NBC Universal has pulled the controversial movie The Hunt from its fall release date. But a group that petitioned for that decision by the studio warns the flick might not be gone for good.
When NBC Universal dropped the trailer for the film about rich liberals who hunt down "deplorables" for sport, it didn't take long for conservatives to respond. One of those groups to respond – the Mississippi-based American Family Association – started a petition that gathered more than 45,000 signatures. Other conservative leaders spoke out as well – and within two days, the project was pulled.
As OneNewsNow reported on Monday, the studio released a statement that said "now is not the right time to release this film."
Ed Vitagliano, AFA's executive vice president, acknowledged that while the recent tragedies in Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton likely had a role in the decision, the voices opposing the film were crucially important.
"I want to thank our supporters who signed the petition," he begins, "but there was a lot of outrage – not just from us – a lot of outrage in our culture against the very idea of this movie."
And he warns it won't be hard to mobilize all those voices a second time, if necessary.
"We are glad that Universal Studios is pulling the film from its lineup in September, but we are going to continue to watch," he says, "because the statement from Universal said it was bad timing. We want to make sure they do not release this movie – ever."
Meanwhile, he says, the culture needs help. "This is a sick precept for a movie, and it only highlights the growing and hostile divide between left and right in this country," says Vitagliano. "But it also highlights the fact that our nation is sick at heart and in mind."
According to various news reports, the movie originally was to be titled "Red State vs. Blue State."
Editor's Note: The American Family Association is the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates OneNewsNow.com.