Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas promises to rescue the holiday from those whose “bad case of religious bah humbugs” has driven them to eradicate all nativity scenes and replace “Merry Christmas” with godless niceties. But Christmas may never make it now, thanks to another, equally credible threat: As Cameron explains in this newest trailer, the film was recently hit by “an anti-Christian group out of Turkey, of all places, who hijacked our website and replaced our trailer with some hate-filled propaganda and promises to destroy… well, everything that Christmas is all about.” Indeed, they promise to unleash a bah humbug so great, it could annihilate the very world. And the world is where Christmas happens.
As first reported by Glenn Beck’s The Blaze—easily the Variety of whatever Kirk Cameron is doing—the Saving Christmas website was taken over by Ayyildiz Tim International Force, a group that has also hacked pages run by the United Nations, before turning its attention to those who are really making a difference. The site was reportedly replaced with a banner image of a man in armor—believed to be the Muslim sultan Saladin, who fought Christian crusaders in 788 to 793 B.C. (Before Cameron)—along with Turkish text reading, “The Turkish spirit will shine again and the use of weapons will emerge in the nation’s history as this hero will shine again.” It’s also believed that Saladin will not attend Kirk Cameron’s Christmas party.
After hearing “music and a loud gunshot,” visitors were automatically redirected to the Ayyildiz Tim Twitter page, where the group regularly brags of all the other, equally important enemies of Islam it’s waged its holy hacker war upon. These include Kirk Cameron’s fellow soldiers proudly fighting for their own beliefs, such as YoungFashionTrends.de, AllNaturalExtract.com, AlphaMaxTestosteroneBooster.com, and of course, Bike-Rack-For-Car.com. Oddly enough, the Ayyildiz Tim Twitter account doesn’t actually boast about hacking Cameron’s website itself—and in fact, it only retweets The Blaze’s story about the hacking.
Nevertheless, much like the time that Facebook “blocked” the trailer for Kirk Cameron’s Unstoppable—creating a conveniently timed narrative of persecution that played into the idea of Christian victimization, which creates the audience for films like Saving Christmas in the first place—this is all definitely no coincidence.
“Coincidence?” Cameron asks. “Or does it actually prove the title of the movie? Will you and your family join me and my family this year in putting ‘Christ’ back in Christmas?” And if not, will there even be a Christmas—or a “your family”? It’s a question that Kirk Cameron hopes you ask yourself, before it’s too late (i.e. November 14).