Thursday, November 5, 2009

In The News: Pure Garbage

Some days, I just hate reading the news. While you don't want to stick your head in the sand and be ignorant of what is going on in your local community and the world around you, you also don't want to be assulted with headline after headline that is nothing but gloom, doom, depravity and death. It's the proverbial rock and hard place, I guess.

This morning I was directed to an article at I generally don't read over there only because it's not a dial up friendly site, but today I went ahead and let the article load as I was told "you NEED to read this". So I'm going to pass the link on to my readers with a big, fat disclaimer: you really don't NEED to read this, but you probably should.

This article reports on a possible MPAA "advisory" label being slapped on a movie called Antichrist, which is currently unrated. You can read the article yourself to see what this movie is all about, but one reviewer made it pretty clear what he thought of it when he said "I thought I had my head down a lavatory, frankly". The movie's writer and director Lars von Trier has been quoted as saying he's quite "fond" of his little film, and doesn't believe he owes anyone an explanation for it. According to the article, the movie is so perverse, so graphic, so violent and so gruesome, that were it submitted for a rating in the first place (by the MPAA) it would have certainly received an NC-17 rating.

For those of you who aren't aware, according to the MPAA an NC-17 rating means "An NC-17 rated motion picture is one that, in the view of the Rating Board, most parents would consider patently too adult for their children 17 and under. No children will be admitted." In other words, its the strongest rating a film can have. That used to be called X rated. The MPAA changed the X rating in September of 1990 to NC-17 because "The X rating over the years appeared to have taken on a surly meaning in the minds of many people, something that was never intended when the system was created. Therefore, the board chose to reaffirm the original intent of the design that was installed on November 1, 1968, in which the adults only category explicitly describes a movie that most parents would want to have barred to viewing by their children." (source)

Gee Wally, maybe an X rated film had taken on a surly meaning because anyone and everyone with a brain and half a moral fiber knew that an X rated movie had pornographic, brutally violent and/or graphic content in it? Oh I know, dumb down the ratings, dumb down the public and we'll all be tricked in to thinking NC-17 isn't as bad as it could be because it's not X rated! Yay, brilliant strategy.

It's absolute garbage like this that makes me genuinely concerned for where our culture is headed. It just makes me wonder how long it will be before there is nothing off limits, nothing taboo, and we're all raising our families in cities exactly like Soddom and Gommorah. Some might suggest we're already there, but I suspect it has to get much worse to reach that level, and that's the part that really creeps me out. What's even worse than the fact that there is a supplier for such filth, is that there is a demand for it.

With that said, I am indeed thankful today after reading this article, that there are still lots of folks in our society that are ready, willing and able to stand up and say NO, this is wrong, this crosses the line, and this should not be tolerated, ever. In our day, standing up for morality is never a popular position since it appears that the immoral, the depraved and the licentious are now in the majority in our culture.

While I had no intention of originally including this, here is a perfect example of what I refer to when I mention that some might say we're already living in Soddom and Gommorah, when you read the news these days. Yes, this is a real news item from the London Free Press, London Ontario. I suspect most parents probably have no idea this play even exists, let alone is a "hot ticket" at Centennial Hall.

Welcome to the gutter.

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