I normally write in the mornings when my mind is clearer. But today, I thought I’d switch things up a bit and blog in the evening. That, and the fact that I struggled to get through today’s review.
You see, I’m not content with just presenting to you holiday movies, shows and books that depict members of the communication field as “the new scrooges“. I actually watch or read them. All of them in whole.
Today’s feature is The Christmas Gift (2015), a Lifetime original movie inspired by a true story. When I read the description for the movie, I thought that it sounded promising, not just because it would help me write “My Christmas PR Wish” series, but because it was supposed to be about a boy who fills an Operation Christmas Child box, and later meets, falls in love and marries the recipient. Our family has filled at least two boxes every year for as long as I can remember, so the story touched my heart.
That is until I started watching the movie and realized how far the script strayed from what it was supposed to be. And it just wasn’t a good movie on so many levels.
But, it did prove my hypothesis that members of the communication field are portrayed as scrooge-like characters who need to realize the errors of their ways in order to celebrate the holidays as a “good” person.
There are no shortage of “bad” people in this made-for-T.V. movie; I counted three. But the main character is Megan, a feature reporter for a community themed news magazine. There are four particular scenes that portrays the need for Megan to change her ways, especially when it comes to her career
- Megan is an overly ambitious reporter that is not afraid to bend the rules of ethics. When a co-worker confronted Megan about telling the subject of an article the truth about the article Megan replies
I will. Eventually. When it suits me.
The co-worker then says “Megan, you are not to be trusted.
- Megan is self-absorbed and oblivious to other people’s feelings. She pouts when her boss does not give her the assignments she wants. When her boss confronts her twice about using her talents to write the kind of articles that she should write and not using people, Megan still doesn’t get it.
Her boss says to not hurt Wesley, the subject of the article:
Wesley is a person that gives till it hurts instead of receiving, and that’s remarkable, especially at Christmas.
In other words, Wesley is the complete opposite of Megan.
- Megan lets her career get in the way of family. Like most of the other characters we’ve looked at so far, Megan is only concerned with making it to the top “one word at a time.” She does pay for her aunt’s rent at a local retirement home, but she hardly makes time to go see the aunt that raised her, took her in when she was abandoned as a child. It was a financial and personal struggle for her single aunt, but Megan thinks that as long as she pays her aunt’s rent, she fulfills her obligation.
- Even Wesley, who has just met Megan, recognizes a lack of personal morals in her. When Megan is trying to convince Wesley to let her write her article about the kids in the orphanage that Wesley runs, she plays on Wesley’s sense of altruism and uses a guilt trip. “I think it would really help the kids”. Wesley can see right through Megan.
I think it would help you. I don’t want these kids to be rungs on your ladder to success. They have been through enough.
Slowly, Megan sees the errors of her ways and changes in time for Christmas Eve.
I wish I had more to say, but how many times between now and Christmas can I stress that there holiday movies are not friendly to members of the communications field? How many more times will communications professionals fall prey to scrooge-like representation?
Let’s take inventory. Communications-major.com lists over 60 careers that a communication major can be employed at. So far, we’ve checked off marketer, a public relations specialist, a market researcher, publisher, and now a reporter.
I can’t wait to see who’s next on that list. I hope that you’ll come back on Friday, December 9 for the next communications scrooge.