Ahhh… whatever happened to the good ol’ days when children watched Little House on the Prairie with their parents and everybody cried at the end? Whatever happened to Happy Days, where we always found a true-blue heart beating in the breast of the neighborhood thug? Remember Hawaii 5-0, when the cops always got the bad guy? The six million dollar man who always ended up reluctantly rescuing people in trouble? Flipper & his boy?
I remember, not cheap thrills, but being locked to the t.v. set, gripped in the drama and being so, so satisfied by the way things turned out (you actually needed an attention span to watch these movies). These films showed the greatness & the ‘rightness’ of our nation & its people. I wanted to be those great people! I was, frankly, in love with the six million dollar man (Capt. Kirk, too)! Those shows taught me a lot about who I wanted to be and who I wanted as my friends & my future spouse.
I guess wholesome values, tears of happiness at the end of a movie, the good guys winning & the bad guys going to jail for their dastardly deeds got too boring to the movie makers of America. Now, viewers are presented with an endless parade of ‘hilarious’ gay men, preachy unwed mother stories, preachy civil rights movies, preachy actors giving political views, preachy divorced parent shows, and preachy comedians who no longer believe in good old-fashioned belly laughs. Today, the only kind of laughs you get are thin-lipped, lopsided and cruel- too knowing, too judgemental. And this leaves…. what? Vampire shows! Occult Shows! Werewolf shows! All having wild sex! Where blood sucking villains have morphed into the ‘good guys’. Hot girls & hot boys sucking blood and each other. The act of viciously sucking the life blood and murdering of the victim has taken on sexual overtones in these popular movies for teens & young adults. Love in the forest glades- freaky music and cheap thrills. Churches, people worshipping, the KKK, crosses & Christian symbols are all intermixed in depressing & disgusting ways and it seems to actually increase the electricity offered by these sex/death thrillers. Good humans don’t win in these flicks. They get devoured.
These are our new heroes.
Gee, no wonder every one is having sex with everyone and it just doesn’t matter: these shows make having sex with ice-cold, dead vampire bodies (animals too: the werewolf) look desirable! The ‘old’ ways of having sex are just down right boring! (Boy, where does this leave the missionary position?) Bestiality & necrophilia have so much more…. EVERYTHING to offer!
And off-screen? Well, they are of course, gay, bi-sexual, poly sexual, whatever! Good old, loving sex between two married people just doesn’t cut the mustard for these young people anymore. They are looking, though they will never find, something…… more exciting! And do they keep their sexual aberrations to themselves? No! It always ends up in the news, as this article about Anna Paquin, a star in the True Blood vampire saga, has. She demurs, ‘gosh, no one has ever asked me before- I sure don’t think this is any big deal!” And yet. And yet. Here she is giving an interview on this very topic– her sexuality- or bisexuality! She gives her sophisticated opinion that it is no big deal and no one else’s business who sleeps with who and says that all the ‘weirdness’ of people who might have a problem with it will just go away soon. And yet, she is married to a man.
I don’t know about you all, but I just shake my head.
I sure miss Laura Ingalls. I really do….