By EEW Magazine News & Entertainment Editors
For the past several weeks, the movie Sparkle has been the buzz around town as moviegoers have headed out to the box office to check out Whitney Houston’s final flick. The film, which has grossed more than $22 million at the box office to date, is drawing both praise and criticism.
While plenty of viewers were moved by the heartfelt performances, some, like Dove Award-winning Christian recording artist, Jamie Grace, were a bit put off by the skimpy outfits.
“So I saw sparkle and my thoughts would take a million tweets but I really wish they had all worn more clothes,” said the popular Christian singer via the social networking website, Twitter. “A little too much out,” she noted of the skin-baring get-ups.
Thigh-high mini-dresses, cleavage-revealing necklines, skin tight “freak ‘em” dresses, and seductive performances were enough to make any church mother and conservative Christian woman blush.
“Overt sexiness is normal fare for the film industry these days,” said Paula Jones, a DC woman who took her teenage daughters to see the film with her on opening weekend. “But with Bishop Jakes’ name under the ‘Executive Producer’ credits, I thought it would be a little more wholesome than that.”
In the final scene, Jordin Spark’s character, Sparkle, was given a form-fitting red dress with a plunging neckline by her mother, Whitney Houston’s character, for her featured performance.
“What kind of message is that sending that her own mother would advise her to objectify herself to win the approval of the masses?” asked Jones. “That was a very unhealthy message to send out to women, particularly young impressionable ones and that disappointed me.”
Grace admits it wasn’t all bad. “There was some great music and some funny parts,” she added. “I just don't think it's necessary to let stuff hang out.”
In a recent Christian Post interview, Bishop Jakes spoke about his decision to become involved with the project. “My company does not produce just faith films. We want to produce films with a positive message and I think that this fits into that category,” he said. “Sparkle is certainly laced with faith,” he pointed out, “but it is not purely a faith film and I want to remind you that it is a remake. So when you do a remake you have to be fairly true to the story in its original form. ‘Sparkle’ is a story that has been told before.”
What are your thoughts on the revealing outfits? Do you think there was too much skin? Was the message inappropriate for young women? Did you see the ending as a glorification of the objectification of women by the encouragement of Sparkle's mother to project a vixen image to win approval?