Yes and no.
Directors have visions for how their movies should be viewed. Most likely in a theater where the butter to popcorn ratio is 1:1, cell phones are turned off, and kids are anywhere else. Uninterrupted entertainment. But when you turn that movie on at home, that vision is not your reality. Cell phones are on, kids are on the loose, and there’s food to be made that’s not purchased at $20 a kernel. Distractions are abundant. You can accidentally miss a whole scene while making popcorn. With a remote, you can fast-forward sex scenes. You can squeal and cover your child’s ears when you know a bad word is about to drop. This isn’t the experience the director probably had in mind. But the director doesn’t get to decide how your home operates; you do.
So… does VidAngel ruin art?
Some people think that using VidAngel is like walking into a museum and painting all over masterpieces. Instead, it’s like looking through a museum pamphlet and deciding to forego a certain room or piece of art for a variety of reasons. BUT still wanting to see everything else the museum has to offer. Does that mean they think any less of the artist or the exhibit? Absolutely not.
Instead, VidAngel opens the door for more people to appreciate the art. Without the ability to skip certain scenes or language, they would not even give the movie a chance. There are SO many movies that have offensive scenes or language that do not take away from the director’s intended message and storyline. It would be an absolute shame if a few minutes that someone wanted to skip kept them away from such a brilliant piece of art.