Published: Tuesday, Jan. 15 2013 11:55 p.m. MST
"Hollywood's insatiable appetite for smut and violence is a major
contributor."Actually, Hollywood's appetite is for money,
and they produce what sells. The appetite for smut and violence lies in the
hearts of the consumers (natural man, if you will). Sure there is
evil in the world. But there is also good. You have your agency. You can
choose not to watch Django or other violent or salacious movies. You can choose
to limit your TV viewing to PBS. Man up and CTR.
Thankfully we are all free to choose what we watch and many of us do not think
that our version of spirituality is right for everyone.
This letter is absolutely correct that modern Hollywood has become a cesspool of
violence and immorality. However, the letter is wrong in its inference that
Hollywood has become this way on accident.Tarantino and the other
left-wing producers are filling their movies with wanton sexuality and violence
precisely because they do want the viewers to be changed by what they see.
Modern Hollywood has an open and stated agenda of destroying traditional
marriage and family. Indoctrinating the ignorant masses with the belief that
violence and sexuality are purely recreational activities goes a long way
towards furthering this agenda.No doubt, there will be several
comments from liberal posters indicating that they are unchanged by watching
unrestrained violence and sexuality in one movie after another. This simply
proves my point about just how much of the general public has fallen for
John Charity Spring said:No doubt, there will be several comments from
liberal posters indicating that they are unchanged by watching unrestrained
violence and sexuality in one movie after another. This simply proves my point
about just how much of the general public has fallen for Hollywood's
propaganda.Says a guy who has fallen head over heals for religious
propaganda over reason and logic, and boasts of it daily.
JCS,Thankfully this is a free country. You have the right to go to,
or not go to any movie you choose.I am also thankful that you do not
get to censor any movie that you find "immoral".
Hollywood is not the tail wagging the dog. People everywhere need to turn off
the tv, talk radio, and even church so they can grab a brain think for
themselves. We consume this stuff, movie producers don't stuff it down our
throats. It isn't a spiritual free fall. It's a societal loss of
people willing to be adults and think for themselves. And the worst thing is
that these people aren't just going to make bad movie choices.
There have been some great movies recently produced by Hollywood---Les
Miserables and Lincoln for example. And there are numerous other examples. Don't care for Tarantino? Don't go see his movies.
Why are we here? Are we just some "accident"? Are we nothing more than
a bunch of cells that combined?What about "opposition in all
things"? Where does that come in? What about agency to choose which of the
two opposites we want in our lives?Where do we find those opposites?
What is shown on TV and in movies is largely opposite to what is taught in our
churches. Which do we choose?We have to make a choice. As they
say, nature abhors a vacuum. In this case, that "vacuum" is the idea
that we can sit on the fence and watch.We become who and what we
desire to become. If we fill our lives with filth, we will be filthy (even if
we insist that there is no filth in movies or on TV). If we fill our lives with
charity, love and compassion, we will be nearer to the person that Christ
challenged us to become.We can sit in the dark and watch sex,
vulgarity and violence or we can sit in the light and learn about faith, hope
and charity.The choice is ours.
Comments like this always amaze me. Society is improving. Django is a fictional
movie about slavery. Just 150 years ago, this sort of thing wasn't
fictional. As a society, we've improved by leaps and bounds. Ancient Romans
fed actual humans to lions for entertainment.Ghangis Khan and Atila the
Hun committed many atrocities. Christians went on crusades to "convert"
Muslims but murdered thousand and even resorted to cannibalism. The Old
Testament if full of stories of incest, murder and slavery and it was all
acceptable. Our current society is far better than humans have ever been.
It's called progress.
Those who claim that this issue is simply a matter of choice should tell that to
the parents of innocent schoolchildren who have been massacred by purveyors of
violent entertainment. What choice did those children have?This is
not a mere matter of personal choice. Study after study, including those cited
by this paper, have proven that watching either violent or sexually deviant
movies causes viewers to become desensitized, and eventually imitate what they
see. How dare anyone claim that a few hours of watching these filthy movies is
worth the life of even one child.
Does the phrase, "ripe for destruction" mean anything?
"Wreck it Ralph" was great.so was "The Hobbit"even
James Bond's "SkyFall" was cleaner than any Bond movie I've
EVER since - even those done back in 1964.We got "The Averngers"
on Blu-ray for Christmas.We took our family to see "Gnomeo and
Juliet" for FHE.The most "violent" movie I saw this past
year was "Saints and Soldiers: Airborne Creed", and it was about good
Latter-Day Saints put in the worst this world has to offer.What do
you mean smut, sex, and violence with NO moral values?It's all
in the eye of the beholder.BTW - I know many of you believe everyone
on the left is a commie Socialist, but this is America - You vote with
your wallet.Supply equals demand.If you don't like it, drop
Capitalism and switch over to Socialism.Socialist countries don't
allow the smut and violence you complain about.
Yes, there is an empty classroom where children were slaughtered by a madman who
may have been influenced by TV and movies. But, have we stopped to think about
the 1,600,000 classrooms that were never filled because of abortions in the
United States since Roe v Wade? What societal influences led to
those abortions? Just last night my wife and I watched a DVD of The Bob Newhart
show. Something as benign as that TV show was filled with talk about the
dentist and the receptionist having sex with anyone and everyone. A generation
of youth watched that show and many other shows like it. Some of them believed
that they were entitled to have sex whenever and with whomever. How many of
them had an abortion to "correct" their mistake? How many classrooms
are empty because those babies were destroyed in the womb? Yes,
there is cause and effect. We will never know in this lifetime how many lives
were destroyed because people were indoctrinated by TV and movies without
believing that they were susceptible to the underlying messages.We
become what we participate in. No one is immune.
Mike RichardsSouth Jordan, UtahWhat's your answer then
Bro. Richards?From your comments, it's "Forced
Righteousness".Taking away all Free Agency, banning eveything except
assualt weapons, so that no one is ever lost.Try choosing a better
way, setting a good example, stop judging others, and Follow
Christ.BTW - Alma taught a great example of Free Agency vs. Forced
Righteousness.While watching woman and children being thrown into
the fires, He said the wicked must be allowed to perform their
wickedness.And as for weapons -- Learn a lesson from the
Anti-Nephi-Lehis [Ammonites] they buried them deep in the ground, and
willing laid done and were slaughtered.By so doing, they not only
obeyed God - but in fact, their example turned many MANY more of the Lamanites
to righteousness than all the teaching and preaching ever had.And in
the end, the once righteous Nehpites who swore to live by their swords,
ultimelty all perished by them as well.Just as God - the Savior of the
world - said.
@JCS"Those who claim that this issue is simply a matter of choice
should tell that to the parents of innocent schoolchildren who have been
massacred by purveyors of violent entertainment. What choice did those children
have?"Those kids were murdered by guns, not DVD cases.
Maybe we should take a page from the book of liberal policy ideas.Tax violence and sex in all forms of entertainment, to pay for the pregnancies
and victims of violence and rape, and for the mental health treatment of perps
and victims.We should limit all video games to 10 shots then the
round is over. Limit movies to 10 shots too.We should do background
checks and ban private sales of all violent and sexual entertainment.We should restrict any guns being used that look like military style guns in
any form of media.We have to protect people from becoming cold
killers, and their potential victims.
It will be very interesting when folks who try to force their opinions and
beliefs on others suddenly realize that their ride on the Great Celestial
Elevator is going down instead of up.Funny thing is that
they'll probably be heading the same direction as those who actions they
Ironically, it's we liberals who have been campaigning against a violent
society and violent media fare all along. Somebody's confused if they think
To "Curmudgeon" you are wrong. If Hollywood was after profits, they
would be making G-Rated movies. See "Study: G-rated movies most
profitable" at NBC News.To "Happy Valley Heretic" you
are wrong. What Hollywood puts out does effect how people act. See
"Literature Review of Media Messages to Adolescent Females" from
University of Saskatchewan and "The Influence of Media Marketing on
Adolescent Girls" from Kappa Omicron Nu.
FYI - Christ was a passavist.Care to explain how a disiple or follower of
Christ can be pro-gun?Yet here we see it - The Anti-War,
Anti-Gun, Anti-Violent, passavist, Bleeding Heart Liberals are somehow being
blamed by the Pro-Gun, Pro-War, Pro-Military, Pro-Business
Conservatives?And RedShirt -- They won't make films if
they don't make money.You're the pure Capitalist...you should
understand supply / demand economics.yours is the motto: Keep Government
out of it - Let the Free Markets decide.And G-rateed movies
don't make more money at the box-office.It's compounded by all
the toys, action figures and DVDs sold after the fact.You hawk-eye
business sense is slipping.
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