Pro-Life Film ‘Unplanned’ Surpasses Planned Parenthood in Twitter Followers Despite Censorship
Efforts to censor the pro-life film ‘Unplanned’ has backfired in a huge way, as the box office hit has now surpassed Planned Parenthood in Twitter followers.
The Twitter account for the docudrama was briefly suspended on Twitter on opening weekend — which sparked a wave of backlash against the platform.
The movie is based on the real story of Abby Johnson, a former clinic director at Planned Parenthood who had a change of heart after learning more about abortion.
When the account was suspended, it had a mere 6,000 followers. It now has nearly 300,000 followers on the social media platform, while Planned Parenthood has 256,000.
“In mere seconds, that fetus’ life ended and the screen only showed a black, empty uterus. The life that was there just a couple minutes ago was gone. In that moment, I saw for myself what I was supporting for the last eight years and it broke me,” Johnson wrote in an op-ed for Fox News.
Just like with Gosnell, television networks have been refusing to air ads for the film. Lifetime, a network known for making movies about famous murders and kidnappings, said their refusal was based on “sensitive nature of the film.”
“The Travel Channel, Cooking Channel, HGTV and Food Network, each of which are owned by Discovery, also refused to sell ad time for ‘Unplanned’ due to the ‘sensitive nature’ of the movie, say those who tried buying air time,” the producers have announced. “Other networks that refused to advertise the movie include the Hallmark Channel and USA Network, the latter of which is owned by NBCUniversal.”
"The pro-life film “Unplanned” has now surpassed Planned Parenthood in followers on Twitter despite the platform censoring and restricting them" – Mindy
— UnplannedMovie (@UnplannedMovie) April 1, 2019
Despite the bias and censorship, Forbes reports that “the $6 million-budgeted flick, about a former Planned Parenthood clinic director turned anti-abortion activist, earned $2.72 million on Friday, setting the stage for a likely $7.25 million debut weekend.”