Mormons may sue 20th Century Fox over a poster of pansexual superhero Deadpool.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints protestors believe a poster for the new Deadpool film ‘mocks’ their beliefs.
You are expressly banned from having gay sex as a LDS church member or you will be excommunicated.
Members of the church must agree, at their baptismal interview, to never enter into a homosexual relationship and marriage is between a man and a woman.
Mormons might sue over poster of pansexual superhero Deadpool
Thousands of people have also signed a petition calling on 20th Century Fox to apologize for the poster, calling it ‘religious discrimination’.
And now, a lawyer has said the LDS Church could sue.
The Deadpool poster in question features Ryan Reynolds’ Wade Wilson surrounded by angels as he walks among clouds.
It looks very similar to a painting titled, The Second Coming, commissioned by the church in the 1960s. While it was painted by a 7th Day Adventist, the image belongs to the Mormons.
‘It is a jab at the State of Utah and it is a jab at the LDS church,’ patent attorney Steven Rinehart told ABC4.
‘The answer as with so many things in law, is it’s in the grey area.’
Rinehart says there are also exceptions involved with copyright law, such as in education settings. However, the poster is being used for commercial purposes.
‘The commonly cited exceptions are parody, criticism,’ Rinehart continued.
‘People commonly say that non-commercial, meaning educational use, is an exception. Because this use is commercial, I would assume the LDS church would have a good claim for copyright infringement if they chose to pursue it, but they are generally reluctant to do that.’
Will the LDS Church look to Satanists for inspiration?
Unusually, the LDS church can look to the Satanists for inspiration.
Netflix was forced to give an unknown settlement after the Sabrina reboot showed a copyrighted symbol of the Satanic Temple.
The new film, Once Upon a Deadpool, is a PG-13 version of Deadpool 2.
Cut from its original R rating, it shows Deadpool telling the story of the film to Fred Savage. This is a parody of The Princess Bride, in which a young Savage is told a bedtime story by Peter Falk who avoided ‘the scary parts’.
A portion of every ticket sold will be going to F-ck Cancer.
‘Because it’s the season of giving, we will also be giving $1 for every ticket sold to F-ck Cancer, which will be renamed Fudge Cancer just for this limited-time ad campaign,’ Reynolds recently said.
‘Fox has been asking for a PG-13 basically since the start in 2006. I’ve said no since 2006. Now, this one time, I said “Yes” on two conditions. First, a portion of the proceeds had to go to charity. Second, I wanted to kidnap Fred Savage. The second condition took some explaining…’
Once Upon a Deadpool is in theaters from today.