If you went into a theater after the beginning of the motion picture industry and again when the talkies came out, Hollywood was intelligent enough not to deliberately project profane and vulgar images and language on the screen. This was because Hollywood respected their audience, and the people who would be watching their movies. They did not want to offend anyone, nor did they want to lose their image within the society that would support them financially by frequenting the theaters.
Today this is not so. When I went to school, someone who used a lot of vulgar language was referred to as not being very intelligent because they needed four letter adjectives in order to make their point because they weren’t smart enough to make their point without the use of such words. Today, Hollywood has either lost its mentality, or it has lost its respect for its potential audience.
The greatest beef I have against Hollywood is its casual bashing of God by using His name vainly and vulgarly. Is it really necessary to bash Christian sensibilities and offend such a large audience? Do they not care about their audience anymore? Have they lost their respect for the public that supports them through the many dollars spent at the box office and later in DVD and Video purchases?
Jesus said, “I am with you always, even unto the end of the earth”, which means Jesus walks with us. When we enter a theater, Jesus enters with us. However, the third commandment of the Old Testament tells us not to use Gods name in vain, and when Jesus gave Lord’s Prayer, His very first petition was, “Hollowed be thy name”, which means the Fathers name was to be revered. While “God” may not be the Fathers actual name, in the English Language it is, it is the name by which we refer to Him. It is capitalized Biblically, theologically, and in every other reference to the Father by this title, therefore, it is a proper noun signifying the Father. If someone from the early 1900’s could walk into a theater today and heard the language used, they would run out of the theater screaming, “Blasphemy”. I also cannot help but believe that if you go to the theater, or watch a DVD at home, the first time God is used in a profane way, Jesus would get up and leave, which leaves you by yourself without Him.
We have a rule in our house, and even our children live by this rule, when a movie rental or other wise, uses His name in vain, the movie is turned off, and we will not watch it again. If every Christian took as seriously their belief in Jesus words, and did the same, maybe Hollywood and the rest of the world would learn to show respect for their audience.
Many good movies like The Pacifier, Dreamer, The Sound of Music, etc., have been filmed and are loved by audiences, and guess what, they don’t have profanity in them. You see Hollywood, it isn’t necessary to be offensive and rude to produce quality, in fact the opposite probably holds true. If the book of Proverbs could be summed up in one sentence, it would be something like, If you don’t perform immorally in any way, then no one can count anything against you. Hollywood, if you don’t use the foul language, no one can condemn you for it, you will offend no one, and you will have a larger audience.