Hollywood values

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The phrase Hollywood values refers to the lack of morals and values in Hollywood culture, which is characterized by rampant drug use, extramarital sex, sexually-transmitted disease, lawlessness and death. A poll by MSNBC said that 60% of Americans agree that "Hollywood's values are not in line with the rest of America and that the quality of movies has dimished in recent years."[1]

Hollywood values can include a flagrant disrespect and disregard for:

Deaths

Hollywood values are deadly. Some examples include:[3][4]

Crime

Hollywood values often include stealing and committing other crimes. Here are some examples:

  • Winona Ryder was convicted of convicted of vandalism and grand theft for stealing designer merchandise worth $5,560.40.[8]
  • O.J. Simpson is widely believed to have murdered his wife and her friend, and was found liable in a civil (but not criminal) trial. He has since been arrested again on an unrelated charge.
  • Paris Hilton was convicted of driving while intoxicated, and then violated the terms of her probation, leading to a 45-day prison sentence.[9]
  • Hugh Grant was arrested in 1995 when found in a car with a prostitute.[10]
  • Kiefer Sutherland was given a 48-day sentence for DUI in 2007, an offence committed while still on probation following a 2004 conviction for DUI.[11]
  • George Michael was convicted of "Committing a lewd act in public", having been arrested in a public restroom by a plain clothes police officer.[12]

Divorce

Offensive Behavior

  • Mel Gibson, a Christian actor and director, was arrested after being stopped for driving at 84 mph in a 45 mph zone on a notoriously dangerous road in Malibu, California.[15] A breathalyzer test confirmed he was drunk and next to him was an open bottle of Tequila; after being arrested he hurled Anti-Semitic abuse at a Jewish police officer.[16]

Rehab

Hollywood values often result in celebrities going into rehab. Here are some examples:

The following all checked into the above facility seeking treatment for various psychological problems:

Hypocrisy

Hollywood personalities often propose legislation such as outlawing private gun ownership, or speak out against things such as anti-gun laws, but have at the same time acted the opposite:

  • George Clooney on hearing that fellow actor and guns-rights advocate, Charlton Heston, suffers from Alzheimer's disease, said: "I don't care. Charlton Heston is the head of the National Rifle Association. He deserves whatever anyone says about him."[18] Clooney stared in the film The Peacemaker, in which he played an American military man defending the country from a nuclear attack; scenes in the film showed him using a gun to defend himself and others.
  • Mark Wahlberg upon meeting Charlton Heston on the set of the remake of Planet of the Apes, Wahlberg rudely told Heston, "It was very disturbing meeting you." Later, Wahlberg would have this to say at the MTV Movie Awards: "I believe Charlton Heston is America's best villain because he loves guns so much. Maybe he should get the award for being president of the National Rifle Association."[19] Wahlberg's character in Planet of the Apes uses a gun to defend himself and other humans from the apes who would rule over them.

Books

  • Hollywood Against America
  • Hollywood Babylon (1965) by Kenneth Anger (US edition)
  • Hollywood Babylon II (1984) by Kenneth Anger

References

  1. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11714540/
  2. Britney Spears "doesn't want [her] kids back." [1]
  3. http://www.abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/story?id=4174733&page=1
  4. http://www.citynews.ca/news/news_18845.aspx
  5. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,258231,00.html
  6. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080123/ap_en_ce/obit_ledger
  7. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,328828,00.html
  8. http://www.courttv.com/trials/ryder/
  9. Paris Hilton sentenced to 45 days in jail, msnbc, May 4, 2007
  10. [2]
  11. Sutherland is released from jail BBC
  12. Police confirm George Michael arrest [3]
  13. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000072/bio
  14. Valerie Bertinelli About Divorce From Eddie Van Halen: 'I Wasn't An Angel Either', Fox News Channel, Associated Press, February 26, 2008
  15. Mel Gibson apologizes after DUI arrest Associated Press
  16. Mel Gibson rants against Jews in drink-drive arrest, Times Online, July 30, 2006
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 Reports Say Kirsten Dunst in Rehab; Rep for Facility Denies It, Fox News, February 08, 2008
  18. http://www.funnyreign.com/quotes-georgeclooney.shtml
  19. http://www.keepandbeararms.com/information/XcIBViewItem.asp?ID=2360