This article was last modified on November 11, 2006.


On American Movies (Take 1)

The following letter was sent to the Post-Crescent on November 11, 2006. It was not published. A revised version was resent, and you can read that version on the website.

After John Hyland’s misleading characterization of Nancy Pelosi’s positions, I was ready to dismiss him as simply another partisan radical. But reading his call about Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed” has changed my mind; apparently, he’s actually a clever comedian with a sarcastic wit along the lines of Stephen Colbert.

Hyland says (obviously in jest) that other countries hate America because our movies tend to have more violence and potty language. These morally bankrupt films, and not our oppressive and violent foreign policy, are the reason our troops are being killed and our cities threatened. I do seem to recall a press release issued by bin Laden in 1998 (and this is verbatim): “While I do not mind the smug godlessness of America, or its raping of my people and homeland, I must protest the sacrilege of Hollywood. Specifically, I call jihad on Quentin Tarantino and all those who purchased tickets for ‘Pulp Fiction’!”

If American films are the source of our threatened cities, I fear the destruction that will be brought upon France, Germany and Japan in the coming years. Have you seen the vulgarly scintillating films these countries produce? They’re tantalizingly sinful! My prayers are with you, decadent Europe.

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