Online Petition Demands Name Change for Upcoming Film ‘Creed’
We know many of you receive a menagerie of Change.org petitions in your email inboxes every single day, but if you'd kindly give us a moment of your time, we'd like to shine a light on one in particular. You see, the next film in the Rocky franchise is set for a Nov. 25 release, but here's the problem… it's called Creed.
The film's storyline revolves around the son of Apollo Creed, who was one of Rocky Balboa's most iconic rivals in Rocky series. It sounds promising, don't get us wrong, but a larger issue is at hand. This film is treading on dangerous ground in that it may spoil the legacy of Creed, the multiplatinum selling rock band.
We're not the only ones who think so. A Los Angeles man named Nick Robinson has started a Change.org petition to convince the studio heads of MGM to change the title of their Creed film:
The movie CREED about the son of Rocky Balboa's deceased trainer's son, is making it difficult, if not impossible, for the still-vital online Creed fanbase to exchange thoughts and discussion regarding band developments, song interpretation, rumors, non-erotic fanfiction, and deeper insights into the expanded Creed universe. MGM has completely disrespected the Creedmunity by using the name of the still-popular band for their non-Creed related movie and have been stifling conversation by flooding social media hashtags and searches with non-music Creed discussion. MGM should have consulted Creed experts and online leaders before titling this movie. The Creedmunity will not be silenced.
Testify, my brother! Robinson was even kind enough to offer perfectly suitable alternatives to the film's ill-fated title, including Apollo Creed's Son, Boxer Creed, Creed (not the band) and many other gems. Robinson, in an act of charity, has even given MGM legal permission to use any of his suggested titles.
"We can make a difference," Robinson writes. "The online Creed fanbase and the discussion of this movie do not have to be enemies. We can be friends. However I can guarantee that if MGM does NOT change the title that no self-respecting Creed fan will EVER see this movie, not even on bootleg!!!!!!!!!!"
The task may seem staggering, but the petition aims to gather a whole 100 signatures from Creed fans worldwide. As of this posting, it's already up to 25!
Please take a moment to sign the petition and do your part to prevent the bastardization of Creed's good name.
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