Cultural Pornography

by Brad Nelson   8/27/14

Many of you out there don’t believe in the “spirit” or “soul.” But sometimes a thing can become self-evident by its absence.

I watched about 25 minutes of a movie yesterday — Bad Words — before I had to turn it off. Those who have watched it all the way through and perhaps discovered a good and complete movie may inform me if this is the case. But I doubt such a person exists.

This will not be an attempt at a movie review, for the subject matter is beneath even my poor dignity to want to describe it. Let’s just say that if you think it is a cute, wholesome, and fulsome moment for an adult to prompt a clearly intelligent and clean-cut 9-year-old boy to say “mother fucker” then you sadden me.

Jason Bateman stars as a grown-man (I use that term loosely) who finds a loophole in the national spelling bee contest and joins as a contestant against children. I knew there was something odd about this film when I read the description at Red Box. It was about a spelling bee with an adult participant (surely grist for comedy a la the Seinfeld episode wherein Kramer is in a karate class with children and suitably kicks their butts). But it also had an “R” rating. For a show centered around children in a spelling bee? What gives?

This movie is notable if only to show how sick our culture is and how sick Hollywood is (or whoever produced the film). If you think it cute for an adult to say to a child who has refried beans on his face from a fast-food splurge (and I forget the exact words) “You look like you were on the wrong end of some man-love,” then I pity you.

I have a high tolerance for the black arts in movies. One has to if one is going to make it through even the first 10 minutes of the typical movie these days. But this was exceptionally an affront to just common decency, and I consider myself no prude. This is a sick movie only enjoyable by a sick culture. From the looks of the numbers at IMDB.com (Budget: $9,500,000 / Gross: $7,764,027) maybe America is not yet too far gone. This piece of shit deserved to lose money. And Jason Bateman needs to ask forgiveness from someone for appearing in this piece of cultural pornography.


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I like books, nature, politics, old movies, Ronald Reagan (you get sort of a three-fer with that one), and the founding ideals of this country. We are the Shining City on the Hill — or ought to be. However, our land has been poisoned by Utopian aspirations and feel-good bromides. Both have replaced wisdom and facts.
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9 Responses to Cultural Pornography

  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    The subtext of this is “No wonder Robin Williams hung himself.” Have pity on the man. Imagine being surrounded by this cultural norm. Never underestimate the soul-sucking and chilling effect of California liberalism. For all their money and fame, no wonder so many of them do drugs, are so angry, and are so incredibly ignorant. Imagine trying to grow a human soul on scorched earth.

    • Misanthropette says:

      Brad, dahling, you need to write a screenplay!

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        Thanks. And I’m quite sure that if I did write a script, it would be too hot for Hollywood to handle. I would, oh, have a villain that might look suspiciously like an Islamic fundamentalist, and a hero who might look suspiciously like a well-educated and brave Christian European or American. And this hero would defeat the villain.

        I know…a scandalous idea.

  2. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    It is rubbish like this which must be fought tooth and nail. What does it profit our culture if we get the economic things in order yet leave the termites to eat away at our heritage?

    We will spend our way to extinction faster with more dope and more mind-numbing immorally destructive entertainment which will keep our attention, such as it is, until we see the barbarians, with swords drawn, coming through our broken doors and windows.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      It is rubbish like this which must be fought tooth and nail. What does it profit our culture if we get the economic things in order yet leave the termites to eat away at our heritage?

      Wait a minute, Mr. Kung. Are you telling me that you’re not a libertarian? 😀

      The good news is that this movie apparently tanked. The bad news is that it was made at all. But the movie does serve as an instructional video (or mirror). If there are libtards out there who want to change and aren’t quite sure what things they need to change, a movie like this is a gold mine. I could parse ever second of it, for every second is filled with the kind of lazy, dull, and stupid cultural elements that only *seem* normal to some because they have been trained, like trained seals, to laugh at the same vacuous things.

      Fortunately I still maintain a mind of my own. I’m the type of ornery person will indeed say that the emperor has no clothes even if the multitude are fawning all over his wardrobe. That is the same of most people here or else they would be the kind of useful idiots still extolling the virtues of Obama, or even McCain, at some other place.

  3. Timothy Lane says:

    I can remember when a friend of mine saw the Guccione movie Caligula (he had never seen an X-rated movie, and another friend later pointed out that Caligula had been unrated, so he still hadn’t). He commented that there had been only 2 gratuitous sex scenes. (I think that was the count; this was 30 years ago, and the precise number is irrelevant.) The others were integral to the story. I think this may be what concerns you: gratuitous misbehavior.

    In his introduction to The Caine Mutiny, Herman Wouk noticed the foul language that was common to sailors, and said he only included it when he considered it necessary. A certain amount of sex, or violence, or bad language can be essential. But going beyond the necessary — naughtiness for the sake of naughtiness (this sounds rather adolescent, but that’s really the target audience for such gratuitous behavior anyway) — should be avoided for any genuinely adult movie.

    A good example is the discussion Charlton Heston got into over the conclusion of The Planet of the Apes, in which Taylor — seeing the wreck of the Statue of Liberty and realizing what happened — cries out, “God damn them all to Hell.” Heston successfully defended this as literally asking God to punish those who had wrecked their world so thoroughly.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      I saw “Caligula” years ago. It was a bit of a phenom at the time. And being the cultural anthropologist even back then, I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.

      It’s pretty much a neatened-up piece of pornography. Having watched a few in my earlier days, probably most know the typical porn film which is comically ham-fisted as it tries to “anchor” the sex scenes with really lame plot elements. “Caligula” does so by pretending to be a historical drama. But it’s basically porn (including the pornography of violence, which is so typical — and acceptable, especially even by Christians — today). And I’m sure at the time I watched it only for the shock value and porn content, not in order to learn about his particular emperor.

      I have no problem with a “certain amount” of sex, violence, etc. And yet 9 times out of 10, less-is-more. Nine times out of 10, the sex and language is completely gratuitous. Or, rather, the point is that the sex and language are the thing, often taking the place of plots and character development. Surely I’m not the only one to notice that the art of stand-up comedy, for instance, has degraded into often little more than f-bombs. Generally speaking, even as late as the era of Steve Martin and Jerry Seinfeld, this was not considered necessary or even entertaining. But now all you tend to have is scatological humor for a scatological society, one that remains ideologically and emotionally in Pampers.

      Judging what is “gratuitous” is a different standard today than it was when the word had actual meaning and when “restraint” could practically be applied. With the dam having burst on good and sensible taste, “restraint” is a bit of an anachronism. Still, it would do to revive it.

      • Timothy Lane says:

        Yes, I would say that when the pornographic parts are in fact the point, then they’re gratuitous. That would be one test for it.

        • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

          I’ll never be mistaken for a goody-two-shoes. And I don’t have problem with a little nudity (if she’s pretty), violence, and bad language. It’s hard to imagine a movie such as “Goodfellas” without it. The movie was interesting because it was based upon a real story. It showed you (apparently…after all, these are movies, and no mobster is ever going to have the charm of Robert De Niro) what it was like in that mob world.

          There are films that are appropriate only for adults. I’m fine with that. What was so sad and perverted about “Bad Words” is that it looked for all intents and purposes like a Disneyesque film (about a spelling bee, for crisesakes). But over the top of it was spliced Tarantino — or, really, there were elements of child porn to this. And I don’t mean by nudity or sexual situations, but by the intentional vulgarization of children. I’ll stand by my statement that only a morally sick mind could have made this movie. Again, if the movie later took a more Disneyesque turn after I turned it off, then fine. But I’ll never know because I have no desire to waste my time on such garbage.

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