Hollywood Child Abuse

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When it comes to kids I’m all for them.  Adults screw them up.

If I’m remembered for nothing else, I want to be remembered as the guy who fought for the kids.  Today’s kids.  Tomorrows kids.  Remember the children.

Wife was watching a well-acted show that stars Lily Tomlin.  She’s wonderful and I’ve always enjoyed her work.  She’s also one of the producers.

I was reading this book while wife watched season 2 episode 12 dealing with suicide, among other things.  Well done.

But there’s a scene with a young girl, and she drops the F-bomb at two points.

There’s a certain kind of adult who takes pleasure out of seeing a child swear like an adult.  Why?

Is it that as adults we lost our innocence at some point, and we enjoy seeing a child lose theirs?

The fact is the show had a child actor appears to swear (it could have been dubbed) in order to complete the scene.  Turning that child into an adult is something that should be treated with great respect and tenderness, not for profit.

That child most likely didn’t want to become an actor as much as her parents wanted her to act.  Certainly her agent and the other actors see her more as a money-making team mate rather than what she truly is, a child.

What is the impact upon her?  Does anyone care?  (Yes, I do.)

Look at the track record Hollywood has upon other childhood actors.  It’s not good.

Why do we allow this to happen?  What can be more important than a child’s life?

Rhetorical questions, because we know the answers.

Greed.  Power.  More greed.  And because money made today is worth more than a grandchild’s happiness.

So, please, the next time you see a sweet, innocent child, love them and help them to keep that innocence as long as they possibly can.  Face it.  They’ll lose it soon enough without our help, without our greed, and without our short-sightedness.

C’mon on.  Swear you’ll do it.

Thanks.

PS – Today is 22 January, 2018, and I just learned young gymnasts were happy their team doctor was being put away for many years as he’d been molesting them for some time.  The tragedy is compounded by the fact that their parents and coaches didn’t believe them – or didn’t want to.  Perhaps they, too, were blinded by greed.

Sacrifice to Celebrity

There are certain trends that we can watch over centuries, even millennia.  We can see them more clearly than others because they occupy such a central place in our ancestor’s lives.

Then, as we look over the relatively small span of our own brief existence, we can put our observation in this much larger context.

For instance, our culture loves to idolize actors.  The bigger the actor, the more successful the movie, and the more publicity they get.  The more publicity, the more we talk about them, and the larger they loom in our lives.  Eventually they start selling things like coffee makers or exercise machines.

As a youngster, I didn’t see this as much.  The idols back then were astronauts, or men who’d fought the enemy in the great war.  There were even a few scientists who were considered cutting edge, representing the future of our world.

Quick Quiz; name a famous scientist of today.  Or an astronaut.  How about a humanitarian working in a poor country who has no money?  Did you get three out of three?  It’s even hard for me, and I pay attention to these things.

As our nation gets dumber, our idols become idiots.  We want to associate them with ourselves, and it’s so much easier to follow the antics of a beautiful spoiled brat than the brainy mind-benders of some old geezer.

And so it was many many years ago.  The gods started out as highly regarded for their strength and abilities, and this was the Golden Age of Greece.  A few hundred years later, Rome had embraced the love-making nature of Venus and the partying nature of Bacchus.

Who are your gods?  If they hail from Hollywood, then you do indeed sacrifice something to them.  You sacrifice your time and attention.  For every moment you spend with them you lose to the rest of the universe.  If your gods are noble and great, then the moments you spend with them will make you a better person, improving the lives of all those who love you.

So, to paraphrase a popular credit card commercial;

Who’s on YOUR altar?