About That Trailer Before The Greatest Showman

Before seeing The Greatest Showman, you and your kids will be treated to a trailer for a gay coming out story.

Leave aside, for just a minute, that Hollywood studios decided to debut a trailer about a gay teen's coming out right before a musical. Nope, no stereotyping there. Nope. The issue is the grumbling I'm hearing from loads of families who felt ambushed. I mentioned it a week or so ago on Twitter after hearing from several people and it has only ballooned since then.

If you haven't heard, there's a movie coming out soon that celebrates the coming out of a teenager. The movie is called "Love, Simon," and it is clearly designed to normalize the coming out process, which an be terribly traumatic for gay teens. The problem, of course, is that The Greatest Showman is a movie a lot of faith families are going to see and "Love, Simon" is rather in your face about its topic.

I'm not sure there is a good way to handle it and we live in a society that has decided this is all normal and Christians are hateful bigots for not going along with it. Nonetheless, it seems trailers probably ought to be catered to local audiences and there are plenty of areas of the country that are not down with the theme of the movie. Instead, what we are getting is relentless preaching and normalization where you and especially your kids will be made to care.

Regardless, just be warned if you take your kids to see The Greatest Showman. You'll probably have to explain a few things to your kids about the "Love, Simon" movie and you probably can use it as an opportunity to minister to your kids about loving others while holding fast to the convictions of your faith.

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tey41
tey41

I was pretty annoyed by the fact this trailer came on as my 9 year old and 7 year old daughters sat with me. I called AMC customer experience to complain, and the lady that spoke to me said if enough people complain they will pull that trailer. I should not have to explain such adult themes to my girls, regardless of sexual preference. I would have been fine with the trailer had it been before a PG-13 or better yeat an R rated movie, but to have it before a PG rated movie is not appropriate.877-262-4450.is the number for AMC, and i am sure other movie houses have numbers as well.

StephanieLoomis
StephanieLoomis

Unlike others in this thread, I loved The Greatest Showman. The music, choreography, and story work together to make it a great family show (with a PG rating!) As for the trailer, I view it as an opportunity to do a couple of things: begin a discussion about God's perfect plan, get refreshments, or make a last stop at the bathroom. See the movie. Be creative about how you handle the trailer.

Jules
Jules

Try asking your theater what time the main attraction starts and get there after the trailers are over. I have never been this organized, just made some last-minute decisions to see a movie and learned that the "start time" includes the time set aside for trailers. So I have gotten there late, according to the start time, and missed the trailers but none of the movie. I have asked the person selling tickets if the main attraction has started yet, before buying a ticket, and every time he or she has been able to look at a schedule and tell me that no, the trailers are just ending. If you are in an area where the theaters have reserved seating, you can still have your preferred seats and wait out the trailers in the lobby or even in your car.

DonPearce
DonPearce

Trailer was not shown here in North Central Washington state (or as I like to call it, the ‘real’ Washington). That being said, I took my wife to the see the movie for New Year’s Eve and found it to be most spectacular. As a longtime music educator and one who has assisted with a ton of musicals, don’t wait for the DVD. On the trailer (which I was not subjected to), I agree that it is another opportunity to educate your kids because they are most certainly going to get it from school, peers and media. As parents we are God’s first and best messengers to our children to teach them of His ways.

Sauger
Sauger

Or, I'll simply wait for the dvd.