“The Greatest Story Ever Told,” is not the greatest movie ever made, but the 1965 epic about the life of Christ at least understood the nature of its source material. The Bible, Old and New Testaments alike, as a rich vein of subject matter – and profits – for the movie industry.
Then in the late 1960s, Hollywood made it’s hard left turn and God and the Bible were all but forgotten in Tinsel Town.
Next time someone from Hollywood excuses its increasingly questionable content by saying, “We just make what the public wants to see,” think about the actual films the public wants to see. There’s a good chance they’re not the same ones the industry celebrates come Oscar time.
According to Movie Guide, nine out of 10 of the highest grossing movies of 2013 contained “strong, or very strong Christian, Biblical or moral worldviews” and “no explicit sexual nudity, no Anti-American or anti-patriotic content.” But just one (“Gravity”) of the top 10 box office films was nominated for Best Picture. Some of the other Best Picture nominees read like caricatures of liberal and licentious Hollywood products. There’s the anti-Catholic “Philomena.” “The Dallas Buyers’ Club” is an AIDS drama featuring a transvestite character, and “The Wolf of Wall Street” is full of wild drug abuse and orgies – not to mention more than 500 uses of the word “f**k.” (In the meantime, the Academy of Motion Pictures disqualified the obscure Christian-themed film “Alone Yet Not Alone” from the voting for Best Original Song over what amounted to a technicality.)
Well if a celebrity is for it, then it must be a good idea. The Obama administration launched a new social media campaign last week using controversial celebrities as spokespeople for the Affordable Care Act. Counting the celebrities’ Twitter followers alone, that gives the administration access to more than 67 million people to push the president’s mandatory healthcare program.
Singer Lady Gaga, comedians Sarah Silverman and John Hodgman, “Revenge” actors Nick Wechsler and Emily VanCamp, and “Parks and Rec” star Amy Poehler, are just a few celebrities who tweeted out or Instagrammed pictures of themselves holding signs with the hashtag “#GetCovered” as part of Obama’s social media campaign to get young people to sign up for his healthcare plan.