At the end of February this year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gave their Oscar Best Picture Award to the movie “SPOTLIGHT”.
Just a reminder, folks.
HOLLYWOOD DOES NOT COME TO THE TABLE WITH CLEAN HANDS.
“The ultimate indictment of Hollywood’s mendacious double standard on sexual abuse comes in the form of shying away from its own track record of disregarded child exploitation.
Do we begin with the blatant hypocrisy of Hollywood lionizing directors and writers like WOODY ALLEN and X-Men scribe BRYAN SINGER who have long been accused of pedo activity ?
Or how about the fact that ROMAN POLANSKI remains a celebrated auteur – who has even received a Best Director Oscar – despite raping a 13 year old girl ?
What about the countless allegations of sexual molestation from former child stars such as COREY FELDMAN, COREY HAIM and TODD BRIDGES ?
Or worse yet, the fact that so many convicted child molesters were able to waltz right back into Hollywood once their outrageously shortened sentences concluded ?
Where was the outrage over child talent manager MARTIN WEISS raping a preteen boy more than 30 times over a three year period ?
Where was the outrage over child casting agent JASON JAMES MURPHY – who was charged with the molestation of an 8 year old boy in 1996 – being brought in to work on films like Super 8, School Of Rock and The Bad News Bears ?
Manager BOB VILLARD copped a plea deal in 2005 after committing a lewd act on a 13 year old child. Years before, he received an unbelievable slap on the wrist for possessing thousands of obscene images of young boys in his home. And 15 years before that, he was indicted by a grand jury on federal child pornography charges – which apparently wasn’t concerning enough to prevent him from spending the next 20 years working directly with underage actors.
Then there’s Disney composer FERNANDO RIVAS who was charged with creating and sending obscene videos of 4 year old children over the Internet.
Nor did a prior child molestation charge prevent actor BRIAN PECK from working on the Disney program The Suite Life of Zack and Cody just two years later.
Then there is the extraordinary case of director VICTOR SALVA who videotaped himself performing a disgusting act on a 12 year old child. Once his preposterously reduced prison sentence was up, he went right back to work in Hollywood, helming among other features 1995’s Disney produced Powder and the MGM produced Jeepers Creepers films.
THIS DETESTABLE WILLFUL REFUSAL TO ADDRESS SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN MAKES HOLLYWOOD THE EXEMPLAR OF HYPOCRISY.
SURE THEY WILL MAKE A BIG FUSS WHEN THEY CAN USE RAPE AND MOLESTATION TO PUSH SOME SORT OF ABSTRACT POLITICAL AGENDA BUT WHEN IT COMES TO MALTREATMENT AND EXPLOITATION THAT DOESN’T GEL WITH THEIR NARROWED WORLD VIEW AND SKEWED IDEOLOGIES – TO HELL WITH YOU !
OF COURSE, HOLLYWOOD WILL JUMP AT THE CHANCE TO DEMONIZE AND VILIFY CATHOLICS AND FRATERNITIES BUT AS SOON AS THE CHILD MOLESTERS AND SERIAL RAPISTS ARE REVEALED TO BE IMAMS AND RABBIS AND HOTSHOTS IN THE HILLS – ALL OF A SUDDEN THE SPOTLIGHT MYSTERIOUSLY FADES.
LOOKS LIKE SOME UNFORGIVABLE SINS ARE A LITTLE LESS UNFORGIVABLE IN HOLLYWOOD – JUST AS LONG AS YOU ARE THEIR KIND OF SEXUAL PREDATOR.
EVER THE EGOTISTICAL AND IGNORANT SORTS, PERHAPS SOMEBODY SHOULD SEND THE FILM INDUSTRY A MEMO : IF THEY ARE LOOKING FOR A LAMENTABLE DEPRAVED ‘RAPE CULTURE’ TO ERADICATE, PERHAPS THEY OUGHT TO START WITH THE ONE THEY HAVE CULTIVATED IN THEIR OWN BACKYARD.”
( “Shining A ‘SPOTLIGHT’ On Hollywood’s Sex Abuse Double Standard” by James Swift, Thought Catalogue : March 4, 2016 )
In her new documentary “AN OPEN SECRET”, award-winning filmmaker Amy Berg takes on powerful men in the entertainment industry who allegedly sexually abused underage boys but after its premiere Friday night at the DOC NY festival, the explosive work likely won’t be viewed again due to industry pressure as reported by Gordon Cox for Variety.
“Maybe we’ll get distribution,” the director said “but it’s not very likely.” Journalist John Connolly said “the reason this movie is having trouble getting distribution is because of Hollywood”.
Indeed, at the film’s premiere, DOC NYC co-founder Thom Powers said “a wall of silence has been erected around long-circulating molestation charges in Hollywood” as reported by Greg Cwik for Indiewire.
( “Hollywood Blacklists Documentary Exposing Its Pedophilia Secrets” )
Boston producer Matthew Valentinas assumed it would not be hard to find distributors interested in his film. He was wrong. He said : “We thought we had a great director, everything was checked and legally vetted. Why would it be a risk for a company to take it?”
It is not hard to figure out why Valentinas hit a brick wall. He was treading in dangerous waters offending the Hollywood establishment. For similar reasons, no one in Hollywood was interested in picking up Mel Gibson’s classic “The Passion Of The Christ”.
WHENEVER A FILMMAKER CUTS SHARPLY AGAINST THE HOLLYWOOD GRAIN, HE CAN EXPECT TO BE STONEWALLED. THIS IS THE WAY THE “TOLERANT CLASS” OPERATES. IT WORKS OVERTIME TO ENSURE CULTURALLY CORRECT MOVIES.
The resistance to “AN OPEN SECRET” was evident from the beginning. The New York magazine said : “The Amy Berg documentary has been slow to find distributors.” It also noted that discussions with Mark Cuban’s Magnolia Pictures went nowhere.
Screen International observed that “few distributors will dare to release a film with such incendiary claims.”
Deadline did a piece titled “AN OPEN SECRET’S DIFFICULT ROAD TO DISTRIBUTION” noting that executive producer Gabe Hoffman wouldn’t name names but said : “WE WENT TO EVERYBODY AND ANYBODY AT THE BIGGEST COMPANIES AND GOT TURNED DOWN EVERYWHERE.”
The Guardian, an influential U.K. publication, alerted readers to what was going on : “The content of the film had led to difficulties getting people to see it. It’s been rejected by major film festivals including London and has struggled to find distribution.”
Diane Dimond, a columnist for The Rockland County Times, really let loose : “I’ve expressed hope that throngs would go to see the documentary but, not surprisingly, the producers have had a difficult time getting movie theaters to agree to show it. Are movie house operators afraid of offending Hollywood executives?”
Dimond added that the union representing actors ( SAG-AFTRA ) has threatened to sue Amy Berg the director of the film. She concluded : “NOTE THAT YOU HAVEN’T HEARD A PEEP FROM STUDIO EXECUTIVES, BIG TALENT AGENCIES OR ENTERTAINMENT UNIONS ABOUT STEPS THEY’VE TAKEN TO PROTECT YOUNG ACTORS AGAINST SEXUAL PREDATORS.”
( “No ‘SPOTLIGHT’ On Hollywood Child Rape” by William A. Donohue, Catalyst : December 2015 )
“In the run-up to the November 6 debut of ‘SPOTLIGHT’, movie reviewers hailed it as an eye-opening account of the sexual abuse scandal that occurred in the Boston Archdiocese.
BUT HOLLYWOOD HAS NO INTEREST IN TURNING ITS CAMERAS ON ITSELF, WHICH IS WHY THE PUBLIC’S EYES HAVE BEEN SHUT TIGHT FROM SEEING A MOVIE THAT DOCUMENTS CHILD RAPE IN TINSELTOWN.
In 2011, when word surfaced that actor COREY FELDMAN was going public with accounts of child sexual molestation in Hollywood, it caught the attention of Boston producer MATTHEW VALENTINAS. He had been contemplating doing a film on sexual abuse anyway so when Feldman’s revelations hit the news, he decided the time was ripe to strike.
Feldman was interviewed by ABC’s Primetime Live in August 2011. He astonished viewers when he exclaimed : ‘I can tell you that the No. 1 problem in Hollywood was, and is, and always will be PEDOPHILIA.’
He said that when he was 14, he was ‘SURROUNDED’ BY CHILD MOLESTERS WHO ACTED LIKE VULTURES. Pointedly, he blamed a Hollywood mogul for the premature death of his friend Corey Haim, who died the year before.
STORIES ABOUT HOLLYWOOD’S SEXUAL PREDATORS HAVE BEEN AROUND FOR DECADES but it took Feldman’s admission to make people take a second look. As it turned out, however, the interest that Valentinas had in pursuing this story was atypical.
For example, QUITE UNLIKE THE WAY THE MEDIA POUNCED WHEN REVELATIONS ABOUT PRIESTLY SEXUAL ABUSE IN BOSTON WERE MADE PUBLIC IN 2002, NEWSPAPERS DID NOT GO NEAR THIS STORY.
In fact, following Feldman’s interview, only one newspaper, ‘The International Business Times’, carried a story about THE NEST OF CHILD ABUSERS IN HOLLYWOOD.
Valentinas was not deterred. He wanted to give high profile to THE PEDOPHILE RINGS THAT DOT HOLLYWOOD and to that end, he enlisted AMY BERG to do the film. She was a veteran. She was nominated for an Oscar for her documentary about molesting priests ‘DELIVER US FROM EVIL’.
Berg’s film ‘AN OPEN SECRET’ IS A DEVASTATING LOOK AT THE WAY HOLLYWOOD PREDATORS MANIPULATED, INTIMIDATED AND RAPED ASPIRING CHILD ACTORS.
THE RAPISTS WERE NOT STRANGERS. THEY WERE THEIR MENTORS.
TO BE SPECIFIC, THEY WERE MANAGERS, PUBLICISTS AND AGENTS.
MEN WHO WERE HELD IN HIGH ESTEEM BY EVERYONE, INCLUDING THE CHILD ACTORS AND MODELS WHOM THEY MOLESTED.
NOT ONLY DID THEY USE THEIR POSITIONS OF POWER TO SEXUALLY ABUSE INNOCENT KIDS, THEY DID SO WITH IMPUNITY.
‘AN OPEN SECRET’ has already played at theaters in Los Angeles, New York, Denver and Seattle. It has been accepted for the documentary competition at the Stockholm International Film Festival.
BUT DON’T LOOK FOR IT TO COME TO YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD CINEMAS ANYTIME SOON.
THE HOLLYWOOD MOGULS, WHO CLAIM A FIERCE ALLEGIANCE TO FREE SPEECH, DON’T WANT YOU TO KNOW ABOUT THEIR DIRTY LITTLE SECRET OF CHILD RAPE IN TINSELTOWN.”
( “No ‘SPOTLIGHT’ On Hollywood Child Rape” by William A. Donohue, Catalyst : December 2015 )
THE CATHOLIC CHURCH MAY BE IN THE “SPOTLIGHT”.
BUT HOLLYWOOD IS ALSO GUILTY OF KEEPING “AN OPEN SECRET”.
Please kindly remember this.