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CULTURE: Don’t expect decrease in depravity

Letter by David Glenn Anderson, Lakewood on July 25, 2012 at 10:27 am with No Comments »
July 25, 2012 1:00 pm

While NCAA officials have deflated Penn State’s football program, it wasn’t “football that was placed ahead of educating, nurturing and protecting young people,”as NCAA President Mark Emmert said.

What drove the football down the Nittany Lions’ field, keeps scantily clad celebrities on stage, motivates politicians to promote gambling and besmirches the movie industry is a very low common denominator: sacrifice principle, preserve profitability.

It’s not where, or whether, the pigskin flies but rather the pigsty where America feeds that recent national events have exposed.

The folks responsible for what is shown in theaters, for example, have been looking inward lately in light of the darkness that shrouds the nation’s soul given the evil emanating from Aurora, Colo.

But what with current multimillion-dollar promos for mega-movies, there’s zero chance anything will change other than postponed release dates and avoiding Friday fan frenzies by showing violent films on Wednesdays instead.

The depth of depravity to which the theater industry will go is directly proportional to how deep are the pockets of theatergoers.

“Filmmaking is as gloomy as hell,” a cinema marketer said, “but it doesn’t seem to be keeping anybody away.”

From the showers of Penn State to a theater in Colorado, America is looking for culprits.

I’d suggest a mirror.

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