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Cover-up of perversion and sexual abuse in Hollywood goes back decades: why are we watching their product?    May 24, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, disaster, error, General Catholic, horror, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
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I read today that the man who was once America’s Favorite Dad, Bill Cosby, is going to face a criminal trial over the mass of evidence that he drugged, abused, and raped women for decades.  Another revelation came out recently, from his own testimony in a previous civil trial, that he had “scouts” bring him a bevy of very young teen models for his perusal every day, and that he would select one or two to use for his sick pleasures.  Hardly surprising, given the other evidence, but since this practice was self-admitted, and that there is evidence that some of the models may have been underage, this admission by Cosby could cause him even further well-deserved legal trouble.

But the truth is, Hollywood has known about Cosby’s sicko lusts for decades.  I believe I have mentioned before that one of my best friend’s sisters was a Playboy Playmate.  There’s a whole sordid tale about how that came to pass, but that’s not the point of this post.  The point is, as a former Playboy Playmate, aspiring (but never successful) actress, and denizen of Hollywood, she had access to the Playboy Mansion owned by Hugh Hefner.  This was a frequent gathering spot for former Playmates looking to party in a drug-soaked atmosphere with both major movie stars and the perennial Hollywood hangers-on.  One of the most frequent guests at the Playboy Mansion during the 70s and 80s was one Bill Cosby.

So there I was at my best friend’s house one evening in 1991 or 1992, when his sister happened to be in town with her then-fiancée Miklos “Mickey” Hargitay, Jr.  I don’t know how we got on the subject, maybe his show was on TV, but both mentioned how often they saw Bill Cosby at the Playboy Mansion back in the day.  Even more, Mickey Jr., who I ran  into several times, and who was a really cynical sort (I was told he was messed up from seeing his mother Jayne Mansfield decapitated right before his eyes in a terrible 1967 automobile accident), made a number of very disparaging comments about Cosby’s moral hypocrisy, how he “guessed he loves his wife Camille, now, because he sure didn’t seem to back when he was <using> 15 year olds three at a time in the mid-80s,” among other things.

Anyway, this was no big secret they had stumbled onto.  Everybody who even occasionally attended the Playboy Mansion knew of Cosby’s habits, so notorious were they, and because virtually anyone who was anyone in Hollywood in that period (says, 60s-early 90s, at least) visited the Mansion at least occasionally, pretty much all of Hollywood knew what was up. They probably considered it no big deal, because many others had similar habits, whether criminal or not.  Secrets like this are considered de rigueur in Hollyweird, I suppose.

For a bit more evidence of that, a number of child stars from the 60s through the 90s have alleged that child molestation is also extremely widespread, that the “casting couch” applies as much to children as it does to young adults seeking to “make it big.”  Just recently, Lord of the Rings star Elijah Woods stated that child sex abuse was common in Hollywood (though he subsequently backtracked), only confirming previous claims from former child stars like Corey Haim and Corey Feldman, two youths who claim their train-wreck adult lives of addiction and worse were fostered by the abuse they suffered.

And it continues to this day.  X-Men director/producer Bryan Singer may or may not have raped underage boys, but that he has a strong attraction for “barely legals” is beyond dispute.  When allegations first surfaced, the Hollywood press reacted to the effect that everyone already knew this, and who cares?

Of course, these are only a few recent scandals.  Hollywood has long played a pivotal role in the decline of moral standards in this country.  Hollywood has been associated with moral depravity from its earliest days, whether through the perversion of major stars or “prosaic” serial divorce/adultery, the standard Hollywood set, through its massive cultural influence, provided a highly influential, highly negative example to tens of millions of Americans going back decades.  Hollywood has helped normalize vice, perversion, and sin of all kinds.  Even “good guys” like John Wayne, Ward Bond, or Clint Eastwood have led personal lives of highly dubious moral character.

Which leads me to my close: why the heck are we giving these sickos a dime of our money? I ask this question as much of myself as of anyone, because my kids like to have some of the recent kids movies and I have a few things I like to watch, too.  If I watch anything these days, it’s mostly old westerns, but I do break down from time to time and see something “modern,” which I usually regret afterwards.  Like skeinster has said in the comments, if we eschewed everything with a taint of immorality we’d have to live in a cave somewhere with no contact with the outside world.  But watching movies and TV comes with an exceedingly high cultural, moral price.

I’m going to try like heck to no longer pay it.  So no Captain America: Civil War for the kids, thanks to Disney leaning on Georgia to overturn their ban on men in women’s restrooms, which they unfortunately did.

Comments

1. Baseballmom - May 24, 2016

Such sad and ugly place. What people won’t do for fame and fortune. My younger sister’s best friend was raped at age 13 by a director who is still in Europe (we all know the story, no need to print his name) – bottom line, the victim’s mother did commercials and would do anything to get ahead in Hollywood…. Even leave her daughter alone with a pervert.

Tantumblogo - May 24, 2016

Sheesh. I know who you mean. Charles Manson connection. Terrible.

2. TF - May 24, 2016

Playacting has always been a magnet for narcissists, even before it was made to seem respectable by Hollywood. Mothers used to warn their children to stay away from it. Now that it is taken to be a serious profession, only the biggest, worst narcissists rise to the top.

I gave up movies and TV fifteen years ago, and I don’t miss them at all.

BBM, I’m one that has no idea what the story is, but perhaps I don’t want to know.

Baseballmom - May 24, 2016

No, gentle souls do not need to deal with such matters… God Bless yours…

Tantumblogo - May 24, 2016

Really good points. In the ancient world, actors were considered the lowest profession, akin to prostitutes, and there was much cross over between the two. Somewhere along the way, the great “artistes” managed to win cultural approval. Not sure how that happened, in the Byzantine Empire, about which I have been reading of late, actors remained social outcasts till the end of the first millennium AD, at least.

TF - May 26, 2016

By the early nineteenth Century, the attitude was starting to change as far as I can tell, at least among the cultural leaders. As evidence I cite Charles Dickens, who went to great lengths to cast a positive light on the profession in one of his novels — which one escapes me at the moment. He was obviously aware that he was being counter-cultural. There’s more behind this story but my point is that the attitude towards actors probably began to change around this time.

3. Judy - May 24, 2016

I think it is especially important as Catholics who did not walk away from the Church after the clerical sex abuse scandals to remind ourselves that pedophiles and rapists will always seek a target-rich environment. We can minimize our support for those individuals or companies that are cooperating with evil. But skeinster is right that we would be in a cave.
As for actors, yes TF, rampant narcissism. If you ever had to do the behind the scenes work for a play, then you heard plenty of “How was my performance? How did I look up there? He’s stepping on my lines. I don’t think the lighting is right on me. I’m going to have the lead in the next play, etc…” I know many parents who have their kids in the whole drama scene, and it certainly doesn’t seem to bring out the best in them. Too much focus on emotion and being convincing when pretending.

4. Faith of Our Fathers - May 24, 2016

Sir Holywood ain’t the only bad show in Town . Over here in The Homosexual land of the great BBC I just switched on the TV about 9.00 Was only on about 2 minutes was going to go through stations when 2 guys kissing . This now seems the norm ( am told ) Pervertion for enjoyment I think not . The worst thing over here is that we HAVE to PAY the BBC £145.50p whether we like men kissing or not. That’s a TAX everyone over here with a TV has to pay these perverts every year.—And they say we live in a free country.

Tantumblogo - May 24, 2016

Good point. Hollywood is sort of a collective term for the entertainment industry in this country, but it’s also a specific place, though fewer and fewer movies get made there anymore.

Anyway yes its everywhere, and British media and others have led the moral decline as well.

Judy - May 25, 2016

I watched a lot of BBC shows online. Then I noticed the following pattern: At some point a vicar is going to be the murderer or rapist, any black person is never the real criminal, there will be a poor, misunderstood homosexual (who is always the good guy), there will be a poor, misunderstood muslim character who is of course the victim of harassment, there will be a storyline that shows how abortion is the greatest thing ever, and all non-Muslim religion is treated as nothing more than a quaint tradition.
So really, not any different from what they peddle here. Only you are forced to pay for it.


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