Michael and Jenet Erickson: #TimesUp for Hollywood's sexual addiction

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  • redbutte100 SLC, UT
    March 12, 2018 2:03 p.m.

    Although touched on briefly, violence in movies can have as devastating effect as sexualization. Hence mass shootings. Boycott violent movies too!

  • Utefan60 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 6, 2018 10:47 a.m.

    2 bits - Cottonwood Heights, UT,

    I guess you didn't watch the GOP awards show either? The one where the richest 1% gave the other richest 1% trillions in tax breaks?

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 5, 2018 9:43 a.m.

    Only caught a few glimpses at the awards show while surfing. I don't watch a bunch of 1%ers giving other 1%ers awards for making millions.

    I immediately noticed a difference this year. The presenters on stage when I tuned in were both dressed in black covering everything. Not the usual explosions of color covering only the necessities like J-low's famous outfit for her presentation (and many other exposing outfits for women on stage presenting awards in the past).

    Then they panned the audience and it seemed like everybody was dressed in black. Looked like a funeral.

    I didn't see the red-carpet before the event. Usually there are stories for weeks before the event about what key people are wearing, and who's best-dressed, and worst-dressed, etc.

    I haven't heard anything about how the women on the red-carpet were dressed this year. I guess the media judging that part of the event is out of fashion now.

    I think it's good hollywood and people in our media are becoming somewhat sensitive to this now.

    They no longer show who's exposing themselves the most on the red-carpet (a good thing).

    I think women need to help, by not objectifying their own bodies on the red-carpet.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    March 5, 2018 7:27 a.m.

    Adam Smith claimed all would be well if we just let the "free market" do its thing. The marketing by Hollywood of its inferior and salacious product demonstrates Adam Smith was wrong.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    March 4, 2018 9:43 p.m.

    Let's be clear, sexuality is good in films, but actors can keep clothed to do it. An example? In Double Indemnity Barbara Stanwyck was hot as a firecracker with all her clothes on. Yes she was good looking, but she could act!

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    March 4, 2018 12:12 p.m.

    While I agree with the tone of the article, the fact is that Hollywood in't forcing anything down your throat. Nobody forces you to go to movies, buy DVD's or watch a TV show. If American's didn't soak it up, there wouldn't be a financial incentive for Hollywood to produce what they do. You want to know why we get the media offering that we do? Look in the mirror.

  • estreetshuffle Window Rock, AZ
    March 4, 2018 10:08 a.m.

    Majority rules. So if the majority wants filthy movies, then filthy movies will continue. Almost everything on TV is filthy; even the Carl Jrs Burger commercials are suggestive. I believe Hollywood represents our American Society is now. Other countries look down on America as hypocritical now. Until America changes, the filth will continue.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, UT
    March 4, 2018 9:39 a.m.

    Movies would not be produced if there was not an audience. We need look no further than at the image in the mirror to know who to blame. Movies have ratings. Why are there almost no "G" rated movies? Isn't it because those movies play to empty theaters?

    Sleeze sells. Reflect on all of the wholesome TV series that you started to watch that turned into sleeze after a seaon or two. The networks tell us that they had to "spice up" the content to keep viewers. If that is the case, then, it is the public that demands soft porn.

    Each of us has the same amount of time each day. We can spend that time making ourselves and the world a better place, or we can waste it by subjecting ourselves to debasing activities. The choice is ours. Hollywood is only a vehicle to give us what we demand. It's easy to blame others when we fail to police ourselves. It's just like the "gun control" argument - take away the choice to behave because people just aren't capable of self-control.

    If we didn't go, they wouldn't build it.

  • 1Reader Alpine, UT
    March 3, 2018 9:08 p.m.

    Hollywood portrays base depravity as normal--even in PG-13 rated films now, and every R rated film really had to earn it. Real people don't speak, act or think like Hollywood films do.
    History will critique this generation of film-makers very harshly.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    March 3, 2018 8:19 p.m.

    and that of Washington...?

  • toosmartforyou Kaysville, UT
    March 3, 2018 7:59 p.m.

    The solution is too obvious and many would rather have their senses teased or aroused than quit going to movies. KSL even has a movie critic that describes "raw language" as "mild language" and many reviews say something to the effect of "There's a little nudity but if you can look past that, it's a really great movie."

    Just do what I have done: Quit patronizing the garbage Hollywood produces. I have seen enough "art" and "reality" that I don't need to go to the movies and pay handsomely to have it thrown at me. So just quit buying movie tickets, as films are expensive to make and they need a return or they'd go broke------can't happen soon enough!

  • Spellman789 Syracuse, UT
    March 3, 2018 7:21 p.m.

    Excellent article, but I would add the objectification of men as well. While it may not seem as rampant, it is definitely there, and NEITHER one is okay.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    March 3, 2018 6:52 p.m.

    The problem is most screenplays are so lightweight that skin is exploited to maintain interest.

  • Mainly Me Werribee, 00
    March 3, 2018 6:02 p.m.

    Welcome to Babylon. The best way to stop this is stop patronizing any movie that uses sex to sell.

  • HSTucker Holladay, UT
    March 3, 2018 3:22 p.m.

    Outstanding article. Kudos for seeing past the superficial and especially for offering hope for change. The analogy to smoking was particularly powerful.

    Hollywood's values (that have been imposed not only on America but the world) are consistent with those of sexual abuse victims who become abusers: hypersexuality, rage, and the desire to deny the consequences of their actions, e.g., to redefine what is "normal."

    The sooner the entertainment/media cabal and their political allies accept that sexual abuse and its consequences are a hazard to mental and emotional health, the sooner society will start to heal.