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Rainn Wilson accuses Hollywood of anti-Christian bigotry

 March 13, 2023

Actor Rainn Wilson, best known for his turn in "The Office," recently tweeted about "an anti-Christian bias" in Hollywood.

His statement came following an episode of popular drama "The Last of Us," in which a character who reads from the Bible and preaches about Christianity is later revealed to be a villain.

Rainn Wilson Speaks Out

"The Office" star stated that "As soon as the David character in “The Last of Us”started reading from the Bible I knew that he was going to be a horrific villain."

He went on to wonder, "Could there be a Bible-reading preacher on a show who is actually loving and kind?"

Is It All Bad News?

Some of the replies to Wilson's tweet were keen to point out that not all of film and television's Christians are evil antagonists.

One response used the example of Mel Gibson's character in the film "Signs," whose "crisis of faith... ultimately leads him closer to God and saves his whole family."

Others, however, were wholeheartedly in agreement with Wilson's views on the issue.

Daniel Garza opined that "Defamation of Christianity has become the most unoriginal and tired cliches in movie/TV series storylines... it is meant to undermine faith and position the secular-minded as only ones with altruistic intentions."

Brittany Martinez noted that the David character had been "a creepy cannibal" in the source material, but not a pastor.

The Last of Us

Based on a wildly popular video game of the same name, HBO's "The Last of Us" has received a lot of media attention and generally favorable reviews from critics and ordinary viewers alike.

The story follows Joel (Pedro Pascal) and Ellie (Bella Ramsey) as they travel across America in the wake of an apocalyptic event.

Among the challenges they face are "a group of cannibals led by... what appeared to be a Christian preacher," reported Fox News. The report notes that the preacher attempts to sexually assault the young female protagonist at one point.

Rainn Wilson's Political Views

This story is perhaps even more noteworthy because of the fact Rainn Wilson does not generally lean conservative politically.

One issue he has expressed a keen interest in previously is climate change. In November of last year, he changed his name to "Rainnfall Heat Wave Extreme Winter Wilson" to raise awareness about global warming, reported Fox News.

Wilson noted at the time that he could not effect the name change on Twitter due to CEO Elon Musk's rules around naming.

The actor's performance as Dwight Schrute, Michael Scott's ultra-pedantic sidekick in "The Office," has made him a household name across the world.

During the show's nine-season run, Wilson was nominated for three Emmy Awards for his performances as Dwight.