The Founder and Publisher of MOVIEGUIDE
Issues an Appeal to Parents
to "Wake Up to What Your Kids Are Seeing"
...and Take Action Now!
Dr. Ted Baehr, founder and publisher of
MOVIEGUIDE(r), the authoritative family guide to movies
and entertainment, has described the current crop of
movies on release as "lewd, crude and rude" and has
appealed to parents to "wake up to what your children
are seeing" and take action.
Dr. Baehr, in an interview, said, "When
critic Roger Ebert, the same man who wrote VIXENS 2 (one
of the worst films in the history of filmmaking),
complains that movies have lost all taste and virtue,
and Kenneth Turan, renowned film critic of the Los
Angeles Times, says that he is embarrassed watching
husband and wife, Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman,
performing sex in EYES WIDE SHUT, weíve hit a new low in
the mass media of entertainment.
"If things have gotten so bad that even
the most hardened, jaded and liberal critics in America
are embarrassed, then the entertainment industry has,
indeed, plummeted to a new low!"
A SERIES OF OFFENSIVE FILMS
Dr. Baehr rattled off a series of
offensive movies that have slimed the movie screens of
America and the rest of the world.
"One after another, we have had SOUTH
PARK, which I thought was the most offensive film ever
made, followed by AMERICAN PIE, which was another
extremely distasteful, perverse movie, followed by
Stanley Kubrickís voyeuristic, demonic, cabalistic film,
EYES WIDE SHUT, which is arguably the most offensive
thing Mr. Kubrick has ever made. We are going from one
cinematic atrocity to another!"
Dr. Baehr said that the latest Austin
Powers film showed tremendous "bad taste" but he felt it
had been "overshadowed by the horribly demonic material
contained in SOUTH PARK, which arguably is the most vile
film in motion picture history."
Dr. Baehr said that when a report came
out from the Dove Foundation saying that the G-rated
films were making more money, he told the president of
the foundation, "The success of G-rated movies is going
to end. Itís all going to turn around, itís not going to
last for too long."
He said the reason for his comments was
simple demographics. "Thus, the 77 million baby kaboom
generation children who made up the target audience for
THE LION KING five years ago, are now turning into
teenagers and are being attracted to those movie genres
that teenagers with raging hormones usually are
attracted to: bloody horror, graphic sex and extreme
violence," said Baehr. "Regrettably, however, to capture
this sought-after teen audience, filmmakers have pushed
the envelope. For the baby boomers, BONNIE AND CLYDE was
graphic; for the desensitized baby kaboomers, itís
He went on, "We predicted this at
MOVIEGUIDE(r). Itís not something we wanted, but we
anticipated that this would happen to the entertainment
industry. Regrettably, I believe itís going to get worse
as these 77 million kids get older, and irresponsible
producers pander to the lowest common denominator to
reach this audience. We have got a big problem here."
WHAT IS THE ANSWER?
When asked what people need to do about
this present situation, Baehr said, "We need to go back
to the moral basics and re-inculcate sense and
sensibility in our children and our society. We need to
move away from this flood of tasteless neo-paganism. The
parents, the schools and the churches must confront this
collapse of our culture, but they are not dealing with
"As a Christian, Iím an eternal optimist,
and I know that we have victory in Christ. But, the
weekly release and box office success of more and more
decadent movies shows that what we are doing now is not
working. Perhaps this flood of crudity will get people
to take action. ĎEvil only triumphs when good men do
nothing,í said Edmund Burke.
"Parents need to assume responsibility.
After all, the evidence of where our media was taking us
is seen in the Columbine killings.
"There is a collapse of culture, taste
and morals. That doesnít mean we need a return to
neo-Victorianism. I am noticing a flood of counterfeit
cures from psychologists and psychiatrists who just
donít get it. If psychiatrists just describe the
problem, but do not tell parents what the solutions are,
and how their children can be taught to want to make
moral decisions, the situation will continue to get
"I would appeal to parents to take
serious interest in what their children are seeing and
to understand that their only hope is returning to the
moral virtues set forth in Godís word written, the
Bible. In spite of the fact that the mass media of
entertainment shuns responsibility and rails anger
against morality and decency, true wisdom is
understanding the nature of God and the truth of His
"It is important to note that the
American Psychiatric Association met some years ago and
announced that they have never cured anybody. Despite
their admission of failure, people keep listening to
these pompous priests of our age. So one of the keys to
solving this problem is stop listening to them and start
following the Truth."
To paraphrase the great 19th Century
observer, Alexis de Tocqueville, either we will practice
self-discipline as informed by the moral precepts of
Godís word, or we will suffer the whip of tyranny.