Daily Archives: June 6, 2009

What’s wrong with this picture?

I just watched Hancock last night.  Great film about redemption, though it involves quite a bit of mostly non-gratuitous crudity to get to its point, and is better suited to an adult audience.  I really wasn’t thinking about the rating when I watched it, but I wish the MPAA were more nuanced, like the USCCB Film Office.

From Wikipedia:

The MPAA questioned elements including Smith’s character drinking in front of a 17-year-old and the character flying under the influence of alcohol. Scenes that were removed to garner a PG-13 rating from the MPAA included a scene of statutory rape,[5] two of three uses of the “f-word” (the MPAA only permitted one use for the PG-13 rating), and intense shots of needles going into arms. The MPAA allowed scenes of Hancock shoving a prisoner’s head up another’s behind and of Hancock having explosive ejaculation during sexual intercourse, though Berg chose to save the latter scene for the DVD, explaining, “It just wasn’t that funny. Never was. You’d put it in front of an audience and there’d be two, maybe three people laughing. There was no way to do that and then regain even a modicum of emotional integrity.” The director kept the scene with the prisoners since a Las Vegas test screening was overwhelmingly successful: “At the end of the day, I couldn’t ignore an audience when they’re laughing that hard.”[23] With such elements, studio executives only became comfortable with Hancock when the marketing approach focused on action and humor. Berg noted, “The ad campaign for this movie is much friendlier than the film.”[5] The MPAA ultimately gave the film a PG-13 rating, citing “some intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence and language”.[18]

Interesting that the MPAA finds it more offensive to have a character drinking alcohol in front of a minor than to have the “a” word used about 200 times in the film.

Back when PG-13 was introduced, the point was that films with serious content were getting the “R” rating when they really didn’t need it.
OK. That’s why the USCCB has “all audiences,” “adults and adolescents,” and then a series of nuanced ratings for adults, from “Adults” to “Obscene.”

Yet, even then, there are “R” rated films from the early 80s that would get “PG” now.  I watched Ordinary People a year or two ago: a couple bad words, and some “adult themes.”  That was rated “R”, and still gets an “R”, but a film with massive violence, almost constant swearing, and brief nudity gets a “PG-13” today.

Ranjith: Exile or Promotion?

Rorate Caeli has been reporting for weeks about rumors that Archbishop Malcom Ranjith may be removed from his post as Secretary of the Congregation for the Discipline of Divine Worship and the Sacraments and assigned as archbishop of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

He’s none to popular with the more liberal (and even moderate) bishops at the Vatican, given his tendency to be very outspoken on liturgy: calling for a ban on Communion in the hand, for example, and calling bishops who defy Summorum Pontificum  “instruments of the devil.” 

Now, it seems that rumors are circulating the Pope will name Fr. J. Augustine DiNola, OP, as Ranjith’s replacement.  Some good discussions have been raised in the comboxes about what exactly the Holy Father’s motivations may be, but one of the best I’ve heard is promotion.

Shouldn’t being the second in command of a Vatican Congregation be at least equal to, if not a step below, having one’s own See?

Jill Stanek, Worst Person in the World?

It’s becoming a bit of a meme that MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann called Jill Stanek the “Worst Person in the World” because she identified the “clinics” run by LeRoy Carhart and Warren Hern on her website. Now, Jill has done a great job standing up for herself on this one, but this one really does take the cake.

In this corner, we have a woman who was a nurse, who stumbled onto to the practice of how, at the hospital she was working at, babies born alive as a result of abortion were being allowed to die with no oxygen, etc., (totally defying, BTW, the “pro-choice” claim that they “just want the baby out of the motehr’s body,” and that they don’t “really” want the baby’s death).

So she’s dediicated her life to saving baby’s lives.

In that corner, we have two men who perform abortions that even most abortionists won’t do, not because they’re difficult, but because they’re so obviously murder.   As William Saletan puts it, describing Tiller as “brave,”

Several years ago, I went to a conference of abortionists. Some of the late-term providers were there. A row of tables displayed forceps for sale. They started small and got bigger and bigger. Walking along the row, you could ask yourself: Would I use these forceps? How about those? Where would I stop?

The people who do late-term abortions are the ones who don’t flinch. They’re like the veterans you sometimes see in war documentaries, quietly recounting what they faced and did. You think you’re pro-choice. You think marching or phone-banking makes you an activist. You know nothing. There’s you, and then there are the people who work in the clinics. And then there are the people who use the forceps. And then there are the people who use the forceps nobody else will use. At the end of the line, there’s George Tiller.

Abortions that the majority of the country oppose, that have been outlawed by numerous federal law and by several state laws.

We’re talking about a man, Leroy Carhart, who has his name on not one, but two Supreme Court decisions–Nebraska v. Carhart and  Carhart v. Gonzalez. In both cases, this guy went all the way to the SC to defend his right to cut a baby’s neck with a pair of scissors and vaccuum the brains out.

So, between Jill Stanek and Leroy Carhart, who is really more eligible for “worst person alive”?

And, furthermore, if liberals are sincere in their belief that “hate speech” or any strongly worded political statement that they don’t agree with, is likely to incite violence, then why isn’t anyone suggesting that Keith Olbermann has subconsciously called out a “hit” on Jill Stanek?

If some crazed postabortive mother decides to walk up to Jill Stanek at her worship service this weekend and shoot her, can we blame Keith Olbermann for “demonizing” her?