Oct 182010
Authors: Molly Ungerer

I’m concerned because a lot of people are losing sight of their morals. I’d like to think that most people have them, but I think they may be eroding.

For example, where do people come up with ideas for the astoundingly demented scenes in recent horror and thriller films? Or where do they get the idea to act so cruel and careless towards groups that differ from their own?

I’d prefer to believe that these ideas are generated from some malfunctioning machine as opposed to hearing that a human being came up with such disturbing ideas.

It’s fair to declare these individuals as “almost sociopathic” if they’re creating and carrying out these images on their own. It’s disgusting that people can be a part of such god-awful performances.

I’ll admit that my friends and I enjoy a suspenseful, spine-chilling horror movie once in a while, but I don’t sleep for the two nights that follow. Then I just end up kicking myself for watching something like that voluntarily.

I especially feel weird when I realize that some of the movies being produced are recreating events that have actually taken place and we’re paying money for this as “entertainment.” Some films only recreate such scenes to open people’s eyes to the actual event for the sake of education, however, how ill must we all be to find it “entertaining” when it’s been placed within dramatic horror films just for kicks?

It’s one thing to come up with disturbing and hostile concepts, but it’s a whole different story to turn it into a motion picture so viewers can scrounge up 10 dollars for their evening trip to the theatre.

Hollywood isn’t the only organization in the wrong when it comes to societal morals … or lack thereof. Fred Phelps is an American pastor of an Independent Baptist church. It’s called the Westboro Baptist Church. The church has been identified as a hate group. Phelps and his followers are known for their picketing at military funerals and gay pride gatherings.

The followers show up to funerals of military members and parade around with their vulgar signs that read, “thank God for dead soldiers,” and “fag troops.” Keep in mind that Phelps and his followers are doing this while the families are participating in the ceremony of their recently deceased family member.

Does it baffle anyone else that Phelps’ house has not been burned down? How can someone get away with such an act of pure hate and disregard for the family of a lost loved one? A funeral is not the time or the place for repulsive picketing.

The only reason this group has not been shut down by the law is because its acts count as protected political speech. Wouldn’t you agree that this particular act would count as an exception for them to be thrown to the ground and taken away in handcuffs after invading something like someone’s funeral with such disdain?

I realize that their protests are protected by their right to free speech, but I would like to believe that our courts would recognize the distaste and total inappropriateness in these actions and make an exception to punish such a hate crime.

We all appreciate our protected rights, but Fred Phelps and his followers have now created a new definition of “crossing the line” and some initiative should be taken by the court to let them know the boundaries are beyond broken at this point.

It’s a shame that people like this exist to unleash their corrupt, twisted ideas into society whether it’s in a film or being practiced with real life consequences. People have to be all kinds of crooked to fabricate these unsettling viewpoints.

Molly Ungerer is a sophomore journalism major. Her column appears Tuesdays in the Collegian. Letters and feedback can be sent to letters@collegian.com.

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