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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Theater Employee Warns Customers that Prometheus Features an Abortion (UPDATED with Comments from Regal Entertainment Group)

Posted by on Thu, Jul 5, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Updated with remarks from the Regal Entertainment Group about "inappropriate comments from an usher" at the theater. Originally posted on Monday at 5:26 pm.

A movie theater company is apologizing after a man named Jorge, who attended a recent showing of Prometheus, got a politically charged spoiler alert from the employee who was tearing his tickets. "I have to warn you," Jorge recalls the employee telling him and his guest. "Halfway through the movie, the main female character will perform a self-induced abortion."

Noomi Rapace, the one in the middle, gives herself an abortion in the movie, according to a movie theater employee. The fetus is an alien.
  • Noomi Rapace, the one in the middle, gives herself "an abortion" in the movie, according to a movie theater employee. The fetus is an alien.
This happened at Regal Cinemas Thornton Place Stadium 14 in Seattle. "I asked some other people entering the same auditorium if the same guy had warned them about the contents of the movie, and they said he did," says Jorge, who asked that we not use his last name.

He immediately complained to the manager. Although the manager reportedly said there was no political agenda on the cinema employee's part, Jorge sees it differently: "I totally disagree." He can't explain why else the employee would reveal a key development of an R-rated movie's plot.

Fed up by the management's inaction at the June 18 showing, Jorge then complained to Regal Entertainment Group, the national chain that owns the Thornton Place theater. He says they "sent me two free tickets, and no explanation was given as to why this had happened. I sent back their tickets."

But Regal has now replied to The Stranger.

"The local theatre staff did report a complaint about inappropriate comments from an usher to guests," Regal Entertainment Group spokesman Russ Nunley says via e-mail. "I can’t discuss individual personnel matters publicly, but rest assured that a negative experience like this is taken seriously."

Nunley adds that "Regal certainly is apologetic" and says that the company has "further reminded theatre staff what is and what is not proper dialogue with our guests."

Previously, The Stranger contacted Thornton Place theater manager Jeff Loewen, who said company policy barred him from speaking to the press. "I can't say anything about it," Loewen said when asked about the incident. He added, "There is no one at the theater level that you could talk to, and anyone at the corporate office wouldn't know about it." That is to say, the people who knew what happened couldn't speak, and the people who could speak didn't know what happened.

 

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Um, SPOILER ALERT.
Posted by defman23 on July 2, 2012 at 5:28 PM · Report this
Sargon Bighorn 2
July 18th showing is when it happened?? Do you happen to know what horse won the race on July 5th? PLEASE tell us!
Posted by Sargon Bighorn on July 2, 2012 at 5:32 PM · Report this
Dougsf 3
Wish the ticket taker at Ted had warned me that entire movie is an abortion.* Whammy!

*I haven't actually seen Ted, but their Axe body spray cross-promotion tells me what I need to know.
Posted by Dougsf on July 2, 2012 at 5:32 PM · Report this
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So, even if you believed that abortion is murder (spoiler alert: No it isn't!), wouldn't that also require a similar warning for all movies that feature murders? That would be a lot of warnings.
Posted by Proteus on July 2, 2012 at 5:34 PM · Report this
Dominic Holden 5
@2) Thank you. It was June 18. Fixed.
Posted by Dominic Holden on July 2, 2012 at 5:34 PM · Report this
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Does he mention that the "abortion" in question is to remove a freakish Alien precursor and not, say, a HUMAN baby? Also, spoiler alert, the "aborted" "fetus" doesn't actually die and goes on to produce the creatures who threaten humanity's entire future. Please show me how this in any way relates to our current political debate.
Posted by el ganador on July 2, 2012 at 5:41 PM · Report this
Yoder 7
Wow. Spoiler police vs. anti-abortion nuts. This would be a hard call, if the anti-abortion nuts weren't, you know, opposed to treating women like fully functional human beings.

Also, what elganador said. "Pro-life," apparently, now applies irrespective of the fetus's species.
Posted by Yoder http://www.denimandtweed.com on July 2, 2012 at 5:47 PM · Report this
icouldliveinhope 8
Oh jeez. Would this dude not support abortion even in the case of potential alien apocalypse AND the death of the mother? He sounds pretty awful.
Posted by icouldliveinhope on July 2, 2012 at 5:49 PM · Report this
Asparagus! 9
Maybe if the pro-abortion liberals weren't in control, and if it hadn't been aborted, that alien wouldn't have tried to destroy humanity. EVER THINK OF THAT?
Posted by Asparagus! on July 2, 2012 at 5:52 PM · Report this
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@7, Something tells me the employee walked out the moment he heard "abortion" and didn't see what it actually was. He was obviously extremely personally offended that a movie would even acknowledge abortion.
Posted by CyberQuaker on July 2, 2012 at 5:53 PM · Report this
keshmeshi 11
I'm actually really liking the idea of Alien as an abortion allegory. It would definitely explain why anti-choicers would hate it.
Posted by keshmeshi on July 2, 2012 at 5:53 PM · Report this
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SPOILER ALERT: In this issue of the Stranger, Paul Constant warns us all that Grassroots turned out to be an abortion.
Posted by gloomy gus on July 2, 2012 at 5:53 PM · Report this
camlux 13
Maybe the abortion could be balanced out by some firearm deaths, that way the conservative christians could go home happy and fulfilled.
Posted by camlux on July 2, 2012 at 5:58 PM · Report this
14
Wow. The dumbest thing is that it wasn't an abortion at all. It was a C-section.
Posted by ms.socks on July 2, 2012 at 6:00 PM · Report this
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You almost have to admire the convictions of this theater employee. By God, if you are pro-life it means you are pro-all life, regardless if it is an alien parasite eating its way out of a female body. But if it was in a male body, totally rip it out and kill it dead.
Posted by sisyphusgal on July 2, 2012 at 6:00 PM · Report this
rara avis 16
It sounds like the stupidity of the theater employee is rivaled only by the stupidity of Prometheus's script.
Posted by rara avis on July 2, 2012 at 6:06 PM · Report this
knobtheunicorn 17
Too bad the employee who sold me a ticket to "the Passion of Christ" didn't warn me about all that damn S&M and torture porn shit.
But honestly I don't think the kid was doing anything other than trolling on about the only squirm worthy(and forced at that) scene in a movie of a series that is supposed to be at it's core of the syfi horror genre. People who work at movie theaters aren't generally regarded as socially inawkward and incapable of geeking out perhaps inappropriatley. Anyhow this obviously has nothing to do with the managment of the theater. There's no politics here and besides who the fuck returns free tickets? So much handwringing in this town, oy vay!
Posted by knobtheunicorn on July 2, 2012 at 6:07 PM · Report this
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Surgically a c-section. Both mother and baby(cthulhu) live happy and healthy lives afterwards.
Posted by sleepy on July 2, 2012 at 6:08 PM · Report this
Pridge Wessea 19
@15 - well duh, if the freak alien mutation thing was in a man's body, that would be unnatural.

Also, this never would've happened if she wasn't a barren whore.
Posted by Pridge Wessea on July 2, 2012 at 6:12 PM · Report this
Gern Blanston 20
Spoiler Alert: The TV mini-series "Jesus of Nazareth" contains a scene of rampant infanticide. Viewer discretion is strongly advised.
Posted by Gern Blanston on July 2, 2012 at 6:15 PM · Report this
thatsnotright 21
So is getting treated for a tapeworm abortion, too?
Posted by thatsnotright on July 2, 2012 at 7:00 PM · Report this
reverend dr dj riz 22
@11..if the alien franchise isn't about motherhood, women's choices,and control of their bodies (among plenty of other things) , i've been reading it wrong since day one.
Posted by reverend dr dj riz on July 2, 2012 at 7:12 PM · Report this
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@18 - Yes! It was explicitly a cesarean section. Dr. Shaw asks for the procedure by name when she's (um, further spoiler alert, I guess..) trying to operate the medical pod. Then she sanitizes the alien fetus.
Posted by Daily in LA on July 2, 2012 at 7:17 PM · Report this
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isnt the baby actually half-alien/half-human?? the way i saw it, the dude who is infested with alien 'worms' and DNA donates his sperm to her...and then the alien baby comes out...

so the human couple couldnt previously have kids, and she internalized the blame as her fault..who knows - maybe it was the man's fault. i took it to mean that our modern sperm/egg combo is growing weaker despite all the modern technology, and 'alien' DNA is much stronger (fresher from the source of life- those crazy albino giant things) and thus more fertile.
Posted by Cassette tape fan on July 2, 2012 at 8:04 PM · Report this
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i also thought the movie was really entertaining...a great escape and suspense fueld couple of hrs. i want to take mushrooms and go see it again!
Posted by Cassette tape fan on July 2, 2012 at 8:06 PM · Report this
Zebes 26
(Spoilers, etc.) It wasn't even an abortion. She requests one and the machine specifically tells here, "This machine is not configured for a woman," so she instead orders a foreign body extraction.

Also, it's not a darling little baby, it's a horrible alien tentacle monstrosity. Nobody wants that shit.

"Holy shit, you pedantic nerd ass, nobody fucking cares about quibbly sci-fi bullshit! Go back to your action figure collection!" you say. Point is: you don't take a situation that is very specifically not presented as an abortion, and even if it was for an abortion is clearly not analogous to a human pregnancy, and describe it as an abortion unless you've got political motivations.

That's the theater I saw this movie at, although looking at my old stubs it appears this happened more than a week after I was there. Still, I'm probably going to be there again, and if this little warrior of Christ decides to start warning me about stuff in, say, I don't know, Ice Age: Who Fucking Gives A Shit ("Just to warn you, this movie presents an unrealistic image of the magic zoo hugbox that was Noah's Ark") his manager is going to get an earful.

Plus, what the hell: the whole movie was about how aliens sired human life on Earth, and some biblethumper takes issue with a parasitic extraction to save a woman's life?
Posted by Zebes http://www.badrap.org/rescue/index.html on July 2, 2012 at 8:06 PM · Report this
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Just so I'm clear on the situation

- minimum wage drone tells someone something about a movie they've paid to watch.

- it being a political topic, said someone decides that it's a Really Big Deal and starts raising all kinds of hell because some minimum wage drone had the temerity to tell them something about a movie they were gonna watch.

- said injustice is SO GREAT it gets covered by journ... uh, the Stranger, and many self-righteous words are spilled over the horrible, horrible incident of a minimum wage drone telling some dude something about a movie he was about to watch.

Really? REALLY, STRANGER?
Posted by Reader01 on July 2, 2012 at 8:13 PM · Report this
Reverse Polarity 28
@26, that was my thought too. This movie presents a whole new sci-fi twist on the creation myth that I thought would have the christianists all aghast. But no. This moron complains about a pseudo-abortion of an alien parasite? WTF?

I saw this movie at the Thornton Place theater. I see a lot of movies there with friends who live nearby. If that proselytizing employee had tried that shit with me, I'd have had him in front of his manager within minutes. He'd be lucky if I didn't punch him in the nuts just for being an asshole.
Posted by Reverse Polarity on July 2, 2012 at 8:17 PM · Report this
schmacky 29
In the employee's defense, it's a fucking horrific, bloody scene that had me staring into my popcorn bag. Maybe it wasn't political at all, but rather the employee sensed some customers were on the squeamish side and gave them a heads up? (/charity)
Posted by schmacky on July 2, 2012 at 8:25 PM · Report this
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That whole movie was an abortion.
Posted by Spindles on July 2, 2012 at 8:34 PM · Report this
Zebes 31
@27

WORDS ARE A FINITE RESOURCE ON THE INTERBUTTS
Posted by Zebes http://www.badrap.org/rescue/index.html on July 2, 2012 at 8:41 PM · Report this
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@31 this post is the HELP HELP I'M BEING OPPRESSED scene in Monty Python made flesh. Except this time the person being "oppressive" isn't in a position to influence anyone or anything. It's ridiculous.
Posted by Reader01 on July 2, 2012 at 8:48 PM · Report this
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ah- Liberals and their ENDLESS ways in which to be offended...
Posted by what. an. annoying. bunch. of. pussies. on July 2, 2012 at 9:01 PM · Report this
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I've never had an employee at a movie theater provide me with warnings about movies prior to entry unless there was some sort of seizure disclaimer due to shaky cameras/flashing lights. With that said, I would also think it extremely odd that an employee would spoil the movie for no good reason. Why would he do that? I'd be pissed. Especially after paying $12 to see the damn thing.
Posted by DJ BJ on July 2, 2012 at 9:15 PM · Report this
balderdash 35
"Why, yes, of COURSE our minimum-wage drones are supposed to aggressively impart plot spoilers outside the theater. Why would you think that it's political? This happens all the time! Why, do you not remember the highly televised coverage of the launch of 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince'? We had a minion outside every single theater, even the ones that weren't showing it, shouting 'SNAPE KILLS DUMBLEDORE' at the top of their lungs from the moment we opened in the morning until the very last show let out each evening."
Posted by balderdash http://introverse.blogspot.com on July 2, 2012 at 9:33 PM · Report this
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Um, isn't the whole movie about how modern religion is a joke and completely wrong and that alien creatures really created us. If this guy is really a jesus freak, wouldn' t this be more offensive than an alien abortion?
Posted by j2patter on July 2, 2012 at 9:47 PM · Report this
tjsander 37
In college, working in a movie theater box office, I learned pretty quickly to just keep your mouth shut when it comes to movies. I once warned a lady that it probably wasn't a good idea to take her two small children into Saw 3, got the "don't tell me how to raise my kids" speech, then 45 minutes later refunded her money while listening to her chew me out for not saying that it would be so loud.

Otherwise reasonable people tend to become entitled assholes on their worst behavior upon entering a movie theater. Somehow, they feel that the "high" $12 ticket price means they can abuse the minimum-wage employees and managers (many of whom are also earning minimum wage). Protip: complaining about how expensive movie theater tickets are at someone who doesn't earn enough in one hour to see a movie makes you look like an ass.

From the quote, it sounds like UNIDENTIFIED MINIMUM WAGE EMPLOYEE have had a political/moral objection to the scene. However, I think @29 is probably closest to the truth. It's gross.

Protip 2: Complaining about virtually anything at Regal will get you free tickets. Just to get your entitled ass off of their case. Why would you send the tickets back? One mediocre, predictable plot point in one mediocre, predictable movie was spoiled for you. Move on with your life and stop trying to get UNIDENTIFIED MINIMUM WAGE EMPLOYEE fired.
Posted by tjsander http://3button.info on July 2, 2012 at 9:48 PM · Report this
tjsander 38
Movie ticket prices in the country I currently live in (Japan) are about $22 a ticket. $12 on special discount days. Perspective.
Posted by tjsander http://3button.info on July 2, 2012 at 9:54 PM · Report this
stirwise 39
@29: yeah, it was pretty nasty. I had to take off my 3D glasses to not get sick. That said, it's still not about abortion, so that employee can go fuck himself.
Posted by stirwise on July 2, 2012 at 10:13 PM · Report this
Puty 40
I thought the scene was hilarious. Gore doesn't bother me when it's silly. Also, terrible movie.
Posted by Puty on July 3, 2012 at 12:08 AM · Report this
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I just couldn't get over how she was all running around and surviving and shit after her c-section/foreign-body-extraction/"abortion." I've had two of those! (human, surviving) It's major fucking surgery! You don't just suit up and dash off with a compromised abdominal wall!
Posted by lblah on July 3, 2012 at 3:22 AM · Report this
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DOMINIC HOLDEN, you told everyone what's going to happen in the movie just like Jorge did. Good job.
Posted by Barbara Steel on July 3, 2012 at 4:55 AM · Report this
Kinison 43
I had three roommates that used to work at Metro Cinemas in the U-District and they would be so bored most of the day that saying stupid shit like this would occasionally happen.

Jorge freaked out over something trivial. Returning the tickets makes me think that he really wants that entry level employee to be fired. If you dont want to be subjected to subliminal social, political or even religious imagery, then going to the movies really isnt the thing for you as its basically everywhere.
Posted by Kinison http://www.holgatehawks.com on July 3, 2012 at 5:51 AM · Report this
Quintus Slide 44
Kinison: Do you know what "subliminal" means? It doesn't mean me saying, "Kinison, you don't know what 'subliminal' means."

That said, Dominic's reaction is comically over the top.
Posted by Quintus Slide on July 3, 2012 at 7:02 AM · Report this
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I'm sure someone else has pointed this out (I'm too busy to read the thread) but how can it be an abortion if the alien (not exactly a fetus) lives and grows into an ass-kicking, sequel-creating monster? If the theater employee must spoil, "an attempted-but-failed abortion of an alien parasite from a human being" would have been a more accurate giveaway. Or perhaps "This movie doesn't hold a candle to it's predecessors. Turn back now!"
Posted by mitten on July 3, 2012 at 8:11 AM · Report this
More, I Say! 46
Reminds me of when I walked in on my roommate* watching "The Other Boleyn Girl" and SPOILER ALERT! said "Oh, this is right before everyone dies!"

*No, she did not know the story of Anne Boleyn. Yes, she was a moron.
Posted by More, I Say! on July 3, 2012 at 9:10 AM · Report this
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Wait, Snape killed Dumbledore?
Posted by Leoba on July 3, 2012 at 9:10 AM · Report this
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Won't SOMEONE think of the angry squid babies??!!??!!?!
Posted by go figueroa on July 3, 2012 at 9:39 AM · Report this
onion 49
fucking spoiler alert, assholes!!!! right there in the title! screw off holden.
Posted by onion on July 3, 2012 at 9:55 AM · Report this
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Oh god, people the "abortion" scene is a red herring. The movie is really a Nazi parable plain and simple. A race of pure white ubermenches who both create life on earth and then decide to purge it when humans are deemed inferior.

For what it's worth if we do decide to read the alien c-section as an abortion, the opposition to it is indeed troubling, since clearly the pregnancy is both endangering the life of the mother and a result of rape (the sex with her human partner is consensual but the sex with his alien side is not).
Posted by stuck in boston http://www.nothing.com on July 3, 2012 at 10:10 AM · Report this
Overpopulation Participant 51
Bruce Willis was dead the WHOLE TIME?!?!?!
Posted by Overpopulation Participant http:// on July 3, 2012 at 10:11 AM · Report this
TLjr 52
I don't care how underpaid the employee is. Just rip my ticket and STFU if you don't like the movie.
Posted by TLjr on July 3, 2012 at 12:16 PM · Report this
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Regal don't give a shit. All they care about is that you paid for a ticket and probably bought some overpriced concession crap. As is the case with most businesses the most important thing is the _money_.
Posted by Weekilter on July 3, 2012 at 4:28 PM · Report this
Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In 54
@37 This is why you get a name. When confronted w/ abusive & insulting behavior from a wage slave, you smile & ask their name. Nice & casual. Make sure you get a pic. Then you throw it up on the interwebs, sit back & let the flying monkeys do their work.
Posted by Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In on July 3, 2012 at 5:19 PM · Report this
onion 55
HOLDEN YOUR HEADLINE IS ITSELF A SPOILER.
you should take it down and apologize!!!!!!!!!
Posted by onion on July 3, 2012 at 6:34 PM · Report this
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maybe he was giving a warning to those who are sensitive about the issue and actually had no personal stake in the matter? just a thought...
Posted by my name is iemanym on July 3, 2012 at 9:38 PM · Report this
Zebes 57
My sensitive liberal jimmies are once more rustled as this issue is raised once more! I am only allowed to complain about three things a week and I opted to bitch about this instead of the starving orphans in Africa, the starving orphans in southeast Asia or the lack of God in our schools. My priorities are clearly more fucked over than the crew of a spaceship that doesn't think to prioritize maintaining an environmental seal against a hostile alien environment that infects people with crazy fish eye chest explode disease.
Posted by Zebes http://www.badrap.org/rescue/index.html on July 5, 2012 at 12:37 PM · Report this
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Respoiler Relert!
Posted by gloomy gus on July 5, 2012 at 12:54 PM · Report this
Knat 59
How these people get through modern life, I don't know.

On a similar note, I recently overheard a woman clutching her pearls over the CHILD PORNOGRAPHY in Brave. Specifically, the scene at the end where the main character's kid brothers are running around naked. You only see them from behind (just as you did their father and most of the other men earlier - kilt joke), and only for a few seconds, and oh yeah, they're not real people. They don't even look like real people, and they were made on a computer. The most amusing thing was that she was speaking to her daughter, who is apparently the only child in the history of mankind to not have a nudist phase growing up.

@29: I feel better knowing I'm not the only one who couldn't take that scene. I swear, that sequence was written to push all my specific "overload" buttons.
Posted by Knat on July 5, 2012 at 1:02 PM · Report this
Mischa Vainburg 60
Runn Nunley?! Now that's a delightfully Pynchonian name.
Posted by Mischa Vainburg http://squidbasedink.wordpress.com on July 5, 2012 at 1:14 PM · Report this
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what an important story....
Posted by Pulitzer HERE WE CUM!! on July 5, 2012 at 1:17 PM · Report this
62
This article lacks a little perspective. Some dumbassed employee mouthed off to a few customers, and you're treating it like goddamned Watergate Redux. Who cares, honestly?
Posted by Madeleine Elster on July 5, 2012 at 2:33 PM · Report this
onion 63
you are even more of a jerk, holden. you REPOST the giant spoiler in the title?
(not to mention the spoilers in the photo caption and in the article itself)
zero respect. zero.
Posted by onion on July 5, 2012 at 3:57 PM · Report this
biju 64
I think there's a good chance the ticket person wasn't a bible thumper. They were just thick/leotarded.

few years back i went to watch "rape of the soul" which was this wacky conspiracy theory "documentary" at landmark metro and the employee didn't really give away any spoilers but she was like, "uh...just so you know, you can always get a ticket refund if it's within 15 mins of the start of any movie". Is there really such a 15 min rule, never used it since but i did end up getting a refund that day.
Posted by biju on July 6, 2012 at 9:06 AM · Report this
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@17: " I don't think the kid was doing anything other than trolling"

Oh bullshit. Then why didn't they spoiler the rest of the movie?
Posted by come on yo on July 6, 2012 at 10:55 AM · Report this
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Best bunch of comments to anything ever. More enjoyable then the film.
Posted by dr giggles on July 8, 2012 at 7:28 AM · Report this
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"It's a chest-bursting child, not a choice!"
Posted by pezdrake on July 13, 2012 at 5:32 PM · Report this
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What makes anyone think he was making any sort of moral statement? When I read this, my first assumption was that he was warning people in case watching a chick giving herself a horror-alien-self-abortion is the sort of thing that makes people chuck their biscuits. (Because apparently there are still people that haven't been desensitised yet.) Even told them when it would happen so they could duck out during it.
I personally would have liked a spoiler before I watched 'The Butterfly Effect' that it was going to be the evil shit I had ever seen. (As I was a kid at the time.)
Otherwise, It would have to be the lamest most pointless way ever to make the statement 'abortion is bad'. He could have worn a t-shirt for that.

That being said. Abortion is bad. As a person who was once a fetus, I feel fully justified to make that statement. :)

(I couldn't same the same for hypothetical alien monstrosities though, but maybe I'm just racist. :P)
Posted by Mudz on July 14, 2012 at 1:26 AM · Report this

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