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Hollywood Hits Rock Bottom, Starts Scraping Earth’s Mantle

January 3, 2010

I saw a link to the trailer for the new movie, “Kick-Ass” on Twitter and I was actually struck speechless (no, really.) In fact, all I could muster was a “Geez Louise! Um, Wow. In the bad way.” Hot Air seems to have had a similar first thought: the trailer speaks for itself.

Nothing I can say will prepare you for what you’re about to see, so I won’t say anything. Except this: Strong content warning.

Do me a favor and take the poll after you watch. I’m curious as to how this one will shake out.

However, not one to remain silent for long (hello? I’m a dame), I have a few things to say. Firstly, I have a far from sensitive constitution. I’m rarely offended — my twitter name and my site name have boobs in the title, for goodness sake. I want to be Greg Gutfeld when I grow up, only, you know, taller. And without man bits. I also generally don’t get tooworked up about movies for the most part (exceptions, of course), because I understand that Hollywood is full of Cuckoo pants and that often one man’s trash is, well, still trash, but perhaps enjoyable to some. Plus, that whole pesky belief that I have in that Freedom of Speech thing.

But this is horrifying to me. Hollywood has completely hit rock bottom and is now starting to scrape the Earth’s mantle. I’m not a fan of kids acting like adults as it is; I hate that trend where Mommies buy pants with JUICY splashed across the ass for their little girls, for instance. This takes it to a whole new level. Warning: NSFW:

Seriously, Hollywood? Defending the pedophilic Roman Polanski wasn’t enough Totally Icky for you this year? Wait, maybe you are starting anew for 2010? If this is any indication of the “quality” of movies that you will be putting out, then I suspect you will be the next industry whining for a bail-out due to abysmal failure of your very own making.

I knew some of you Hollywood types are completely detached from reality, under the guise of being “arty”, but this surprises me. Only because how the hell did it get past the first meeting? Not only did someone think of this idea, but it must have gone through a ton of people to start the production process and then actors, a director, a cinematographer all signed onto the deal, not to mention all the editing. Did no one say “Hey, um, this is a barely pubescent 11 year old girl cursing in a way that would put George Carlin’s “Seven Dirty Words” to shame and, you know, murdering people in cold blood. Maybe it’s not such a good idea.”

What’s next? Valtrex and condoms in our children’s Happy Meals ™ ? Strawberry Shortcake working at the Bunny Ranch and then going on a murderous rampage? I suppose if you have her say “You are berry, berry DEAD, you Berrylicious Bastard” then it will be cute, super cool and HE-Larious, huh? Seriously, what more are you going to do to not only completely quash the innocence of childhood, but to exploit children for your own means?

I’d wait around for your answer, Hollywood, but I’m busily trying to raise a productive – and non-murderous – member of society. Thankfully, she isn’t old enough (she’s only seven; four years too young) nor cool enough to be a “hit girl” yet. My goal as her Mom? That she is never “cool enough” for you, Hollywood.

(cross-posted at iowntheworld.com)

Update: Thanks for the linky, Gary, at Let Me Say Something About This blog.

17 Comments leave one →
  1. strategerist permalink
    January 4, 2010 5:37 am

    I agree with you. I don’t like this.

    I do like a heavy dose of violence in my media. Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill are two of my favorite movies and I play Left 4 Dead 2 at least an hour or two every night.

    Look at Pulp Fiction and the complex layers of competing values and morals when Bruce Willis decides to save his mortal enemy from a fate worst than death. Violent scenes like that explore aspects of our humanity that many never really ponder.

    Even in the film Collateral where Tom Cruise is a paid assassin, he is an adult villain whose existence served to try the character and courage of the hero, played by Jamie Foxx. Even thought Cruise’ character is charismatic and likeable, the movie makes it clear that he is the bad guy. Ultimately, he is an adult who has, at some point, made his choices and has to live with them.

    The movie portrayed in those trailers is beyond offensive. We see a father molding his child into a killer – presumably a killer for hire. To me, what he is doing is the same as selling his daughter as a prostitute.

    Children are not morally equipped to make decisions about sex or killing. This child is being trained to do things that she cannot comprehend and at some point in her life, she will realize that her father had her take human life for money.

    Watching the trailer, I almost get the feeling that someone decided to make this movie just to cross that line. Just to spit in the eye of the people in this country that are still capable of being offended by such things.

    It’s not even the idea of children taking lives. We see that in “City of God” but we are left with a deep sense of tragedy and senselessness.

    No, it’s not the fact that a child kills that is so horrific, it’s the glorification of it. We are treated to the spectacle of a little girl dressed up like a super hero, jumping around like a ninja on crack and killing adult men several at a time at great risk to herself.

    For money.

    As portrayed in the trailers, this film is anti-life, anti-child, anti-family, anti-hero, anti-morality, anti-decency.

    • January 4, 2010 3:50 pm

      I’m not going to judge a movie on its trailer, so I’ll probably will go see it (or at least rent it when it comes out on dvd in 3 months). However, for the reasons you listed above, I’m expecting Pulp Fiction/Kill Bill levels of character development to support and play off the copious amounts of violence (cartoonish as it may be).

      Anything less (as the dialogue seems to suggest), is just a kind of porn.

  2. roy permalink
    January 4, 2010 12:11 pm

    Garbage

  3. January 4, 2010 12:26 pm

    That girl’s parents should lose custody of her. Immediately. That is absolutely horrifying. And – literally – nauseating.

  4. January 4, 2010 12:29 pm

    The word just came to mind of what I think of her parents: pimps.

    I think I need a shower. And I may never watch another Nicholas Cage movie again. He’s down there with Harrison “He’s-Suffered-Enough-for-Raping-a-Child” Ford.

    • Denise permalink
      January 4, 2010 3:31 pm

      I agree with the term “pimps” not just for her parents, but for everyone associated with creating the movie. They’ll all get a cut from this trick.

  5. January 4, 2010 12:43 pm

    I take issue with your post! If you’re going to be Gutfield when you grow up, what will he be when he grows up? Other than that, spot on. Looks like Tarantino and Polanski did a film together–yuck.

    I can’t wait for the entire cesspool of Hollywood to cleave off our continent and sink into the unforgiving Pacific. Lex Luthor’s ideas weren’t all bad, and I bet Otisburgh would’ve been a nice place. Saving Margot Kidder wasn’t worth it–bad Superman!

  6. Scott permalink
    January 4, 2010 1:10 pm

    Shock sells. Box office receipts were a record last year.

    Americans are rewarding Hollywood for producing this kind of garbage. Until we wise up and withhold our money to hurt them financially, they will keep churning crapola like this out.

  7. January 4, 2010 3:44 pm

    Unfortunately, there are a lot of cretins out there that think this is funny.

  8. Lori Ziganto permalink*
    January 4, 2010 4:34 pm

    It’s not even so much *this* movie in particular. To me, it’s just a symptom of the larger problem. Causative factors shown by comments that I’ve seen saying “I’ve seen much worse” or “I hear kids cursing worse than that in school”, etc. THAT is the problem, I think. It is becoming THE NORM!

    We are doing such damage to the next generation. We are taking away all the innocence of youth and disgustingly sexualizing children: some are trying to turn them into the very worst Mini-Mes. They think it’s *cute* to have their 5 year old daughter wear JUICY splashed across her ass.

    Then, all while doing that, we are also keeping them immature boy-men and girl-women with the constant “you are so special, no one is a loser, everyone wins”, etc. crap. Fostering the entitlement mentality and the ME ME ME stuff that will be next to impossible to change.

    We are turning them into the kind of adults that I HATE.

  9. January 4, 2010 6:17 pm

    See, now I’m shocked because I *don’t* hear that from kids. (One huge advantage to homeschooling – I can shelter my girls from garbage like this – or behavior that is imitative of it.)

    But I can see your point. This might be TMI for some, but it’s yet another place you see this problem. I needed to get (ahem) foundation wear for my 11-year old. What do I find in ALL the underwear sections? Padded, underwire bras. And I’m talking about the girls’ department, not the women’s. I cannot find just a regular training bra in Wal Mart, Target, etc. I’m fearful that I won’t be able to find it in a department store, either (though I haven’t been out to look since long before Christmas shopping season). Same idea with looking for a slip for my daughters. I looked EVERYWHERE for one, finally finding one in Belk.

    And yet leopard-spotted bikini underwear is everywhere. For little girls.

    I resent the sexualization of my children. I resent the coarsening of our culture to the point that someone (or a large group of someones) thinks it’s okay to make a movie where a little girl – same age as my older daughter, it seems – spouts off with language that even *I* don’t use any more! The “C” word????? SERIOUSLY!!??

    And where are the feminists? This girl is being exploited for money. She’s being used to further filth. Aren’t they upset? And, if not … WHY NOT?? Why aren’t more people, in general, upset with this kind of crap?

    • Lori Ziganto permalink*
      January 4, 2010 7:08 pm

      Exactly, Christine. And I did not mean to imply that I thought it was OK at all. I was only pointing out some things that I had been hearing and how I think *that* is indicative of a larger problem as well.

      Luckily, I don’t hear it much personally either because I also homeschool my little one. That is one of those added bonuses of homeschooling, for sure🙂

      • January 4, 2010 7:18 pm

        Lori, I knew you didn’t think it was okay.

        BTW, I stopped being defensive about it when people said, “You’re just sheltering them,” in answer to my homeschooling. I’ve started saying, “You bet your bippy, I am!” I mean, it’s our JOB to shelter them (to a point). There are plenty of bad things out there that are just wrong for kids to know. Things that they shouldn’t be exposed to.

        I’m sure that there are worse things said in schools. I used to be a public school teacher (in elementary), and my nieces are in public school. But my answer of not hearing it from kids is directed more towards people who say that it’s not a big deal because it happens out in the real world, anyway.

        Our mothers were not completely daft when they said that just because “everyone else” is doing it doesn’t make it right. 😉

  10. January 7, 2010 9:36 pm

    So i take it you WON’T be going to see this awesome movie?🙂

    History notwithstanding, this is HARDLY the first time a child actor has been used as such. The comic book is already a hit read, the movie looks truly ‘kick ass’ lol. I cannot wait to see it!😀

    anyone want to go with me? I’ll be at the Alamo Drafthouse here in Austin, TX.

  11. January 13, 2010 3:31 am

    This movie is not worth the time to make it unless someone or something else is happening. Others out there are doing their best to change the heart and mind of people from decent to corrupt. I do not believe in organized religion but to have a global group of people out there walking around right next to me is not what I would call a good thing. common sense is for the most part drying up and people have started to become – you fill in the blank. Of course there are still plenty of good people out there but what if they all move away. To where? Kansas?

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