Just the other day, Eric Snider threw up a fan rant about Ben Stein's Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, and the dismissive box office reports about the film. The flick pulled in $2.97 million and came in 10th in the weekend box office, which he notes makes it the third best opening ever for a documentary. Well, whatever cash was pulled in, some of it might be going right back out.

CNN reports that Yoko Ono is suing the producers of the film for using John Lennon's "Imagine" in it. The lawsuit notes that while she never gave permission, bloggers have begun calling her a sell-out for licensing the song. Us bloggers, always making trouble! The suit, which was filed on behalf of Ono, as well as Julian, Sean, and EMI Blackwood Music, is looking for the filmmakers to stop distributing/selling/promoting the film, and asks for financial damages. Meanwhile, the producers of Expelled say that they've used only "a very small portion of the song," and "Unbiased viewers of the film will see that the 'Imagine' clip was used as part of a social commentary in the exercise of free speech and freedom of inquiry."

I haven't seen the film yet, but for those of you that have -- what say you on this whole "Imagine" drama? Should it be expelled from the documentary?
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