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To promote new film, Magnolia Pictures advises fans to “get out your guns” to murder Bristol Palin

Either a jack-off intern was left in control of the social media accounts of Magnolia Pictures’ genre arm, Magnet Releasing, or the higher-ups at the Mark Cuban-owned distributor have some serious explaining to do. Here’s what was posted earlier today on Magnet’s Twitter and Facebook:
Magnolia Pictures threatens Bristol Palin via Facebook post.Granted, this post was consistent with the tone of the film it was designed to promote, Bobcat Goldthwait’s God Bless America. We here at Critic Speak found the movie’s militant brand of satire, which effectively endorses the full-scale execution of brainless pop-culture phenoms and social conservatives, to be repugnant… but it’s part of a film and therefore justifiable on the grounds of artistic expression.

But this hateful post is another story entirely — Who thought this was acceptable? Those who have not seen the film probably have no idea that this post was designed to imitate its tone. Furthermore, while God Bless America rails against public figures similar to Palin, it is not the place of a social media-updater to speak for writer/director Goldthwait in such a crude, controversial manner.

Magnet/Magnolia should delete the post and issue an apology to Palin. Just because God Bless America is tanking at the box office (it grossed just $28,000 this weekend) doesn’t mean they have the right to take it out on whoever they feel like.

Update (May 14): Thanks to our reporting and subsequent re-posts on other blogs, Magnet has posted the following apology to Twitter-

Magnet apology

About Danny Baldwin

Danny Baldwin has been writing about film on the Internet for over a decade, initially for BucketReviews and now for Critic Speak. He holds a Master's degree in Critical Studies from the University of Southern California and in past years served as a member of both the Online Film Critics Society and the San Diego Film Critics Society. Danny's favorite films include “The 400 Blows,” “Imitation of Life" (1959), “My Neighbor Totoro” and “The Silence of the Lambs.” He lives in Los Angeles.