While the international press and whole flocks of politicians are competing over who can roar the loudest against the blood and gore perpetrated by ISIS, while right now these blood thirsty fanatics are decimating towns and villages in Syria and Iraq, Mel Gibson is shown on television, here, twice in a row today (aren’t we blessed), decapitating all kinds of people, drenched in blood, in the patriotically historic movie “Braveheart.” The sheer number of body parts flying through the air, the amount of blood smeared all over the place, the piles of dead bodies surely would make any ISIS fighter dream of going to Hollywood.
In the meantime, shows such as “The Walking Dead” are on the hit list, and one can read comments from parents, explaining “since kids are going to watch violence anyway, why not let them watch the Walking Dead?” The number of movies competing with ISIS for atrocities is of course too great to list. One relevant scene, for example, might be from the still popular movie “The Hunted,” which opens with a lens-feast of civilians being mowed down by Serbian gangs, over and over again.
One could argue that some of the young people who have joined ISIS did so because they do not have meaningful lives in our modern world. But then one has to wonder why Hollywood, with practically endless supplies of money, materials and talented people, cannot think of anything more meaningful to do with all these riches than to produce an endless supply of detailed movies of every imaginable violence and horror.
It is safe to predict that Hollywood is already chomping at the bit to get their hands on some of those ticket-selling decapitations, rapes, murders, and mass executions. What else would one expect Hollywood to do? It’s money in the bank.
And of course, if any of those young ISIS fighters had been watching Hollywood, Mel Gibson etc. in action, we would still say: “yes, but that was only art and there is no correlation between what bored Hollywood does, unable to think of anything else, and what religious warriors want to do, in order to become famous like a movie star.”
When will we ever face up to Hollywood, the way we claim to want to face up to religious and ideological maniacs? Probably never, because as we know: violence in movies sells tickets and violence in the name of the gods sells weapons to all sides. To imagine anything else is not only anti-capitalistic socialism, it is unpatriotic and, well, blasphemous.
And, since there are absolutely no secrets to the violence generated by these walking dead who have taken over Hollywood long ago, not even the NSA would want to protect us from such destructive forces against our society: much more fun to watch the action!