Lately, I’ve heard of a movie called Hounddog that involves a young actress named Dakota Fanning, who plays a 12 year old rape victim. Sounds disturbing, doesn’t it? Not as half as disturbing as a 12 year old playing a 12 year old rape victim who reenacts a rape scene “on the big screen.” Now, I don’t know exactly what this rape scene contains, and frankly, I could care less. However, what does concern me is that Hollywood, including Dakota Fanning’s mother/manager, allowed Dakota to perform a rape scene. Couldn’t this be considered child abuse? Is there a greedy immoral parent/manager at hand here?
I remember when Jodie Foster played a prostitute in the movie Taxi. But I also remember that she was 13 years old. And, not too long ago, there was a scene from the movie Birth that involved a 10 year old boy (Cameron Bright) who sat in a bathtub with a nearly naked Nicole Kidman. These examples have stirred up some disturbing questions. Are child actors or actress (under the age of 13) protected from immoral parents/managers who care more about fame or wealth than their own son or daughter? Since child actors or actresses can’t make decisions in regarding what roles to play, it falls on the parent who is usually a paid manager. Is there a law that prohibits immoral parents/managers from forcing children into sexual content like this?
I, for one, will boycott movies like Hounddog because the fact that a 12 year old girl was hired to play a rape victim who is raped on screen, truly bothers me. Yes, I understand that it’s not an actual rape. That isn’t the point I’m trying to convey. I’m just concerned about the next generation of innocent children. What is to stop Hollywood child actors or actress from being forced or manipulated into committing to a movie involving sexual content?
I’m not worried about the film Hounddog. But I am worried about the unrated DVDs and movies, which are inching their way into the market place. What is to stop child actors’ managers/parents in commiting themselves to unrated movies that involve delicate sexual matters like the one shown in Hounddog. Remember, in the movies, there was a time when men and women kept their clothes on; now, they take them off. Do you really think that Hollywood or an immoral parent/manager will treat children any different? Isn’t a child (actor or not) who participates in a sexual reenactment considered child pornography, not art? Where is the line that shouldn’t be crossed?