Nashville-based LifeWay Christian Resources has quietly pulled the Oscar-nominated The Blind Side from the shelves of its stores, saying the PG-13 movie contains racial slurs.
The Blind Side is based on the real-life story of a well-to-do white family in Memphis who took in a troubled black teenager. He now plays football in the NFL. There is some explicit language and racial slurs. It’s also been criticized for demeaning African Americans.
After a pastor in Florida campaigned for a year to have the DVD pulled, LifeWay conceded just before the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting last month. The denomination was electing its first African American president. A statement from LifeWay says there was a “likelihood it would be the focus of debate and division.” Spokesman Marty King goes on to say that the movie “as a whole promotes Christian values and a redemptive message.”
Still, the decision has gotten mixed reviews from evangelicals. In a radio commentary, one author said LifeWay seems “to have confused being salt and light with being curmudgeons.”