Preacher’s lawsuit: “Religulous” made me look silly

by Walter Olson on February 7, 2009

Rev. Jeremiah Cummings of Orlando wants $50 million from Lionsgate for his unflattering portrayal on screen, saying Bill Maher and his filmmaking team did not level with him about the kind of movie they were making. However, as Matthew Heller notes, similar remorse suits over Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Borat” mostly flopped, with eight of nine thrown out before the discovery stage.

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1 nevins 02.07.09 at 10:07 am

“I am made to appear to be some money hungry preacher, which is the typical stereotype of black preachers,”
I wasn’t aware of this, but coming from from a black preacher perhaps we should accept it at face value. Now will other black preachers balk and sue him?

2 faith17 02.07.09 at 6:49 pm

I THINK CUMMINGS HAS A RIGHT TO SUE AFTER MAHER AND CHARLES ADMITTED THEY LIED ON CNN TO GET PEOPLE TO BE IN THEIR FILM. THEY ALSO ADDED AND EDITED THE INTERVIEWS TO MAKE THE SUBJECTS LOOK REDICULOUS. CUMMINGS IS THE ONLY BLACK PREACHER INTERVIEWED AND MADE TO APPEAR TO BE A PIMP IN THE CHURCH. THAT’S RACIAL PROFILING/ A VERY GOOD LAWSUIT

3 Ron Miller 02.09.09 at 12:24 pm

I think what Borat does and Maher did is morally wrong because I don’t think tricking and embarassing people for fun is an admirable sport. I just don’t see the basis for a lawsuit.

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