Yesterday I came across a TV discussion about a controversial movie and it made quite an impression on me. The movie "Hounddog" is causing a bit of a stir in the commentary world. It stars Dakota Fanning, a very talented and very young actress. During this movie, her character is raped. She took part in the scene, there was no "stunt" double. She wore a body suit. Apparently, there was no nudity. People who have viewed it say the scene is rather graphic and done in poor taste. The problem with it is that Ms Fanning is 12 years old. She is a minor in every sense of the word. Now, there is wrongness on multiple levels there, and I’ll deal with that later, but what bothered me about the program I was watching was the debate. Apparently, the argument centers around whether or not movie distributors should pick up the film and show it in their respective theaters, or basically whether or not people should be allowed to see the film.
Think about that for a moment. The discussion here is whether or not we have a right to see this trash. If that doesn’t exemplify how malfunctioned America’s moral compass has become, then I don’t know what does. Here is a movie in which a 12 year old actress engages in a sex scene, and a rather graphic one at that. Umm…isn’t that child pornography? Isn’t that illegal? Yet, we want to discuss whether or not movie theaters have the right to show the film to consumers? At what point did we venture off the path of normalcy into this surreal world of misguided priorities?
Personally, I don’t give a damn if viewers think they have a right to see this trash. What I want to know is at what point do we investigate Fanning’s parents for child endangerment? At what point do we bring charges against the director, producer and studio for filming this? At what point do we immediately get Fanning involved in counseling to help her deal with the problems that could come from this later in life? And yet, we want to debate on whether theaters should be showing the film?
Regardless of what anyone thinks, Fanning is a minor. And even though she is intelligent and mature for her age, she still lacks the emotional maturity to decide whether or not she can handle a graphic sex scene on film. No, that’s the parents’ responsibility, and it’s the director’s job to ensure that the young actress is not exploited in any way. It seems they both failed here, even if Fanning said she was comfortable with it. I will be extremely disappointed if this were allowed to slide without some sort of investigation. I think it’s fair to be concerned about this girl’s safety. At the very least, child protective services should take a look into matters. We have animal rights people overseeing movies to ensure that dogs don’t get harmed in movies, but we allow a 12 year old girl to engage in a sex scene? Unbelievable!
I’d be willing to bet my traditionalist mindset that Fanning will be immersed in chemical dependence before she’s 16. The young mind just can’t handle certain adult things, and many of those things come with celebrity status, not to mention the graphic sex scene she agreed to film. But what does Hollywood care? Seems to me this is their next great cause, and Fanning is just a tool in promoting that cause. They succeeded in getting homosexuality accepted in mainstream America, so why not do the same for child molestation? Seems to me, this is nothing more than the pedophile version of "Brokeback Mountain".
I think we as a society need to start making some choices here. Is sex with a child acceptable behavior? If not, then we need to put a stop to this, not just in movies but all over the country. We need to punish it, harshly, before the progressive far Left succeeds in adding this to their moral relativist ideas. A 12 year old girl has no business – NONE – in engaging in ANY kind of sexual behavior, whether it’s part of a movie, or in a body suit, or for a good cause, or whatever other lame rationalization they can pin on it. This is simply unacceptable. We wouldn’t tolerate it in our neighbor’s bedroom, so why is it OK on the motion picture screen? Her parents should be investigated, and those involved in filming should as well. Hopefully, Fanning won’t suffer any long-term damage from this, but can anyone honestly say that she won’t? If not, then you should join me in the call for action here.