Want to talk about a media double standard? Not one, but two new movies will depict statutory rape in a positive light. Kim Basinger in the movie The Door in the Floor will be depicted in numerous sex scenes with a teenage boy. Nicole Kidman goes even further, playing a nude scene in a bathtub with a 10-year-old boy in Birth. Of course, there’s also the director Roman Polanski who is feted in Hollywood despite his conviction for having had sex with a 13-year-old girl. He’s never served time because he fled the US.
I’m not saying that priests who abuse kids should not be punished to the fullest extent of the law or should not be removed from ministry. But it is indicative of a double standard that the depiction of the same thing in a movie as a positive is not also excoriated. The irony is that in five or ten years sex with kids will be promoted in public as a good thing (just like homosexual sex went from bad to acceptable in recent years) and we’ll be left wondering what the big deal was with the Scandal. Well, some of us won’t be.