Movie lines taken too seriously

Movies are meant to entertain.

That’s the bottom line – the entire purpose of the industry.

With the Academy Awards on Sunday, movies are becoming a hot topic.

Who’s been nominated? Who hasn’t been nominated? Who will not be attending?

And apparently, who’s been stirring up controversy?

“Juno,” the movie that seems to be this year’s “Little Miss Sunshine,” was nominated for four Oscars, including best picture and best actress.

One quote from the movie, however, has incited people to criticize it.

Juno, a pregnant 16 year old played by Ellen Page, tells the couple hoping to adopt her child, “You should’ve gone to China. You know, ’cause I hear they give away babies like free iPods. You know, they pretty much just put them in those T-shirt guns and shoot them out at sporting events.”

These lines fueled online debates about whether people should take offense to the jab at China and the adoption system.

Yes, I can see how the quote is not politically correct, but since when have movies, and comedies in particular, ever been?

When have people not been at least slightly offended?

People became more riled up about the issue because the scene was shown at the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild awards, it is an easy clip to find online and from a video on the movie’s Web page showing Page talking about how those are her favorite lines in the movie.

Some people have even notified the Academy about the issue, saying they do not want that particular clip to be shown Sunday, according to an article in the San Francisco Chronicle.

When did people get so nitpicky about movies?

Most movies and TV shows could probably offend some group of people in some way, no matter what race, gender or social class.

You’ve just got to let it go. Lighten up a bit.

In an e-mail statement to the Chronicle, Diablo Cody, screen writer of “Juno,” said: “Juno’s remark is meant to be casually insensitive in that wince-inducing, quintessentially teenage way.”

Juno is supposed to be a know-it-all, abrasive character. And that’s what she is: a character. It’s a fictional movie with a fictional wisecrack teenage girl spouting off lines that are supposed to at least cause a few people to squirm in their seats.

If viewers are worried about children seeing the scene and being affected by it, the movie is rated PG-13, and children probably shouldn’t be watching a movie about a pregnant teen anyway.

I’m curious as to whether the academy shows the clip Sunday, or if they pick a new one. Either way, it’s only a matter of time before the next movie brings up yet another controversy.

Liz Davidson is a junior news-editorial major from Austin.