Posts Tagged ‘Hollywood’

Of Virtue and Vice

Posted by Troy on 14th November 2017 in Current Events, Human Nature

In light of the multitude of sexual scandals mounting in Hollywood and DC, with more and more no doubt in sight, I think of CS Lewis and his discussion of virtues and sins.  How every sin is merely a perversion of something good that God has given us.  Sex, in particular in this case, being a good between husband and wife.  Or at the very least (not in CS Lewis’ book, but by modern convention) between two willing parties.  In particular, I look at Hollywood.  They are so willing to pass judgement on the rest of us.  They are so willing to decry the plight of women.  Meanwhile, the constantly peddle negative stereotypes for women.  They objectify women.  They frequently portray women as nothing more than sex objects at worst or a hollow love interest, a mere plot device.  Jane Fonda stood up to the entire United States by giving aid and comfort to our enemies…but chickened out when it came to standing up to Harvey Weinstein.  Same thing for Jon Stewart and C.K. Louis.  These people all knew that was going on, and yet they said nothing.  Why?  Simple… cowardice.  In particular, financial cowardice.  They were afraid that they would wind up on a blacklist.  That they wouldn’t get parts.  Far better to sacrifice girl after girl to the casting couch.  What’s sad is these girls went on to be big stars.  And rather than stand up and demand justice, to show what went on, instead they swallowed Hollywood’s line.  They condemned the entire nation for a host of sins that Hollywood declared, meanwhile giving tacit approval to the sick practices that went on and on.  Letting new girls suffer the same disgusting treatment that was inflicted upon them, like some sort of disgusting hazing ritual.  “You can star in a movie, but first you have to have sex with Harvey.”  And why?  For a little bit of money.  Was it vanity that caused them to turn their backs on the side of good?  The desire to be liked being more important than anything else?  Or was it mere greed?  Was it just dollars?  Turning them into pimps and prostitutes, mere actors in a modern day human trafficking drama?

C.S. Lewis said, “Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of very virtue at the testing point.”  The testing point came to them, and they failed.  They were cowards.

Let’s contrast this to Buddy Ebsen.  During the depression, an office executive told him “Ebsen, in order to give you the parts you deserve, we must own you.”  He replied, “I’ll tell you what kind of fool I am, Mr. Mayer, I can’t be owned.”  He quit.  He turned down a lucrative job just on the principal that he wouldn’t be owned, probably more of a splitting of hairs and wordplay–not as though he would have actually been a slave and been owned by someone.  But the idea of being owned, in any sense, disgusted him to the point that he quit.  He struggled because of this decision.  It would have been far easier for him to just sign the paper, sell himself over to the studio, but he didn’t.  Meanwhile, these Hollywood people, some of them who hold themselves out as feminists, watch as women were abused, harassed, or even raped, and didn’t say a word.  In some cases, these so called feminists were the ones assaulting these women.


Long Live the Constitution.

Gun Control and Hollywood

Posted by Troy on 31st December 2012 in Current Events, Political

This guy does a great job of depicting what bloody hypocrites these Hollywood types are.  The average Hollywood A-lister is basically little more than a child.  They are enveloped in a cocoon of riches and well wishers and the belief that they are somehow morally superior to everyone else–even they do blow all their cash on diamonds and cars and travelling and fancy food that they could feed millions of starving children with.  They are immune to the violence of the streets as they either have their own body guards, receive protection at taxpayer’s expense where ever they go, or have security provided by the owners of the establishments they frequent.  Naturally, no one else needs a gun because THEY don’t need a gun.  Meanwhile, they see no harm in making money off guns and violence.

I see no outrage at the movie industry for showing our kids violence like Saw and other movies.  No problems there.  Nothing to worry about.  I’m sure there’s no effect on the human psyche of viewing such trash.  I bet if you could transport someone from the 1930′s and show them a modern movie, they would probably vomit.  Same thing with music and music videos.  I’m sure listening to gansta rap in their early teens and seeing that lifestyle consist of juicy girls like the videos depict also have no effect on the youth and make them think living to die young is soooooo cool.

I hate to say it, but how terrible is it that I have to fight the urge to laugh out loud at a public service announcement that is regarding dead children?!  The worst part is watching all of them pretend to care with that fake “catch my sob in the back of my throat” or “see how much I care?  Look at my eyebrows!”  It’s such a joke.  I’m sure they feel bad.  But they feel bad in the same way that I feel bad that there are millions of children starving to death.  Likewise they feel bad about all those starving children…but not enough to give up their beach house in Malibu and live in a trailer.

There are always going to be crazy people.  They will do acts of evil in a myriad of ways.  This particular evil person was different in that he targeted children, something that is basically unheard of.  However, if you go back through history and see that the forced execution of millions of people begins with an effort to disarm them, you have to pay heed.  This was a tragedy, but I am not willing to give up my rights because a few people (even if they are children) died.  Likewise, we could play this game all day long.  A drunk driver hits a bus and causes an accident killing 50 children.  Would you make booze or cars illegal?  What about freedom of speech because these movies lead to murder?  What if we had a Clockwork Orange situation?  What if we could prevent anyone from dying wrongfully if we merely brainwash them from birth and keep constant surveillance on them?  Actually, that was a major point of my novel, 2084, now available on  Check it out!

Long Live the Constitution!