Hollywood’s Glaring Hypocrisy

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Actors Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer arrive for the UK premiere of "Call Me By Your Name" during the British Film Festival in London, Britain, October 9, 2017. REUTERS/Mary Turner

Hollywood hypocrisy has never looked more glaring. Leaders of the entertainment industry angrily condemn guns, even while their films and TV shows glorify gun violence and fetishize firearms. Meanwhile, producers and stars vehemently denounce exploitative sexuality, at the same time that acclaimed projects center on just this sort of eroticism.

For instance, CALL ME BY YOUR NAME won the recent Oscar for best adapted screenplay, telling a graphic, steamy story of an affair between a 17-year-old boy and a 24-year-old male grad student who’s a house guest of the teenager’s parents.

If the underage party had been female, instead of male, torrid sex with an adult wouldn’t have won an Oscar; it would have drawn condemnation for its power imbalance as the sort of predatory relationship the #MeToo movement is meant to stop.

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  1. Ty  •  Mar 7, 2018 at 2:50 am

    Maybe this makes me a horrible person (I lobbed a softball for the peanut gallery here), but I can't conjure up rage at statutory rape charges for kids after age 16, especially when the gaps in age are not that large.

    I remember that case where a slightly younger kid fooled around with an 18 year old student and the Georgia prosecutor had him sent to jail with a 10 year sentence. There was a mandatory minimum I believe. Proprietorial discretion? Not to that sadist of a prosecutor.

    I can't bring myself to get too worked up by some of these close cases.

    Teacher and student? Much bigger problem.

    • Marcia  •  Mar 7, 2018 at 2:41 pm

      Agreed. I would add that the direct analogy Michael wants to make in his 3rd paragraph is problematic because there is a greater power imbalance between older men and girls/younger women than when the younger person is also male.

      • Ty  •  Mar 7, 2018 at 4:09 pm

        Bill Maher had a joke about this during a panel talk over a decade ago when one of those stories of a female teacher having sex with a male student broke. Irshad Manji asked for clarification on whether he thought there was a double standard between a male teacher and female student vs the reverse?

        Bill Maher said Yes!

        Bill Maher paraphrase : Because there are two sexes. A male teacher having sex with a female student can cause real damage, a female teacher having sex with a male student can cause good esteem.

  2. Nani Tavares  •  Mar 7, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    The saddest part is that once upon a time, Hollywood stars were idolized as dream spinners. Now most of the public think of them as spoiled hypocrites who sit on their moral throne and preach about guns and sex while making millions glorifying both.

    Once we all wanted to be them, now we have to spend a lot of energy separating them from the characters they play. I honestly have very little actors, entertainments, singers that I like much less admire.

    How so immensely sad.

  3. Robert Rouillard  •  Mar 9, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    Never thought of it as exploitation of minors even in a made up scripted fantasy setting trying to make the characters appear this is an OK thing to do.
    But if I understand an 18 year old is considered an adult to the decision they make in life. Unfortunately this is becoming the way of the future for America and the world.
    When Hollywood begins depicting children (minors) in their scripted fantasy even if there is not sorted sexual scenes but innuendo and leave it to the imagination of the viewer we will become one sorry nation.

  4. philsterbee  •  Mar 13, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    People who are often the loudest and most sanctimonious virtue signalers are often the same people who are the biggest hypocrites. They realize their actions don't match their words, and the internal conflict makes them uncomfortable, so to compensate, they dial up the volume and the faux outrage (and get a total pass from the media, of course).

  5. Dan Nelson  •  Mar 16, 2018 at 5:49 am

    I think the difference between a 15 and 18 year old and a 24 and 17 year old is more stark. There is more change in maturity/self awareness between 17 and 24 than 15 and 18. I don't disagree with Michael's point since I think if the Hollywood producers thought they could have gotten away with a larger age difference, they would have. It's still pushing an eroticism of an adult with a barely adult and includes a power dynamic not much different than Seattle's mayor was accused of.

  6. Kay  •  Mar 16, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    Most of the comments made condoning sexual exploitation of minors are most likely made by those who are not parents. The brain has not fully formed until early twenties and the capacity to make a fully informed decision by a minor is completely compromised in a steamy movie that distorts reality by romanticizing exploitation of a minor in the name of supposedlove, but is actually lust. This movie is propaganda for left wingers who are trying to promote homosexuality by emotionally persuading others while justifying their behavior…pedophilia. More distortion from Hollywooders who portray evil as beautiful while poisoning the culture. They see themselves as beautiful and beyond reproach, though evil in their own neglect of their fellow man and the lies they weave.

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