Monday, March 06, 2006


Who's out of touch with America?

The Oscars! I watched ‘em even though I hadn’t seen any of the nominated movies, except Murderball, which kicked *ss and, therefore, won nothing. Still, I’d seen nothing like this. No two major awards were given to the same movie! Look: Best pic: “Crash” Best director: Ang Lee, “Brokeback Mountain” Best actor: Phillip Seymour Hoffman, “Capote” Best actress: Reese Weatherspoon, “Walk the Line” Supporting actor: George Clooney, “Syrianna” Supporting actress: Rachel Weisz, “The Constant Gardner” Each one of these flicks (and they’ve all gotten decent reviews) has something to offend our conservative Christian friends. “Brokeback” has gay sex, “Capote” was just plain gay, “Walk the Line” has drugs and alcohol, “Syrianna” indicts the petroleum industry, the administration and foreign policy, “The Constant Gardner” sympathizes with AIDS patients and attacks pharmaceutical companies. If you don’t believe me, check out this letter from a conservative Christian author (scroll down a little):
Blue States values were the big winners at this year’s Academy Awards rewarding blatant anti-family themes of homosexuality, prostitution, pimping, drugs, crime, and the overall demonization of America as a bunch of bigots and oil mongers. Virtually absent from the podium was anything supportive of hard work, self-responsibility, charity, faith or family. The two exceptions were that the supporting actress Oscar went to Reese Witherspoon, who actually deserved the honor but probably won the extra votes necessary due to her blatant real life Bush-bashing, and the best documentary going to a bunch of penguins who were neither blue nor red. They were values neutral: black and white but the fact that it was a pro-environmental film probably didn’t hurt.
Ouch! That smarts! The letter quotes Katharine DeBrecht (you know, the Orwellian “genius” behind “Help! Mom! There Are Liberals Under My Bed!”):
The movies garnering the most Oscar nominations included films about feature sympathetic terrorists, gay cowboys, communist sympathizers, and transexuals. How bad is Hollywood out of touch with mainstream values? None of the best picture nominees were even in the top 20 highest grossing movies of last year!
Um...forget the fact that “Brokeback Mountain” was released on Christmas weekend, giving it only a week to accumulate ticket sales. It did, however, set a record for most gross per showing during its initial release. Oh yeah, and it’s made over $120 million world-wide as of March 5, 2006. That’s before it won the Oscar for best director. And then consider the highest grossing flicks of 2005: “Star Wars: Episode III,” “Harry Potter and Goblet of Fire,” “The Chronicle of Narnia,” “War of the Worlds,” “King Kong,” “Wedding Crashers.” Um...with the exception of Narina, none of these movies are Christian fare, either. In fact, #2, Harry Potter, is labelled by fundamentalist Christians as satanic. During last night’s ceremonies, when movie after movie rolled by winning awards, each of which was sure to offend some fundamentalist Christian, it hit me. Hollywood isn’t out of touch with American values. Christian fundamentalists are.
Not to mention King Kong features an awfully human-like ape. Gee, it almost seems like we could be related to apes. Blasphemy!
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