Rachel Alexander on America Has Become a Society of Pop Culture

Remember when the TV show Leave it to Beaver was the height of pop culture entertainment? About a nice family of four with good values? How far we’ve sunk since then. Now Americans watch all kinds of trashy shows and movies instead. Reality shows like Keeping up with the Kardashians portray a family with loose moral values who are famous only because one of the daughters made a sex tape and has an enormous behind. Yet millions of viewers watch this vapid family, who are not trained actors, regularly. It debuted in 2007 and is still going, as one of the longest running reality TV shows ever. 

Movies are now geared to 12-year-old boys. They’ve become so loud and full of violence that they are intolerable to a large portion of the population. There’s been an increase in action-figure movies since they cater well to that young demographic. Rotten Tomatoes compiled a list of the best movies of 2019 so far and it is full of violent action-figure movies and horror movies. There are also movies like Sauvage, which takes a “non-judgmental approach” covering the journey of a male prostitute. Hail Satan? portrays a positive look at the Satanist movement.

A friend of mine recently saw the new movie Midway. It’s a remake of a previous version, about the Battle of Midway which took place during WWII. He was disappointed because the new version did not stick to the original facts. Instead of chronicling the events, it followed a few primary characters and was merely loosely based on historical facts. He also noticed that the movie went over other aspects of Pearl Harbor, not just Midway, which was unlike the original version — as if the people watching the movie were too ignorant of the rest of that history and needed the background.

The TV show Game of Thrones is listed as the third most popular TV show of 2019 by Tell Tales. The only thing I know about it is that it is prominent for many nude and sex scenes. The fifteenth most popular show is The Handmaid’s Tale, which deliberately confuses a Judeo-Christian country with a theocratic regime. Women are treated as property and forced to give birth. Mocking our Judeo-Christian heritage, one of the things that made this country great, has become popular entertainment.

R&B gradually evolved into hip-hop and rap, which contain degrading lyrics about women and the glorification of violence. In 1989, the rap group 2 Live Crew released a song, Me So Horny, with disgusting lyrics about women. At the time, it created an uproar. Now? Rap groups regularly release songs with revolting lyrics and no one bats an eye. It’s become a part of the culture. Their latest fad is lyrics attacking the police. As if that’s something cool to do.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Rachel Alexander