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Can Hollywood ever get rid of ‘inappropriate behaviour’?

|MercatorNet|December 1, 2017|MercatorNet|

Can Hollywood ever get rid of ‘inappropriate behaviour’?

What else can you expect from a culture steeped in pornography?
Michael Cook | Nov 30 2017 | comment 

Just another day in the shame-storm sweeping the American media. Today NBC fired revered Matt Lauer, one of the most highly-paid men in the TV news industry, for “inappropriate sexual behaviour in the workplace”. And Minnesota Public Radio dumped legendary radio host Garrison Keillor for more “inappropriate behaviour”.
These are just the latest casualties in an ever-longer list which began with allegations made against Harvey Weinstein.
The cure for this epidemic seems to be two-fold: parading the heads of these men on pikes pour encourager les autres and drawing up a long, long list of rules proscribing “inappropriate behaviour”.
The ripples of the scandal are spreading.
As far away as Sweden 600 actresses have attacked rampant sexual harassment and assault in the theatre and film industries. The Swedish Film Institute has responded by mandating a day-long sexual harassment education program for producers and filmmakers which describes unacceptable behaviour in the workplace. Participants receive a “green card”. From next year funding from the Swedish Film Institute will be conditional upon having this card.
But the absurdity of turning the virtue of chastity into a bureaucratic checklist reaches its zenith in the pornography industry.
According to The Stage, a British industry publication, the UK’s first “intimacy director”, Ita O’Brien, is drafting guidelines for how much sex is appropriate when making pornographic films and theatrical productions. These include not asking for nudity or simulated sex at auditions (but asking for everything short of that), setting agreed limits for sex scenes, reducing the number of people on set during sex scenes, plus thoughtful details like making dressing gowns available.
Ms O’Brien is working with casting agents to write protocols for auditions, rehearsals and performance.
“There is an assumption [she says] that people don’t know how to fight with swords, so you get somebody in to teach them, and people assume you don’t know how to do a foxtrot, so you get a choreographer in, but the thing with sexual contact and sexual expression is the idea that everybody knows how to do it so we don’t have to take care. Invariably whenever there isn’t transparency, whenever everybody isn’t in agreement and knows what’s going on, that’s when actors are left vulnerable.”
Let’s translate this. If Harvey Weinstein kisses and gropes Ms X, that’s the sexual harassment which is tearing the film industry apart. If Actor A kisses and gropes Actress B in her first-ever audition, that’s legitimate film industry stuff.
Well, it’s not. It’s the same rancid exploitation which Hollywood bigwigs used to put women on the casting couch. The message is the same: no sex, no job.
The pornography industry and Ms O’Brien will respond that women are freely consenting agents in sex scenes. But how much freedom do they have if their livelihood depends on simulating or performing acts which they find demeaning and repulsive?
And there are a lot of those. “Miss L” is an actress who runs a website which collects casting advertisements in the UK, Casting Call Woe. Here are a couple of recent pearls – no doubt it is just as bad in Hollywood:
A project called “Corpses” is looking for females, aged 25-70. It describes their roles as follows: “In this groundbreaking female empowerment piece, the corpses will serve as the haunting women in the morgue as Alice’s job dissolves into a nightmare. They are key players and while nudity is required, this project aims to empower women.”
A character called “Zombie Cheerleader #1” must be a female, aged 18-30. “Though she is the most classically ‘pretty’ of the zombies, Zombie Cheerleader #1 is far along in the decomposition process, this doesn’t stop her from flaunting what she got (sic).”
And this one sounds like every aspiring actress’s dream role: “you’d be scantily clad, stripped, washed down, wrapped in cling-film and then killed.”
You get the picture. At the top of the Hollywood food chain, producers demean a few dozen women and reward them with good jobs; at the bottom, producers demean hundreds of women and throw them degrading jobs.
Isn’t the fundamental problem in Hollywood the fact that it is steeped in a porn-friendly culture?
Even though the knives are out for Weinstein & Co, no one is seriously planning to reduce pornographic and repulsively sexist content. What’s more, the industry demands ever more nudity.
A recent report from USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism about 900 films made in 2016 found that “Females were much more likely than males to be shown in sexually revealing attire (F=25.9% vs. M=5.7%) and partially or fully naked (F=25.6% vs. M=9.2%)”. And this included females of all ages: “13‐20-year-old females were just as likely as their 21‐39-year-old counterparts to be portrayed in sexy attire, with some nudity, and referenced as attractive”.
Whoa! The revelations keep coming!
Thirteen-year-olds? Hollywood producers are allowing 13-year-old girls to be filmed in sexy attire? In the nude? Isn’t that tantamount to paedophilia? What does this “inappropriate behaviour” do to these children?
And what’s more, the figures are increasing. In 2007 23.3% of 13-20-year-olds experienced some nudity; in 2016, the figure had risen by 33.3%.
Why aren’t the California police investigating this?
Because it’s business. The business of “inappropriate behaviour”, the business of pornography. Hollywood can get rid of Harvey Weinstein, but it won’t, it can’t, get rid of the sexual abuse. It is baked into Hollywood’s business model.
Michael Cook is editor of MercatorNet.


December 1, 2017

When I was at primary school many moons ago there was an institution called The Fun Doctor. A man with a battered suitcase full of tricks would come to the school once, maybe twice a year, and entertain us with jokes and magical stuff. On the whole, I think we were quite amused as there were no smartphones or television then to turn us into bored little sophisticates.

The reason for mentioning this is that even back in the Dark Ages people recognised that laughter is good for your health – hence, Fun Doctor. Today, there’s a whole branch of psychology dedicated to happiness, and no end of life coaches telling us how to be happy for the good of our health.

This very day, while I was staring indifferently at my laptop screen, someone sent me a heads-up about an article on how much just smiling can do for our psyches and bodies as well. But the main point is this: you don’t have to wait to feel happy to get the benefit of a smile; you can be tense and worried and smile anyway  -- and presto! Your brain fires up, the dopamine and serotonin start flowing, your stress goes down and your heart rate lowers, and your mood lifts. And not only you, those whom you smile at feel better too.

Our articles today were not exactly designed with smiles in mind, but they are not lacking in wit and encouragement, starting with Zac Alstin’s reflections on providence and freedom. So smile – and take the plunge!

Carolyn Moynihan
Deputy Editor,
Same-sex marriage and the service-provider state
By Zac Alstin
Autonomy and authenticity are trending.
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A weird tactic to promote abortion backfires in Ireland
By Carolyn Moynihan
‘Not in my name,’ say former Tuam babies.
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These groups support gay marriage while backing a cake baker’s first amendment rights
By Elizabeth Slatteryand Kaitlyn Finley
A US Supreme Court case is critical for free expression.
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Can Hollywood ever get rid of ‘inappropriate behaviour’?
By Michael Cook
What else can you expect from a culture steeped in pornography?
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A cause that should bridge political, ideological divides
By Sheila Liaugminas
Stop the abuse of women and girls.
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Can marriage help prevent dementia?
By Carolyn Moynihan
New research finds robust links between tying the knot and keeping your wits.
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So called evolutionary ethics
By J. Budziszewski
Genes provide no basis for judging between gene and gene. The basis of morality must lie elsewhere.
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World Medical Association updates Hippocratic Oath
By Michael Cook
Is the value of human life slowly being eroded?
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Breed like the proverbial!
By Marcus Roberts
Says the Polish health ministry.
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