Consistency when protesting movies

Consistency when protesting movies

Amy Welborn makes a good point about how we react toward movies based on their (perceived) role in the culture wars. In contrast to the hew and cry over “Brokeback Mountain,” we have heard little or nothing about the amazingly gruesome “Hostel.” (Even the TV ads are too disturbing.) Yet could we not say that the extreme violence of such movies would outweigh, in impact on impressionable youth, whatever kind of homosexual lifestyle advocacy that movies like “Brokeback” produce?

A few days ago, a blogger (sorry, but I forget who!) mentioned that an eighth grader at her parish told her that while his mom insisted on seeing “The Passion of the Christ” before he did because she had heard about its violence, the mom let him see the horror movie “Saw II” without a second thought. Between the gruesome violence of movies and the casual violence of video games like “Grand Theft Auto” you have to worry about the desensitization of youth toward violence. Hey, if we’re worried that seeing people smoking on TV and in films will make them want to start, why should depiction of violence not have a similar influence?

If we’re going to be consistent we should protest these films as well. Even if they sink at the box office, they will live forever on DVD where it will be very easy for kids to watch them.

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Domenico Bettinelli