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Hollywood Degrades Society and Exports Filth About America

Moviemakers increasingly debase our society via storylines, profanity, and numerous ploys.

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Normally, the Oscar Awards show would be scheduled for the next week or so, but this year it is delayed until April 25. Last September, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences issued a new set of standards for the Academy Awards’s best picture category. Starting in 2022, films that under-represent racial minorities, women, LGBTQ individuals, and people with disabilities in both cast and crew will not be nominated. So watch for Viola Davis to portray Queen Victoria, and for Denzel Washington to star as Teddy Roosevelt, any day now.

Even before the ‘social justice’ edict which the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences levied on the film makers, the movie industry was in a state of flux with new releases delayed, theaters abandoned, and streaming services sharply rising in popularity. One year earlier, the industry was on a roll. When visiting RottenTomatoes, you couldn’t ignore the number of movies rated 80% or higher.

An insidious trend, nonetheless, has continued for decades: Hollywood increasingly degrades society via storylines, profanity, and a multitude of devices. Then it exports its filthy vision of America around the world. Reviewing the last several years, 2017 appears as a turning point. During that year, in the films released, which had been in production in 2015 and 2016, use of foul language in scripts noticeably accelerated, as if screen writers had made a pact with one another.

That’s Entertainment?

In I, Tonya, one might expect to occasionally hear the f-word, but 120 times — more often than once every 60 seconds? In a scene from the acclaimed Lady Bird, the mother rants at her family seated at the dinner table, “Make your own f___ dinner.” Gratuitous, egregious, and offensive behavior, masquerading as entertainment? What parent, who sends her daughter to Catholic school, acts in this manner?

In Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri, the level of profanity is over the top. Every 10th word out of Frances McDormand’s mouth, and out of the mouths of the townspeople, is f___ this, and f___ that. Early on, Woody Harrelson, as the police chief, during his Easter dinner with his wife and his two young children greets a caller, with, “You god__mn ass__e.” He then winks at his children and says, “Sorry girls,” as if such terms are permissible in that setting as some kind of an inside joke.

The website KidsInMind.com counts about 84 f-words and its derivatives in Three Billboards. The sordid language in this 115 minute movie also contains scatological terms, 23 milder obscenities, 15 “anatomical” references, 7 disparaging remarks concerning African-Americans, 4 explicit sexual references, 2 disturbing terms for homosexuals, 2 disrespectful terms for Hispanic people, and 1 demeaning term for small people.

All this amidst name-calling such as dummy, idiots, retards, stupid, dumb, crazy old ladies, fat boy, fat little Mexican boy, wife beaters, lazy, scumbags; provocative language, on average, every 40 seconds. Okay, it’s a dark comedy, we get it. Each of us has the option to skip seeing the movie, but many actors, critics, and film societies chose it as the best picture of the year.

Inept, Unimaginative Writing

In The Florida Project, a story about children of single mothers, living in the throes of Disney World, guess what one hears throughout the whole movie? In the acclaimed thriller, Get Out, it’s more of the same. In dozens of the top movies, the f-word predominates. It’s standard fare in Good Night and Landline, and is lightly sprinkled throughout Molly’s Game and All the Money in the World.

Are screen writers inept and unable to derive cleverer ways to express characters’ emotions? Over-employing the f-word reveals language deficiency. The writer does not have a sufficiently broad vocabulary to intelligently express a character’s emotions.

Is dropping in the f-word frequently “keeping it real?” Today, when few people read history or historical novels, many derive what they ‘know’ from the cinema. Perhaps worse, cultures around the world, who gobble up what Hollywood has to offer, gain parallaxed views of the U.S.

James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, and, more recently, Clint Eastwood played tough guys, often in dire situations, and (due to industry codes) never uttered the f-word once. The same for females playing ‘tough’ roles, such as Barbara Stanwyck,  Lana Turner, and Betty Davis. We recall these actors in their classic roles. Who today can match them?

Impressionable Viewers

Hollywood is gripping our culture by the throat, and it’s intentional: A 50+ year assault, since the anti-heros of the late 1960s, and getting worse. Dropping the f-bomb is an easy and calculated way for writers, directors, and producers to degrade society. They ought to know better and they ought to do better.

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Jeff Davidson is the world's only holder of the title "The Work-Life Balance Expert®" as awarded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is the premier thought leader on work-life balance, integration, and harmony. Jeff speaks to organizations that seek to enhance their overall productivity by improving the effectiveness of their people. He is the author of Breathing Space, Simpler Living, Dial it Down, and Everyday Project Management. Visit www.BreathingSpace.com for more information on Jeff's keynote speeches and seminars, including: Managing the Pace with Grace® * Achieving Work-Life Balance™ * Managing Information and Communication Overload®



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Rainy Day People: Be An Encourager to Others

A little encouragement can move you from despair to exultation.

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After I received an MBA from the University of Connecticut, I was immediately hired by Burroughs Business Systems, which ultimately became Unisys. I ended up leaving in a little less than one year because I was not enthusiastic about what the company provided, my current role, and my long-term prospects with them.

When I departed Burroughs, in the late spring I had no job prospects but I felt confident that I could find something easily. After all, I got hired right out of graduate school. At that time, I didn’t understand that it’s unwise to leave one salaried position for another unless you already have that other one lined up.

From Desperation to Despair

After six interminable months, and more than 300 resumes mailed, I was in despair. Long before the availability of the Internet it was costly to job seek. For sure, I had gone on a few interviews here and there, but had no real prospects, during all those months. Then, one emerged – a small consulting firm of six people. It was perfect for me.

Miraculously, the company, in the Vernon CT was one mile from my rented house. I had an interview with the company president, the interview went exceedingly well, and by all indications I felt certain that he would call me back within the week to make a job offer.

When that first week passed, I felt a bit disheartened, but still confident because of how well the interview had gone. Then, somehow, another week passed. Meanwhile, I was running low on funds. With no other prospects emerging, things were getting bleak, and I was nearly out of options.

Shut Out and Shivering

Friday afternoon, as the third week was about to pass, I was lying on my bed staring up at the ceiling. This December day was shivering cold, completely gray, with a constant down pour. My father, who was the vice principal at a junior high school in Hartford, gave me a call after he got out of school at 3:30 as he was eager as well for news about the job.

“No word,” I said, “and it’s been three weeks, so I think this is a lost cause.” He told me, in his characteristic way, that if I haven’t heard “no” the possibility is still open. He said they might have not called me back yet for any number of reasons. Then, ever the encourager, my father suggested that I get dressed and visit the company this afternoon.

I thought this was going way too far, but what else did I have brewing…

Full Speed Ahead

Fortified by my father’s words, I took a shower, put on my best suit, and drove the one mile. It was now 4:30 with the downpour continuing, on this shivering day.

I took the elevator to the third floor where the company was located, opened the door, and saw the receptionist. To my surprise, she remembered me. I asked to see the company president. She said, “Do you have an appointment?”

“No.”

“Is he expecting you?”

“No.”

She said, “Let me page him and see if maybe he has a few minutes.” She was on the phone briefly and then said to me, “Have a seat, he’ll be out in a few minutes.” So, in this tiny reception room, I sat in the only visitor’s chair. Time passed, and I’m wondering if he’s going to regard me as a fruitcake for appearing unannounced on a day like this.

Finally, he appeared. He greeted me and bade me come into his office. We spoke for quite a while and the conversation went as well as it had the first time. He told me he had been on the fence for two reasons: first, he was waiting to land a large contract and second, he had never hired someone as young as me, but my demonstrated tenacity, by returning to the office was admirable.

By now, despite the downpour, you could tell that everyone else in the firm had gone home for the weekend. The place was completely silent, but I left the office aglow: I was hired that afternoon.

Encouragement is Priceless

May 13th is the birthday of my father, now long departed, who resides in my heart for evermore.

The people in our lives do make a difference and can help mitigate our self-doubt. I went from personal, professional, and financial despair, six months in the making, to landing my ideal long-term career position only 90 minutes later, because of my father’s encouragement.

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Five Principles for Political Christians to Live By

The Bible is very clear in regard to the advice it gives Christians!

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There is a lot of debate about whether or not Christians should be involved in politics. I know there are some Christians who don’t think that they shouldn’t be involved at all, and then there are other Christians who are as involved as anybody else. The question, in my mind, is not whether or not we should be involved but how we should be involved and how we should live and act while we are involved. I believe that the Bible is very clear in regard to the advice it gives Christians in how they live their lives, and this includes includes how they engage with others politically. Check out the video below to see the five principles that every Christian should live by when they engage in politics. The points from the video are listed below the video.

1. We are Citizens and Stewards

2. We are called to love.

3. Our battle is not against flesh and blood but against Satanic forces.

4. We must speak the truth in love.

5. Trust God

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