That group of all is an anti-smoking group called “Smoke Free Movies Initiative”. And, its head man, Stanton A. Glantz, wants to wage “war” against any film that promotes smoking. When the only character in the film that smokes is Sigourney Weaver’s.
Naturally Cameron was quick to defend his film, but not taking this too seriously(who would?). And here’s what he had to say.
Thanks to Cinema Blend:
“Weaver’s Grace Augustine is not meant to be “an aspirational role model” for teens. “She’s rude, she swears, she drinks, she smokes.” He continued, “Also, from a character perspective, we were showing that Grace doesn’t care about her human body, only her avatar body, which again is a negative comment about people in our real world living too much in their avatars, meaning online and in video games.”
“I don’t believe in the dogmatic idea that no one in a movie should smoke. Movies should reflect reality. If it’s O.K. for people to lie, cheat, steal and kill in PG-13 movies, why impose an inconsistent morality when it comes to smoking? I do agree that young role-model characters should not smoke in movies, especially in a way which suggests that it makes them cooler or more accepted by their peers.” He wrapped up the message by adding that smoking “is a filthy habit which I don’t support, and neither, I believe, does Avatar.”
I completely agree with Cameron on this one. So, fucking what if characters smoke in movies? I mean, Wolverine smokes, but it doesn’t tell people “To be cool, like Wolverine, you have to smoke “. I guess its ironic that a group(probably this same group) had a beef with “X-men Origins: Wolverine” because it involved smoking cigars.
Seriously, why is it that every time a film makes money some group whether it be The Vatican, these morons, or just some random group complain about something that’s not a big deal. I mean, sure smoking is bad, and in my view anyone that does smoke is a dumb ass. But, its not like there are subliminal messages that flash on the screen that tells you to smoke.
What do you think?