The Boston Zombie Uprising have scheduled their upcoming zombie walk for Easter Sunday, April 12, 2009. Now participants are being criticized for the choice of dates, for every reason from scaring children to being disrespectful to Christians.
The organizers are responding by saying they meant no offense, and to please have tolerance on all sides. In a secularizing country (where 15% of Americans have no religion at all) their satirical date choice is far from shocking. But is it offensive?
Comments left on the event’s Facebook page include harsh (and sometimes trolling) criticism such as “Having this on easter will be perceived as being anti christian and mocking jesus,” and “the timing on Easter is clearly offensive.” Are these comments coming from actual zombie walk participants, or from roving bands of Christian e-soldiers? Easter zombie walks aren’t unprecedented. And considering that the Easter Bunny is more iconic of Easter to many Americans than Jesus’ resurrection, the zombie walk’s timing is unlikely to offend the mainstream.
What’s the point of a zombie walk? They’re intended to be provocative. This Easter, Boston is taking the bait.
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