[Marxism] Passion: Regular or Decaf? By Slavoj Zizek

Zivko Vukolaj zivko_vukolaj at hotmail.com
Tue Mar 2 21:58:14 MST 2004


Could we please get a follow up on any further comments by Slavoj Zizek on
the "Passion" controversy. Thank you.

- Zivko Vukolaj


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Subject: [Marxism] Passion: Regular or Decaf? By Slavoj Zizek


> from in these times.
>
> Passion: Regular or Decaf?
>
> By Slavoj Zizek | 2.27.04 print | email | comment
>
> Those who virulently criticized Mel Gibson's The Passion even before its
> release seem unassailable: Are they not justified to worry that the film,
> made by a fanatic Catholic known for occasional anti-Semitic outbursts,
may
> ignite anti-Semitic sentiments?
>
> More generally, is The Passion not a manifesto of our own (Western,
> Christian) fundamentalists? Is it then not the duty of every Western
> secularist to reject it, to make it clear that we are not covert racists
> attacking only the fundamentalism of other (Muslim) cultures?
>
> The Pope's ambiguous reaction to the film is well known: Upon seeing it,
> deeply moved, he muttered "It is as it was"-a statement quickly withdrawn
by
> the official Vatican speakers. The Pope's spontaneous reaction was thus
> replaced by an "official" neutrality, corrected so as not to hurt anyone.
> This shift, with its politically correct fear that anyone's specific
> religious sensibility may be hurt, exemplifies what is wrong with liberal
> tolerance: Even if the Bible says that the Jewish mob demanded the death
of
> Christ, one should not stage this scene directly but play it down and
> contextualize it to make it clear that Jews are collectively not to be
> blamed for the Crucifixion. The problem of such a stance is that it merely
> represses aggressive religious passion, which remains smoldering beneath
the
> surface and, finding no release, gets stronger and stronger.
>
> ...  http://www.inthesetimes.com/comments.php?id=632_0_4_0_C
>
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