I’m not the only one who didn't know who Harvey Weinstein was before the New York Times exposed the movie mogul as a serial starlet abuser. After all, America continues to lose interest in Hollywood and the perversion it injects into every single thing it produces.
Are we supposed to be surprised that some dirtbag Hollywood guy groped, fondled, harassed, and propositioned young women seeking fame? We kind of thought that was happening anyway, didn’t we?
Does it really confound us that perverts slither throughout the movie industry, given the roles and storylines involving women that are fed to the American public?
In the movie “The Godfather,” the movie mogul who ended up with his prize horse’s head in his bed was introduced to the audience as he was picking out his fresh meat from a row of girls who seemed barely out of elementary school. As audience members, we thought all this was happening anyway, as a way to break into the business, for as long as the business existed.
Even children’s films and animations have perverted or at least adult themes within them, and we, as parents, sit in theaters upset and hope our young ones don’t understand what just happened on the screen. We’ve watched Disney-star youngsters try to shake off their innocence by posing nude or doing sex scenes or acting out with drugs and alcohol because they are told they need to become adults in the business or their stars will fade. It’s a minefield out there for any nuclear family trying to let their kids be kids. But alas, our society isn’t made up of majority nuclear families any more. And the movie industry has been making normal what isn’t normal for years.
In 1984, when the movie ratings system added “PG-13,” it was mainly due to two Spielberg films, “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” and “Gremlins.” The one had a heart-ripping scene and the other a gremlin melted in a microwave. Parents demanded a middle ground between PG and R after being horrified at what they watched onscreen with their children. Since the offenses didn’t really rise to an R rating, there was a compromise. But today, PG-13 is used to sell movies that would have received an R. An R rating used to mean almost certainly nudity and/or sex scenes, primarily with young women. Now, those scenes have crept into PG movies with enough violence to make them PG-13, but not enough to get them an R.
Of the top three highest-grossing films of each of the past 15 years, almost 70 percent carried a PG-13 rating. Today, it is rare that a movie receives a PG rating because it is seen as too milquetoast, and so perversion, nudity, violence, or cussing will be added to get the movie to a “sweet spot” PG-13 rating.
The point is, Harvey Weinstein’s accusers, for the most part, described gross requests from the mogul, which they either refused and fled or accommodated and regretted. But while the women of the movie industry sit shocked and dismayed and are forced to confess knowledge or denounce the behavior, they still promote the objectification and the abuse of women by acquiescing to the myth that every man in the audience is some slack-jawed, drooling pig, as their industry hierarchy suggests.
The liberal-dominated movie industry does not reflect good traditional American values; I think we all know this. What is in it for women in the industry to continue being used onscreen for the old adage “sex sells”? Is it that they know if they object or turn down a role, there will be a willing participant in line right behind them? Possibly. But given the reactions we are being inundated with this past week, you’d think these women were all signing up to play Pollyanna. Give me a break.
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