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DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - An Academy Awards-nominated film portraying a homosexual relationship between a 17-year-old teenager and a man in his mid-20s is being blasted in The Boston Globe.
Call Me By Your Name is set in Italy and describes a relationship between a university professor's teenage son and an American doctoral student. The film has been showered with praise in Hollywood, receiving Academy Award nominations in four categories.
But critical reviews are noting the characters' age gap (roughly eight years), although they downplay this fact. One writer for the Boston Globe, however, expresses concern that the film attempts to normalize adult grooming of children, saying the film reminds her of all the men who abused her in her teens.
Cheyenne Montgomery wrote a scathing indictment of the film in an op-ed on January 25. She quipped, "Call Me by Your Name, the new film by Luca Guadagnino, is a deftly directed, beautifully photographed, wonderfully acted master class in sexual predation and abuse."
"Call Me by Your Name isn't about an older man and a younger man," she insisted. "It falsely romanticizes an exploitative relationship between a grown man and a teenager."
Montgomery herself was the victim of sexual abuse by adult males on several occasions in her teenage years. She concluded the Boston Globe piece by writing, "So no, Call Me by Your Name isn't a radical, brilliant piece of art. We need to call it by its name. That name is abuse."
According to those in the homosexual community, one of the things that attracts young men to the homosexual lifestyle is their longing to be accepted by older men. At gay bars, a teenage boy can find dozens of older men willing to give him attention and affection. Ex-gay Catholic speaker Joseph Sciambra says his own dive into the gay subculture sprang out of this desire for male attention (and lack of confidence in his own masculinity).
Call Me By Your Name hit theaters in November in the midst of the #MeToo movement, following the disclosure of sexual assault allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, followed by many others. The filmmakers were worried it would not do well with critics, given the timing of its release. But the camerawork, acting and other aesthetic qualities caused many to overlook how the film normalizes sexual predation on youth.
The Daily Wire called the movie "tone-deaf." Paul Bois wrote, "Hardly a cautionary tale, Call Me By Your Name is a romance of depraved proportions."
Catholic writer Daniel Mattson, a former homosexual, commented on the film on Twitter: "I know many men to whom this sort of thing happened. This is indeed a dangerous film."
The actor playing the older partner, Armie Hammer, told a reporter, "The age of consent in Italy is 14. So, to get technical, it's not illegal there. Whether I agree with that or not, that's a whole another Oprah, you know?"
A secular commentator said that gay men could relate with the teenage boy character in the film. Jeffrey Bloomer of Slate wrote in November, "Few readers who were ever 17, particularly (gay) male readers, will not recognize some of themselves in him."
The film's trailers are rife with shirtless, shiny, muscular men and young women in overly revealing swimsuits. Also, unambiguous sexual innuendos abound — both heterosexual and sodomite.
Much to the chagrin of the political Left, there is a statistical correlation between homosexuality and pedophilia. Even though professed gays account for less than 5 percent of the population, figures show at least 33 percent of pedophilia is homosexual.
In parts of ancient Greece (most notably Athens), man-boy relations were enshrined in the culture, especially among the elites, through a tradition known as pederasty. The idea was that a teenage boy would give his body over to an older man, and in return, the man would give him an education. Such practices were rationalized by some of their pagan myths in which Zeus (Roman name Jupiter) would essentially kidnap and rape young women and occasionally young men.
There is a controversial distinction between disordered attraction to pubescent teens and disordered attraction to pre-pubescent children. Attraction to teens would be called ephebophilia rather than pedophilia. Some spurn this distinction as inaccurate when compared to the actual behavior patterns of pedophiles. Others argue there is a difference in an abuser's mentality when he exploits teens versus when he exploits very young children.