April 11, 2011, - 8:21 pm
A few weeks ago, I told you about “Meet Monica Velour,” a movie starring Kim Cattrall of “Sex and the City” fame, in which she plays an aging porn star. As I noted, the movie–previously entitled “Miss January”–was subsidized by the Michigan Film Tax Credit, receiving nearly $2 million from Michigan taxpayers. The subject matter of the movie is sleazy enough. But even more disgusting is the fact that JARC–the Detroit-based Jewish agency for the mentally disabled–is using the movie as a fundraising effort, complete with a special in-person appearance by the senior skankizen Cattrall, tomorrow night. It’s beyond sleazy.
Sleazy: Agency for the Mentally Disabled Uses Porn Star Themed Movie to Fundraise
JARC–which used to stand for Jewish Association for Retarded Citizens–is now called Jewish Association for Residential Care because the word “retarded” is now politically incorrect. The organization does excellent work, with many mentally disabled and mildly retarded beneficiaries of its help getting jobs, buying homes, and otherwise living a higher quality of life they likely never would have had. Mentally disabled people from my synagogue are functional adults and not on public assistance because of JARC.
That said, it’s very sleazy–and especially disrespectful to the less fortunate and somewhat helpless JARC clients–that the filthy “Meeting Monica Velour” is the way they raise money. I have not yet seen the movie, but as I noted previously, here is the description of the movie from the Tribeca Film Festival:
For Tobe, a nerdy, horny, frizzy-haired cineaste who doesn’t quite fit in with the average contemporary teen, the pinnacle of womanhood is Monica Velour (Kim Cattrall), a soft-core actress who reached the zenith of her career in the 1980s. When Tobe learns that his love idol is headlining hundreds of miles away at the Gentlemen’s Petting Zoo in Indiana, he drives off with carefree glory—in his grandfather’s (Brian Dennehy) used Weinermobile, no less—filled with the hope of meeting her. When Tobe defends Monica’s honor against ruffians who taunt the aging erotic starlet off the stage, he lands a pity invite into Monica’s trailer. As the two begin an unlikely friendship, Tobe’s unripe romantic impulses entangle with her messy life as a struggling single mother embroiled in a custody battle for her only daughter.
JARC is supposed to be an uplifting organization, lifting up the less fortunate to achievement. How sad it has such little regard for those clients that it uses a porn-star inspired movie like this as a high-dollar fundraising event. There’s something seriously wrong with that. It’s embarrassing. Clearly, JARC officials and execs have no concept of class and decency.
Maybe their less mentally fortunate clients could teach them a thing or two about that. Kim Cattrall–the author of dumb sex books and the star of much crap–certainly cannot.
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