Gore's Astonishing Hypocrisy
- Saturday, January 13, 2001
Simply put, its incomprehensible hypocrisy. On one side of his mouth, Al Gore threatened new federal legislation or rules against the entertainment industry within six months if it doesn't stop marketing violent and sexual products to young people.
One day later, as Thursdays Washington Post reports, Al Gore is scheduled to attend a fund-raiser at New York's Radio City Music Hall that Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein has organized.
Harvey Weinstein is the poster child of Hollywood trash and cultural pollution. Harvey Weinstein has proven over and over his specific intent to create films that promote casual sex, drug use, homosexuality, blatant anti-Christian themes and pedophilia.
Allow me to review the resume of the one that Mr. Gore is courting for millions of dollars in campaign contributions:
Harvey Weinstein and his brother Bob were owners of Miramax film studios. They were nearly $12 million in debt and were begging Chase Manhattan Bank for money when they got a call from the Walt Disney Company in the spring of 1992. Miramax, under Weinstein's control, had made its name as the studio that had produced such films as "Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down" (which was given an X rating), "The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover" (which included a brutal sex scene, mutilation, and graphic violence), and "Working Girls" (a movie about ten prostitutes that glamorized and romanticized brothels).
In the call, Disney chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg offered to buy Miramax from the Weinsteins for $60 million in cash and stock options. Miramax under Weinsteins direction, as a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Company, has continued to create films that glorify violence, drug use, promiscuous heterosexual and homosexual sex, random murder, and rape while simultaneously mocking people of faith. Their portfolio of films under Disney includes the graphically violent and vulgar "Pulp Fiction", the blasphemous anti-Catholic film "Priest", and others such as "Trainspotting" about a group of HIV positive heroin addicts.
In 1994, Harvey Weinstein used the Disney subsidiary Miramax Films to release the film "Kids". Kids was given an NC-17 rating. Because of parent company Disney's policy not to release NC-17 films, Miramax, under Weinsteins direction, had to set up a separate distribution to release the movie about adolescents using drugs and engaging in sex. Variety magazine called it "one of the most controversial American movies ever made." The movie was disguised as an artful commentary on the pressures facing urban youth while glorifying free sex, vulgarities, and drug abuse among pre-teens. Newsweek magazine said "the film follows a number of barely pubescent-looking boys and girls around New York City as they smoke pot, bait gays, beat a black man and engage in graphic sex." This movie clearly crossed the line of soft porn more commonly found in movie theatres and instead qualified as pure pornography.
The Weinstein's were recently back in the news with the release of their film Dogma. They purchased the rights to the movie from 28-year-old director Kevin Smith (whose credits include "Chasing Amy" - a movie about a man in love with a lesbian). "Dogma" is a "religious satire" about two renegade angels banished from heaven, played by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. The two believe that the laws of the Catholic church contain fallacies and loopholes which they exploit in order to return to heaven. The plot includes a foul-mouthed "13th Apostle" named Rufus, Mary's daughter as a lapsed Catholic (played by Linda Fiorentino) who works at an Illinois abortion clinic, and a Skeeball-obsessed God played by Alannis Morrissette.
In a thinly veiled attempt to spare Disney any embarrassment over the film, the Weinstein's created a public relations loophole as they have done before. They took it upon themselves to create a "new company" specifically to purchase the rights to "Dogma" so that Miramax wouldnt have to. Harvey Weinstein told the Los Angeles Times that Disney (through its Miramax subsidiary) is "too vulnerable" to be involved in making films like "Dogma."
The Weinstein's used this same technique by forming a company called "Shining Excalibur" to attempt to shield Disney shame over its release of the movie "Kids".
It is outrageous that Al Gore and Joe Lieberman could speak on behalf of families on Wednesday, the day of the Congressional hearing on Hollywood filth and violence, and then take money from the same pornographers at the Radio City Music Hall.
Mr. Gore and Mr. Lieberman, your words are hollow. Your actions speak very loudly. Your actions are putting the children and families of this country at risk. Shame on you.
(An editorial commentary by Scott Fehrenbacher, Editor-in-Chief and head of values-based investing research at Crosswalk.com)
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