After Viewing ‘The Last of Us’, Rainn Wilson Publicly Expressed the Existence of Anti-Christian Prejudice in Hollywood
Published on March 14th, 2023 | Updated on March 14th, 2023 | By FanFest
Rainn Wilson is known for his strong opinions, so it’s no surprise he had plenty to say after witnessing HBO’s The Last of Us – a narrative as contentious and polarizing as any other piece of art released.
The American version of The Office’s Dwight Schrute, actor Rainn Wilson, posted a tweet recently expressing his disappointment in the entertainment industry for its obvious “anti-Christian prejudice.” This was due to him watching the Almost Last episode of The Last Of Us which revealed that an atheist who had converted to preaching was actually a cruel aggressor with no qualms about cannibalism.
In Wilson’s own words:
I do think there is an anti-Christian bias in Hollywood. As soon as the David character in “The Last of Us”
started reading from the Bible I knew that he was going to be a horrific villain. Could there be a Bible-reading preacher on a show who is actually loving and kind?
— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) March 11, 2023
It is often the case that Hollywood caricatures preachers as villains, particularly if they are part of a certain post-apocalyptic community. Yet it can be argued that David’s newfound faith may merely demonstrate his mental instability rather than intentionally mocking religion.
Despite facing backlash, Wilson is steadfast in his opinion and has taken to social media to explain it further, emphasizing that he isn’t even a Christian.
But most Christians that I know are kind, accepting and loving and seeking to make the world a better place. They should also be honored in the media.
— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) March 13, 2023
It’s safe to say that The Last of Us is not a conservative story, and depicting a priest as a sinister villain would be the least of people’s concerns if they tend to be more religious-minded than the rest of the viewers.
Though, it is indisputable that tropes often return in stories and this seems to be one of them. If the majority of your readers assumed he was going to be an antagonist but ended up being one anyway, then you must contemplate if there is a deficiency in your narrative.
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