There was a time when Hollywood actually produced material that promoted good morals and faith. Families in TV shows and movies actually prayed, went to church, believed in God, etc. That was a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, as they would say.
Today’s Hollywood is basically anti-Christian. Not only in the entertainment industry’s productions, but in the lifestyles of those who make their livings starring on the big & small screens. That fact was on display at this year’s Emmys.
Fox News reported:
“The 70th Annual Emmy Awards kicked off with a slew of political jokes and jabs as expected. But one remark from co-host Michael Che left many viewers upset.
During Che’s opening monologue with his fellow “Saturday Night Live” star Colin Jost, Che explained that his mother would not be watching the show on Monday night.
“My mother is not watching,” Che said. “She says she doesn’t like watching white award shows because you guys don’t thank Jesus enough.”
He continued, “That’s true. The only white people that thank Jesus are Republicans and ex-crackheads.”
The joke didn’t sit well with some viewers who took to Twitter to complain.
“Okay @DaytimeEmmys #MichaelChe I am not a Republican neither an ex- crack head do I get to thank #Jesus according to your standards? I’m a believer any and WILL thank JESUS! Really bad writing,” one user wrote.
“More Colin Just and Michael Che’s opening monologue bombed harder than I ever could have dreamed,” another tweeted.
“Michael Che – do not knock JC – Jesus is just all right with me.”
Michael Che – do not knock JC – Jesus is just all right with me. #emmys
— Mary Beth Coudal (@MaryBethC) September 18, 2018
“This has to be one of the dumbest remarks I’ve ever heard from some Hollywood actor. Absolutely outrageous!” another tweet read.
Before Che and Jost took the stage, the Emmys started with a song whose chorus was “We Solved It,” a comic ode to the diversity of nominees — and Hollywood self-satisfaction.
“Saturday Night Live” stars and Emmy nominees Monday night Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson started the song, pointing out that Sandra Oh could become the first woman of Asian descent to win an Emmy.
The comedians sang: “There were none, now there’s one, so we’re done.”
They were joined by Tituss Burgess, Kristen Bell, Sterling K. Brown and Ricky Martin, who declared the song “too white” and gave it a Latin turn.
Andy Samberg showed up to ask in song if there was a place for a straight white male in the song before being sent off. Martin and Samberg were met with loud cheers inside Microsoft Theater.”
Others also voiced their disappointment on social media.
#Emmys host Michael Che says the only white people who thank Jesus at award shows are Republicans, ‘ex-crackheads’.
Keep it up. America is shifting further and further to the right.
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) September 18, 2018
— Brian (@topgunn_99) September 18, 2018
Disgusting!!!! Shame on these celebs! Thankful I don’t watch these garbage award shows! #Emmys host Michael Che says the only white people who thank Jesus at award shows are Republicans, 'ex-crackheads'https://t.co/0Wopnq2cTQ
— AJNY (@angelaj460) September 18, 2018
I thanked Jesus for not watching!!!!
— joe lacey (@Joe82464495) September 18, 2018
Early in the 20th century up until the 1950s, Hollywood was actually kept in check by state & local governments, and also by religious leaders.
According to FaithWire:
“Local governments essentially regulated films from 1915 until 1952.”
Thomas Doherty, professor of American studies at Brandeis University, explained to author Billy Hallowell that:
“Movies [had] no First Amendment rights, which means state censorship boards, city censorship boards, a sheriff who didn’t like the film, could basically go in and shut down the movie.”
“Between the pressure from faith leaders and the government intrusion into the matter, it didn’t take long for Hollywood to opt for self-censorship, with the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America, an organization that later became the Motion Picture Association of America, creating a moral code that Hollywood studios subscribed to when releasing films.
Industry insiders came together to form the organization, which was headed by former politician William H. Hays from 1922 to 1945, as an effort to stave off government censorship. The Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America, under Hays’s leadership, set up a series of control measures aimed at trying to keep Hollywood in check.”
Religious leaders concerned with what was coming out of Tinseltown also acted.
“Christian leaders actually played an in-depth role in shaping what was coming out of Hollywood at the time — something that would seem unimaginable today.
“Roman Catholics were upset about the moral and social content of Hollywood cinema in the 1920s, so in around 1930, a couple prominent Catholics — a guy named Martin Quigley, who edited Motion Picture Herald … and a devout Catholic, a big-time Catholic layman and a Jesuit priest, named Father Daniel A. Lord — got together and wrote a moral code for the movies,” Doherty explained. “It had a moral philosophy, and then a list of prescriptions, things you should do, things you couldn’t do.”
It was this production code that offered up strict guidance for what would absolutely not be tolerated in Hollywood productions. Sex, crime, offensive language, nudity, illegal drug use, the ridicule of religion, and certain other behaviors were cracked down on.”
Hollywood took note of the pressure coming from government & people of faith.
“This pushback created problems for movie moguls, which led to the creation of the Production Code Administration to ensure that the movie industry’s moral code that had been ignored since 1930 would finally be upheld; that move was more successful.
So, aside from the censorship concerns, why did Hollywood create and finally come to comply with the code? Much of the motivation boiled down to money, according to PBS. Hays was reportedly able to convince studios that abiding by the Production Code was the most prudent path forward. After all, if they didn’t, they would end up doling out more money to change films once government censorship boards got a hold of them.”
Perhaps it’s time for religious leaders to begin urging their flocks to shun Hollywood again until it gets its act together. Maybe all of the different denominations – Catholic, Protestant, Mormon, etc., working together, can make a difference.
.@kayleighmcenany: Emmys speakers fired shots at Jesus and Christians and made comparisons between Republicans and crackheads – it’s no surprise it’s the lowest-rated award show pic.twitter.com/r89WaJKLMU
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) September 18, 2018
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