Friday, January 04, 2008

Rick Santorum: "5 Characters Reject Abortion in a Cultural Shift in Movies"

(Hat tip: Custos Fidei)

Rick Santorum writes in The Philadelphia Inquirer:
I begin this new year with greater hope for our culture. That is saying something, given our pop culture's violence, gratuitous coarseness, hyper-commercialism, and obsession with sex and celebrity. I can sympathize with parents who are increasingly tempted to gather their children and retreat to the catacombs. But don't head down there just yet. This last year saw something that we should take heart in.

No, it wasn't the American public's stout rejection of a slew of anti-American "war on terror" movies such as Redacted and Rendition. The most encouraging news was quieter and more life-affirming.

If art is a reflection of our culture, our culture - and particularly our youth culture - is awaking to the reality of life in the womb. You hear it in Nick Cannon's autobiographical single "Can I live?" You see it in the stunning episode of the television show House where Dr. Gregory House's finger is grasped by a baby in the womb during intrauterine surgery. The recognition of the life in the womb is going mainstream.

But the biggest shift came at the movies. In a nation with one of the world's most wide-open abortion regimes, U.S. audiences flocked to see five motion pictures with life-affirming texts or subtexts: Knocked up, Waitress, Bella, August Rush and Juno.

In these movies, abortion was urged on women facing an unplanned pregnancy, and rejected. Ultrasound images awakened characters and audiences to the humanity of the unborn. Having a baby, even in the most challenging circumstances, became the compelling "choice." Adoption was held up as a positive alternative to abortion. And, unlike the news media's portrayal of pro-lifers, protesters outside abortion clinics were authentically depicted as warm and concerned. This stood in contrast to the indifference of the staff within.


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My Comments:
Now he's gone and done it. After this review, Hollywood is going to fall all over itself to produce movies with women aborting right and left just to spite Rick Santorum, one of the public figures that Hollywood and the rest of the cultural elites despise the most.

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4 Comments:

At 1/04/2008 11:28 AM, Anonymous Marybeth Hagan said...

Jay, your worries might be overblown.

Certainly, Rick Santorum will never be a Hollywood darling. But something speaks louder than Santorum at the box office. And that's $$$.

Past abortion-friendly movies did not draw wide audiences. Such films are, after all, downers. Most people prefer hope in their entertainment, none of which is found in abortion.

 
At 1/04/2008 11:45 AM, Blogger PB said...

It might also depend on if they're looking for an Oscar, since after all the Oscar's could care less if the public liked the film.

 
At 1/04/2008 11:50 AM, Blogger Jay Anderson said...

My comments were tongue-in-cheek.

 
At 1/04/2008 12:35 PM, Blogger Tito said...

Nice to see Rick Santorum shaking the bushes every once and awhile. Hopefully he learned his lesson in supporting pro-abortion candidates (Arlen Specter) and will return after Casey's term as senator comes to a close.

 

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