The Twilight Saga may be over, but the saga over Twilight rages on.
It's been just over a year since Breaking Dawn Part 2 was imparted unto the theatergoing populace. Whether you saw it as the finale to a sprawling paranormal romance or the end of a great cinematic pestilence, it's definitely, certifiably over.
Well, yes and no. The thing is, Twilight looms so large in the public consciousness that imitators, or in this case parodies, continue to exist. TwiHarder is a film designed to poke fun at Stephenie Meyer's opus. Unfortunately for the parody's creators, Between the Lines, however, Summit Entertainment wasn't laughing and slapped them with a cease and desist.
Between the Lines felt that one good turn deserved another, so, rather than sulking off into a dark corner, it fought back against Summit and Lionsgate by suing them. Sadly for Between the Lines, the $500 million lawsuit over alleged sabotage was quickly dismissed.
But if you're feeling bad for the parody makers -- don't. They haven't given up. Now, they've taken a completely different tack by suing Summit and Lionsgate because Twilight is, to their reckoning, racist and perverse.
Specifically, the suit claims, Twilight presents "one-dimensional stereotypes about Native Americans and indigenous culture through the depiction of the character Jacob Black as a 'noble savage,' 'bloodthirsty warrior' and 'sexual predator.'" You can add to the complaint the accusation that the films place "heavy emphasis" on "socio-political hierarchy and economic power based on the color of skin rather than the contents of his or her character or accomplishments."
And that's just the racist end. As for perversion, well, naturally, the problem is that the franchise is centered "around the lustful and eventual sexual relationship between a 17-year-old girl, Bella Swan, and a male character, Edward Cullen, who is nearly 100 years her senior."
Now, to anyone taking these accusations seriously, don't. While we may be taking some liberty here, it seems safe to say that Between the Lines is purposefully carrying on this entirely frivolous lawsuit out of spite, not out of some high-horsed moral posturing.
To be fair, Twilight, while not aggressively or purposefully (we think) racist or perverse, does bear some resemblance to the accusations made. Then again, making sweeping generalizations vis-a-vis dimensionless characters is hardly a new move for Hollywood filmmaking, is it?