At the risk of overgeneralizing, I'd say there are three groups in our
society: those who genuinely find violence-for-violence's-sake in the arts
"entertaining" (my own brother, for example). Those who genuinely abhor
this (my hand is raised high).And the third group, which I believe
is the biggest: those who don't want to be left out of what
"everyone's" saying is a must-see. Not only does this group make
sure not to be left out, but they then agree (since the critics do) that, e.g.,
Tarantino's films are wonderful.Yes, we who abhor them must
clearly and continually say why we feel that way, and never be browbeaten into
feeling we "don't have what it takes to appreciate the arts."
Maybe then, some--even many?--in the third group will feel free to say that they
actually feel the same way (the "Emperor's New Clothes"
syndrome).And yes, we must also put our hands and hearts, as much as
we're capable, to creating alternatives to the callousness toward, and even
celebration of, our fellow humans' pain.BTW, I'm a
non-Mormon gay liberal. Surprised?
@ Mike: Actually, the DesNews has done nothing but wring its proverbial hands
for the past few weeks. If they want people to focus on something other than
violence, they should spend less time focusing on violence. They are just as
guilty as profiting off the violence as Hollywood.
Isn't it interesting to see how many condone movie violence by condemning
the Deseret News for speaking out against that form of violence?It's clear that the Deseret News stands for something; that the Deseret
News is not content to wring its hands and moan about violence in America; that
the Deseret News is willing to point to one GREAT avenue where violence is
celebrated.It's also clear that there are those who always
speak against anyone or anything that tells them that they need to rethink their
attitudes and to reevaluate their sympathies.Congratulations to the
Deseret News for standing against violence and for printing something against
the very foundation of violence.It's too bad that so many
demand to be free to choose their form of violence even as they complain that
the Deseret News has revealed their "guilty pleasures".
This editorial is nothing more than a DN attempt to shift public public
attention away from the assault weapons issue. Really, DN, about the only way
that Django could kill someone is if the projector were dropped on
someone's head. When are you going to do an editorial on the problem of
high capacity semi automatic assault weapons?
I am far from a prude and typically do not suffer preaching from the
"pious" but DN is spot on in this case. Tarantino's movies are
cartoonish, sadistic and feel like something made by a (talented, yes) violence
obsessed adolescent. Should we censor them, no... but lets develop a backbone
and the moral courage to call something what it is.
DN seems to have jumped from the porn to the violence bandwagon, in an attempt I
suppose to get in front of the emotions caused by events such as the Newtown
shooting. Unfortunately, the violence they're decrying has existed in
movies, television and video games for a long time now, somehow under
everyone's nose. In fact, it exists because we consume it. It's a
symptom as much as a cause. I don't know what the solution is, but I do
know it's a lot more available and acceptable than porn, and I avoid it as
So how many more days can we expect the DN to milk this subject for the purposes
of selling more ad space and papers? Your convenient outrage on this subjects
smells of the same greed you accuse hollywood of.
"The solution, then, isn't censorship or boycotts. The answer lies in
seeking out that which is lovely and praiseworthy. There is much that is
positive out there, and it deserves our full support. And if there aren't
enough such messages in the marketplace, people of good will have a
responsibility to produce them in order to provide as many alternatives to the
moral pollution that too many in Hollywood see fit to inflict on us."How much time and space has the DesNews spent focusing on Tarantino and
his films in the past three weeks? Your constant obsession does nothing to
improve the situation. If you want the focus on other things, perhaps you
should focus on other things. Be the change you want to see.