Dear Evangelical. Sit down. Better yet, go get a glass of Welch’s grape juice, drink it quickly, and then sit down. What I am about to tell you will shatter your world. Ready?
I agree with you. When you say that TV programming and movies are more violent and have more nudity in them than ever before, I agree. 100% agree. I think, according to your moral code, you have every right to be mad as heaven about all the blood, boobs, and butts (boy that will preach) that are common to many TV programs and movies. Things have changed a lot in recent years. The language, why the F word, the S word, and GD are common words used in almost every TV program and movie. We are a long, long way from Little House on the Prairie.
I think you have every right to object, boycott, and express your outrage. But, here’s the thing. You don’t matter. First, many Evangelicals seem to have no problem blood, boobs, and butts or F, S, or GD. I know compromising. backslidden liberals, right? They probably aren’t even real Christians. True blue, morally outraged, Evangelicals are a small segment of the total population. Your threats of boycott and picketing and letter writing, outside of getting the Duck Dynasty boys back on TV, has little effect. You need to face reality. I know it is hard. After all you do think that dead people get out of the grave, virgins have babies, and people can walk through walls and walk on water. Reality is this…the Evangelical demographic doesn’t matter much to Hollywood. They are content to throw Evangelicals a few bones now and again, but, for the most part, WWET, what would Evangelicals think, rarely enters the discussion.
Most Americans now watch pay-TV. With our money we vote for what channels we want and with our remote we choose which programs to watch. Here in good, old democratic America, everyone has a right to turn on or turn off the TV. If a person doesn’t like blood, boobs, and butts or F, S, or GD, they are free to not watch it. There are plenty of programs for you to watch on TV Land, the numerous Christian channels, and a handful of other channels; programming that is relatively free of blood, boobs, and butts or F, S, or GD.
HBO, Showtime, AMC, FX, or any of the other major networks are not going to cater to Evangelical morality and sensibility. As a demographic, you have little power. Why not start a 24/7 Evangelical entertainment channel? Instead of bitching, moaning, and complaining about Hollywood, invest your money in Christian entertainment. By all means, continue to expand the Christian ghetto. We live in America where anything is possible, right?
Here’s what I think. Most Evangelicals feign offense over blood, boobs, and butts or F, S, or GD. If their offense was real they would shut their TV’s off and stop supporting wicked Hollywood. Truth is, Evangelicals like blood, boobs, and butts like many of the rest of us. As
But what about the kids, Bruce? V-chip, parental controls, and an on/off button are all at the disposal of outraged Evangelicals. Yet, for the most part, they don’t use them. My children, none of whom are Evangelical, are quite capable of controlling what my grandchildren watch on TV. I do the same when they come to visit my house. It’s really is this simple. Parents, you are in charge. It is you, and you alone, that controls what your children watch on TV. Stop blaming Hollywood for your inability to supervise your children.
Since I am a pay-TV customer, I support the networks I like through paying a monthly satellite bill. Very few people only get their TV programming over the air. Some day, all TV viewing will be pay-TV. We are rapidly reaching that point. Viewers no longer like watching commercials and pay-TV allows them the freedom to avoid paid commercials every 8-10 minutes. Thank Zeus for the DVR. I support networks like HBO, Showtime, AMC, TNT, USA, and FX, because I like the programming they provide. Blood, boobs, and butts or F, S, or GD don’t offend me, and if it does, I do what every Evangelical has the power to do, I change the channel.
A recent episode of True Blood features a violent scene that takes place at a fundraiser for Republican Ted Cruz. Polly and I found it hilarious. Of course, we are card-carrying liberal heathens, so True Blood’s consistent jabbing at the religious and political right has been fun to watch. In fact, one could argue that True Blood has been a seven season long jab at everything Evangelicals hold dear. Here’s the clip:
One man’s funny is another man’s outrage. Again, we vote with our money and we have the power to change the channel if we don’t like what is on. It really is that simple.