Friday, March 25, 2011
Mistrust and Redemption in Hollywood - part 3
By 1969, shock had turned to outrage when Midnight Cowboy became the first X-rated movie to win Best Picture at the Oscars. This is the type of move Hollywood would have never made before the rating system. The story is about Joe Buck and Ratso, who are living on the fringe of society. Joe moves from Texas to New York City to make money as a male gigolo. Ratso is a third-rate con artist living by his wits to survive on the gritty streets of New York City. Midnight Cowboy is a journey into the dark side of human existence.
Overnight everything changed in Hollywood. Christians were outraged. They felt betrayed. Over the next few years, Christians would begin a long process of withdrawing from the industry. Hollywood would be branded as the enemy. We would discourage our young people from seeking careers as filmmakers and media makers. Soon boycotts and protests would become the norm. And Hollywood, without a production code, would begin to portray Christians as idiots, fanatics, and hypocrites. As a result of our withdrawal, we have allowed Hollywood to become a dark place. That’s our fault, not theirs. We are responding out of our emotions not out of our theology, which states that we must love everyone and that we are called to reach the world, including Hollywood.