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Hollywood’s War Against Children

Mar 6, 2011

The makers and promoters of popular culture have a lot to answer for. Hollywood in particular and the entertainment industry in general are keen to get all the disposable income which young people have in abundance, and they don’t really give a rip about any moral considerations.

Whole books have been written on this topic, so it is nothing new. But each new example of this still can send shivers down one’s spine. Here are two brand new cases which should be noted. They both make for scary, even sickening reading, but we must be aware of what is happening around us, and how our children are being targeted.

The first concerns a mega-entertainment industry which for years was known for its family-friendly offerings. Sadly however, Disney has moved a long way from there as of late. It has for years now featured Gay Days at its theme parks, and now we are being told there will soon be homosexual characters in its movies.

This is how one media report carries the story: “Cinderella with two step-mothers? Bambi with two dads? According to one of Disney’s veteran animators, the idea isn’t as far-fetched as you might think. Andreas Deja, who is gay and has worked on Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King, said Disney was open to the idea of making a family movie featuring gay characters.

“‘Is there ever going to be a family that has two dads or two mums? Time will tell,’ he said. ‘I think once they (Disney chiefs) find the right kind of story with that kind of concept, they will do it. It has to be the right kind of story and you have to find that first.’ Despite having a worldwide reputation for being staid and conservative, Disney is, surprisingly, a very progressive company.”

It certainly is progressive alright. Most Western corporations and businesses these days have bent over backwards to accommodate and promote this minority activist group. Disney is just one of many implementing a radical homosexual agenda, which of necessity also means waging war against faith and family values.

The second story is not much better. It too involves a direct assault on our children and our values. It has to do with video games, and how they are increasingly being pitched to kids while full of decidedly adult-only content. Brent Bozell, who heads up the Media Research Center, explains:

“Sex and ‘Super Mario’. Most parents think of video games as a child’s pursuit, especially the innocent ones. Many people who bought a Nintendo Wii video game system would consider this the most innocent of them all. They watch their children play ‘Super Mario Bros.’ on it, or join the family in playing tennis, golf or baseball with their little childlike ‘Mii’ characters on Wii Sports.

“I never imagined this game system would also be an orgy enabler. A new ad by the French game manufacturer Ubisoft advertises a new game for the Nintendo Wii suggestively titled ‘We Dare,’ describing it as ‘a sexy, quirky party game that offers … hilarious, innovative and physical, sometimes kinky, challenges. The more friends you invite to party, the spicier the play!’

“Here we go. In a YouTube ad for the game, two young couples are shown kissing the controller together, including both girls. Graphically, the game looks simplistic and cartoonish, a typical ‘Super Mario’ adventure. As suggestive music plays, one of the girls puts the controller in the back of her skirt and goes over one of the men’s knees for some simulated spanking time. Then the girls are spanking each other. Then the men are stripping. The ad ends with the screen going blurry and reading ‘Enter Parental Code.’

“That’s merely an invitation to join in nudity and sex, since Ubisoft isn’t really concerned about parental codes. The game just went on sale in Australia, and that country’s silly supposed self-regulators gave it a meaningless PG rating. The local ad there included couples ‘stripping to their underwear’ with ‘suggestions of pole dancing, group sex and partner swapping’.”

He examines other similar sorts of games, then returns to the ‘We Dare’ game: “An Ubisoft spokeswoman told the Melbourne Herald-Sun, ‘The game is intended for an adult audience, absolutely. … Honestly, the game can also be played in a non-flirty way. It is just open for interpretation.’

“This is disingenuous. Dressing this game in a simple ‘Super Mario’ scheme is like putting a sex scene in a Thomas the Tank Engine game, but declaring it’s for adults only. It’s saying you can play the game in ways Ubisoft didn’t intend. Some children who didn’t want to be prostitute-murdering drug dealers in the ‘Grand Theft Auto’ games could simply goof around on their motorcycle, too. But that’s not the experience the game makers were selling.”

He concludes with these words: “Everyone understands that every new technology will be pornified, if someone can make an Almighty Dollar from it. Someone in Austria can make brown-paper-bag video games for Charlie Sheen and his ilk.

“But if most video games are going to be made and marketed for children, major game makers and their weak-kneed self-regulating boards should draw lines of propriety, and major retailers should lean on the Entertainment Software Rating Board to know those lines should be drawn strongly – not out of respect for parents with purchasing power, but for the children whose innocence demands protection.”

Exactly right. But most of these outfits don’t give a hoot about children or the community. And far too many politicians and regulatory bodies are allowing these guys to get away with murder. It is now time to say enough is enough.

A war has been declared against our children. And at the moment we appear to be losing big time. Parents especially need to be aware of what their children are being exposed to in popular culture, whether it is films, or DVDs, or music videos, or games, or clothing, or anything else.

So much of it is simply toxic, and hazardous to our children’s health and well-being. Being informed is the first step needed if we want to reclaim our children and our families from those who are bent on destroying them.

www.news.com.au/entertainment/movies/mickey-has-two-dads/story-e6frfmvr-1226015944009
townhall.com/columnists/brentbozell/2011/03/04/sex_and_super_mario

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18 Responses to Hollywood’s War Against Children

  • It is astounding that the authorities don’t think these will destroy their future.
    Aaron Downs

  • I had a run in with Disney over “The princess and the frog”. I thought it would be fun for the kids to watch. We didn’t get far before encountering the occult. Now I know fairy tales invariably have some kind of witch/fairy godmother type character but this really bothered me. So much so that I took the DVD back to the store and told them I couldn’t in good conscience allow my children to watch it. They let me swap it over for something a little more tame.

    It is now a very dangerous thing to sit your children down in front of a screen without first examining the content. Even if it is G rated.

    Kylie Anderson

  • In my humble opinion, the ratings system on movies and games is meaningless. It is meaningless because it is based on a foundation far from anything Biblical. It is now each parent’s responsibility to “rate” games and movies themselves – the ratings boards are no help at all any more.

    I think however that lack of help from the ratings boards does not mean that parents have no responsibility – their job is just harder these days because they have to do more work themselves.

    John Symons

  • If the “It Gets Better” campaign video from Pixar (now Disney) is any sign… there are a lot of homosexuals there, and in influential positions too.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4a4MR8oI_B8

    That’s not surprising… the Arts are like that.

    Alister Cameron, Melbourne

  • A few years ago, there was an issue about virtual child abuse in the game, Second Life. Where adult players would select a child avatar so they could role play with other child avatars in what you could call “Virtual Child Porn”.
    Germany ended up making virtual child porn a crime. But that ended up opening up more issues, including whether virtual murder, which is in most video games, was also an issue.
    Articles Here, Here and Here

    I really believe parents should educate themselves about the realities of video games, and get over the myth that video games are for kids. Especially Christian parents, as many games have a very deep satanic influence.

    Jeffrey Carl

  • The idea that videogames are aimed solely at children irks me somewhat. They’re a form of mass media just like tv, books and film, and have just as wide an audience. Bioshock, for example, has far too much violence for children but it’s underlying theme is a warning about the dangers of secular objectivism.
    Andrew Huxley

  • There are website such as http://www.movieguide.org/ and others which give a moral rating of movies and a detailed description of offensive material so parents can make an informed decision without have to watch the whole movie first. You will not always agree with their rating but at least it gives a parents plenty of information to base their decision on.
    Kylie Anderson

  • The big problem, Kylie, is what happens when those organisations whose job it is is to monitor and possibly censor media goods and services are themselves either run by or employ out proud gays. The head of the British Advertising Standards Agency for instance is Lord Chris Smith, an out proud gay man with HIV.

    Alister Cameron, it sure does get better:
    http://www.freebase.com/view/en/aids/-/people/cause_of_death/people?page=1

    David Skinner, UK

  • I read a secular article about that wii game, and the thing the makers of the game couldn’t get over was that they said straight up “This is an adult game” but the rego board still only gave it a PG rating. What’s the point of a ratings system if even an obviously adult game like that can still be freely accessed by kids of any age?
    Christie Ewens

  • When I read about the further deterioration of moral standards with the Walt Disney organization, I was very disappointed, but not surprised, because I had heard some time ago (and it might have come from your pen Bill) of some examples of a disappointing drift in the wrong direction with Disney. The current decline in accepted standards of behaviour in much of the world is quite horrendous. When I was a very young, I remember an abortionist in Brisbane was arrested by police to stop his activities. There was much talk and newspaper headlines about his trade. A week or so ago, a married couple were arrested by police, outside an abortion clinic in Brisbane, because they were attempting to stop clients from patronising an abortionist, who was carrying on his trade of aborting defenceless babies.
    Frank Bellet, Petrie Qld

  • Yes David the lack of censorship going on by the censors is a huge problem and one worth complaining about. I was simply trying to point concerned parents to a site that rates movies based on Christian values rather than societies values.

    As I said before I returned a G rated video. Perhaps I should have read a review first. There are other Christian movie rating sites I just posted the one I could find.

    Kylie Anderson

  • What concerns me is the upbringing of children without a wide variety of input. I feel a narrow upbringing can not only hamper that child’s subsequent meshing with society, but also perpetuate the parents’ prejudices, and decrease the child’s acceptance of diversity in many more ways than the purely cultural diversity involved in a broad education. The reason why I like diversity is because diversity means greater adaptability to change. So, while there is nothing wrong, per se, with bringing up a child to live a monocultural life in an unchanging world; in a rapidly-changing world multiculturality is the key to success. In this context I mean multiculturality in terms of social skills, knowledge, appreciation, and behaviour, not just ethnicity.
    Ben Peelman

  • Thanks Ben

    But if your “openness’ means letting kids be exposed to pedophilia, or the KKK, or radical anti-family and anti-faith agendas, or neo-Nazi hate groups, or drug dealers, or to graphic porn, etc., forget it. Parents have every right to guard their children against the garbage that is out there. Later on children can decide for themselves. You might as well argue that kids should have the right to have raw sewage pumped into their homes, pimps floating through the lounge, drug dealers coming by for a cup of tea, and child sex offenders given a key to the front door, all in the name of openness, diversity and ‘variety of input’. Sorry, but I am just not buying this ‘openness’ baloney.

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • Hi Bill – Yes, this is certainly a direction Disney has been heading in for some time now, slowly and incrementally pushing the envelope. The first time I was aware of anything that really raised questions was in Beauty and the Beast, when there was a quick cross-dressing scene (lasting only a couple seconds). It was unnecessary to the story and made me wonder – especially with the song “Kill the beast.” Some of the lyrics go “We don’t like what we don’t understand, in fact it scares us…” Could be innocent. It is often true. But the lyricist, Howard Ashman was a homosexual and died from AIDS before the movie was released (it was dedicated to him). I love the movie, and Ashman was a gifted writer, no question. But I suspect there was an agenda at work.
    Mulan went further in featuring cross-dressing. It never had any direct sexual reference, but again unnecessary for the story. Why have it if it is not pushing the envelope to push an agenda?
    In His grace,
    Ed Sherman

  • Hi Kylie – I noticed the same thing you did with Princess and the Frog. There is a difference between the magic of true fairy stories and this version by Disney. The magic of fairy stories no one believes in quite the way it is presented. Its meaning lies elsewhere. See Tolkien’s essay “On Fairy Stories.” But voodoo is a real, living occult religion with living adherents today. What you see on the screen is not just imagination. It represents something real and alive.
    In His grace,
    Ed Sherman

  • Or one might say “real and dead!”
    Ed Sherman

  • Disney studios have been pushing a green agenda for 30 odd years and a disturbing manner of giving animals many human traits and emotions. While animals are wonderful creations, man is God’s pinnacle of creation. Ask children today and they will tell you that everything in nature is beautiful and mankind has ruined the earth.
    Judy Slack-Smith

  • Another example of how the Hollywood mentality is hurting our children:
    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/world/english-girl-8-gets-botox-from-her-mum-in-bid-for-perfection/story-e6frf7m6-1226027590440
    Mario Del Giudice

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