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 decadence, narcissism, 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]

Not all people who currently work or have worked in Hollywood espouse Hollywood values. Ronald Reagan, James Stewart, Charlton Heston, Walt Disney and many others practiced conservative values while working in Hollywood and the productions of these and many others also reflect these values, irrespecitive of the star names associated with them: The Chronicles of Narnia and Independence Day being recent examples.

Hollywood values can include a flagrant disrespect and disregard for:

Deaths

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

  • John Barrymore, 60, cirrhosis of the liver from heavy drinking
  • Bix Beiderbecke, 28, alcoholism
  • John Belushi, 33, was a repeated drug abuser who ultimately died of a lethal injection of cocaine and heroin
  • Clara Blandick, 81, suicide
  • John Bonham, 32, after too much drinking, asphyxiated on vomit
  • Karl Dane, 47, suicide by gunshot
  • James Dean, 24, auto accident (see also crime, below)
  • Eazy-E, 31. AIDS contracted through drug use.
  • Brian Epstein, 32, overdosed on sleeping pills and alcohol
  • Chris Farley, 33, overdose of morphine and cocaine
  • Judy Garland, 47, overdosed on sleeping pills
  • Margaux Hemingway, 42, suicide
  • Jimi Hendrix, 27, an enthusiastic abuser of illegal drugs, choked on his own vomit after overdose of sleeping pills.
  • Rock Hudson, 59, AIDS
  • Richard Jeni, 49, suicide[5]
  • Janis Joplin, 27, heroin overdose
  • Heath Ledger, 28, found dead in his Manhattan apartment. "Prescription sleeping pills and anti-anxiety pills were found in bottles in Ledger's bedroom and bathroom, and police have speculated the death was caused by an accidental drug overdose."[6] "Ledger died of an accidental overdose of painkillers, sleeping pills, anti-anxiety medication and other prescription drugs, the New York City medical examiner said Wednesday." [7]
  • Bruce Lee (Li Xiaolong), actor, 33, collapsed and died; cannabis found in bloodstream at post-mortem.
  • Sal Mineo, 37, murdered under circumstances that suggested "a homosexual motive"
  • Marilyn Monroe, 36, overdosed on sleeping pills
  • Keith Moon, drummer of The Who, 32, overdose of Clomethiazole prescribed to treat his alcoholism.
  • Jim Morrison, 27, died of an apparent heroin overdose
  • Chris Penn, 40, brother of Sean Penn, "died accidentally from an enlarged heart and the effects of a mix of multiple medications"[8]
  • River Phoenix, 23, died from an overdose cocaine and heroin
  • Dana Plato, 34, Diff'rent Strokes star, suicide by drugs overdose after posing for lesbian pornography.
  • Elvis Presley, 42, large drug intake causes a cardiac arrhythmia and rumoured to have suffocated on the carpet when he collpased from a drug overdose.
  • Virginia Rappe, 30, died of a ruptured bladder incurred at a party hosted by Roscoe Arbuckle
  • George Reeves, 45, suicide
  • Brad Renfro, 25, became addicted to heroin and was found dead after a night of drinking
  • Anna Nicole Smith, 39, accidental overdose on prescription drugs
  • Sharon Tate, 26, an actress with a hippie lifestyle who was murdered by followers of Charles Manson, a Beatles-obsessed musician wannabee; Manson's followers murdered Tate, who was pregnant and only two weeks from birth, her unborn child, her prior lover, who was staying with her while her husband, paedophile movie producer Roman Polanski (see 'Crime', below), was away, and another unmarried couple staying in the house
  • Lou Tellegen, 52, suicide
  • Sid Vicious, 21. Heroin overdose while awaiting trial for his girlfriend's murder.
  • Kenneth Williams, 62, overdose.
  • Natalie Wood, 43. Drowned while intoxicated.


Crime

Hollywood values often include being arrested or convicted for a variety of crimes. Here are some examples:

  • Winona Ryder was convicted of convicted of vandalism and grand theft for stealing designer merchandise worth $5,560.40.[9]
  • 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.[10]
  • Hugh Grant was arrested in 1995 when found in a car with a prostitute.[11]
  • Stacy Keach, movie actor, was sentenced to 9 months imprisonment in the United Kingdom in 1984 after being arrested at London Heathrow Airport in possession of a large quantity of cocaine.
  • 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.[12]
  • George Michael was convicted of "Committing a lewd act in public", having been arrested in a public restroom by a plain clothes police officer.[13]
  • Snoop Dogg, a popular rapper, was arrested in 2006 for marijuana possession.
  • Roman Polanski, Polish-born film producer, is unable to return to Hollywood as he skipped bail and fled to France after being convicted in 1978 on charges of unlawful sexual intercourse with a thirteen-year old girl.
  • Rapper DMX (Earl Simmons) was caught on camera drag racing at a speed over 110 miles on a freeway, and then a SWAT team was used to arrest him three days later on drug and animal cruelty charges. "The Maricopa County sheriff's office says the 37-year-old, whose real name is Earl Simmons, at first tried to barricade himself in his bedroom. He came out as a SWAT team entered during the early-morning raid Friday."[14]
  • Tatum O'Neal arrested in 2008 for cocaine possession. [15]
  • James Dean displayed an unhealthy interest in a twelve-year-old boy. His former director Elia Kazan later commented: "I've known many actors who have been twisted up in their sex lives, but never anybody as sick and unhealthy as Dean was."
  • Redmond O'Neal, son of Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O'Neal, plead guilty to possessing heroine and methamphetamine as well as driving under the influence of drugs.[16]
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Divorce

  • Elizabeth Taylor has been married eight (8) times.[17]
  • Valerie Bertinelli said her divorce from Eddie Van Halen was caused by infidelity and drug use - by her too. She said she was "destroying my body," trying to keep up with a rock-star lifestyle. [18]
  • Zsa Zsa Gabor has been married nine (9) times.
  • Mickey Rooney has been married eight (8) times, but has been with his last wife for 30 years after embracing religion and abandoning his previous lifestyle.
  • Charlie Chaplin married four (4) times, including his marriage at the age of 54 to an 18-year-old bride.

Offensive Behavior

  • Trashing hotel rooms is a favorite form of offensive behavior by Hollywood types. Many examples are readily available on the internet.[19]
  • Mel Gibson, who had started drinking again, was arrested after being stopped for driving at 84 mph in a 45 mph zone on a notoriously dangerous road in Malibu, California.[20] 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.[21]
  • The parents of Miley Cyrus, just 15 years old, allowed Annie Liebowitz to pose the starlet without a shirt or bra (aka "topless") and with just a sheet covering her front for Vanity Fair magazine.[22][23][24] "I took part in a photo shoot that was supposed to be 'artistic' and now, seeing the photographs and reading the story, I feel so embarrassed," Cyrus said Sunday in a statement through her publicist. "I never intended for any of this to happen and I apologize to my fans who I care so deeply about." [25]
"... a situation was created to deliberately manipulate a 15-year-old in order to sell magazines," a network statement said. [26]
  • Many Hollywood stars who have purposely sought fame have then turned upon photographers and fans. Sean Penn is well known to lash out at photographers.

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:

The following have checked into a different facility for 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 in movies contrary to their public opinions:

  • 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."[29] Clooney starred 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."[30] 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.

Moral depravity

Using appearances to promote themselves and their causes or air their pet peeves

  • Rapper Kanye West infamously went way off script during a live benefit concert for victims of Hurricane Katrina, criticizing the media's treatment of images of black and white people and saying President George W. Bush "hates black people."[31]
  • During the live broadcast of the 2007 Emmy Awards, actress Sally Field went on a sputtering anti-war rant, eventually concluding by saying, "If the mothers ruled the world, there would be no g**d*** war in the first place." She received thunderous applause from the Hollywood audience for her vulgar remark.[32]
  • Michael Moore surprised no one by criticizing President Bush during his 2003 Oscar acceptance speech for "Bowling for Columbine," saying, "We live in the time where we have fictitious election results that elect a fictitious president. We live in a time where we have a man who's sending us to war for fictitious reasons, whether it's the fiction of duct tape or the fiction of orange alerts. We are against this war, Mr. Bush. Shame on you, Mr. Bush. Shame on you."[33]
  • Actress Jessica Lange verbally attacked President Bush and the Iraq War during a 2008 commencement speech at Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers, New York, stating, "We are living in an America that, in the last seven and a half years, has waged an unnecessary war, established prison camps, condoned torture, employed corporate armies, eliminated the right of habeas corpus, practiced extraordinary rendition, and believe me, this is only a partial list."[34]

Productions

The diseased moral values of the Liberal-dominated entertainments industry are manifested all too clearly in many of the products of that industry - motion pictures and television programmes that offer no edification or instruction to the viewer, but plumb a cess-pit of licence and depravity. Some recent examples include the television series Desperate Housewives and the tv series/movie Sex and the City. The movie Forrest Gump was a clumsy attempt to smear conservatives as having learning difficulties.

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.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2006/02/13/entertainment/e162146S51.DTL
  9. http://www.courttv.com/trials/ryder/
  10. Paris Hilton sentenced to 45 days in jail, msnbc, May 4, 2007
  11. [2]
  12. Sutherland is released from jail BBC
  13. Police confirm George Michael arrest [3]
  14. http://news.aol.com/entertainment/music/music-news-story/ar/_a/dmx-arrested-on-animal-cruelty-charges/20080509163709990001
  15. Tatum O'Neal Released After Drug Arrest, Associated Press, Fox News, June 02, 2008.
  16. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080627/ap_on_en_ot/people_redmond_o_neal;_ylt=AiQCBwpJpxqBOFWVyqEycXsDW7oF Redmond O'Neal pleads guilty to drug charges
  17. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000072/bio
  18. Valerie Bertinelli About Divorce From Eddie Van Halen: 'I Wasn't An Angel Either', Fox News Channel, Associated Press, February 26, 2008
  19. See, e.g., [4]
  20. Mel Gibson apologizes after DUI arrest Associated Press
  21. Mel Gibson rants against Jews in drink-drive arrest, Times Online, July 30, 2006
  22. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/28/business/media/28hannah.html?_r=1&oref=slogin
  23. http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20195785,00.html
  24. http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,23608789-5001026,00.html
  25. http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gYLnT2kyPIgNUurQ71aNM3EJKpRAD90ARTGO0
  26. http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gYLnT2kyPIgNUurQ71aNM3EJKpRAD90ARTGO0
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 27.3 Reports Say Kirsten Dunst in Rehab; Rep for Facility Denies It, Fox News, February 08, 2008
  28. "A spokeswoman for the 47-year-old star said: 'Heather has been dealing with anxiety and depression.'" She "checked into a clinic in Arizona that treats depression."[5]
  29. http://www.funnyreign.com/quotes-georgeclooney.shtml
  30. http://www.keepandbeararms.com/information/XcIBViewItem.asp?ID=2360
  31. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/09/03/AR2005090300165.html
  32. http://www.abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory?id=3610891
  33. http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/features/20030323-2028-oscars-moore.html
  34. http://cbs5.com/politics/Jessica.Lange.President.2.732264.html

External Links

Bush attacks 'Hollywood values', AFP, Oct 1, 2007