Deadpool 2 is a family movie. That’s something that’s been driven down all our throats since the R-rated flick hit theaters. Deadpool himself mentions it in the movie’s intro and outro, and it’s been all over their marketing — just as the first film was marketed as a love story. Of course, 20th Century Fox has taken full advantage of this, releasing Once Upon a Deadpool, a PG-13 take on that second film. And why not? The film is a family movie, so why not edit it down so everyone can see it? Well, apparently, not even a PG-13 Deadpool movie is completely without controversy, though this has more to do with the marketing than it does the movie itself.
You may remember a recent poster for Once Upon a Deadpool, which showed off the Merc with a Mouth draped in robes. Off to his side is Fred Savage smiling, and behind them are a bunch of nameless angelic musicians. It’s an image that is ironically spiritual, but not everyone is happy with the image it’s making fun of.
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As it turns out, the poster resembles “The Second Coming,” an image utilized by the Church of Latter Day Saints. A person by the name of Cassidy Carter has since started a petition (hilariously enough, it’s directed at Tim Miller, the director of Deadpool 1, not Deadpool 2).
Here is part of what the petition says:
“It is unknown if the picture was used to intentionally mock the Church of Jesus Christ, but it is clear it was copied from the original picture. This is a form of religious discrimination. We ask that the picture not be used or posted in any manner. That they find another poster to represent their movie.”
There has currently been no response from the studio on the matter, though I’d be surprised if anything ever came of this. While I am sure the studio had no desire to offend anyone, calling this religious discrimination is likely a pretty stretch of a claim.
But that’s just one man’s opinion. What do you think? Is this a form of religious discrimination? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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