Movies, sex… Sex, movies…
Both kinda go hand in hand, don’t they? At least, that’s what the general public has come to expect. There are plenty of social critics addressing the amount of sex, blood, and violence which appears on the big screen, not to mention on smaller TV sets nightly. However, I won’t be adding to the analysis. This is not intended to be an opinion piece.
Truth be told, abuse of power and sex is a reality that we all face, in and outside of Hollywood. I ran across a quote the other day that made me pause and think for a while.
“Everything in the world is about sex, except sex. Sex is about power.” – Oscar Wilde
Don’t feel like you have to continue reading further without pausing and reflecting as I did…
To be honest with you, exclusively pointing a finger of judgment at Hollywood is a bit disingenuous. After all, screen writers often draw their creative inspiration from real life stories – in other words, you and me. For instance, how many times have you seen a film open with the premise: “based on real life events”?
With this in mind, answer this question: can the human story be told apart from involving sex and/or violence? Or, maybe we could ask the same question a different way: could YOUR STORY be told apart from sexual references, brief power struggles, and/or the use of profanity? The ancient writers of the Bible didn’t think so. They told it all, the good, the bad, and the ugly. However, modern Bible translators have worked diligently to provide a mass market text with a G/PG rating. You might be surprised to learn there are over 1,600 Bible verses containing explicit references and content! If these passages were portrayed on film, the movie would most definitely receive a R-rating. For more on the subject, check out what journalist and author Joseph W. Smith III has to say on the subject: Sex & Violence in the Bible.
Recently, I talked with Actor Bill Oberst Jr. about his opinions concerning life, movies, what he reads everyday, the challenges common to us all… the good, the bad, and the ugly!
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