The Social Revolution

John Leguizamo’s open letter to Hollywood is a warning shot to the industry when it comes to the use of sexual violence and sexual exploitation in the movies. In it, the comedian and actor…

The Social Revolution

John Leguizamo’s open letter to Hollywood is a warning shot to the industry when it comes to the use of sexual violence and sexual exploitation in the movies. In it, the comedian and actor writes:

I am appalled when I hear that something called a “sex scene” is considered a necessary part of an action movie, and that the director should be given as little forewarning as possible of any part of the story involving sex and violence. In the last few years, there have been many reports of rape and attempted rape in Hollywood films, and almost as many of the perpetrators were people who worked in the industry. Of course, you may say that in this age of the Internet, you can do as you please, and I agree. But then I ask you, why do you allow films so filled with sexual and violent content to be made which then influence the behavior of a generation of impressionable youth? I feel that what we are seeing is a great deal of what we as a culture have been saying for years now: Don’t rape! Don’t molest! Don’t molest! What do we see? Sexual exploitation that can have devastating consequences for young women. Many of us were influenced by the sexual revolution in our teens and twenties, but I would argue that our fears are based on movies that we loved to see as children because they promised to be safe and fun. We are now entering a new social revolution, one that is not rooted in the concept of “The Revolution” as a movement; but rather, it is based on the idea of “The Revolution” as an idea. That revolution is the idea that you, yes you, are not allowed to hurt a child; that you, yes you, are not allowed to hurt and rape. The idea that you, yes you, are not allowed to hurt and rape is the great idea. When we look for movies that we can watch as children that promise fun and peace, we are entering into a revolution against movies that we have watched as children and now want to turn against the people that make the movies. We can start by trying to stop the people making the movies from making the movies that we enjoy as children who are now entering into a new social revolution. And we, in the entertainment industry, know the audience. You have the audience. So don’t give the audience what it wants: the

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