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Jewish World Review Sept. 25, 2000 / 24 Elul 5760

Don Feder

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Kissing --- lips and .... -- YOU COULD ALMOST hear the moist, smacking sounds clear across country.

To demonstrate his commitment to monogamy, Vice President Al Gore gave his wife a wet kiss at the Democratic National Convention. At a fund-raiser last week, Gore's running mate, Sen. Joe Lieberman, kissed every backside in Beverly Hills -- to show the Hollywood crowd that, despite the rhetoric of a week earlier, the Democratic ticket really, really does love them.

In the wake of the Federal Trade Commission report indicating that Hollywood is targeting children as young as 10 for some of its most violent products, Gore and Lieberman postured for the family vote.

"If I'm entrusted with the presidency, I am going to do something about this," the vice president thundered. Sure he will, just as soon as he acts on Chinese human-rights violations.

Gore threatened to give the studios "a six-month deadline" to "clean-up their act," before federal regulators move in. But at the Beverly Hills bash, it was wink-wink, nudge-nudge time, as Lieberman assured studio moguls and stars, "We will never, never put government in the position of telling you ... what to make."

Gore won't apply the Joe Camel standard to the cultural polluters for a simple reason -- the Democratic Party and entertainment industry are partners in deconstructing America.

"Al and I have tremendous regard for this industry," Lieberman gushed at the $4.2 million fund-raiser. "And the industry has entertained and inspired and educated us over the years."

So tell me, Joe, what's entertained, inspired and educated you the most -- full frontal nudity, simulated sex, violence that would gag a coroner, graphic language or sacrilege?

Are you uplifted by comedies like "Me, Myself and Irene," overflowing in toilet-bowl humor, and slasher stuff like "The Hollow Man," whose characters were strangled, impaled and incinerated?

What did you find more educational, "American Beauty," dripping with nihilism and a hatred of middle-class values, or "Dogma," with its crass ridicule of Christianity?

Which was more entertaining, the rape scene in "The Messenger" (so graphic moviegoers cringed) or the disembowlement scene in "The Cell"?

With a few honorable exceptions, Hollywood is America's degeneracy factory.

Its business is turning humans into animals. It exalts emotions, attacks inhibitions, urges instant gratification, desensitizes to violence and presents a dream-world existence.

The political left (Democratic Party) and artistic left (Hollywood) form a perfect unity.

At last week's extravaganza, director Rob Reiner observed that, despite its parochial concerns, what Hollywood cares about most is health care, "a woman's right to choose," "protecting the environment" and "meaningful gun-control laws."

The activists in show business and the actors in politics have a common agenda -- health care (put your life in government's hands), gun control (inanimate objects, not people, commit crimes), "a woman's right to choose" (human life is only a value when it doesn't clash with group interests) and the environment (trees are more important than people).

On a more profound level, both the artistic and political left are in the demolition business -- tearing down our heritage, attacking the Judeo-Christian ethic and working to create a society without individual responsibility, where human life is devalued.

Hollywood has shaped a hedonistic, materialistic, whim-driven generation. At every screening, it mints new Democratic voters.

Almost half of all moviegoers are 12 to 29 years of age. Is it any wonder then that among whites, the strongest Democratic constituency is young singles -- those without real-world experience, family responsibilities or any historical consciousness. In fairness, the Democrats should be giving Hollywood money, instead of the other way around.

The Gore-Lieberman sometimes crusade against cinematic corruption of kids is an act to awe the yokels. Hollywood, which opens it wallet wide to the Democratic ticket, understands that on the silver screen or campaign trail, there truly is no business like show business.

JWR contributing columnist Don Feder's latest books are Who is afraid of the Religious Right? ($15.95) and A Jewish conservative looks at pagan America ($9.95). To receive an autographed copy, send a check or money order to: Don Feder, The Boston Herald, 1 Herald Sq., Boston, Mass. 02106. Doing so will help fund JWR, if so noted. He is also available as a guest speaker. To comment on this column please click here.


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