The Passion of the Christ has been out for a while now and most of the people I know have seen it. I've been reluctant to see what I feel will be a virulently anti-Semitic film and have no interest in giving Mel Gibson my money. For the sake of discussing it with my , but in the interest of keeping my money from a man I think is an anti-Semite, can I sneak into a screening of "The Passion"?


Steven K., Tribeca

Ask Gothamist can not endorse sneaking in to a movie, no matter what we think of the film's subject matter or point of view. Even when you are stealing from someone whose beliefs are arguably prejudiced, it's still stealing. Our advice is simple: if you don't want to give Mel Gibson your money, don't see the movie.

Keeping your ten bucks or opting to see Mean Girls instead of "The Passion" will hardly put Mel Gibson into a lower tax bracket or force him to beg for change on the Sunset Strip. In fact, if you believe the movie will be anti-Semitic and cause potential harm to the beliefs of your ', it might do more help for you to actually see it so that you can have an intelligent discussion with them.

Why don't you and your do yourselves a favor and catch a rerun of the brilliant South Park episode, The Passion of the Jew? You needn't have seen the movie to appreciate the episode in which Cartman is overcome with awe after seeing Mel Gibson, only to find out that the director is a lunatic. The show savagely skewers both sides of "The Passion" debate, sparing no one except for Stan and Kenny who, like you, want to keep their ten bucks.

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