Thursday, August 16, 2007
Here is a statement that should cause you concern:
"There's nothing you can do to a human being onscreen that is taboo anymore. Over and over again, people are breaking the boundaries of the body, hurting people, chopping people up, ravaging people. ... For things to be truly scary, we're going to have to find new boundaries to tread on." -- writer/producer Akiva Goldsman (The Da Vinci Code, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, A Beautiful Mind).
It is acceptable in Hollywood to push boundaries to sell tickets. Hollywood feels no responsibility to protect human dignity or societies values. In fact, I would say a value of Hollywood is to destroy traditional values and instill new ones. I guess that is actually the essence of being liberal. Although few in Hollywood would endorse a society where one chops people into pieces or tortures them, it is willing to plant that fantasy in your mind for the sake of making money.