June 19, 2013
Ayn Rand Fans Mortified by DVD Slander
Posted on Nov 13, 2011
The people behind 2011’s “Atlas Shrugged” movie adaptation (yes, they finally released the movie and no, nobody saw it) were “mortified” to discover that the DVD packaging for “Part 1” billed the film as a story of “courage and self-sacrifice.” As every Randbot knows, self-sacrifice is sacrilegious in the world of Ayn.
A statement from the production company responsible for “Atlas Shrugged” explains:
Atlas Productions has pledged to replace the title cards of up to 100,000 DVDs and Blu-ray discs.
Who will bother taking it up on such an offer? Don’t underestimate Ayn Rand fans. They are a devoted bunch.
Consider this: “Atlas Shrugged” came out in April. It took home a negligible $4.6 million at the box office and only 12 percent of critics as canvassed by Rotten Tomatoes thought it was worth seeing. However, the movie gets an 80 percent audience approval rating. That’s an awfully big disparity, but then that’s to be expected from the Randzone, where up is down, bad is good and selfishness is a virtue.
—Peter Z. Scheer
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