PETERSBURG, Ky. – Creationists across the country are calling for the name of the hit film ‘Gravity’ to be changed to either ‘One Possible Theory’ or ‘This May or May Not Exist’. The film topped the U.S. box office this weekend.
“We wanted to make sure we gave Hollywood some options for renaming the picture,” said Peter Lansing of the Creation Museum. “There are a number of different factors which could cause anything with physical mass to fall to the ground—like God’s omnipotent will—and Hollywood really shouldn’t be ruling anything out.”
The controversy over the film’s title is the most recent example of so-called creationists—who argue that the natural world was designed by God, rather than the forces of evolution—attempting to influence nominally secular culture. Recently, the Texas Board of Education asked creationists to review textbooks, and a creationist group in Kansas named Citizens for Objective Public Education (COPE) is claiming that science is a religion in order to argue that including science in school violates the First and Fourteenth Amendments.
Yvonne Morrison, one of the women behind COPE, believes that Hollywood has a responsibility to show both sides of the issue, saying: “It’s simply unfair to our children to not present them with all the facts: it may be the case that gravity does not exist in space, but there’s no evolutionary proof that gravity exists on earth, either.”
If their campaign is successful, Morrison confirmed that they would attempt to retroactively change the names of other films, renaming Moonraker to Planetoid-Formed-by-God-Raker, and Galaxy Quest to Stars, Stellar Remnants, Gas Dust, and Dark Matter-Formed-By-God Quest.
Gravity stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney and is set almost entirely in the vacuum of space, an element which Lansing also claimed to be up “up for debate,” along with the idea that “no one can hear you scream”.