Actor Kirk Cameron recently lashed out at atheist activists, accusing them of mobilizing fellow non-believers to post negative reviews for his new film, “Saving Christmas,” an act that, according to him, has led to the movie’s low favorability score on Rotten Tomatoes. Reportedly, the film was at 94 percent right after its release but is now at only 33 percent. Cameron told the media that the negativity started soaring right after he used his Facebook page to encourage his fans to post favorable reviews for his latest film.
“Help me storm the gates of Rotten Tomatoes! All of you who love ‘Saving Christmas’ – go rate it at Rotten Tomatoes right now and send the message to all the critics that WE decide what movies we want our families to see!” Cameron wrote last week on his Facebook page. “If 2,000 of you (out of almost 2 million on this page) take a minute to rate ‘Saving Christmas,’ it will give the film a huge boost and more will see it as a result!”
At the time of him posting on Facebook, Cameron claims the film’s favorability score was bordering around 50 percent. Darren Doane, director of the film, too told the media that he believes the initial fluctuation in rating had been affected by those intentionally spamming Rotten Tomatoes to jeopardize the movie’s score. Of course, it did not take long for Cameron’s fans to respond to his appeal, thus stepping up the mid-range score to 94 percent. But the actor and director are of the opinion that atheist activists quickly resorted to social media, thereby encouraging fellow non-believers to post negative reviews about the movie, which eventually brought down “Saving Christmas’” score.
“They were giving actual plot points,” Cameron said. “They gave them plot points on the website for them to use in their reviews saying why it was so bad.”
Cameron went on to differentiate between his original message urging fans to voice their approval for the film and messages sent out by atheists who supposedly tried to lower the film’s score for the heck of it. Doane also shared screen shots from Reddit’s Atheism page to prove that these conversations were in fact taking place.
However, despite the film having a 33 percent rating at the moment, Doane told the media that his team is not upset about atheists carrying out this supposed conspiracy.
“We have a very high score at Fandango and we’ve never driven anyone over there,” he noted. “We’re not crying about [the Rotten Tomatoes score]. We actually think it’s amazing, because it continues to give us so much press about the film.”
In fact, both Cameron and Doane explained that atheists’ conspiring against their film did not only manage to keep “Saving Christmas” in the news headlines but also brought in a huge number of viewers at the box office.
“We could possibly have our best weekend ever on our third weekend,” Doane said, noting that this dynamic is extremely rare in Hollywood, where most movies lose momentum as time forges on. ”The atheists are getting boring and predicable. They have no game, no swagger, no narrative.”
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