Oh, the pain that I am feeling right now. It is like negative stuff has filled me up to where now all someone has to do is say ‘boo’ and I start crying. What is this pain you ask? What has me so upset that I am writing this piece a day ahead of my schedule at the cost of a “The Write Stuff” blog? Children and teens killing other children, other teens, and adults or just walking into a school shooting anyone in their way while we, as a society, introduce movies like “Hunger Games”.
Just this week the following has been in the news:
- 12-Year-Old Sentenced In DART Rail Death
- Upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case could impact 14-year-old murderer’s prison sentence. This is a 14 year old who killed a 16 year old.
- Teens denied bond in pizza delivery murder
- Insanity Defense Planned for Accused Murderer of Boy, Cellmate. This 19 year old boy killed his 6 year old cousin.
- Life sentence in Mississippi hate-crime case
And let’s not forget the 19 year old who killed a 17 year old in Florida. Neighbors describe watch leader at center of Florida investigation
I found 5 cases of teens murdering in less five minutes on Google. And all of these stories were posted this week! If that does not scare you or make you think about how we are training our children and what is happening in our society then I suggest you WAKE UP!
I read a review on the new movie craze “Hunger Games”, a movie which is “about a survival-of-the-fittest reality show that sends home all its teen contestants, save the victor, in body bags.” (http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/22/showbiz/movies/hunger-games-review-rs/index.html). This is a movie which opened earning an estimated $19.74 million dollars. It started as a trilogy written for young adults that has now been produced as a movie rated PG-13. It is my opinion that when we focus our attention and our entertainment on violence then we are celebrating and encouraging it. Yet, I did not find one story of outraged parents in over twenty minutes of searching.
Now, I will be totally honest, I have not read the books or watched the movie. I am considering going to watch it on Sunday just to see if there is any moral fiber in this storyline. But deep in my bones this feels wrong and I hesitate to even give the appearance of supporting a movie such as this! One of my adult daughters said that the movie is “about a revolution against the cruel people who would do that.” That may be true, but the viewer reviews I have been reading have been thrilled with the violence shown. One example: “the fight scenes were unbelievable and ruthless (woo, blood and full on scenes- no sneaky camera-work to hide the brutality. Definitely pushed the pg13 rating!). ” http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1392170/reviews.
Our society is quickly being desensitized to violence in all its forms as if Hollywood is preparing us for things to come. As this is occurring, news stories like above and worse – such as school shootings – are becoming more prevalent. It is as if the entertainment (be it a game, a movie or a book) is being extended into real life. Have we forgotten our history? Rome was in to violence like this and we all know what happened to it.
We, as a society, cannot continue to neglect our children’s education, sit our children in front of violent computer games and television shows, or allow our children to watch movies like the Hunger Game without there being some consequences. The above five stories, I believe, are the consequences of this increasingly growing love of violence.
Hello folks! Are you listening? Are you watching what is happening to our society? Is this where you want our society to go?
I’m just ill, America!