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March 10, 2006

The Gospel According to Hollywood

Guest Commentary
By Denny Burk
March 9, 2006(Baptist Press / AgapePress)
Excerpt from Agape Press. Please click on title for rest of article.

Christians aren't the only ones who preach. Hollywood does it too, and with great effect. This was no where more clearly seen than in two men who won Oscars at the Academy Awards March 5. George Clooney and Ang Lee both made a point of saying that movies can and should advocate for causes that the rest of the country may not support.

In the acceptance speech after winning the Oscar for best actor, Clooney celebrated the disconnect between his own liberal views and the views of mainstream America.

"We are a little bit out of touch in Hollywood every once in a while," he said. "I think it's probably a good thing. We're the ones who talk about AIDS when it was just being whispered, and we talked about civil rights when it wasn't really popular. And we, you know, we bring up subjects. This Academy, this group of people gave Hattie McDaniel an Oscar in 1939 when blacks were still sitting in the backs of theaters. I'm proud to be a part of this Academy. Proud to be part of this community, and proud to be out of touch. And I thank you so much for this."

We can all agree with AIDS awareness and the promotion of civil rights. But Clooney implies that current left-wing causes (like the normalization of homosexuality) are morally equivalent to the advent of civil rights for African Americans. Such a position is in fact "out of touch" with the vast majority of Americans (and contrary to Scripture), but I don't think it's anything to be proud of. Clooney is proud to be "out of touch" with mainstream America because he believes Hollywood's values are superior to those of the "fly-over" states.

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