Dan Majestic writes from Los Angeles: Have you ever wondered how is it that Hollywood makes dope look cool? And by ‘Hollywood’ I mean the movie industry generally, obviously, so don’t get smug about it, you European film makers.
How is it that getting stoned comes across in movies, or films, as something that’s not all that bad really? You see all those cool dudes, smoking pot or sniffing coke or shooting up heroin and it all looks like loads of fun on the big screen. As it was in that disgusting film Pulp Fiction that propelled Quentin Tarantino, a weird looking man by all standards, to stardom. And the funny thing is that all those dopeheads in movies still find the time to do other stuff, like pulling hot chicks or solving crimes or making lots of moola – one way or another. Which basically implies that you can do drugs and have a life. Remarkably, Hollywood is very careful not to show people smoking, because it’s dangerous for your health and for the people around you. But using dope is no big deal in the movie world. Fun actually. Every sane person should try it is the message. Makes you think, doesn’t it, that the whole of Hollywood is populated by drug addicts.
And then there’s the alcoholism in movies: the fun way to spend your time and meet new friends. Countless movies have numerous scenes set in bars where hot looking chicks sit alone at the table, sucking beer or wine, with all the scum around them paying no attention to them, until the main hero walks in and falls in love with the broad. Who, incidentally, turns out to be a decent sort of woman, even though she likes to hang out in seedy clubs and bars and has a drinking problem. And how about that James Bond having a large Scotch before going on a mission or while he is at it or once he’s done with it? He doesn’t smoke, oh no, but he sucks booze as if it gives him more energy. Alcoholics in movies have feelings and we are all supposed to tolerate their meaningless drivel, as if it makes any sense, and feel sorry for them.
And how about those hookers in movies? Yes, Hollywood loves to show hookers. Remember Pretty Woman? What sort of sick and twisted bastard could have come up with an idea of showing a modern day Cinderella and turn her into a prostitute? Julia Roberts made a career out of this trash, playing a happy hooker who was not in it for the money, you see. A decent sort of girl, who got all offended if people reminded her that she was a hustler out to suck dick and make a quick buck, flossing before and after a blow job. Mind you, Ms Roberts was a natural in that romantic comedy and never really managed to raise to a similar standard in later movies.
In Hollywood there’s never a problem with finding actresses to play hookers, even among A-listers. And if they are on dope, the characters, I mean, well, then the roles are seen as a great challenge with a possible Oscar beckoning and all sorts of other accolades. Playing prostitutes comes so naturally to so many actresses that I sometimes wonder whether they were, you know, at it before changing their profession.
Sex in movies? Don’t get me started. Or rather, do get me started. Sex in movies is grotesque in its idiocy. It adds nothing to the plot, it is badly simulated, it is laughable really, but just you tell those actors and actresses to take their kit off and pretend to be having a passionate shag, and they will treat it as a new high in their career. Many of them made their names on leg spreading, supposed dick dipping and moaning and groaning, having no acting skills.
Senseless violence comes next. It’s all over the place now in Hollywood. How on earth do these movies get financed, apart from the ones that are funded by the mob – that would be about one third of them – I have no idea. The violence on screen does nothing to improve the movies and looks pathetic quite frankly. Just like sex. The numbers of the dead now run into hundreds, with the so-called good guys coming across as psychotic killers.
Horror movies? That is Satanism, pure and simple. The sick and twisted bastards who make them are probably high on dope most of the time. The plots are non-existent, the blood flows like a mighty river and the realism of all that gore is lovingly kept to the highest standard. The acting, as you would expect, is non-existent in horror films and all the background imagery is taken out of some nightmare that could only be induced by a heavy administration of dope.
And yet, Hollywood gets away with all this crap. And continues to make more of it. And no one seems to be able to do anything about it. It’s as if the devil were running the whole operation and shielding all these creeps. Although, of course, payback comes to them at some point, one way or another.