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Wild Things Have Teeth

There was a shimmer of hope in the mainstream media today as Maurice Sendak, creator of Where the Wild Things Are, told parents that they could go to hell if they thought the movie is too scary for kids. It’s refreshing to see an artist stand up for their work and tell people who are offended by it to literally “Go to hell;” especially in an age where most films are altered in order to make a minority of people comfortable with it.

Let’s take a look at the interview with the people who worked on the movie:

The interview is taken From The Mommy Files at Sfgate

Reporter: “What do you say to parents who think the Wild Things film may be too scary?”

Sendak: “I would tell them to go to hell. That’s a question I will not tolerate.”

Reporter: “Because kids can handle it?”

Sendak: “If they can’t handle it, go home. Or wet your pants. Do whatever you like. But it’s not a question that can be
answered.”

Jonze: “Dave, you want to field that one?”

Eggers: “The part about kids wetting their pants? Should kids wear diapers when they go to the movies? I think adults should wear diapers going to it, too. I think everyone should be prepared for any eventuality.”

Sendak: “I think you’re right. This concentration on kids being scared, as though we as adults can’t be scared. Of course we’re scared. I’m scared of watching a TV show about vampires. I can’t fall asleep. It never stops. We’re grown-ups; we know better, but we’re afraid.”

Reporter: “Why is that important in art?”

Sendak: “Because it’s truth. You don’t want to do something that’s all terrifying. I saw the most horrendous movies that were unfit for child’s eyes. So what? I managed to survive.”

The strange thing about this whole thing is parents who take issue with a movie instead of the all of the propaganda and advertising that their kids see on a daily basis on television. “Here sweet-ums just sit here and watch your favorite cartoons and be sure to enjoy the fast food and anti-depressant ads.” I’m not even a parent and I’m disgusted with children’s shows that are passed for quality entertainment. Take that mind numbing show Hannah Montana, where the actress doesn’t have a problem peddling hate speech legislation to kids, or almost anything on the Disney Channel which only makes anyone watching it lose whatever intelligence they once had. The logic of why any good parent would want their kids to watch mainstream television still escapes me.

I’ve got a novel idea for the parents out there; how about you get involved in your kids lives and the things they do? Is it too much to ask that parents take responsibility for their kids up bringing instead of passing it off on other people? If you have a kid, preview what they’re going to watch on TV and movies that you might bring them to so you’re sure it’s something that’s compatible with the beliefs you want to instill in them. Personally I don’t need a nanny to tell me what I can or can’t watch and I don’t need a incompetent parents, who think the world should accommodate their bundles of joy, to sanitize an artist’s work for my consumption.

Call to Service

“Nearly all children nowadays were horrible. What was worst of all was that by means of such organizations as the Spies they were systematically turned into ungovernable little savages, and yet this produced in them no tendency whatever to rebel against the discipline of the Party. On the contrary, they adored the Party and everything connected with it… All their ferocity was turned outwards, against the enemies of the State, against foreigners, traitors, saboteurs, thought-criminals. It was almost normal for people over thirty to be frightened of their own children.” George Orwell 1984

On July 2nd 2008, presidential candidate Obama made a startling statement: “We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.” There’s been debate about the nature of this defense force and what its role in society would be. Even more disturbing has been the advertising related to volunteer work by AmeriCorps, which is geared towards younger Americans. In the past few months, through agreements with the Department of Homeland Security, the Boy and Girl Scouts have been recruited to work with the federal government in security roles answering the question of where some of the Civil Defense Force would be coming from.

After the election it didn’t take long before news articles began to report that the Department of Homeland Security began to train the Boy Scouts to combat terrorists and domestic threats. In an article written in the New York Times titled “Scouts Trained to Fight Terrorists and More,” pictures are shown of Boy Scouts dawning airsoft guns while they train to confront illegal immigrants, drug runners and of course terrorists. A. J. Lowenthal, a sheriff’s deputy in Imperial County California, stated that he would take children as young as 13 and a half into the training program. “I would rather take a kid than possibly lose a kid.” He states in the article. Even parents have a role in the training by donating land for mock raids.

A few months later, September 8th 2009, Janet Napolitano, head of the Department of Homeland Security, and Kathy Cloninger, Girl Scouts of the USA CEO, unveiled a Girl Scout preparedness patch and announced that they would be working together. The exact details of the agreement and the training that would be offered still aren’t clear but one thing is certain, they would be learning to help during flu pandemics, fires, dirty bombs and other natural disasters. While the Girl Scouts don’t say anything about police training; it wouldn’t be a leap, knowing how their counterparts are being used, to see that they’ll also be trained in some aspects of domestic security. See their announcement here.

With the addition of new security systems on a near daily basis and bills designed to give more resources to local police to combat terrorism it comes as no surprise to see cameras at major intersections throughout our local cities. The massive surveillance apparatus that is being put in place will need workers and young children are being groomed for that role every day. Your every move will be watched by the all seeing eyes of children brainwashed to be loyal to the state by the propaganda which is so prevalent on television and schools. It would be intimidating enough if all of this would be used to combat terrorism but with the definition of terrorist being anyone who breaks a law, the system is being turned inward towards the general public itself.

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