By Guest Blogger, Mary Schmidt, Marketing Troubleshooter
The movie has stirred up seemingly every interest group in the world; people are projecting their issues - large and small - on it. Um, folks, it's a movie, with a story that's (happened) and been told thousands of times. (As for the "eco-terrorism" plot criticism - Oh, Puh-lease. Raise your hand if you really think totally trashing the environment to the detriment of all is a good idea. Think not? Good, let's move on.)
Some hard-core sci-fi geeks have even dismissed Avatar as a "chick flick." Well, yes, if you like chicks who fly helicopters, guns blazin', into the face of fiery death; tame flying lizards; and bring down heavy artillery with one well-placed arrow. (Hmm...maybe on second thought - that's exactly why the male geeks don't like it. The chicks aren't crying and throwing their Double D, size 0 bodies at the heroes to be saved...;-)
I'm happy to add Avatar to my list of top "chick flicks" right along with Cameron's Terminator and Aliens. (Titanic, not so much - the gooey adolescent love story was a distraction to the truly fascinating reality.) I'll be buying the DVD when available and shelving right next to Mama Mia (another top chick flick)
So - once again - note to PR agencies who grab my contact info, assuming that I'm anxiously awaiting their missives on "women's issues" - you should read this post before sending me something like this:
Contrary to what many Americans are told, we do not have the best healthcare or healthcare system in the world. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), our system is rated 37th: lower than most European countries.
For women this statistic is particularly terrifying. When it comes to our personal health, we Ladies don't question our doctors' opinions; and second opinions? Who would go through that twice?!
Ladies? "Don't question"?? Tell this to Neytiri...or - for that matter - middle-aged, nonathletic me. I might get a wee bit terrified when faced with a flying lizard...but a doctor? Heh.