April 11, 2012

Titanic Take Two

 The 100 year anniversary of the Titanic is coming up, and I know many people are excited about seeing one of their favorite films in 3D!  When Titantic first came out I was only in 6th grade!  I remember seeing it at the theater three times (yep, I thought it was THAT good . . . ok and possibly because Leonardo Dicaprio was in it!).  Now, I'm sure there are many things that could be wrong with a 6th grader watching this movie . . . maybe the nudity would concern you, or perhaps the sex scene.  What you might not think about is the fact that the true history of the Titanic, and one of the most beautiful pictures of chivalry was lost in the making of this film. 

This weekend Doug Philips and Vision Forum will be hosting Titanic 100: An International Centennial Event in Branson, Missouri!  This is perfect, because the Titanic Museum is right there in Branson!  The showcase "aims to disprove Cameron’s class warfare portrayal of the ship’s demise, showcasing the legacy of heroism on Titanic, as men and boys on board the ship gave their lives so women and children might live."  This event is so close to home for us, but unfortunately Skyler and I both have other obligations to attend this weekend. :(  I actually wish Kyria (and any other children we will have in the future) was/were already here with us so we could attend as a family!  It sounds like such a fun educational experience!  

Here are a few quotes by Mr. Philips from the Branson Press Release:

“James Cameron’s box-office smash Titanic portrays a false image of Marxist class-warfare as Titanic foundered, with the rich seeking to bribe their way to freedom, the poor deliberately prevented from reaching safety, and the nobility of Christian sacrifice minimized and ridiculed,” noted Doug Phillips, President of Vision Forum and Founder of the Christian Boy’s and Men’s Titanic Society. “Such depictions are historical nonsense.” 

“Titanic 100 is an international event designed to set the record straight by celebrating the true legacy of the men of Titanic who gave their lives for women and children.

“The fact of the matter is this: First class passengers such as Major Archibald Butt and fabulously wealthy magnates such as John Jacob Astor and Benjamin Guggenheim willingly gave their lives for third-class women and children,” Phillips remarked. 

“Captain E.J. Smith’s order on Titanic was ‘women and children first’ — regardless of class station or social rank — and that order was scrupulously carried out by the ship’s officers as they loaded passengers into the ship’s handful of lifeboats."

“Author Lee Merideth gives these helpful summary: ‘If numbers prove anything, it’s that 71% of the survivors were passengers and 29% were crew, and that in raw numbers, almost as many Third Class (174) passengers survived as did a First Class (202) and crew (212). . . . Other than ‘Woman and Children first’, there wasn’t any attempt to save one class of passengers over another.’”

"While it’s a well-known fact that Cameron’s Titanic garnered 11 Oscars when it was first released, few are aware that it won a ringing endorsement at the time from Jiang Zemin, President of Communist China, who called on his fellow Marxists to study the film’s depiction of class warfare,” observed Phillips.

“Zemin referred to the ship’s crew as ‘craven capitalist lapdogs and stooges.’ The reason?” asked Phillips. “Cameron portrayed noble men such as First Officer William Murdoch as a confused and wavering shell of a man who took a bribe, shot a third-class passenger, and then committed suicide, when he in fact Murdoch gave his life to save passengers, helping them into boats, and then throwing deck chairs overboard so that drowning passengers would have something to keep them afloat."

“The outcry against Cameron’s portrayal of Murdoch eventually led 20th Century Fox to admit in a letter to Alisdair Morgan, the member of Parliament for Murdoch’s hometown, that there was no basis for the villainous portrayal of Murdoch.” Phillips explained. “Eventually Cameron himself donated $8,340 to a memorial fund set up in Murdoch’s honor.”

To read more click here.

Today feminism is rampant, and most boys no longer know what it means to be MEN.   I find it incredibly enlightening to know that so many men heroically sacrificed their lives to protect the women and children of all classes aboard the ship that dreadful night!  What a beautiful picture of the groom sacrificing for the bride.  Christ sacrificing for the Church!   Somehow the Hollywood version of this real-life story doesn't seem to be quite as great as I remember when compared to this!

 Even if you can't attend this event, I bet it would be fun to do a little research on the true story of the Titanic, and host an event with your children at home!  I would love to hear your thoughts on this, and/or what you plan to do to commemorate the Titanic and those who courageously gave their lives on April 15, 1912.

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