Jesus told us what we should build upon, if we hope to have eternal life.
Matthew 7:24-29 (New King James Version)
So knowing this, I look at what Hollywood awards and I see certain death for much of what they exalt as being the best.
Select items from Oscar Night’s Winners List (commentary included in italics)
This film was the most profanity laden movie of them all. The names of God and Jesus were lowered to curse words. The film had more trash than one can easily shake a stick at. This film is given high honors and praised as a film to move America towards racial tolerance. There was a time when Hollywood was able to address issues of racism with some class and dignity. Of course I’m thinking of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and still recommend it for anyone who has not seen it yet. In films like that, Hollywood was able to address a REAL issue, without making a product that is full of filth. With the movie Crash, the final product bypasses and condones 100 sins, while supposedly exposing 1. Films like this ultimately do far more harm than good. I can show a group of any age and background Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and help them understand racial tolerance, but I can’t say the same for Crash. Because Crash is Trash!
About “Hustle and Flow” and its song “It’s Hard Out There for a Pimp”
The filth within Hip Hop has previously taken over music charts and awards. Now it has also made it’s way into getting honors when put into films. This is a terrible sign, that the cancer of “Gangsta Rap” has grown into a malignant tumor and engulfed much of American society. Not to mention this cancer has spread to other parts of the world. It is the same garbage that people like C. Delores Tucker fought against. When Bill Bennett would go with Mrs. Tucker, to speak with music industry executives about the product they were selling to the public, the executives would tell them that it was their “freedom” to sell the trash. The producers of this garbage have taken “freedom” as a rope, that they will hang themselves and others with. The garbage is written by Blacks, that work with industry executives to sell it to the masses. And the executives at the music labels today that they work with are often Black. The radio program directors that approve it for radio airplay are often Black. And the children most adversely affected by what they learn from the material are often Black. It’s lynching in the 21st century and now Blacks extend the rope for themselves. Yes there are people of other races involved, but now the people in key positions of approval are often Black. But regardless of race, the people who market this filth are selling what is proving to be the most profitable. At the expense of society maintaining a hold onto any form of moral compass. And consumers buy more of it than anything that is better. This is proven by the sales of “gangsta rap”. Both producer and consumer have created a growing cycle of death for our society.
The movie “Hustle and Flow” is about a pimp and dope dealer, who partly laundered his money in the music business, in an effort to become a rap star. This story is what many of today’s “gangsta rappers” actually did in order to get their break into the music business. So now they simply talk about what they once did and children use it as an instruction manual, thinking that it might help them become successful as well. And for trash rappers’ efforts, they get awards, money, fame and adoration.
The song “It?s Hard Out There for a Pimp” was made by a group that calls themselves “Three 6 Mafia”. They revel in the symbol of SATAN HIMSELF!!! Years ago, when this group first entered the Hip Hop scene, I hoped that they would be a “one hit” group that would quickly disappear. Even then I could not understand how Americans could buy their trash. Given we know the group is giving direct praise to Satan in their name. And now they have received a high honor from Hollywood. So sad.
There are other bloggers offering some strong words about this, as they should. Shay at Booker Rising says:
Coonery Wins At The Oscars
She also found another great commentary by a blogger named XYBORG7 at THE AFRISTOCRAT. Be sure to watch the entire video on his blog. He is absolutely right. The cancerous trash in Hip Hop must be removed or the world (not just Black people) would be better off ostracizing it completely. Blacks fully realize how symbols like the Confederate Battle Flag have been turned from a symbol of good (St. Andrews Cross) to a symbol of pure evil (slavery and racism). Hip Hop has fast done the same. With something that once was a good art form, having become a perverted form of expression, dominated by and based on the promotion of sin, evil and death.
As a Christian, I must continue to speak the truth about this trash and I pray that other Christians are willing to speak out as well. Regardless of your race or class, we all must speak against this filth or it will destroy what good is left of this world. Many who are speaking against it along with me are not Christians themselves. Because even without Jesus many realize this trash is a problem. The destruction is obvious to anyone willing to view things objectively. Although I feel the message of Jesus is it’s best solution, everyone must speak out against it, for this world’s own good.
For we Christians, I see this effort as part of what Jesus sent his 12 Disciples to do.
Matthew 10:16-28 (New King James Version)
For the good of the Gospel, we should speak out against this trash and teach the fear of the Lord!
update (3/6/2006 5:29PM ET): RightFaith has more thoughts on the Oscars from a Christian perspective. While I raise great concern about social entertainment matters in this post, JR at RightFaith also sees an area for concern. What your kids are being taught at school. I think we both see a problem that needs to be worked on and I think both education and entertainment are areas for concern.
update (3/7/2006 1:40PM ET): Ambra Nykol has also weighed in.
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