Many people have told me that it would be a better marketing tool for my film if I were to change the name and remove the word “Booty” from the title in order to create another title that was less offensive or more family friendly. Honestly, my initial response is that this would be the ultimate sell out. It would be like taking French Fries off the menu and adding another veggie to accompany the hamburger and trying to pass it off as America’s favorite meal.
The body has become so sexualized in today’s culture that the phrase “Mind Body and Soul” has become an outdated, almost meaningless cliche that doesn’t truly reflect our current reality. The promised balance of “Mind Body and Soul” has been replaced by a hierarchy in which the sexual imagery and the objectification of our bodies have been used to dominate our minds to the detriment of our souls.
The highest and most functional purpose of our bodies is to provide earthly housing for our souls. And our substitution of the word “Booty” accurately reflects how much we’ve gone away from GOD’s or the Universe’s original design and purpose. Therefore it is not only appropriate to replace the word “Body” with “Booty” and create a more applicable and relevant concept, but more importantly, to also identify and represent how much America surrendered its core values. And we surrender more each day and each time we allow the media to sexualize and otherwise manipulate our bodies for the sole purpose of persuading Americans to consume more products.
And you don’t have to be a Jesus freak to recognize the biblical references and analogies here between the carnal mind, the flesh, and the Media-driven sexualization of our bodies.
“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on things of the flesh, but those who live according to the spirit, the things of the spirit.” – Romans 8:5
“Because the carnal mind is enmity against GOD; for it is not subject to the law of GOD, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flash cannot please GOD.” – Romans 8:7-8
Those that believe in the existence of satan clearly see his authorship of this distorted worship of our bodies at the expense of our souls. In this way, the phrase “MindbootyandSoul” itself, truly reflects how much we’ve allowed this body to actually become the ultimate devil’s tool. Man’s original and perfect design features a fully integrated mind, body, and soul that works together to glorify GOD and serve the universe. Unfortunately, our common enemy does not want mankind to serve anything other than his own fleshly desires; and to some extent, has created an environment where the body has become so sexualized that it’s carnal desires now override the logic of the mind and diminish the wonders of the soul. Instead of the body existing as a vehicle, directed by the mind to provide safe passage for our soul during it’s journey of spiritual growth on earth, the body has become it’s own self-serving master that commands all the attention. In this distorted state, the body now aptly represented by the “Booty”, has lost all sense of it’s original function and developed an appetite which regulates the mind to serving its quest for pleasure, while taking up all the oxygen and threatening our souls with outright expulsion. In retrospect, this is why Mindbootyandsoul was created in the first place, to identify the tools that are being used to control our behavior.