Sony’s upcoming supernatural horror Slender Man continues to cause plenty of controversy in the digital sphere, with over 13,000 people now signing a petition calling to ban the movie. The petition comes off the back of comments made by one Bill Weier, whose daughter attempted to murder her classmate to appease the fictional Slender Man monster in 2014.
In an interview with USA Today, Weier went on record to say:
“It’s absurd they want to make a movie like this. It’s popularising a tragedy is what it’s doing. I’m not surprised, but in my opinion, it’s extremely distasteful. All we’re doing is extending the pain all three of these families have gone through.”
Morgan Geyser (left), Anissa Weier (right)
While many might sympathise with Weier and the awful events that his family have been through, this particular endeavour seems to be based on little more than self-righteousness. The petition states that Sony’s adaption of the famous Urban Legend is “crass commercialism at its worst” and nothing more than “a naked cash grab built on the exploitation of a deeply traumatic event”. However, from what we know about the movie so far, it doesn’t appear to be based on the Waukesha County stabbing event at all; rather, it’s simply a retelling of the original Creepypasta stories that were all the rage on message boards in 2009.
We doubt that Sony are going to lose any sleep over this grassroots campaign; if anything, it only serves to make the wider public even more aware of the movie’s release. If you didn’t know any better, you could be forgiven for thinking that Sony were behind the whole thing.
Still, if the sentiments have struck a chord with you, you can find the petition here.
Slender Man is directed by Sylvain White (Stomp the Yard, 2007) and stars Joey King (The Conjuring, 2013), Julia Goldani Telles (The Affair, 2014) and Annalise Basso (Ouija: Origin of Evil, 2016).