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Sunday, May 30, 2004
How Mel Gibson Saved Our Economy
It's Memorial Day weekend here in America and that means just one thing...MOVIES!!! That's right. It's time for Hollywood to start rolling out its big summer blockbusters and persecuting Christians everywhere. But things are different this summer. And we're going to let A. Gregory Stone, a Business Professor at Regent University, tell us why.
Ever made a bad decision? All the major studio executives are kicking themselves for having turned down the opportunity to work with Mel Gibson on his movie, The Passion of The Christ.
That was a stupid decision!
As was reading this article, I'm beginning to think.
We saw Gibson put our country's founding fathers' principles to work. He showed us how to make things happen instead of wonder what happened.
I know this much. After watching Mel's movie I no longer wonder what happens when a bird pecks a guy's eye out and I'm going to make sure I never happen to see this movie again. Don't ever let it be said that the Dark Window isn't founding fatherly in its principles.
Take a creative idea, find the resources to launch it, and don't take 'no' for an answer. Pretty simple stuff.
Remake a really old story, be rich, and hear what you want to hear. That is pretty simple stuff.
By persevering in the face of rejection and defeat, Gibson created jobs at a time when our nation needed every one of them to strengthen the rebounding economy. The creation of jobs is a critically important factor since small businesses employ well over half of all working Americans.
Which is why, of course, he decided to film the whole thing in Italy.
Gibson and other small businesses create more than half of the new jobs. Their share of employment remains at 50%, however, because some small businesses ultimately grow and become large businesses. If you look at every one of the Fortune 500 companies, they all started as a small business -- an entrepreneur with an idea who persisted! Since Gibson has probably already grown beyond the 'small business' classification, let's just forget about him, his movie, his idea, his Passion. That mindset kind of makes you feel a little like a majore [sic] movie studio executive.
I would love to forget about Mel and his movie but I think that scene where the chunks of flesh were flying off of Jesus' back will render that forever impossible.
And one more quick question. Why would I, as a good patriotic American, want to feel like a "majore movie studio executive?" Wouldn't that just cause me to give no as my answer and stop other budding Mel Gibsons from becoming large businesses? That seems like the last thing our country needs right now. Do you hate America, Professor Stone?
Just as the United States owes its homesteaders for the settlement of our country, it further owes its economic preeminence to the entrepreneurial talents and technological innovations of its risk-taking small businesses.
Because as we all know, there was nobody living here before the homesteaders.
Thanks, Mel, for giving us all a public glimpse of this ugly industry decision-making process that buried its opportunity. More importantly, thanks for the reminder that we are in the country where, if we are not careful, every one of us could go out, take a step of faith, and do the same successful thing you did!
Oh. That makes me kind of nervous. I'd better start being more careful because I'm not sure I want to go out, take a step of faith, and make the most violent movie of all-time. Thanks for the reminder indeed!