Thursday, April 27, 2006

San Diego

Steve went to San Diego yesterday.

He told me to go read about it in todays paper. And I did.

This is ridiculous.

Apparently this was going on:
Mauss walked up to the ticket counter and asked for two tickets [To Richard
Dutchers States of Grace].
"Are you Christian?" the girl at the ticket
counter asked.
Mauss was surprised but responded in the affirmative. It was
her next statement that surprised him.
"She responded, 'Well you need to know
that this film, it's being advertised as a Christian film, but it's really a
Mormon film.' "
From further questions, Mauss learned that the theater's
supervisors had told their employees to "warn" ticket buyers about the film.
They had complaints from people upset because the movie wasn't what they
expected.

Steve went out there to lead a protest of this. As did, it seems, Josh Ligiari, one of the guys who worked on This Divided State in it's shooting phase.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

I read this and thought, "Steven Greenstreet gives a f*** about Mormons? Wow, I'm impressed." Until I read the part of the article which said,

"Greenstreet and another local filmmaker, Joshua Ligairi, say that acceptance of the LDS religion is important because they make movies about what they know, which includes their religion. If they are discriminated for that, then they'll be out of jobs, Ligairi said."

So, looks like it was more of a financial concern rather than one about Mormons and how people view them.

Of course, I've noticed this trend with Steven G. On the ProvoPulse.com website, his advertising and campaigning to show his film at BYU was little more than promoting his film, and nothing to do with the free speech issues that he exploited.

Anonymous said...

Exactly. Steve Greenstreet is not a Mormon anymore (his myspace account claims agnostic), yet he'll exploit it if it will bring attention to him or his film. If one takes the time to look at his past blogs, it's very clear what he thinks about Mormons/Mormonism.

Steve, maybe you can clarify. Are you still Mormon?

What gives you the right to stand up for Mormons, when you bash them constantly on your blog and others? I would love to see some degree of consistency from you. Your film is excellent, but your actions are full of hypocrisy. Your personal ethic seems to be: "Whatever will get me attention!"

Katie S said...

Steven's 15 minutes have come and gone and out of sheer desperation he flew out to San Diego trying to get noticed.

His trip to San Diego was obviously fueled by the idea that cameras might be pointed his way and had nothing to do with Mormons being misrepresented as being "non-Christian" by a few teenage employees selling tickets at a cineplex. He is so predictable! His narcisism guides his every move.

Greenstreet's "Hey look at me, check me out!" approach to everything he does is truly nausiating!

Steven Greenstreet said...

First of all, I didn't see anything edifying in the previous comments. Just a couple of people who will never achieve anything besides ranting and raving on some blog.

Why does my being Mormon have anything with protesting bigotry? Do I have to be gay to support gay rights? Do I have to be black to work with civil rights? All of you, Katie S especially, are way off.

My religion is a personal thing and I won't discuss it with people who are douchebags.

Also, when was the last time any of YOU (who commented) had YOUR name and picture printed in the paper for standing up for something you thought was right? I would guess that none of you have and that your only accomplishment in life is shitting on the success of others. Get over it.

Katie S said...

Steven, Why me especially? Can you be more specific?

Steven Greenstreet said...

Katie S, here is what you said:

1) "Steven's 15 minutes have come and gone and out of sheer desperation he flew out to San Diego trying to get noticed."

How could you possibly know my motivation for doing what I did? How dare you call it "sheer desperation"! I honestly felt inspired to do something. And I wasn't alone, some 25-30 people organized with me. We all believed in the project and we felt good about doing it. Don't down play with some weak slanderous remark.

2) "His trip to San Diego was obviously fueled by the idea that cameras might be pointed his way and had nothing to do with Mormons being misrepresented as being "non-Christian" by a few teenage employees selling tickets at a cineplex. He is so predictable! His narcisism guides his every move."

Again, I don't know how to respond to this. You just have some axe to grind and you're spouting off insults and name calling.

3) "Greenstreet's "Hey look at me, check me out!" approach to everything he does is truly nausiating!"

Good, I hope you vomit your guts out.

Peter said...

Wow. Who let the Slave Morality police out? (Got ressent?)

I'm not Mormon but find it ridiculous that mainstream Christians, who all have their own identity crises to deal with, think Mormons don't deserve to use the word "Christian" as a distinction, out of differences of interpretation.

Katie S said...

Steven, it all boils down to this:

You seem to thrive on attention whether good or bad. You will surely admit that. What other conclusion am I to come to with your track record of constantly tooting your own horn and this constant flow of pictures of yourself. It’s all getting a bit tiresome, dontcha think? And I don’t even wanna guess as to what you were trying to accomplish with that video of yourself in the hot tub. It is quite flabbergasting to say the least.

Secondly, I know the kinds of things that you are capable of saying to others. I have read the extremely offensive things that you have said specifically towards people of the Mormon faith online. You have openly ridiculed Mormons and their beliefs. That is why I find your motives very suspect.

Do you recall saying?

“I don't have a prophet and I don't read adventure books about indians. And why aren't you Mormon? You should be. Cause if you're not, you're either going to hell or you'll be made into a angelic servant to some exalted polygamous horn toad.”

(By the way this one is quite mild compared to the others I found.)

And now you accuse me of having an axe to grind? I have no axe to grind unless being a bit annoyed with vain hypocrites who like to toot their own horns and crap on others’ religious beliefs in an extremely bigoted and offensive manner until it behooves them to do a 180 degree turnabout when there is a photo opportunity is having an axe to grind.

For these reasons I said what I said and I stand by them.

You say you did it because you were offended by the bigotry of the theater operators in San Diego towards people of the Mormon faith. I just don’t buy it. Can you blame me?

So some teenagers asked people if they were Christian before buying tickets to States of Grace. Many people don't realize that Mormons are Christian. It's a fairly common and honest mistake for the most part. Many people know that there is a book called the Book of Mormon and that's why Mormons are called Mormons. However most people, believe it or not, do not realize that the Book of Mormon even mentions Christ. Why do you think that they changed the name of the book to include the name of Christ? Can we choose to be offended by people's ignorance? Sure we can.

Your bigotry towards Mormons and their beliefs is far more offensive that the ignorance of an owner of a Cineplex in San Diego.

You can’t have it both ways Steven! You can’t verbally assault a gay man for being gay one day then demand that everyone take you seriously the next day when you try to stand up for gays in a public forum with cameras present. But that is basically what you have done. Is it not?

Don’t hate us because we don’t believe your motivation to be born of anything other than selfish and vain ambitions.

Have a good day and loads of luck!

Katie

PS

If you were getting ready to blast me with "It's my blog! So get out off MY BLOG B*TCH!" Keep in mind that Bryan also posts a lot of stuff on this blog and he seems like an extremely respectable person with a lot of interesting things to say.

Steven Greenstreet said...

Katie S, thanks for visiting our blog!

Katie S said...

Steven,

I find it interesting that you DON'T post my comments. If you thought my comments were simply foolish, you would post them and expose my foolishness. However, the fact that you DON'T publish my comments proves that you know that I am making good points and that scares you!

Do words scare you Steven? Do you run from ideas?

Katie S said...

Steven, it all boils down to this:

You seem to thrive on attention whether good or bad. You will surely admit that. What other conclusion am I to come to with your track record of constantly tooting your own horn and this constant flow of pictures of yourself. It’s all getting a bit tiresome, dontcha think? And I don’t even wanna guess as to what you were trying to accomplish with that video of yourself in the hot tub. It is quite flabbergasting to say the least.

Secondly, I know the kinds of things that you are capable of saying to others. I have read the extremely offensive things that you have said specifically towards people of the Mormon faith online. You have openly ridiculed Mormons and their beliefs. That is why I find your motives very suspect.

Do you recall saying?

“I don't have a prophet and I don't read adventure books about indians. And why aren't you Mormon? You should be. Cause if you're not, you're either going to hell or you'll be made into a angelic servant to some exalted polygamous horn toad.”

(By the way this one is quite mild compared to the others I found.)

And now you accuse me of having an axe to grind? I have no axe to grind unless being a bit annoyed with vain hypocrites who like to toot their own horns and crap on others’ religious beliefs in an extremely bigoted and offensive manner until it behooves them to do a 180 degree turnabout when there is a photo opportunity is having an axe to grind.

For these reasons I said what I said and I stand by them.

You say you did it because you were offended by the bigotry of the theater operators in San Diego towards people of the Mormon faith. I just don’t buy it. Can you blame me?

So some teenagers asked people if they were Christian before buying tickets to States of Grace. Many people don't realize that Mormons are Christian. It's a fairly common and honest mistake for the most part. Many people know that there is a book called the Book of Mormon and that's why Mormons are called Mormons. However most people, believe it or not, do not realize that the Book of Mormon even mentions Christ. Why do you think that they changed the name of the book to include the name of Christ? Can we choose to be offended by people's ignorance? Sure we can.

Your bigotry towards Mormons and their beliefs is far more offensive that the ignorance of an owner of a Cineplex in San Diego.

You can’t have it both ways Steven! You can’t verbally assault a gay man for being gay one day then demand that everyone take you seriously the next day when you try to stand up for gays in a public forum with cameras present. But that is basically what you have done. Is it not?

Don’t hate us because we don’t believe your motivation to be born of anything other than selfish and vain ambitions.

Have a good day and loads of luck!

Katie

PS

If you were getting ready to blast me with "It's my blog! So get out off MY BLOG B*TCH!" Keep in mind that Bryan also posts a lot of stuff on this blog and he seems like an extremely respectable person with a lot of interesting things to say.

Steven Greenstreet said...

Katie S, thanks for visiting the blog! It's nice to have returning readers!