Shane Bitney Crone defends Redbox: “No person, or company, should be ostracized for supporting equality and love”
Shane Bitney Crone has just posted this on Facebook and I am sharing it in its entirety. No doubt this is coming from some of the same folks defending Duck Dynasty’s anti-gay Phil Robertson. I think it’s shameful.
Here is Shane’s post:
It has been brought to our attention that people have been petitioning against Redbox’s distribution of Bridegroom. Angry consumers have sent numerous emails and letters conveying disappointment in the company for carrying the film. Even some radio hosts and church groups have encouraged others to boycott the popular Redbox video rental kiosks completely, simply because they are against a love story about two men.
Redbox believes Bridegroom is a story that needs to be told and we are tremendously thankful for its support, despite the company’s recent decision to phase out documentaries. Through Redbox’s generosity, people all over the country, even in remote rural areas, are watching Bridegroom. Teenagers and adults alike have written to me, and to Redbox, saying that they’re grateful to have been able to see the film, even in their small towns–towns not unlike the one in which I grew up.
In addition to carrying Bridegroom, Redbox is doing something it’s never done before. Five percent of its proceeds will be donated to these invaluable human rights groups: Freedom to Marry, PFLAG, GLAAD, and GLSEN. Apparently this charitable act also has people up in arms, because they feel as if Bridegroom attempts to force people to change their views and beliefs while spreading a sinful, intolerable message.
While I believe these individuals are entitled to their opinions and beliefs, I find this whole ordeal absurd and disheartening. First of all, no one is being forced to rent or watch our documentary. The only thing we’ve ever asked is for people to give it a chance. Bridegroom was not made to create social discord or public controversy. It was a film made out of love and hope.
I made my YouTube video, “It Could Happen To You,” with the hope of reaching at least one person. I believed that if I could empathize with just one teenager, or save one LGBT couple from similar discrimination, that it would be of some value. I’ve received dozens of messages since Bridegroom was made available at Redbox, including from one 18 year old in Indiana who said that he was close to giving up before watching the documentary. He said it literally saved his life.
Please, I ask all of you to show the dissenters that it’s important for Bridegroom’s story to be told. This story is uniquely mine, but it sadly parallels tragedies that hundreds of thousands of other couples, gay and straight, have endured. Our stories deserve to be told without unwarranted repercussions and we cannot let narrow-mindedness or ignorance silence us. Support Redbox’s decision to carry Bridegroom by visiting your nearest kiosk and renting the documentary, as well as one of the other 200 available titles.
No person, or company, should be ostracized for supporting equality and love. You do not have to rent Bridegroom, or like Bridegroom, but you should not try to prevent others from watching and learning from it. These people who are attempting to stop the distribution of Bridegroom are doing much more harm than they know. By silencing our voices, they potentially stop others from finding hope. We all deserve hope.
Thank you Redbox for supporting Bridegroom. I am forever grateful to you for carrying the film and for donating to worthy causes, in spite of the opposition.
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