Recently I saw the 2022 movie A Man Called Otto. From my perspective, it is an excellent movie with Tom Hanks in the leading role. Not to give too much away: it’s about a widower coming to terms with his life without his wife, who had died six months earlier from cancer. I do recommend it!
It is a classic ‘feel-good movie’, as I am sure the majority of those who see it leave with a more positive attitude to their circumstances and their life, even if they are battling some really serious personal challenges. I admire the genre. I would give anything for this type of movie as opposed to the ones that aim to glorify, hate, anger, revenge and gratuitous violence.
However, A Man Called Otto sadly gave me a bad feeling along with the feel-good emotions. Subtly woven into this fictitious plot is a transgender ‘boy’ who had been taught by Otto’s wife as a ‘girl’. The movie was blatantly running the narrative of normalising the process of transgenderisation. It is not a big part of the movie, but it crops up a few times for short scenes.
I am a retired Christian school principal. The portrayal of the normalisation of transgenderisation took me back to the responsibility on the principal to navigate these situations. Thankfully, I never had to handle a trans situation myself, but I feel for those who do, increasingly often, today. I fear that if I had
had to face one of these situations, I would probably have resigned, as I can’t see how I could have made the right call by all parties and my own conscience.
I am making this post, simply to call this movie out. I felt compelled to say something. If we simply leave every strategy and agenda of the evil one to be broadcast across our communities, unopposed, we are simply standing by condoning the abuse of one of God’s children, created in His image, and condoning the psychological abuse of those who now feel-good having seen the movie.