- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 11, 2006

What a sad commentary on our culture when the Motion Picture Association of Arts and Sciences presents the Academy Award for the best song from a movie titled “When it’s hard out there for a pimp.” I cannot imagine why it’s necessary to have compassion for the “lowly” pimp, let alone support a song that condones such a lifestyle.

Hollywood in its choice of song as well as various nominations for best pictures have again sent a message loud and clear. That which is perverse and destructive should be held up as the model of right living. Because Hollywood says its OK, we the public are asked to accept any immoral behavior Hollywood advocates.

When will they realize who gets hurt in their devaluing of the American family: We do.

Hollywood wake up. You are living in la la land, not the American public as you seem to think. “Hollywood is out of touch with mainstream America,” Jon Stewart, host of the evening’s events, said during his opening monologue, “This town is too liberal,” joking that “It’s a moral black hole where innocence is obliterated.” He made several funny but true comments about the selfish nature and behavior of the Hollywood crowd. No one laughed in the audience, and for this reason he will probably never be invited back as the host.

Instead we need to thank Mr. Stewart for pointing these things out to those who needed to hear the truth of his remarks.

I wish to challenge any Hollywood moviemaker to do something truly creative. Make a movie about true, sacrificial, unselfish love, about families who stay together, who pray together, who serve something besides themselves. How about creating a vision for what life ought to be, about life’s greatest values and virtues instead of glorifying the perverse?

I remember when “American Beauty” won as best picture. I went to see it, hoping it would have some kind of redeeming social value. It was awful. It was about the destructiveness of an incredibly selfish family and their disconnectedness to each other.

I believe if we even make the littlest effort, we can write movies that elevate our sense of goodness instead of glorifying Hollywood’s inane sense of truth and justice.

I can imagine God watching from heaven. Hoping and praying for each family on this Earth to learn to love one another, to sacrifice for something larger, to live with deep happiness and respect for each other. I envision God crying out, “This is wrong, all wrong. What has happened to my children? Can’t they realize this is not the world I wanted them to create?”

I know change is possible. Many great movies made millions of dollars but also uplifted our souls and our consciousness. Where was “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” in all the commotion about the best picture? This G-rated message was sadly missed, yet it was about sacrificial love.

Hollywood, I challenge you. Find stories about goodness and values and make movies about that which is beautiful. Study role models whose lives have been deep and meaningful. Tell the truth about families who empower each other. Set the bar high, not in the garbage pit. Realize how much power you have to affect the culture and use it to propagate goodness, not evil.

What you are now doing is teaching this culture to live as the Romans did, with every perverse excess. That culture was destroyed from the inside out and no longer exists. It would be wise to remember this before you continue on life’s journey.

Although we may not realize it, we are all held eternally responsible for what we do. Even you Hollywood, even you. No matter what designer gown or tuxedo you wear to the Oscar’s, it will never hide the falseness of your message.

BETSY ORMAN

Former director of the American Family Coalition in North Dakota; grew up near Hollywood, Calif.; lives in Connecticut with her husband of 25 years and 14-year-old twins. She is freelance writer.

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