Beating expectations, "The Grey," starring Liam Neeson, had a colorful opening weekend. The story of oil refinery workers stranded in the bitter Alaskan tundra after a plane crash came in number one at the box office this weekend after wowing moviegoers. Animals rights activists, however, are less than wowed.
If you haven't seen the move, it includes the men and an extremely badass Neeson fighting off the bitter cold, starvation, and wolves, lots of wolves. In one scene Neeson supposedly punches a wolf right in the nose. That punch aside, animal rights activists are up in arms about the film, even calling for its boycott, because they believe ... it's going to create worldwide hysteria and wolf phobia. Oh yes, they're serious.
According to an article in the Daily Beast, some activists believe the poor wolves, who attack and prey on the men in the film, are being grossly misrepresented in the film. Wendy Keefover, carnivore-protection director for WildEarth Guardians, told the site that there have only been two fatal wolf attacks in North America ever documented:
Most people don’t know anything about wolves. This movie will tap into their primal fears and create mass hysteria.
Mass hysteria, really? I don't know about you, but I don't run into a whole lot of wolves on a daily basis, and if I do, you better believe I'm going to be hysterical and scared as hell. I'd venture to say that most people feel the same -- with or without seeing the film -- and I don't think that's a bad thing. They're WILD ANIMALS.
That doesn't mean I'm going to go out and start hunting down wolves either -- like activists fear. I'm scared of a lot of things that I don't go hunt down. For example, I'm terrified of squirrels, yet I've never been moved to grab a gun and try to shoot one down. Some may, I suppose, but thinking that this one movie is going rile up people enough to hunt so many wolves that they become extinct is ridiculous. As for the rest, it sounds like they're just worried about the reputation of the wolves, which is nice, but ... ridiculous?
A film that has the potential to scare more people than "Little Red Riding Hood," The Grey portrays these intelligent, family-oriented animals the same way in which Jaws portrays sharks. The writers paint a pack of wolves living in the Alaskan wilderness as bloodthirsty monsters, intent on killing every survivor of a plane crash by tearing each person limb from limb. Yet wolves aren't aggressive animals, and as Maggie Howell, the managing director of America's Wolf Conservation Center, says, Wolves don't hunt humans—they actually shy away from them.
If the animals rights activists want to go up and try to snuggle a "family-oriented" wolf or take a chance that the wolf they face is really just shy, then more power to them. But when it comes to wolves and their FANGS I think it seems a whole lot safer to side with the fear.
And besides, it's just a movie.
Do you see any validity in the animal rights activists' fears in this case? Have you seen the movie?
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