Paul Lieberman is a feature writer who spent 24 years covering a variety of beats at the Los Angeles Times. He has won a fistful of awards plus a Nieman Fellowship and was on two reporting teams that were awarded the Pulitzer Prize. Back in 1992 the paper had just run a story about how the Intelligence unit of the Los Angeles Police Department was digging up dirt on various celebrities and politicians around town while monitoring organized crime. The piece said the practice started back in the 1950s. A few days later, Lieberman received a call from a dissenting reader.
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The Advocate, 1/21/2013 6:39:05 AM (No. 9129376)
To stop violence, start in the "sewer that is Hollywood" Sean Penn´s Gangster Squad takes a true story from the days of old fashioned crime of bookies and wise guys and morphs it into twisted and FALSE violence and wanton destruction for the sake of gratuitous violent shock value. Another movie to boycott based on violent falsehoods and the Chavista Communist Sean Penn.
Anyone remember "White Heat"? It´s a nice, light musical comedy from the days before Hollywood movies caused all the violence in America. In a heartwarming story about a talented entrepreneur and his devotion to his mother, I particularly remember the final dance number, "Top Of The World, Ma," in which our winsome hero, played by veteran hoofer James Cagney, dances out his homage to family values atop an oil refinery. If only Hollywood still made non-violent, life-affirming movies like that, crazy people would stop murdering us.
Fortunately, we can still take refuge in the works of Shakespeare, where killing is unknown and things always work out for the best.
In the old days, people treated entertainers as degenerates. They watched them on stages where the immorality was contained, but never associated with these low life´s. Now our society exalts them and listens to their advice. Our elders were smarter then we are.
Righto #7. Check out "Titus Andronicus" for starters. Maybe a better correlation can be found regarding fathers in the home. It applies to girls as well as boys. Nuclear families: there might be a reason why they have been recognized as the basic unit in virtually every culture. Have any of the recent mass killers had a stable father figure; excepting the Fort Hood shooter who was religiously motivated?
The fact that teenage and young men see these movies and think it´s cool to emulate them is a reason not to go. That and the publicity that people get when they perpetrate these mass murders leads many impressionable youths to think at least their name will be remembered. Stop giving them the opportunity to become infamous by not revealing their names, and even giving the impression that they are retarded/ignorant sub-humans. Why else would these killers do their deeds if not for some imaginary revenge on the public? Stop publicizing them, and giving kids the idea that they will be long remembered for something, even if it is a horrible deed. Leave it to the psychiatrists to determine whether he was sane or not, but keep his identity unknown, and don´t make anti-heroes out of them.
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