Actor and media personality Stephen Baldwin says the “vulgar and offensive” content in Hollywood productions is one reason why the United States now has such high rates of unemployment, suicide, and teen pregnancy.
“The fact that they churn out more content that is gratuitously violent, sexual, and vulgar, when in fact more family programming and animated films make more money – there’s your agenda problem,” Baldwin tells CNS News.
Baldwin, attending last week’s Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington to sign copies of his new book, “The Death and Life of Gabriel Phillips,” tells CNS News that Hollywood produces too many anti-family films while pro-family films are the ones that sell, and that Hollywood is wrong for saying it’s “solely up to the parents” to control what their children watch.
“We’re allowing our culture and our youth to be a assaulted by the derogatory content in Hollywood,” Baldwin protests. “There’s a moral issue that is far more important that we need to start making noise about more than anything else.”
Baldwin thinks more conservatives in Hollywood should speak up about the superfluous amount of vulgarity, violence and anti-family content in movies.
“A small core group of individuals that make a lot of decisions about what that content is going to be are in charge,” Baldwin explains. “And when conservatives, Christians, and people who have a world view of what this country was founded on – which a lot of people are starting to twist and warp that perception, as well – when most of those people start to be more and more unafraid; when conservatives that are coming out of the closet in Hollywood, like Jon Voight and Gary Sinise, start to have a louder voice and take the reigns of control of being in charge, of being a part of what that content is, things are going to change for the better.”
Balance of the equation is the problem, Baldwin says, noting how content in Hollywood movies and the music industry affect the actions of young people.
“I think when Hollywood produces content and 80 percent of it is negative and violent and immoral, and 20 percent of it is positive and happy and friendly and joyous and family, that’s an imbalance and lends [to the problem]."
“When you have games like 'Grand Theft Auto' that have secret Easter Egg computer programs in them that are pornographic, then we’re just allowing our culture and our youth to be assaulted by this overly sexual, violent, and vulgar type of content. I’m not trying to sound like some conservative freak right now,” Baldwin hastens. “I’m just a normal guy that says, ‘You know what? That’s dumb and stupid.’
“That’s the reason we see a lot of the acts of violence happening with young people today. That’s why we see suicide in the U.S. higher than ever before; teen pregnancy higher than ever before. Hollywood just stands around and says, ‘Oh well, the parents are responsible for whether or not those kids should watch that content.’ That’s just not true,” Baldwin insists.
“I’m not saying Hollywood – or people who create content in Hollywood – should not be allowed to do it, I’m saying the people who want more conservative content out there need to get into positions where they can create that.”
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