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New Zealand slaps warning on A Star is Born over two teens getting ‘severely triggered’

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New Zealand slaps warning on A Star is Born over two teens getting severely triggered

Spoilers unavoidable in this one.

Bradley Cooper’s critically acclaimed and commercially successful hit A Star is Born has been hit with a warning at the beginning of the movie for showings in New Zealand, effectively ruining the movie’s ending.

After a pair of teenagers complained they were “severely triggered” by the movie’s tragic ending in which Cooper’s character, Jackson Maine, commits suicide after a long bout with addiction. It’s a new variation of the two previous versions of the movie in which the male leads also die. Kris Kristofferson died in a car accident in the 1976 version and James Mason’s version from 1954 walks into the ocean and drowns himself.

New Zealand Adds Warning to A Star Is Born After Teens Triggered

https://themuse.jezebel.com/new-zealand-adds-warning-to-a-star-is-born-after-2-teen-1830257790The new warning basically gives away the ending, during which Bradley Cooper’s character Jackson Maine dies by suicide in his garage. Viewers only learn of Maine’s history of suicidal tendencies close to the end of the movie, which adds crucial context to his narrative but also feels a bit out of the blue. You don’t see the actual death (it happens off-screen), but it is broadly gestured towards, and there are some pretty sad and heart-wrenching shots.

This change to the New Zealand showings of the movie happened after police received complaints from two “vulnerable young people,” according to The Guardian. According to the authorities’ report, they were “severely triggered” from watching the scene. The Office of Film and Literature Classification also received similar complaints.

My Take

This isn’t a sign that the movie is too dramatically “trigger-worthy.” It’s a sign of the delicate nature of today’s youths in western society. There are countless movies with more emotionally disturbing scenes than the ending of A Star is Born, including suicides and murders that would “trigger” more than a couple of teens in New Zealand.

Some would say this is a good thing. Teens are now either better in touch with their feelings or simply more willing to express how they feel. Allowing for such triggers to be discussed and to get action as a result can be a positive thing that prevents worse things from happening.

Unfortunately, I’m not buying any of it. That’s not to say I don’t think people can get triggered. I just don’t think an entire nation must deal with the consequences of two teens not properly prepared by their parents or guardians to handle the emotional stress of a movie.

Instead of a warning that ruins the ending for everyone else, perhaps these two teens should stop going to movies.

Our overly sensitive, politically correct society seems bent on ruining anything that could possibly cause distress to anyone. Guess what. That’s everything. People need to learn how to wear emotional helmets and knee pads instead of trying to eliminate any potential trigger that could damage their precious psyches.

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  1. Public Citizen

    November 7, 2018 at 12:47 am

    The problem with continuing down this Topsy-Turvey path is that eventually we get to the point where the inmates are running the Asylum, only the asylum in this case is entire societies and nations.
    Perhaps if we returned to the days of Asylums and Mental Hospitals as a consequence of inability to deal with something as trivial as an unexpected bad ending to a movie ~children~ [and it doesn’t matter their chronological state of growth if they exhibit this level of immaturity] would start to learn age appropriate responses to not just movies but life in general.
    Consider this. These too easily triggered people are very soon going to be in a position to vote for the people who will control the levers of power of government. Are they really displaying the characteristics of someone responsible and mature enough to exercise this sort of power?

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Sadly, the most recent depiction of this pivotal moment in our history has been turned into an American horror story. A story that depicts white Europeans who came to wipe out all the innocent natives by disease and war. The evil white man brought with them more evil white men who only wanted to destroy and kill, to take land that didn’t belong to them and annihilate anyone who wasn’t white. Because that’s all white people want.

Neither of these versions are remotely true.

The Pilgrims were not fleeing from persecution. Nor did they spread disease or kill an entire village of Native Americans. They simply came to a new world filled with the hope of freedom – freedom to live by the values and principles as defined by the word of God. They came to the new world to give their families that chance rather than being overtaken by a society they felt did not reflect those values. It was so important to them that they risked their lives and the lives of their children to make the voyage. A voyage that landed them far from where they were expecting.

After arriving to the new world it was clear that God had a plan. The circumstances which led up to the first thanksgiving – for both the Europeans and the Native American that helped them – could only be explained by divine providence.

Despite being told this is a time to apologize or to be shameful for our history as a nation, the truth is Thanksgiving should be the most important and revered time for all Americans. A time of remembrance of God’s grace and divine providence for a group of people that risked everything to honor Him, including a Native American by the name of Squanto.

The diversity of God’s grace is what we, Americans, should be celebrating. Not multiculturalism.

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There are certain political moves that can be considered “no-brainers” for anyone in Washington DC. Offering persecuted Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi asylum is one of them.

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All of those negatives are mitigated by three important positives.

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Every day that passes brings Asia Bibi and her family closer to the dangers that are closing in on them in Pakistan. They need to be taken in as soon as possible. Italy, Germany, and even Canada have offered to step up. The United States needs to do the same.

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