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Dr. Grace Vuoto
August 29, 2013
A mother, father and two children are at an Awards ceremony. Suddenly, a
performer on stage makes gestures that are so lewd the whole family stares in
open-mouthed shock. In the blink of an eye, the children’s rights have been
assaulted. The parents are disgusted. But it is too late. Their children’s
innocence has just been violated.
Now the parents are in a no-win situation: they can ignore the pornographic
gestures and thus risk the consequences of any interpretations the children will
draw or explain adult concepts to unformed minds. Why has this happened? This
was supposed to be a fun night out. The kids are simply too young for this
exposure and for the questions and discussion that must inevitably ensue.
This past weekend that family is none other than Hollywood elite, Will Smith and
his two children, Will and Jaden, at the Video Music Awards. A photograph of
them looking shocked went viral. Some reports stated the Smiths were reacting to
Miley Cyrus’ controversial performance while others stated that the family was
instead admiring Lady Gaga’s antics.
Regardless of whether the Smiths were outraged at Ms. Cyrus, the picture
captures the dilemma of American parents at large. In an attempt to participate
in a major cultural event with their kids, they are suddenly ensnared by
Hollywood’s demonic dragnet. Families across the nation were as horrified as
that picture portrays, with the adults looking as convulsed as Mr. Smith.
What do we do, many parents were forced to ask?
And this has happened again and again — Michael Jackson grabbing his crotch on
stage, Madonna kissing Britney Spears, Janet Jackson showing a nipple at the
Super Bowl and now Ms. Cyrus fondling a married man, Robin Thicke, at the VMAs
while also touching her private parts with a giant foam finger. Every year, the
acts get lewder and another cultural standard of decency is shattered.
It is time for Americans with a moral compass to get tough in retaliation. We
need a new legal and cultural doctrine: A doctrine of cultural rights. In other
words, every individual in America has the right to enjoy his or her society,
including the arts, without having his conscience, his moral standards
compromised. We all have the right to watch television, enjoy the Internet,
stroll the subway system without pornography being forced upon us in some way or
form, including advertisements that are indecent.
Sadly, we need a barrier against the abuse of the First Amendment, especially
the opprobrious interpretation of free expression. In other words, your right to
free expression is also limited by my right to be free of exposure to indecency
as this violates my religion. This used to be common courtesy and common sense.
In 1896, the Supreme Court adopted the Hicklin test in Rosen v. United States
that regards obscenity as material that can “deprave or corrupt those whose
minds are open to such immoral influences,” regardless of its artistic merit. In
subsequent rulings, standards have been relaxed so much that now, even virtual
child pornography, meaning illustrations of children being fornicated, is deemed
protected free speech. Our Founding Fathers would throw up — or better yet, they
would take up arms to defend their nation’s honor from this iniquity.
The perversions within our culture are today so far beyond the pale of our
previous Christian civilization that we now face a very stark choice: either
stand up to the barbarians in our midst or become submerged by their depravity.
There is no middle ground and there is no escape.
We have learned after almost sixty years of trying to appease and accommodate
the progressive agenda with concessions, that these individuals cannot be
appeased. We, as a society, cannot give enough individual sexual freedom: They
are coming to make us complicit in perversity. It is not enough for perverts to
be free to be perverted in their own private lives; they seek to make us all
perverts too. And it makes sense, because that is the ultimate perversion.
Like other evil ideologies, such as Nazism and communism, contemporary
liberalism is relentlessly destructive and can only be defeated with a forceful,
We must declare that we have every right to exist in our society, to be free
from obscenity, as they have the right to practice their obscenity. With a new
doctrine of cultural rights, we can challenge any violation in the courts and
impose massive criminal and civil penalties against transgressors.
Letter-writing campaigns do not work. Boycotts of networks do not work. Using
the marketplace to make choices as to which artists survive does not work. All
these theories conservatives have touted on how to respond to these debauched
entertainers ultimately fail because controversy of any kind usually only
accelerates the reputation and prosperity of the violator. The more we discuss
Ms. Cyrus, the richer she gets. The more we protest, the more famous she
Yet, if we had the legal power to prosecute and bankrupt her for violating our
cultural rights, she would sing a different tune. Instead of saying “We Can’t
Stop” as she thumbs her nose at Christian America, she would wiggle her behind
in private and smile nice for the camera when she is on stage.
As Robin Thicke’s mother, Gloria Loring, stated in reaction to Ms. Cyrus
grinding her body on her son while he sang: “I was not expecting her to be
putting her butt that close to my son. The problem is now I can never unsee it.”
Innocence lost is gone forever. Purity of the mind is gone forever. We should at
no time be forced to say: “I can never unsee it.”
Grace Vuoto is the Editor of Politics and Culture at World Tribune. The founder
of the Edmund Burke Institute for American Renewal, she is the host of American
Heartland with Dr. Grace on WTSB Radio Saturdays at 3:00. See show and archives
at: the Grace Vuoto channel at WorldTribuneTV.
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