Entertainment as Indoctrination
Two current TV shows illustrate the Left's fundamental transformation of culture.
In October 2008, when presidential candidate Barack Obama declared, “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America,” few had the imagination of how radically dramatic and devastating that would prove to be. Just a few days ago, Bernie Sanders joined Hillary Clinton at her rally to woo the impressionable youth with the right to vote with the familiar rhetorical posit, “Is everybody here ready to transform America? You’ve come to the right place.”
Clearly, “progressive” means the ever-progressing destruction of traditional American values. This includes fundamentally transforming family, church and synagogue, neighborhood, school, marriage, authentic Liberty and, sadly, even the truth. And the Left regularly chastises the Right for not going along with this “tolerance.” Such chastisement comes from Saul Alinsky’s Rule # 5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.”
For example, we’ll look at two TV shows that show how our entertainment industry seeks to affect the outcome of redefining marriage and a sense of self.
Brent Bozell and Tim Graham offered the case in point in their analysis of the ABC TV show, “Modern Family.” The gents framed up what we’ve long called entertainment as indoctrination quite nicely by walking readers through the liberal success of portraying same-sex marriage as commonplace. Despite about 500,000 same-sex marriages as reported by USA Today in June this year, compared to the more than 60 million traditional marriages reported in 2015, a 1% occurrence has been defined as commonplace on TV.
Until the 1970s, entertainment mirrored our society. Today, entertainment works to chisel away at the bedrock of morality, decency and even commonsense, to have society model its sad display of everything from excessive sexuality and objectifying women to the outright disdain for manhood.
The writers of “Modern Family” weren’t satisfied with portraying same-sex marriage as common, so they’re now introducing a transgender character — and a child, no less.
In their scrutiny, Bozell and Graham noted the Disney-owned ABC, along with many other hard Left activists who dominate the entertainment industry, is exposed as a cultural deconstructionist with an agenda not to entertain but to indoctrinate. An eight-year-old Atlanta actor selected to “play” the transgender boy will allegedly press the homosexual characters of the show to examine if their tolerance is elastic enough. Translation: The new normal is not only same-sex marriage but the further reaches of gender disorientation pathology.
“Modern Family” doesn’t stand alone. Arguably more insidious is ABC’s “Once Upon a Time,” because it’s a show marketed to families. The show features fairy tale characters transported into our world, and it’s a clever jumble of Snow White, Prince Charming and the Evil Queen, along with Rumpelstiltskin, Hook, Robin Hood and the Wicked Witch of the West, to name a few. Most of the fun is harmless. Except when it’s not.
In an episode that originally aired this April, Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz shared a romantic storyline with Little Red Riding Hood, ending with “true love’s kiss” breaking a sleeping spell. In an interview with “Entertainment Weekly,” the co-creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz lay out the lesbian-themed story plainly and clearly: It was “just another example of how in a fairy tale, as in life, love is love. Our goal is to make it as we see it in the real world, just as normal and as a part of everyday life as it should be.”
It’s the embodiment of the Left’s “love wins” slogan. They weren’t winning by claiming rights, so they had to change strategies. Once it became about love, they had a winning formula. Unsuspecting families watching “Once Upon a Time” find themselves identifying and sympathizing with two lesbian characters who are simply following their hearts. What could be so wrong with that?
Every single day this battle for the minds of our children and culture at large is being waged. And, sadly, the militant Left is winning. They’re winning by portraying falsehoods as reality, even if it is fairy tale based. They’re winning by creating emotional narratives around a weakness in our society — the confidence in one’s own identity.
The last few generations of our children have been exposed and trained up with the philosophy that self-esteem is the most critical element in the success of child-rearing and development. We now have millions of youth and young adults who believe they are, indeed, very important. So important that they should have free college tuition. They are entitled to a safe space where their “gender identity” is fluid and must be validated by everyone around them. And “love” — however they define it today — is an end in itself.
If you’re politically correct or highly degreed but hardly educated, you’ll see this as a progressive society moving to accept all equally with no view of right or wrong. “Coexist,” right?
If you’re grounded in the laws of nature, and, yes, Nature’s God, you can’t believe what you’re witnessing. You vacillate between the emotions of embarrassment due to the intellectual blindness of this absurdity to heartbreak seeing mixed-up adults raising equally confused children.
In using the term “culture,” we connote it to be the anthropological composition of accepted values, habits, knowledge, beliefs and behaviors that are manifested in arts and entertainment, families, religions, government, business, the media and “journalism” and educational systems. Our culture has been inarguably changed over the years with these seven entities being weaponized to create a culture, instead of reflecting a society.
Let’s for a moment view “culture” in the sense of an artificial medium rich with nutrients and resources in a controlled environment that feed organisms devoted to replication. Once this culture of like-minded creatures has colonized sufficiently and are introduced into a host environment — the aforementioned venues — the insult begins and the host can and will be overwhelmed.
What’s the cure? Not more of the same!