calling for help, prompting those around Horton to ridicule him as crazy. But against great odds, Horton successfully protects those little ones from harm, proclaiming that famous line as his anthem.
Now every Horton review references the pro-life connection, if only to call us crazy. Stated an opinion writer in the Los Angeles Times:
Using Horton’s innocent words to support the personhood-at-conception argument? It’s a world gone mad.
All this certainly puts Dr. Seuss’s widow, Audrey Geisel, in a terrible jam, with all her earnings from green eggs and ham.
Audrey is a pro-abort who has given money to Planned Parenthood.
Dr. Seuss, aka Theodor Geisel, was also reportedly a pro-abort. Said his biographer Philip Nel, “[D]uring his lifetime Seuss threatened to sue an anti-abortion group unless they took that off their stationery, and they did take it off their stationery, but it’s still used.”
ABC News reported March 17:
“Horton Hears a Who” has the message that every single person, no matter how small, deserves protection,” says Kristi Burton, who leads Colorado for Equal Rights, a group that has drafted a state ballot initiative stating that life begins at conception.
“That’s what our amendment is saying. Obviously, it uses legal language, but it says the same thing.”
Burton led a group of several dozen activists who attended the movie premiere of “Horton Hears a Who” in Denver Friday to praise the film’s message and hand out T-shirts with Horton’s famous statement.
That could get them in trouble with Dr. Seuss Enterprises. …
Burton insists that her group talked to attorneys to make sure that they could reprint the sentence on their shirts. A lawyer for Dr. Seuss Enterprises did not return calls seeking comment.
I hope the good widow and her multi-million dollar company have undergone a change of heart, if only because fewer kids means fewer book sales.
But my guess is they have opted against provoking an obvious public relations nightmare.
In other words, they want to preserve their stash of cash by avoiding a rash of backlash.
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