The Devil in Hollywood 2.0

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by Paul Brock III  •  •  May 3, 2021   

No room for morals

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Entertainment around the world seemingly disregards any sense of morality, and now, especially in America, it embraces the diabolical almost completely.

The media and entertainment industry generated $2 trillion around the world last year and is expected to hit $2.5 trillion by the year 2024.

Within this industry, the United States has the largest share in the world, as it makes up roughly a third of that $2 trillion in revenue every year.

The top media and entertainment conglomerates in America consist of:

  • AT&T (which owns HBO, Cartoon Network, CNN and Warner Bros. Pictures) 
  • Facebook
  • Walt Disney (which owns ABC, Pixar, Marvel Studios, ESPN and even National Geographic) 
  • Netflix
  • Comcast (which owns Universal Pictures, NBC, MSNBC and USA Network) 
  • ViacomCBS (which owns Paramount Pictures, MTV, Nickelodeon, BET, Comedy Central and Showtime) 

Hollywood, which is synonymous with the entertainment industry, is run by these companies.

In fact, among the companies producing the top-grossing movies of 2021, Warner Bros., Walt Disney and Universal Pictures own the top spots.

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In the early days of Hollywood, there were guidelines that had to be met in order for motion pictures (movies) to go out to the public. This was known as Hollywood's Production Code.

In 1930, this new code was written, and it regulated the motion picture industry. Although it was adopted by Hollywood in 1930, it was not applied and enforced until 1934. Among the principles laid out:

  • No picture shall be produced which will lower the moral standards of those who see it.
  • The audience should never be thrown to the side of crime, wrongdoing, evil or sin.
  • Law, natural or human, should not be ridiculed, nor shall sympathy be created for its violation.

Behind the creation of the code were two Catholics in Martin Quigley and Fr. Daniel Lord. The code also forbade homosexual acts and required other evils like adultery not to be justified.

L to R, Martin Quigley and Fr. Daniel Lord

Three years later, in 1933, as entertainment in America strayed further and further from the natural and human law, the National (or Catholic) Legion of Decency was established. The Legion got the stamp of approval from Hollywood's recently established Production Code. Catholics who attended the showing of films condemned by the Legion were placing themselves under the pain of mortal sin. 

As enforcement of Hollywood's Production Code was still severely lacking, Bp. Maurice F. McAuliffe of Hartford, Connecticut had his priests read this letter to parishioners on the first of every month for seven months straight: "The films are an outrage to decency, morals and religion ... a relentless war must be waged against this orgy of filth and indecency ... Let him stay away until the motion picture industry is rid of its current evils." 

In 1934, code enforcement finally began and it was led by another Catholic in Joseph Breen — named head of the Production Code Administration (or the PCA). 

Any producer who attempted to play a movie in an American theater without the PCA's stamp of approval was fined $25,000. 

Liberty, the second-largest magazine in America at one point, editorialized that Breen's appointment gave him, "more influence in standardizing world thinking than Mussolini, Hitler or Stalin." 

1948 marked United States v. Paramount Pictures, a landmark Supreme Court case that ruled 7–1 and slowly crippled Hollywood's Production Code.

Any producer who attempted to play a movie in an American theater without the PCA's stamp of approval was fined $25,000. 

Among the seven justices in favor was Justice William Douglas. Douglas wrote the majority opinion for the case. He's also the same justice who, nearly 20 years later, would write the majority opinion in Griswold v. Connecticut, which legalized contraception and played a key role in eventually legalizing abortion.

The U.S. government claimed the PCA held what amounted to a monopoly on the motion picture industry, a claim the high court accepted.

The government's victory in this case changed the way films were produced and distributed. This opened the floodgates for independent producers, studios and theaters — all of which would be virtually uncensored and unregulated in comparison to films during the Production Code era, which eventually ended around 1968.

Today, Hollywood not only promotes homosexuality, abortion, transgenderism and virtually every other intrinsic evil, but the industry now has no tolerance for anything promoting what the old production code called "correct standards of life." 

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