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I think it's a bit disrespectful to accuse people who died because of a drug overdose, an STD, alcoholism, substance abuse or people who committed suicide of having 'poor values'. A lot of these people suffered from depression or psychological problems and felt the need to turn to things such as drugs and alcohol to try and get rid of the pain. Suicide, drug addiction and alcoholism aren't just problems that celebrities face. Good, normal, and in many cases Christian people can fall victim to these things. Most of the people on this list don't belong on it.  
I think it's a bit disrespectful to accuse people who died because of a drug overdose, an STD, alcoholism, substance abuse or people who committed suicide of having 'poor values'. A lot of these people suffered from depression or psychological problems and felt the need to turn to things such as drugs and alcohol to try and get rid of the pain. Suicide, drug addiction and alcoholism aren't just problems that celebrities face. Good, normal, and in many cases Christian people can fall victim to these things. Most of the people on this list don't belong on it.  
Also, an entry about Freddy Mercury states that AIDS is a self inflicted disease. Saying AIDS is self inflicted is like saying food poisoning is self inflicted. You get food poisoning from eating meat that hasn't been properly cooked. You can AIDS from having unprotected sex. It's an avoidable disease but not a self inflicted one. --[[Danielspence]] 11:11, 23 October 2011 (EDT)
Also, an entry about Freddy Mercury states that AIDS is a self inflicted disease. Saying AIDS is self inflicted is like saying food poisoning is self inflicted. You get food poisoning from eating meat that hasn't been properly cooked. You can AIDS from having unprotected sex. It's an avoidable disease but not a self inflicted one. --[[Danielspence]] 11:11, 23 October 2011 (EDT)
:Contracting a fatal disease from sexual relationships is self inflicted.--[[User:Jpatt|Jpatt]] 23:50, 2 November 2011 (EDT)
== Kenneth Williams ==
It has been mentioned that Williams should be removed from this list. He was prolific in television, film, and radio who died from a drug overdose. If this page were called "Entertainment values" he would stay. However since he was a British chap and never set a foot in America, we may have to remove him. Looking for opinions.--[[User:Jpatt|Jpatt]] 23:50, 2 November 2011 (EDT)

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Possible Inclusions

A few suggestions for the list, off the top of my head: Marilyn Monroe would be a prime (and notorious) example. Chris Farley, who's stated goal was to live and die like Belushi. Janis Joplin. Anna Nicole Smith. Freddie Prinze. Rock Hudson. And depending on how comprehensive you want the list to be, there's an almost endless parade of people who were more famous as part of a group than as individuals, such as Keith Moon or Dennis Wilson.--RossC 08:16, 25 January 2008 (EST)

I did a search for Hollywood liberals and came up with this website. On the front page I see that the cops are invertviewing Mary Kate Olsen about the suspicious circumstances in Ledger's death, David Copperfield has had two childred out of wedlock, Britney Spears is finally making it to her custody hearing to see if she can stay off drugs long enough to take care of her own kids, and Kiefer Sutherland is being let out of jail after a DUI charge. Hollywood values at their best! (Or should I say worst?) HelpJazz 10:13, 25 January 2008 (EST)

If an MTV reference is frowned upon, I can hardly see a credible argument for references to The National Enquirer? It's not exactly known for its adherence to fact-based logic, is it? Misterlinx 12:29, 25 January 2008 (EST)

Why not? I bet they had articles on every one of the people we have in the article right now. HelpJazz 11:21, 26 January 2008 (EST)
There's a reason that tabloids are also known as "Gossip rags." Barikada 22:36, 26 January 2008 (EST)

The people putting these lists together do not seem to realize that in making a case linking "Hollywood values"--not coherently defined in the article, by the way--to early death or criminality it is not enough simply to cite examples; it needs to be demonstrated that these alleged consequences are more likely to occur to those who adopt these values than to the general population. Dadsnagem2 11:19, 7 February 2008 (EST)

Heath Ledger

How did Hollywood values contribute to his death? TheGuy 04:49, 1 February 2008 (EST)

It is clear upon reviewing this and this that nobody has justified how Hollywood values contributed to Ledger's death. We all acknowledge that during his life he probably did take drugs and was a selfish individual, however there is no evidence that his overdose on legal prescription drugs was a suicide attempt or reasonably affected by his drug habit. Given that the example is used in the context of death ("Hollywood values are deadly. Some examples include:") then I think it would be prudent to remove Ledger's entry until sufficient evidence connecting Hollywood to his death has been found, otherwise we are just sponsoring gossip. TheGuy 07:22, 2 February 2008 (EST)

Of what significance is it that he was found naked in his bed? Dadsnagem2 11:20, 7 February 2008 (EST)


So? What does this article intend to prove? What is its thesis? Is this article intended to somehow connect the unfortunate deaths of some people who got too involved in drugs or alcohol as an indicator that hollywood films are a bad influence? Is this article supposed to somehow connect these so-called "Hollywood Values" with liberal politics? Last time I checked, Rush Limbaugh had had an embarrassing addiction to opiate painkillers, George W. Bush had admitted to a cocaine problem, and Mel Gibson had such a drinking problem that he was accusing "the Jews" of all the evils that had ever plagued him. These three men, for example, are CONSERVATIVES. Mel Gibson even functions as part of the industry centered in HOLLYWOOD. Why is good ol' Mel not mentioned in this article? Is the anti-liberal bias in this article too overwhelming to include even one conservative who's had problems? Or, as I suspect, is Conservapedia wearing the type of blinders that see any conservative's troubles with drugs or alcohol as a momentary temptation by the liberal side?

If you simply blame everything on your opponents, all the time, then you never have to think it through or acknowledge reality. Seems to be the basic M.O. here.

I, for one, fail to see how Heath Ledger's accidental death from combining the wrong medications (all of which seem to have been prescribed for him) as indicative of a "Hollywood Value" system. Well, I'm sure the response will go like this: "He was NAKED! Surely, nakedness is indicative of SOME evil-doing. After all, LIBERALS SLEEP NAKED! No God-fearing person should sleep sans pajamas!"

I'm disgusted.

Artiefisk 14:34, 12 February 2008 (EST)

What about Britney Spears?

Britney is a very famous person, and hasn't she been to rehab? Shouldn't she be mentioned in connection with "Hollywood Values"? Just a suggestion. MikeSchwartz 20:07, 18 February 2008 (EST)

Not entirely accurate

This article doesn't really give an accurate definition of the phrase, 'Hollywood Values'. I don't really blame you, as it is very difficult, if not impossible, to accurately define it. I also made this point on the 'Liberal Denial' Talk Page, so I'll just copy the relevant part of what I said here:

This phrase means different things to different people. Simply Googling the phrase gives many different meanings. To some, 'Hollywood values' means exactly what Conservapedia says it means. To others, it is summarised as, 'Save a tree, kill a baby. Ban cigarettes, legalize pot. Screw the Iraqi’s, save Darfur. McCarthy is bad, Castro is good. Bush is Hitler, Che is a hero. Save the planet, live in a mansion.' To still others, it means being very egotistical, not very well grounded in reality, and not having a lot of common sense. To yet others, it's all about doing anything at all, as long as you're paid enough. And, by far, that is not a complete list of the various different things this phrase actually means to various different people. Urushnor 14:48, 13 February 2008 (EST)

It should also be noted that the meaning of 'Hollywood Values', according to some, is directly contradicted by what others mean by 'Hollywood Values'. Urushnor 14:50, 13 February 2008 (EST)


Why are all these actors, singers, etc. wikilinked? Do we plan to have articles on them all? I removed most of them at some point, but I see they were added back. HelpJazz 13:26, 16 February 2008 (EST)

I think it's valid for two reasons: it draws attention to the fact that CP doesn't yet have articles on them, and may make someone write one. Also, when an article is eventually written, the links are already there, so nobody has to go back and add them retroactively. If they're already there, you may as well leave them. EMorris 15:25, 15 February 2010 (EST)


For the crime section, please stick to actual crimes. Maybe there could be another section for offensive comments. RSchlafly 14:48, 16 February 2008 (EST)

TBH Roger, I think the linked Mel Gibson article covers it sufficiently, so - in Gibson's case at least - there's probably no need to mention it in the article at all. But perhaps you're right that there should be a section for those celebs who have demonstrated consistent/repeated immoral behaviour/outbursts but have stopped short of actually breaking the law. 10px Fox (talk|contribs) 14:59, 16 February 2008 (EST)


Why are musicians and athletes included in an article about Hollywood? Maestro 14:34, 18 February 2008 (EST)

I share Maestro's confusion. Can a sysop address this issue, please? I don't think I should just edit the article.--JArneal 12:29, 2 November 2008 (EST)

It doesn't do to be too literal. Hollywood obviousdly doesn't apply just to the motion picture studios in Hollywood, CA. The term is used in its broader sense of applying to the entertainment 'industry'. Bugler 12:35, 2 November 2008 (EST)
I suppose...but I wouldn't call that obvious.--JArneal 18:06, 2 November 2008 (EST)

What do we do?

Even if Hollywood values are in fact a problem, what can we possibly do about it? Make extramarital and premarital sex illegal? Or just force everyone to convert to Christianity? Blinkadyblink 23:18, 18 February 2008 (EST)

Loose Change

Loose Change is not a Hollywood product. Even though it is completely ridiculous and is nuts it doesn't belong in the list. I would suggest making a documentary page that goes through documentaries showing that while they are suppose to inform a lot mislead.--Harrymd 15:30, 21 June 2011 (EDT)

Bix Biederbecke

Not really a "Hollywood" star - Jazz musicians at the time were more liable to spend their lives in NY (as he did), Chicago, or New Orleans. Lots of jazz musicians, of course, had serious addiction problems, but it's not really intellectually honest to lump in struggling musicians - many of America's greatest jazz artists never made much money - in with wealthy movie stars. Remove? AliceBG 21:56, 5 March 2008 (EST)

I just removed him from the list. Sideways 20:05, 8 October 2008 (EDT)

Who compiled this silly list?

Bix Biederbecke is hardly the only problem here. What about Brian Epstein? What did he have to do with Hollywood? What about Sid Viscious? Hollywood? I hardly think so. Richard Jeni suffered from clinical depression. Do you think that might have had something to do with his suicide? Clara Blandick was in pain and facing blindness. What has her suicide got to do with Hollywodd values? Sharon Tate was murdered by the Manson family. Why is she in the article? The circumstances of Virginia Rappe's death remain unknown and controversial. What has Heath Ledger's accidental overdose got to do with Hollywood or any other values? What has John Bonham got to do with Hollywood? The inquest into the death of Kenneth Williams returned an open verdict as it was not posibble to determine whether his overdose was accidental. In any case he was suffering from declining health and depression at the time.

This is extremely sloppy work. --VincentMC 22:33, 5 March 2008 (EST)

Forrest Gump was not "a clumsy attempt to imply that conservatives have learning disabilities." I'm taking it out. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Grapes (talk)

On what grounds? o.O Nate my opinion matters? 19:56, 8 October 2008 (EDT)
On the grounds that it isn't a clumsy attempt to imply that conservatives are conservative because of a mental disability. Grapes


Tate was murdered. How is that her fault? Maybe that part should just mention the Manson Family--a depraved group, indeed. Cisnon 22:38, 5 March 2008 (EST)

reply to the above criticisms (prior to Tate): liberals become so literal when it becomes a basis for censoring things they don't like. Hollywood values are not literally confined to Hollywood, California, and, by the way, things like depression and overdosing on prescription drugs are a symptom of Hollywood values and occur in that group in far higher percentages than the general public. Please, no liberal denial on this site.--Aschlafly 22:40, 5 March 2008 (EST)

As to Tate, I welcome more information before censoring it from the entry.--Aschlafly 22:40, 5 March 2008 (EST)

Again, I think censor has a different meaning than delete. Now, I'm no big city lawyer. Wait, yes I am.-PhoenixWright 22:44, 5 March 2008 (EST)
Riiight... So, any time any entertainer somewhere in the (English speaking?) world suffers depression or overdoses on drugs, whether legal or prescription, whether accidentally or on purpose, that goes to show that "Hollywood values" (whatever they are) are evil. Did I say sloppy work? I withdraw that. I meant stupid, religiously driven nonsense. --VincentMC 23:04, 5 March 2008 (EST)
Listing a pregnant murder victim as somehow indicative of "Hollywood values" is a disgrace. Sharon Tate did nothing to encourage Charles Manson to murder her; no aspect of her behavior or beliefs can excuse that, or played any role in it. Perhaps we should list her fetus as another sinner who deserved to be murdered? -- Factcheck 23:08, 5 March 2008 (EST)

You're bloody kidding me

Death is a value? Sexually-transmitted disease is a value? I have no clue what you're trying to say here-- That Hollywood is responsible for death and STDs? Or that actors somehow worship these two things? Barikada 10:08, 6 March 2008 (EST)

You are clueless. Drug use and promiscuity are Hollywood values, and they cause death.--Aschlafly 10:11, 6 March 2008 (EST)
The paranoia in that comment aside, that still doesn't make death a value... Or disease, for that matter. Barikada 10:18, 6 March 2008 (EST)
You're misreading (or misunderstanding) the entry, Bari. It doesn't say that disease and death are Hollywood values, it says that Hollywood values breed a culture that leads to disease and death.--RossC 14:03, 6 March 2008 (EST)
My apologies, it appears that you are correct... or at least you were, before the last grammar fix. Barikada 14:53, 6 March 2008 (EST)


Why was the new section Hypocrisy deleted? It was a fair point as explained eloquently at Liberal Hypocrisy I would have asked the reverting Sysop but the talk page is locked. JoeSoap 10:35, 17 March 2008 (EDT)

The context of Clooney portraying a US military officer was not explained. Please cease trying to attract my attention, and go back to your own website where I'm sure you will be much happier. 10px Fox (talk|contribs) 10:39, 17 March 2008 (EDT)
Context has now been added. I don't have a website. But thank you for your concern about my happiness. JoeSoap 10:51, 17 March 2008 (EDT)

This article is full of finger-pointing. I realize that Hollywood stars live lives full of questionable behavior, and I agree that they do not set good role models for all of the young fans that watch their movies and follow their lives, but we should look at our own lives, and not be so quick to point fingers like this. Shouldn't we be promoting forgiveness, as the Lord intends us?

This isn't "finger-pointing", and of course forgiveness remains available to anyone who requests it. But we're not going to stand by quietly as certain values destroy people. Would you also object if we identified how smoking has killed many people who smoke?--Aschlafly 15:46, 1 June 2008 (EDT)

Well, perhaps finger-pointing was the wrong word. I'm just saying, we shouldn't piously observe Hollywood stars and forget our own behavior. I would not object to identifying the wrongs of smoking, but what I find a little silly is the big list of stars and their own individual crimes. I think a more general article would be better, and we should avoid a "more words is better" approach, like Wikipedia does.

There is nothing "pious" about this. Values and lifestyles can cause harm just as surely as smoking can. Do we criticize anti-smoking statements as "pious"? Of course not. Highlighting the harm caused by Hollywood Values is not pious either. In fact, it can be scientifically studied.
The individual examples, just like individual examples of prominent smokers who died young, are powerful and just as compelling as more-difficult-to-find statistics.--Aschlafly 16:22, 1 June 2008 (EDT)

To quote Aschlafly (look at the talk page for the Mathematics page) "Conservapedia does not take the childish approach of "more words is better." We strive to be concise as a good encyclopedia should. Godspeed." Perhaps this principle should be applied to this page. I think everyone understands that Hollywood values are corrupted. I don't see the need for a long list of people who have done wrong things.

I have slightly edited the example of Helen Mirren to take out the part of her date-rape. The reason for this is twofold: first, it is not referred to in the Fox News article. Secondly, saying that Mirren was date-raped "as a result of her poor life choices" makes her sound like she was to blame for being raped.Sophierabbitte 06:25, 21 January 2011 (EST)


How can you justify Tate being a victim of hollywood values? Please point to it? I dont want to get into an edit but you cant just add with the tag "because I say so" AdenJ 21:05, 24 April 2008 (EDT)

It's self-evident from the explanation given. Tate was not a perpetrator of the crime, but became a victim of the culture in which she joined.--Aschlafly 21:30, 24 April 2008 (EDT)

No it is not self evident. What culture did she join? married a film director? Associated with hippies? If that so then she was a victim of hippies values. Her 'culture' lead her to be murdered? many people get murdered and she was targeted because she was famous. That has nothing to do with so called holloywood values. AdenJ 21:57, 24 April 2008 (EDT)

Right removing the Tate stuff again. At the time of the murder Sharon Tate has not been using drugs or alcohol, she was pregnant and the Mason family was actually interested in killing a man who refused to sign his band up. Tate was unlucky but it is clearly at odds with other deaths listed with hers as she was murdered! AdenJ 23:55, 24 April 2008 (EDT)

Wow: Tate's murder was just the product of chance, like getting hit by a car! No, AdenJ, Tate's murder was the result of Hollywood values. Maybe the initial intended victim was someone else, but that reinforces how Hollywood values work that they killed her instead. The entry is staying in.--Aschlafly 20:06, 25 April 2008 (EDT)

I give up, its totally ridiculous. Sharon Tate was murdered, It was nothing, repeat, NOTHING to do with values. Unless its the values of Manson. AdenJ 21:23, 25 April 2008 (EDT)

AdenJ, Tate's murder had everything to do with values. And, duh, that does include the Hollywood values of Manson and his followers.--Aschlafly 21:26, 25 April 2008 (EDT)

So its 'duh' now is it? How did Mason have hollywood values? He was in no movies and was a poor musician. How was he affected by hollywood values? Because he was obessed with The Beatles? Who wasnt at that time. He was a drug crazed hippie with a severe mental problem. AdenJ 21:31, 25 April 2008 (EDT)

I thought the parents of Jamie Lynn Spears statement was accurate but it was removed in its entirety, just curious as to the decision.--jp 11:35, 19 July 2008 (EDT)

Apologies - I may have inadvertantly removed this while dealing with vandalism. Bugler 11:38, 19 July 2008 (EDT)


This article just cherry-picks famous people (or...not, in the case of "1920s cornettists" and similar cases), and stretches a granule, albeit a malleable one, miles and miles away from the true root causes of their deaths to make some point that these people's deaths are connected to some Spectre of Glittery Death looming up over Mulholland. How many famous people are there? There must be...untold millions of YouTube phenoms, game show contestants, sandwich shop spokesman, and to highlight a few flare-ups is entirely counter to any kind of legitimacy an encyclopedic volume should have. When I look at that list, I see Sid Vicious, who, as far as I know, lived in the UK for 98% of his life. I see Elvis Presley (maybe there should be a "Memphis values" page). And Sharon Tate...Sharon Tate? Wasn't Manson actually trying to kill somebody else, someone who wasn't there (supposedly a record honcho or someother such person who denied him a chance to be on a Beach Boys record). If that's how we're gonna be about it, and say innocent pregnant sober bystanders are perpetrators of Hollywood values, then let's say those whores that Jack the Ripper killed were victims of "West End values". LinusWilson 18:23, 25 April 2008 (EDT)

Linus has given us the fundamental liberal denial: denying that liberal values have consequences.--Aschlafly 20:04, 25 April 2008 (EDT)

Aschlafly has given us the fundamental conservative denial. AdenJ 21:24, 25 April 2008 (EDT)

I don't see anywhere in my graph where I denied that liberal values have consequences. I think that this whole liberal/conservative jive is basically a distraction, an abstract that exists only theoretically, and even then, as a theory lend creedence by consensus. If these people's death is going to be attributed to a set of industries in a geographic location, then it's already got the integrity of arguing about air temperature. Who cares? I'm not some objectivist/nihilist (probably mutually exclusive philosophies, but often combined nonetheless by people who don't understand them), so I'm not going to deforest the issue by going on some bleat about how we're all just "computers made out of meat" or whatnot, but I think this issue is...not an issue. I'm not arguing at it from any perspective other than one which states all perspectives are already invalid if it comes from a person who cares about things like this. So to say that anybody's neurons are any better than anyone else's simply because of the choices which all the electric 1's and 0's in our brains combine to create, is stupid. Even the whole idea of "liberal denial", which is supposed to be some kind of searing label which supercedes all the fray of bickering and mudslinging, has been trampled on by reductive childishness that's rampant here. Liberal denial. That's all your arguement is here. You'll say, I'm using liberal denial because what I'm saying is a denial coming from a liberal viewpoint. You define my point of view, incorrectly, sure, but you're still just defining it. Not refining it, not clarifying or showing how it's wrong and maybe trying to excise the benign liberal tumors you probably surmise exist within my brain stem, you're just defining it. I should have taken a hint from the logo and realized that "applying logos" and "slapping labels" is basically the fundamental economy of Conservapedia. All apologies.

LinusWilson 21:22, 25 April 2008 (EDT)

Miley Cyrus

see http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gYLnT2kyPIgNUurQ71aNM3EJKpRAD90ARTGO0 "They include shots of the teen wrapped in what appears to be a satin bedsheet, looking over her shoulder with her back exposed."

she was not topless-- 50 star flag.png User:Deborah (contributions) (talk) 21:34, 28 April 2008 (EDT)

That's your opinion and you are not an accepted reference for material. I provided not one, not two but THREE references that described the photo as "topless." Jinxmchue 21:42, 28 April 2008 (EDT)
She was topless unless you are prepared to call a sheet a "top".
Do we want to put our cards on the table people? Clearly the reason that some here do not want this addition to the Hollywood values page is that Ms Cyrus appeared on the Main Page here not long ago as an exemplar of Christian virtue when she spoke of her ambition to abstain from sex until marriage (if memory serves).
Well, now she's been photographed topless. I'll bet if it were Hillary Clinton you would all be loudly insisting that the description "topless" was absolutely accurate. --ElizabethR 21:44, 28 April 2008 (EDT)
Er, no. What *is* clear is that her parents and Disney decided to let her be posed in as risque a fashion as possible - thus largely negating her value as a role model. My only objection is to the word topless which implies visible headlights rather than shrouded ones. Perhaps you'd like to right about teen role models. --Ed Poor Talk 21:48, 28 April 2008 (EDT)
As I said, three references described the photo as "topless." However, I've now clarified the extend of the toplessness in the article. Jinxmchue 21:50, 28 April 2008 (EDT)

topless requires that the breasts be exposed since they were not she was not topless -- 50 star flag.png User:Deborah (contributions) (talk) 21:49, 28 April 2008 (EDT)

  • sigh* Jinx, you can say that some sources said the girl was topless. That would come under the heading of "exaggeration", I'd say. Unless the editor in chief overturns my decision, I intend to have us all avoid that word. Let's not embarrass the girl any more than she already has been. --Ed Poor Talk 21:52, 28 April 2008 (EDT)
That's pretty rich having regard to a number of the other accustaions and comments in the article. --ElizabethR 21:55, 28 April 2008 (EDT)
No, it actually doesn't require that the breasts be exposed. Neither does "nude" require that genitals be exposed. Demi Moore was nude when she posed for Vanity Fair's cover when pregnant even though neither her breasts or genitals were exposed. Jinxmchue 18:08, 2 May 2008 (EDT)

I'm an easily lead, ignorant Christian. Tell me what change you'd like to see in the article - or make it yourself. --Ed Poor Talk 21:56, 28 April 2008 (EDT)

Let's dial down the fuss a bit, folks. I was the one who originally posted the Cyrus line, and I didn't intend to start a war. I used the term "topless" because, a) that's the way I've heard it reported today, and b) it's accurate, strictly speaking. However, while I recognize that in common vernacular, "topless" implies a more explicit condition than exists in this case, I expected someone to come up with a better term rather than a complete (and unwarranted) reversion. So, maybe we can keep the item, but change the descriptive word? "Suggestive"? "Racy"? "Controversial"? "Provocative"? "Naughty"? Suggestions welcome...--RossC 21:58, 28 April 2008 (EDT)

I'm letting Deborah decide this one. (If you must apply an adjective, try "risqué".) Anyway, the emphasis should be on the parents, as she is a minor and not responsible for photo shoot decisions.
We can write an article on how parents of teen stars, such as Britney Spears, Hillary Duff & Lindsay Lohan, have managed their daughters' careers. But do we have a decent article on Modesty yet? --Ed Poor Talk 22:05, 28 April 2008 (EDT)
All good suggestions. And don't forget Brooke Shields and her mother--They were a notorious pair a quarter-century ago (not that I'm old enough to remember such things [cough]).--RossC 22:28, 28 April 2008 (EDT)
As a former Disney employee, I must say the company needs to pay more attention to its role models for tweens. --Ed Poor Talk 22:32, 28 April 2008 (EDT)
Call me cynical but I think it's just like any mega multi-national corporation, all that matters is the bottom line. And let's face it, sex (and abstinence) sells. You know back in the studio days women had to behave very nicely otherwise they'd be fired from their contract, then the supreme court broke them up and there went the Golden (or was it Silver?) age of Hollywood.
And anyway, shouldn't their parents be more concerned then a board of directors? ---user:DLerner--- 22:38, 28 April 2008 (EDT)

Lenny Bruce/Sharon Tate/Blaming the victim

While Lenny did die because of a heroin OD, he was a standup comic (Comedian Values?), not an actor he only appeared on TV six times on variety/talk shows, definitely not Hollywood. I'd like to believe the government's horrible persecution of him led to his downward spiral.

As far as the Tate case. Andy, I'm going to give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you aren't familiar with the story, here is a link to it, if you still think that she did herself in because of Hollywood values, then by all means put it back in.

As for me, it makes me sick to my stomach to somehow imply that she was anyway responsible for her own death, that's worse then saying "well if she didn't want to get raped, she shouldn't have worn that low-cut dress".

And just to make sure you don't go off subject and say that I'm a typical liberal, I'll admit that I agree with the premise of the article. ---user:DLerner--- 22:02, 28 April 2008 (EDT)

Goodness, no, we would never insult you like that. ;-) --Ed Poor Talk 22:06, 28 April 2008 (EDT)

A little disgusted by the bit on Sharon Tate, I must say. Hollywood values may be partially to blame for her death, but it wasn't her HV or her husband's HV, it was the Family's HV. It reads like a cheap shot at a woman who was brutally murdered, or one at her bereaved husband (or both).--Frey 18:58, 27 October 2008 (EDT)

Bruce Lee

ATang, please stop removing this item. Edit wars are frowned on at CP, so I suggest that if you want it deleted you seek the advice of a sysop. Bugler 14:29, 8 May 2008 (EDT)

Bruce Lee died of cerebral edema. Traces of a painkiller and cannabis were found postmortem. However, the cause of death was not cannabis; ergo, the link between Hollywood values and his death was not established.
Otherwise you should list every cannabis user who died, regardless of cause of death. For example - if a lone hunter was attacked by a black bear and died as a result, and they found traces of THC in his body, would you say that's the cause of death? That he died of drug use? Or that he died because of Hollywood values? (Now... if he got high and provoked the bear, that's an entirely different story...)
ATang 14:33, 8 May 2008 (EDT)
PS. Heh, I just saw what you typed. Merging the topics. (And I'm trying to avoid an edit war by pointing to the talk page)
He was a cannabis user, and the health risks of cannabis are well known; even today (literally) the leftist British government has reclassified cannabis as a class B drug (from being class C, the lowest class of illegal substance, A being the highest). It is scarcely surprising that cannabis use - an HV practice in itself - may well have contributed to Lee's early death. Bugler 16:32, 8 May 2008 (EDT)
Yeah, it 'may' have - but by the same argument, UV exposure or asbestos inhalation may have contributed to his death too. My point is - when the cause of death is not conclusive, you cannot point to one single factor. Cannabis is not known to cause swelling of the brain; until there is an established link between the cerebral edema and cannabis use, I don't see how HV caused his death. Like I stated before, you cannot list every death of persons who have Hollywood Values. ATang 09:37, 9 May 2008 (EDT)

Rob Knox

He died protecting his little brother from two armed assailants. If those are Hollywood Values, sign me up.--Tom Moorefiat justitia ruat coelum 17:38, 25 May 2008 (EDT)

I have to agree with Tom Moore on this one... There has been some mistake, just a misunderstanding.

"The father of a teenage actor who appears in the next Harry Potter film today visited the scene where the 18-year-old was stabbed to death trying to protect his younger brother from a knifeman." Feebasfactor 18:30, 25 May 2008 (EDT)

Folks, we need more than a few minutes to discuss something before deleting it like that. Some good new information is provided above, but some of it missed the point. No one is trying to blame the victim here. Hollywood values include carousing amid drunken people, and can often include underage drinking. Trouble breaks out and victims get killed. This doesn't happen as often to people who are, for example, sleeping by midnight. More comments welcome.--Aschlafly 19:04, 25 May 2008 (EDT)
Hey, like I said, if Hollywood values include defending your little brother from being one of the many stabbed by a stranger with two knives, sign me up as a proponent.--Tom Moorefiat justitia ruat coelum 19:22, 25 May 2008 (EDT)
Well, that's not saying much, because I would expect you to have been a proponent before. By the way, before you jump to conclusions, do you know who brought Rob Knox's under-aged 16-year-old brother to that drunken, late-night mayhem? Or is that question considered inappropriate when the controlling standards are Hollywood values?--Aschlafly 19:28, 25 May 2008 (EDT)
I have no notion who brought him there. I am not sure it matters, since the problem there would be a young man bringing his under-age brother out on the town drinking, something that is relatively minor and which doesn't seem worthy of condemnation. But since you bring it up, do you know? If not, why did you put this up in the article before you found out?
Eh, who cares... it's your site.--Tom Moorefiat justitia ruat coelum 19:36, 25 May 2008 (EDT)
I looked, and can't find that information. I'll check the CNN report of the story.--Tom Moorefiat justitia ruat coelum 19:37, 25 May 2008 (EDT)
Nope, doesn't seem to have been reported. Although incidentally, while you're reading this, you might want to add to the News section that Bob Barr was nominated as the Libertarian candidate for this year. Story is here, and conservatives are probably interested.--Tom Moorefiat justitia ruat coelum 19:40, 25 May 2008 (EDT)
The account the fight which killed Rob Knox is described differently from your accounts above here: [1]--Aschlafly 20:09, 25 May 2008 (EDT)
I was going by the link above, wherein a stranger with two kitchen knives approached them and began stabbing people. This is a much more detailed account, but no less tragic. His friend thought a stranger had stolen his phone and accused the guy of it, and later the guy comes back with some friends, one of whom starts stabbing people.
At the very least, this change to the article is in very bad taste so soon. But again, you own this place, so I guess you get to make that final call. I obviously disagree with the whole premise of the article, so I don't expect you to take my views much to account on the matter.--Tom Moorefiat justitia ruat coelum 20:14, 25 May 2008 (EDT)
At best, it's a weak example that doesn't serve the broad thrust of your argument particularly well. As charity decreases, it looks variously: inappropriate -> ridiculous -> mean-spirited. If you insist on keeping it, I'd suggest making a new section and leading in with the kind of qualifications you made above. --Leda 20:22, 25 May 2008 (EDT)
I'm seeking the truth just as others should be here, and there is obviously more to the Rob Knox tragedy than the simple story that you insisted upon above. According to the more detailed account, the fight was expected. Note also that the victim's under-aged brother is an Olympic-level expert in karate, and that the fight was in or around a bar after midnight. This is still a terrible tragedy, to be sure, but values undeniably played a role in it, as in deaths from drunken driving. We'll say prayers for the victims and speak out against the causes. Liberals do neither.--Aschlafly 20:26, 25 May 2008 (EDT)

A young man who has played a minor role in a movie is stabbed to death in London, and within hours of his death you add him to this page as an example of "Hollywood values". That is vile. I do not know the details of the case, but nor do you, and nor does anyone. Someone has just been arrested, and the facts are simply not known. Jumping to conclusions like this, and acting with unseemly haste to use the Knox family's tragedy as fuel for your anti-Hollywood/anti-liberal campaign is disgusting. Please delete this appalling addition to the article. It does not do the Conservapedia image any good at all. Humblpi 08:29, 27 May 2008 (EDT)

There's probably a name for those who make capital out of the suffering of others. Oh yes - SCUM! WarrenG 08:31, 27 May 2008 (EDT)

I would like to reopen the dabate to remove Knox's name from this list, whilst I have issue with the page as a whole and other entries, I feel that this in particular is a totally unwarranted addition. If for no other reason than it detracts from the article's thrust as there is no evidence that Knox ever exibited any 'Hollywood values'. All you seem to be basing this assertion on is the facts that a) he was an actor and b) he was at a pub when he was murdered. He was not under-age drinking (as he was 18, and there is no evidence both cited or that I can uncover that he was drinking alcohol at all). Although not outside the realms of possibility, there is no evidence either to suggest he was encouraging others to under-age drink (added to the fact that his brother, despite being 17 at the time, could legally drink alcohol at that age provided an 18+ year old bought the drink).

For goodness sake this kid was tragically murdered, and I for one have no doubt that he now resides peacrfully in Heaven. j00ni 19:05, 30 Jun 2008 (GMT)


I saw the addition for Chaplin under divorce and I wonder if it's not worth mentioning some of the large age gaps between married Hollywood types? Chaplin met his last wife (Oona?) when she was dating one of his sons. --JessicaTOhayo gozaimasu! 10:35, 30 May 2008 (EDT)

Wow, that's shocking. Yes, please add that with a citation. (I should have added a citation for mine also.) Thanks and Godspeed.--Aschlafly 10:45, 30 May 2008 (EDT)
Thank you, will do so. I have it mentioned in a book at home, so I'll put it up later tonight, with a few other examples I know are in there. --JessicaTOhayo gozaimasu! 10:51, 30 May 2008 (EDT)

Hypocrisy - all specious

Would someone please tell me what is hypocritical an actor "act[ing] in movies contrary to their public opinions"? Isn't that simply what actors do - act? This section of the article seems to be based on a very naive confusion of an actor's role-playing with his or her real-life views and actions. In its present form, I don't think it adds anything of value. Humblpi 06:05, 3 June 2008 (EDT)

To a degree, you're right, but when an actor profits enormously by exploiting a sentiment which he simultaneously harshly criticizes (in appeasement of liberals), it begs the question: dude, if you think it's so wrong, then why do you profit so much from it?--Aschlafly 08:34, 3 June 2008 (EDT)
Not convinced. You seem to be saying that no actor should accept an offer to play roles like Shylock, Iago, or Hannibal Lecter. That would make for some pretty thin plot-lines... Humblpi 10:34, 3 June 2008 (EDT)
No, you overstate it. A better example would be if a conservative starred in a movie featuring sex and nudity. The howls of protest by liberals would be deafening!--Aschlafly 10:55, 3 June 2008 (EDT)
But, Hollywood values embrassed by all Liberals would mean they were desensortised to this.
Actually could you explain this why would "liberals" be out raged, you have spent all this time saying they like that in their movies. People only seem to care about movies featuring sex and nudity when some former child star appears in them and news reporting go along the line "she (it is always she they care about) is sheading her innocent image". This might comes as a shock to you but most of the world doesn't think of actors as liberal/conservative and judge their movies on that basis. DanielB 19:30, 3 June 2008 (EDT)

At a certain point, it would probably pay to be selective

At some point I would advise to only use examples that best show the point trying to be made. For instance there are certainly many Hollywood divorces, but we have chosen to only point to a few that give the greatest examples of particular excess. Other areas of the article may wish to do the same. Drew Barrymore's stint in rehab as a young girl would be a good one. Ryan O'Neal thinking that Lee Majors telling him to look out for his wife while he was away on a trip meant to have sex with her would be another. Woody Allen's picture taking, the death of Dorothy Stratten, Morrison's burnout death and his girlfriend being beaten to death by a baseball bat by her next boyfriend, all would be notable examples. Learn together 14:20, 4 June 2008 (EDT)

Crime: Innocent until proven guilty

I think that there may be a certain level of contradiction here. Although we can use arrests as a way to suggest hedonistic activity of Hollywood stars, we're mentioning an accusation without proof they were convicted of the actual crime.

Perhaps we can delete and find other conviction examples. If not we can provide a reminder that we recognize that they are innocent until proven guilty. BTW: I'm not suggesting it's wrong in essence, but it could potentially confuse readers who are trying to understand things. --Borneo 05:34, 6 June 2008 (EDT)

Is it just me, or is this a bit one-sided?

I think that this entire article, from the first line, is very condescending and even slanderous. This isn't an article about "Hollywood Values" (which I am convinced is a made up word), it's simply a list of drug deaths and crimes committed by people who happen to be / have been in Hollywood.

While the sources for the statistics are cited, perhaps it would be more appropriate to include interviews and quotes from Hollywood stars on their values. One could also delve into the history of Hollywood, and how it has molded the culture and values that are present there now.

If this is really an article on Hollywood Values, someone needs to gather up primary sources relevant to this topic. Otherwise, this article should be renamed "List of Bad Things about Hollywood People."

Charity work

I notice that a section on charity work has been removed. If entertainers are in fact sincerely raising money to help the needy isn't that part of their values and should be included in "Hollywood values"? Daphnea 10:41, 24 June 2008 (EDT)

No, because Hollywood Values are not the across-the-board-values of all who have worked in Hollywood. Do not be fooled into over-literalism, a crutch of Liberals who are unable to make logical pointsin debate. Ronald Reagan and Charlton Heston worked in Hollywood, and did a huge amount for good causes, but were a world away from 'Hollywood Values'. Try reading the article properly! Best wishes, Bugler 10:47, 24 June 2008 (EDT)

So, let me get this straight...

Only some liberals follow liberal style and every other article beginning with the word "Liberal"

Only some people in Hollywood follow Hollywood values.

So really, nothing substantiative is in these articles, and it's little more than a shoddy smearjob against the rich (Hollywood) and the Left.

Trustworthy indeed. EBrown 10:49, 24 June 2008 (EDT)

So are you saying that "Hollywood values" refers only to the negative values of people who work in Hollywood, and that any positive values that might be held by people in Hollywood are not considered part of Hollywood values? Isn't that a bit biased? How would we feel if people started talking about "Republican values" but meant only the negative aspects? Daphnea 11:20, 24 June 2008 (EDT)

Daphnea and EBrown, you are hopeless cases. HV refers to the pernicious effects of the cult of celebrity, which leads sufferers to feel that they are above all legal, moral or societal rules. It is, perhaps, significant that you are quibbling with the title and definitions through the medium of an absurd literalism. Bugler 11:29, 24 June 2008 (EDT)
I assumed that "Hollywood values" would be about the values espoused by Hollywood; while that is largely negative in contrast with conservative values I feel it is only honest to mention the positive aspects when they occur; unless the article by definition is only about the negative aspects, which is the question I asked. I'm assuming from your reply that it is only about the negative values. Now I can edit it accordingly. When did asking for clarification become an "absurd literalism"? Daphnea 13:32, 24 June 2008 (EDT)

I agree with Daphnea; it does appear that you are saying that Hollywood Values really are the "across the board" values held by many celebrities. And when you say "lack of morals and values in Hollywood culture", doesn't that suggest that Hollywood entertainers hold few of these, which of course isn't true. They may well not hold all values that you and I hold dear, but they hold many.

Also a few other criticisms: ¬Patriotism is listed as a value disrespected in Hollywood; however, the tone of this article suggest that these values are deemed desirable. Whilst you may argue that patriotism is a virtue (I will note that I don't agree), there are certainly Christian arguments against patriotism, and I think it is a bit shaky to use it as an example of something "good". ¬Is Narnia really conservative? I'm an evangelical, charismatic Christian from the UK, and I am convinced that Christianity is neither conservative nor liberal, but rather a mixture of both, slightly veering to liberalism. Yes, liberalism is associated with atheism (in the States, anyway); however, this says nothing about the essence of Christianity and the essences of liberalism and conservatism. Trinity123


I put back a deleted edit after revising it on the advice of User:Bugler. Daphnea 17:09, 26 June 2008 (EDT)

Please don't revert edits that you told me to do! To be a little more conversational, I was following an edit which was approved by another editor pointing out that not everybody in Hollywood goes along with "Hollywood values". Likewise it is sensible to point out that not all Hollywood productions go along with "Hollywood values". If we don't do this then in the first case someone reading this (especially a child) might go away with the impression that everyone involved in Hollywood is evil, and thus grow up hating Ronald Reagan and Charlton Heston. I the second case they might avoid seeing The Chronicle of Narnia because it's a "Hollywood" production. Daphnea 17:18, 26 June 2008 (EDT)

I didn't tell you to do it here, Daphnea. I said that the correct place for such a statement was on a page bout Hollywood, or about the entertainment industry. HV is not the same as Hollywood. Bugler 17:20, 26 June 2008 (EDT)
So what do you think of what I said above? Do you want people to start thinking Ronald Reagan went along with Hollywood Values? Daphnea 17:22, 26 June 2008 (EDT)
Add it to Hollywood Bugler 17:28, 26 June 2008 (EDT)
I asked you a question. Are you intending to answer it? Daphnea 17:31, 26 June 2008 (EDT)
I will certainly not answer if addressed in so aggressive a fashion. Bugler 17:32, 26 June 2008 (EDT)
OK, let's be polite. Are you going to answer my question, please? Daphnea 17:33, 26 June 2008 (EDT)

Yes. Naturally RR is not an example of HV, nor is James Stuart, or Charlton Heston, or Audie Murphy. Perhaps a line at the start to differentiate the industry as a whole from HV might be appropriate. Bugler 17:35, 26 June 2008 (EDT)

... and in fact already exists. Not all people who currently work or have worked in Hollywood espouse Hollywood values. Ronald Reagan, Charlton Heston, Walt Disney and many others practiced conservative values while working in Hollywood. That would seem to cover matters. Bugler 17:37, 26 June 2008 (EDT)
Good, good, now we're getting somewhere. You've just found out that there already is a line at the top pointing this out. I knew that already because I helped put it there. All I'm doing is saying the same thing about productions: just as not all people in Hollywood go along with "Hollywood values", not all productions do either. That's all I'm saying. If you like I can move the statement about the production up to the top of the article too. Daphnea 17:40, 26 June 2008 (EDT)
See, that wasn't so hard. Now all I'm going to do is add some production examples, because productions aren't always about who is in them; Chronicles of Narnia doesn't have an outstanding "non-Hollywood values" person at the helm, yet it reflects conservative values. Again, we don't want to give the idea that people should judge a production entirely on the basis of what stars are associated with it. Daphnea 17:45, 26 June 2008 (EDT)
The phrase 'their productions' refers (in my interpretation) to the 'many others' as well as to Ronny, Jimmy, Chuck and Walt, so I would argue that the sentences could be merged, but otherwise that is OK and in an appropriate part of the page. Thank you. Bugler 17:49, 26 June 2008 (EDT)


A story on Yahoo news backs up this articles assertions about Hollywood divorces. It is called "Want a successful marriage? Don't marry a celebrity!"[2]--Hurst 13:25, 30 June 2008 (EDT)

"Paedophile" movie producer Roman Polanski

The article describes Roman Polanski as a paedophile, referring to his charges of violating a teenage girl. Yet the article Roman Catholicism reads, and I quote, "in truth 90% of the cases involved priests making overtures towards teenage boys, and not pedophilia." So do we claim that Polanski isn't a paedophile, or that the priests are? It's inconsistent. I've removed the paedophile claim from this article before, but it got re-inserted. MrGrieves 23:02, 1 July 2008 (EDT)

From a technical standpoint you are correct, although he certainly did seek out a very young girl when he could have chosen a woman of any age. Learn together 12:54, 2 July 2008 (EDT)
Creepy, but by CP's definition, not paedophilia. I see the inconsistency is still there.--Frey 19:43, 27 October 2008 (EDT)

Bruce lee

I had removed his name from the list because the people there were included because of the assertion that "Hollywood Values" had something to do with their deaths. Lee's cerebral edema was completely unrelated to his lifestyle, and the presence of cannabis in his bloodstream had nothing to do with his death. If you want to add his name to a list of people who use cannabis that's fine, but he should not be on this "cause of death" list. I'd suggest that anyone who thinks Bruce Lee represents the stereotype of "Hollywood Values" on this page should read Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living first, and then reconsider. --DinsdaleP 11:19, 31 July 2008 (EDT)

There's a whole industry of people who have a financial interest in denying that illegal drugs played a role in an unexpected death of a healthy, young person like Bruce Lee. They're right that the link may not be proved. They're wrong to try to censor the possibility. We provide the information and let the reader decide.--Aschlafly 11:37, 31 July 2008 (EDT)
I'm not taking issue with the other names on the list, but in this specific case like this I have to disagree. The coroner confirmed the cause of death, and unless there is verifiable medical evidence to prove that his death was cannabis-related, implying that this was the case is misleading. Conservapedia is supposed to be a trustworthy encyclopedia, and articles like this need to be based on facts like medical autopsies, and not innuendo. There are enough valid entries on the list to not have to add those based on unfounded speculation as well. --DinsdaleP 12:20, 31 July 2008 (EDT)

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

We note that one characteristic of hollywood values are rampant sexually transmitted diseases. we need a section on this to support the claim. For example: Rock Hudson and AIDS, Paris Hilton and herpes (herpes medication was found in storage that she defaulted payment on) --Ank 14:41, 11 August 2008 (EDT)

Freddie Mercury also contracted AIDS through his homosexual lifestyle and flamboyant onstage presence. One cannot contract AIDS through a flamboyant onstage presence. I'll leave it to someone else to straighten this one out.--Hsmom 19:44, 11 August 2008 (EDT)

Proposed new section: "Shunning actors who disagree with Hollywood's values"

The recent hubbub over John Voight's comments about Obama is just the latest in a long line of Hollywood attacks on anyone who dares use their freedom of speech to disagree with Hollywood's far-left status quo. Jinxmchue 00:12, 12 August 2008 (EDT)

This would appear to be a valid subsection. The treatment of Charlton Heston comes to mind. As President of an organization that has the support of most Americans (although it obviously has its detractors) you would think by the way he was attacked that he was head of the KKK. Learn together 12:51, 12 August 2008 (EDT)

How to write an article

Never imply that a sweeping condemnation of liberal evils is "wrong" or "exaggerated". The intro to this article, until I corrected it just now, had implied that Reagan, Disney, et al., were counterexamples which disproved the thesis.

I rewrote it to show that these men were trying to push back the tide.

(If you disagree with a critique of liberal values or actions, discuss it on the talk page - do not distort the truth. And in the rare case where a conservative writer appears to make an error, contact him for a clarification FIRST. Keep in mind the purpose of the project whenever you edit an article or comment on it. Debates and declarations of personal values are confined to debate pages and user pages.)

Renaming suggestion

The title is somewhat inaccurate and potentially misleading since it seems to be applied to all sorts of celebrities (not just people in the movie industry) all around the globe (most recent case being the current main page headline accusing two English singers and an English model of Hollywood Values). So maybe Celebrity values would be a more fitting location for this term. --DirkB 08:21, 30 August 2008 (EDT)

You've got the cart before the horse, Dirk; if celebrities outside the movie industry have Hollywood values, that shows how pervasive they are.
Please write about the influence Hollywood has had on the world at large. --Ed Poor Talk 09:18, 30 August 2008 (EDT)
If they don't apply to all the people within Hollywood but do apply to a truckload of people with absolutely no connection to Hollywood, then I think we might as well call them American Values because "decadence, narcissism, rampant drug use, extramarital sex, sexually-transmitted disease, lawlessness and death" can be found pretty much in every corner of the country. And the fact that non-Americans are influenced by it only shows how pervasive they are. See, that's the "reasoning" I see here.
I really don't want to be difficult, but I think this is a case of a poorly named "discovery" (which, btw, doesn't link to what you'd expect - could you move it?).
I think these symptoms had been around before Hollywood existed (actually, I'd be quite willing to bet that they were around before America had been discovered), and some of the cases shown here have zero connection to Hollywood or even the movie industry (which is what "Hollywood" is usually a synonym of). They are, however, all celebrities, and I can readily agree that celebrities are somehow more prone to strange and questionable behavior.
And while I'm by God no fan of liberals, I'd guess that the explanation here is not that they're being influenced by some sort of "liberal evil", but rather that they don't have the willpower to cope with the fame and media attention. I'm not happy with how Wikipedia is slightly tilted in favor of liberals (especially during the election times), but this sort of demonization of liberals and glorification of conservatives is at least equally troubling.
About that "writing assignment" (as you called it on my talk page), I think I'll decline. When I'm not working on Dean's Wanted List (for the News Project), I'm trying to fix existing articles. --DirkB 14:12, 30 August 2008 (EDT)

don't know where to put this

This should probably go on this page, but I'm not sure what subsection to put it under, because it includes booze, drugs, divorce, child endangerment, rehab, and mental illness: http://www.ktla.com/landing_news/?Heather-Locklear-Arrested-on-Possible-DU=1&blockID=71448&feedID=171 --AngelaK 22:38, 28 September 2008 (EDT)

OJ Simpson

The part about OJ being "widely believed to have murdered his wife and her friend" should be deleted. We shouldn't try to appease little crybabies who long ago stuffed their ears with cotton to avoid hearing the truth. Just come out and say "he brutally murdered his wife and Ron Goldman" because he did. Nuff said. He's written a book outlining the "hypothetical" situation, there's overwhelming evidence, and he was found guilty in civil court. It's not fair to act like public opinion is the only thing that matters here, especially when his acquittal was only the result of exploiting anti-police bias and what basically passes judicial affirmative action. Mcliff 09:34, 5 October 2008 (EDT)

It's not our place to accuse people. Only God and OJ himself know whether OJ did it, and neither of them edit this wiki. An encyclopedia states the facts, and the facts are that he was acquitted, even though popular opinion holds that he was guilty. HelpJazz 20:19, 8 October 2008 (EDT)
And it's not just popular opinion that says OJ Simpson murdered his wife and her friend. Scientific tests proved it with overwhelming odds.--Aschlafly 20:44, 8 October 2008 (EDT)
I hadn't heard that. I guess I din't really pay close enough attention to OJ news. HelpJazz 20:52, 8 October 2008 (EDT)

Actors, Actresses... What about the older shows

When I heard that TVLAND was going to air reruns of M*A*S*H*, I was heartbroken. I cannot find a single reference to how shows like M*A*S*H* encouraged bad behavior. In a moment, I will find a good website or book--CindyP 17:01, 14 October 2008 (EDT)

Independence Day

Precisely what conservative or 'non-Hollywod' values are being conveyed in Independence Day? It's OK to punch aliens if they want to raise your taxes? Sneaking diseases on board alien spaceships will prevent them from making us abort our children? Conspiracy theories about government cover-ups are actually all true? It really is a tremendously stupid film, and it makes no sense whatsoever as an example of a film without Hollywood Values. You might as well pick Pineapple Express, for all the sense it makes. BenHur 15:55, 22 October 2008 (EDT)

Another example?

I'm not sure if this example is suitable for this article or not but i thought i'd suggest it. I'm not sure because i think the person in question worked mainly in New York. JamesDW 22:15, 11 January 2009 (EST)

Michael Jackson

This is yet another conspicuous example and I have readded the entry for it. I do not understand why the entry was blanked when someone else had added it earlier (or was it because the claim about the drugs was not entirely accurate and came about due to media hysteria?). BillyD 08:57, 30 June 2009 (EDT)

This is an encyclopedia. Don't insert rants, or gossip, or claims that lack proper substantiation. Clear enough?--Andy Schlafly 09:14, 30 June 2009 (EDT)

James Dean

Could someone explain to me how James Dean's tragic death in an automobile accident was the result of 'Hollywood values'? EnglishBob 17:07, 5 July 2009 (CDT)

Dean was a reckless driver who had been ticketed for speeding two hours earlier, and was going at a high speed to cause the fatal accident. He ran into a car turning in front of him, injuring not only himself but others also.--Andy Schlafly 18:25, 5 July 2009 (EDT)

I understand that his driving record was far from acceptable and that he played a clear role in his demise, but I don't see this as directly attributable to Hollywood values. I belong to a staunchly conservative family, but I freely admit that relatives of mine have been reckless in their driving. Some have been lucky enough to escape deserved punishment, others have been ticketed. It saddens me to suggest that such behavior is rife in our society regardless of political affiliation. Thoughts? EnglishBob 18:12, 5 July 2009 (CDT)

"For years, fans of Hollywood get to watch the celebrities"

JPatt, there's some serious verb-tense disagreement going on in your reversion of me. What tense do you want the sentence in? 01:06, 24 January 2010 (EST)

I didn't revert you and feel free to rearrange the grammar properly. --Jpatt 01:08, 24 January 2010 (EST)
Also feel free to sign your posts! It's the box above when you compose, next to the circle with the slash through it. ;-) --ṬK/Admin/Talk 02:37, 24 January 2010 (EST)

Brittany Murphy

I've just removed Brittany Murphy's name from the list. A coroner's report found pneumonia was the cause of her death and while prescription drugs were found in her system, they were prescribed for specific illnesses she had at the time of her death.[3] EMorris 15:23, 15 February 2010 (EST)

Reversion needed?

I'm inclined to revert Lorddragyn's edits, which repeatedly downplay the culpability here by the Hollywood "stars". For example, James Dean was a notoriously irresponsible driver who died by running into someone else, and could have killed him too. It doesn't matter that the investigation could not conclude that speeding was the cause of the fatal wreck. Often such investigations are inconclusive.--Andy Schlafly 21:52, 6 April 2010 (EDT)


I dislike the username in addition to his edits. Hollywood values done to Wikipedia style of editing does not impress me. You can minimize that it was just an overdose, not a suicide, list all the fancy drug names, but it's still a suicide. He knew what he was doing was illegal and harmful. To reflect more on Wikipedia style you need look no further than The December 25th Bomber [4] as an example. What is more important, knowing the plane model and color or that it was an Islamic Terrorist trained to kill Americans?--Jpatt 14:55, 7 April 2010 (EDT)

I have to second/third this. His entire objective is watering down hollywood behavior. And note that this is his behavior immediately upon receiving a second chance. DouglasA 14:58, 7 April 2010 (EDT)
My objective is not to water down Hollywood behavior. My objective is to clarify that some of the people on the list died accidentally, while fully knowing the consequences of their actions, some died because they were trying to. Knowing that someone died because they ingested multiple different types of pills, or had a history of reckless driving before dying in a car accident, proves Hollywood values more than just saying suicide. And providing more details surrounding the deaths of these people shows the inherent corruption in Hollywood as a whole, not just the people on this page, which is what I thought we were trying to show with this article in the first place. If I'm wrong let me know, but I think my argument makes sense.Lorddragyn 18:52, 7 April 2010 (EDT)
Cleared up some dead links in the references. Working on a substantial rewrite on the article, adding subcategories and trying to cover more of the entertainment industry as a whole. There is definitely room for improvement in this article, hence why I am devoting to much attention to the subject.Lorddragyn 23:04, 8 April 2010 (EDT)
"some of the people on the list died accidentally, while fully knowing the consequences of their actions"- That statement is not proper. It's not an accident if fully knowing. You can argue that the person thought they could cheat the devil, didn't want to die, but did. That is like saying they wanted to live but drugs ruined it for them. Drugs were the consequences of their decisions, suicide was the consequences of their actions. I'm for making the page better but I agree with Douglas, you have watered-down the meaning of suicide. Just make sure you add to- while making better, and a little less rewording.--Jpatt 12:48, 9 April 2010 (EDT)
I admit my choice of words there was a bit faulty, but what I'm really trying to say is that we aren't trying to demonize the individuals on this page, we are trying to show that Hollywood itself is the causation of these problems. Drawing a distinction between those who meant to kill themselves by ingesting too much of a prescription, or illegal drug, and someone who accidentally dies from the same shows the inherent risk in the action and that both carry a heavy cost. The intent of suicide may not have been there, but the end result is the same in both cases. And if we can have details that have nothing to do with a persons death , like that Bruce Lee had trace amounts of weed in his system when he died of hypersensitivity to aspirin, then details surrounding the death of these people belong in the article too. Unless you believe that putting these details in would somehow discredit the argument we are trying to prove.Lorddragyn 14:44, 9 April 2010 (EDT)

"Hollywood" isn't an entity of and by itself. It is comprised of individuals, and like all communities the bigger players, have more influence and dictate the social mores that the others follow. It isn't arguable that the Hollywood community is anything other than liberal...and that liberal bias influences how they wish to spin drug abuse and infanticide by abortion as well. I have to agree with Jpatt and Douglas that if one chooses to do illegal drugs, or abuse legal ones, they know, unless they are literally mentally incapacitated, there is always a possibility of death. Hollywood can spin it anyway they choose (and does), but even subconsciously, they like that risk...its part of the "high". --ṬK/Admin/Talk 16:54, 9 April 2010 (EDT)

Yes Hollywood is comprised of individuals, as you point out. But so is the rest of the country. Could it not be argued that Hollywood is a cross-section of the United States, and that problems in the whole country look larger in Hollywood because of the smaller amount of people and the media coverage concerning said people? People travel from all across the globe to make it big in Hollywood, can it not be said that the problems of the people in Hollywood started where they were raised, or is it that Hollywood itself is the corrupting influence? And to say that it isn't arguable that Hollywood isn't anything other that liberal is silly when the article you are defending states "Ronald Reagan, James Stewart, Charlton Heston, Walt Disney and many others practiced conservative values while working in Hollywood".Lorddragyn 19:41, 9 April 2010 (EDT)
There are exceptions to any general rule I have found. However the "artsy" culture has always been Bohemian in nature, and they protect their own. Yes, it is magnified out of all measure simply because of the value liberal culture places on celebrity. --ṬK/Admin/Talk 20:56, 9 April 2010 (EDT)

Reply to Lorddragyn: I looked at many of your edits before reverting them and found a common thread: you would downplay culpability by the Hollywood "star" for something that was due to his culturally bankrupt values. For example, James Dean was a notoriously reckless driver. His fatal accident consisted of ramming head-on into a car that was turning left in front of him. James Dean even received a speeding ticket a few hours earlier, and his Porsche sported the offensive name on the back, "Little Bastard." Yet you tried to downplay his fault by saying that officials could not prove he was speeding when he collided with the other car (thereby endangering that driver's life also).--Andy Schlafly 22:21, 10 April 2010 (EDT)

What I was implying when I wrote that was that just because James Dean wasn't speeding when he died, it doesn't mean that his reckless behavior behind the wheel wasn't dangerous. When he died the other car veered into his lane, but he was lucky that his years of reckless driving hadn't gotten him killed sooner. His death among many others are what I would consider "toying with fate" because, like others on this list, he was doing something he knew to be dangerous (and most likely lethal) with complete disregard of the consequences. Maybe what I wrote could be rewritten to make that thought more clear.Lorddragyn 20:00, 11 April 2010 (EDT)
I just improved the item about James Dean. Feel free to improve further. And while investigators may determine the speed at impact, I don't see how we'd know his speed leading up the impact. The circumstances of the head-on accident strongly suggest speeding, as was Dean's habit.--Andy Schlafly 22:02, 11 April 2010 (EDT)


Should there be a 'religion' section? I have done a quick check, and among the 5 most successful actors, only two are Christians (one is a Buddhist, one a Scientolgist, and Harrison Ford refers to himself as "Democrat" when asked about his religion! ). Some factual figures could show a direct link between lack of belief in Christ and depraved moral values. Regards, --TSpencer 11:19, 16 April 2010 (EDT)

Go to it! --ṬK/Admin/Talk 11:46, 16 April 2010 (EDT)
Very good. I am away all week-end, when I come back I will try with a bigger sample and see what comes out. Regards, --TSpencer 12:22, 16 April 2010 (EDT)


The graphic nature of this film (and the novel that inspired it) are not for comedic value, so it doesn't belong in the humor section. Trainspotting is about addiction, and though it's graphic and not at all pretty, it doesn't belong lumped with things like Family Guy or the American Pie movies. JaneX 16:09, 22 October 2010 (EDT)

Hi Jane
Thanks for catching my typo (Faily Guy - must be a Freudian slip). However, I'm going to disagree with you on this one. I've read the book and seen the movie and I know that the overall point of both is to convey the burden of addiction, but it's undeniable that parts of both are played up for comedic value. Like when Spud's feces ends up on on the kitchen wall, Renton takes (and loses, and finds) the suppositories (in the worst toilet in Scotland), Tommy loses the sex tape or Spud's speed-freak job interview. Would you seriously argue that those are not meant to be funny? EMorris 16:20, 22 October 2010 (EDT)
I must admit, I got a nice chuckle out of Faily Guy. I'll have to start calling it that from now on. I really don't like that show. I do see what you're saying, maybe I just didn't want it to be included with things like Family Guy or American Pie because of the issue of intent. The overall intent of Trainspotting is not humor or a lighthearted romp through filth, whereas things like American Pie and Family Guy (and the other examples on the list) seem to only serve the purpose of grossing people out, or just generally annoying people, with no other purpose. JaneX 16:37, 22 October 2010 (EDT)

Phil Hartman

Not sure he should be included, seeing as he was murdered...maybe including Brynn Hartman would be more appropriate for the tone of this article. AdamH41

Don't you think Phil knew about and accepted, or even facilitated, his third wife's drug use?--Andy Schlafly 21:19, 18 January 2011 (EST)
Article doesn't say anything about Phil Hartman facilitating/acknowledging/accepting her drug use. While he certainly did know about it, it is commonly known that he was unhappy in the marriage and wanted a divorce. In light of that, one cannot reasonably conclude that he was facilitating her drug use.AdamH41
Marrying a crazy former model and buying her a gun directly led to his death. A shortened life can be attibuted to being a celebrity.--Jpatt 21:36, 18 January 2011 (EST)
He actually kept the gun in a safe in his home...not exactly buying it for his wife. It was for family protection.AdamH41
Giving his crazy wife access to their safe led to his death.--Jpatt 22:02, 18 January 2011 (EST)
You're just adjusting your argument as I point out flaws in it.--[[User:AdamH41|AdamH41]
Adam, drug addiction is expensive, and it's likely Phil facilitated his third wife/model's habit, which then boomeranged. This isn't rocket science.--Andy Schlafly 22:14, 18 January 2011 (EST)
There's no proof that he facilitated her drug addiction; the conservative thing to do here would be to find a source on that. If you want I can find sources for all of the claims I've made in this debate.AdamH41 22:19, 18 January 2011 (EST)
The poor choices you make in life can lead to an untimely death. The poor choices you make as a celebrity will lead you to be listed under Hollywood values.--Jpatt 22:33, 18 January 2011 (EST)
Then maybe articles for the values of every possible segment of society should be made to highlight the fact that all are capable of bad choices, not just those you oppose. For example, there is a serious obesity problem in the South, but I do not see this highlighted; only the obesity problems of liberals and atheists are highlighted. There is a large problem with the illicit use of drugs such as crystal meth in the Midwest and rural areas, but only drug issues related to liberals are given mention. Believe it or not, conservatives make bad choices too. There should be an article on it. AdamH41 22:39, 18 January 2011 (EST)
We already have the poor choices of Republican celebrities listed. If you can contribute to the project, then you are welcome to debate via talk pages. If you are here to just debate, then we may escort you out. --Jpatt 22:50, 18 January 2011 (EST)
In that case, feel free to escort me out. I know that any edit I make that reflects my viewpoint will either cause my banning will be heavily edited, so I see no point in engaging further with you. Besides, even if you do block my IP address it doesn't take a "rocket scientist", to quote A. Schlafly from earlier in this discussion, to figure it out. Even a liberal like I can do it! Cheers and have a fantastic day. AdamH41 22:58, 18 January 2011 (EST)
I don't agree with your point nor your ideology. I happened to think Phil was hilarious and wish he were still with us. So you know how to access the web from a different IP address, many blocked liberals such as yourself often comeback that same way. We will eventually flush you out, if you haven't figured that yet. --Jpatt 23:15, 18 January 2011 (EST)
Adam, there's no denying that Phil's fate was the result of his choosing a drug addict as a third wife, and almost certainly facilitating her habit. You act like Phil was the victim of a random crime that was completely unforeseeable. It wasn't random and it was not much of a surprise. It was the result of a warped value system.--Andy Schlafly 23:21, 18 January 2011 (EST)

Helen Mirren

I just noticed this article and wish to modify this line:

  • Helen Mirren played Queen Elizabeth II in a movie 'The Queen', but admits she used to use cocaine as a result of her poor life choices as a younger woman.

It's troubling, but I do not see it as being hypocritical. I think it should be filed under drug use. What do we think? Otherwise, this article is truly shocking at just how corrupt liberal Hollywood is. --LindaP 16:24, 16 February 2011 (EST)

Clara Blandick/Ellen DeGeneres

Not sure she belongs here...she had no history of substance abuse and in fact committed suicide due to the pain of arthritis and failing vision. Seems a bit different than overdosing on drugs. I propose that she be removed from the article. TedCarter75 11:36, 30 April 2011 (EDT)

Also, under the Ellen DeGeneres entry, I'm not sure why "married" is in quotes...all gay marriages conducted in California after legalization and before the Prop 8 vote are recognized as valid under California law. I'm removing the quotes. TedCarter75 10:19, 4 May 2011 (EDT)

My Edit

I noticed that you included Kurt Cobain and Sid Vicious on the "deaths" part, and I removed them. While Sid Vicious died of a heroin overdose, he was not from Hollywood. He was from London, and he never actually went to L.A. Furthermore, it cannot be proved whether or not he killed his girlfriend. As for Kurt Cobain, all evidence points towards the fact that his girlfriend killed him; the police have deemed it "undeterminable", and a charge of "possible murder" has been placed on Courtney Love's record.

So... that's that. If you put them back up, please clear them up so they aren't inaccurate. --Beanna 20:25, 24 May 2011 (EDT)

it's fair of you to say they aren't from Hollywood, but evidence shows that Kurt Cobain comitted suicide and that Sid Vicious killed Nancy.--CamilleT 20:27, 24 May 2011 (EDT)
Well, first off, I'd like to say that Kurt Cobain had three times the lethal limit of heroin in his system when he died. Also, the cells on the needle (blood, skin tissue, etc.) were significantly older than the cells exposed during the death. This means that he had injected heroin before his death, which means he would have been incapable of pulling a shotgun trigger. And, as for Sid and Nancy, you can say whatever you want, but any punk (or somewhat knowledgeable person, for that matter)knows the truth about that one. --Beanna 23:31, 25 May 2011 (EDT)

Concerning the "Deaths" section

I think it's a bit disrespectful to accuse people who died because of a drug overdose, an STD, alcoholism, substance abuse or people who committed suicide of having 'poor values'. A lot of these people suffered from depression or psychological problems and felt the need to turn to things such as drugs and alcohol to try and get rid of the pain. Suicide, drug addiction and alcoholism aren't just problems that celebrities face. Good, normal, and in many cases Christian people can fall victim to these things. Most of the people on this list don't belong on it. Also, an entry about Freddy Mercury states that AIDS is a self inflicted disease. Saying AIDS is self inflicted is like saying food poisoning is self inflicted. You get food poisoning from eating meat that hasn't been properly cooked. You can AIDS from having unprotected sex. It's an avoidable disease but not a self inflicted one. --Danielspence 11:11, 23 October 2011 (EDT)

Contracting a fatal disease from sexual relationships is self inflicted.--Jpatt 23:50, 2 November 2011 (EDT)

Kenneth Williams

It has been mentioned that Williams should be removed from this list. He was prolific in television, film, and radio who died from a drug overdose. If this page were called "Entertainment values" he would stay. However since he was a British chap and never set a foot in America, we may have to remove him. Looking for opinions.--Jpatt 23:50, 2 November 2011 (EDT)