Is Frozen the perfect movie everyone saying it is?

Like a majority of people today, I am a huge fan of Disney’s newest fairy tale, Frozen. I think the fact that I’m both huge Disney & Broadway fans helps with that. Even though it’s not as good as (but still, a really good step up and a good start) Beauty and the Beast and Lion King, it is still an excellent Disney classic, with the formulaic Disney storytelling. The fact that Disney casted some of my favorite Tony-winning/nominated Broadway stars (Idina Menzel & Santino Fontana, and huge shout outs to Tony nominees Josh Gad & Jonathan Groff) and have music, written by 2-time Tony-winning Book of Mormon lyricist & his wife, Robert and Kristin Anderson-Lopez makes my heart soar! In today’s animated movies, the casting is sadly “Who’s the most popular person?”. But, here with an exception of Kristen Bell & Alan Tudyk, the whole, entire cast is random Broadway people.

First, let’s talk about the history and the success: Frozen is the re-imaging of Hans Christian Anderson’s forgotten fairytale, The Snow Queen. Like Disney’s last, couple movies, Tangled and Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen took a very long time to make. How long? Ever since Walt Disney’s time, literally! Along with The

(c) Image courtesy of E! Online

(c) Image courtesy of E! Online

Little Mermaid and Rapunzel, The Snow Queen was one of the fairytales Walt Disney himself wanted to do. It started off as a short, which was a part of a series of shorts, like Fun and Fancy Free and Melody Time. However, the movie was cancelled. Walt still tried to pursuit these fairy tales anyway, but he could not figure out how to do The Snow Queen. That’s right! Walt Disney, one of the greatest story tellers of all time, didn’t know how to make a fairy tale work because of serious story problems. That’s not good. Ever since then, The Snow Queen was an on-and-off production, especially during the 90s and early 2000’s. It was even tried as a ride in Disneyland and a musical in Tokyo Disneyland, but surprise, surprise: They failed too. Finally, in the late 2000s (while Princess and the Frog & Rapunzel [which was its title until PATF did not do good at the box office] was in production), Disney decided to try out The Snow Queen again. They almost gave up due to the same story problems until someone spoke up: “What if they were sisters?” Finally, after years and years, Disney had a story. Instead of a little girl named Gerda rescuing her childhood friend named Kai from the evil Snow Queen (At Disney’s failing story, it was Princess Anna, trying to save her prince, who was ironically-wait for it-Hans from the evil Snow Queen), it’s now about a princess named Anna, trying to save her sister, the Snow Queen from herself. And thanks to the unexpected phenomenon, the movie’s theme song, Let It Go, Elsa was no longer the movie’s villain, but one of the most famous Disney heroines of all time.

Frozen was the success that literally came out of nowhere. To clarify, Tangled & Wreck-It Ralph were successful. Tangled made half what Frozen made with 500 million, & Wreck-It Ralph, which is due for a sequel, made almost as much as Tangled with 400 million. But, these two didn’t come close to Frozen‘s popularity and success. The Frozen marketing mainly focused on the sidekick characters, Olaf & Sven to attract little kids & the doting parents. The teaser, which only featured them, received negative attention from older people and Disney fans, not believing Disney would be responsible for a silly concept. The movie’s second trailer, finally featuring Anna, Kristoff, Hans & barely Elsa, had mixed reactions, being compared to Tangled and being accused of copying of it. With that being said, people knew it would be successful with Tangled & WreckIt Ralph doing great. But, the world was in for a shock.

From Frozen’s release date to March 2014 (5 months), Frozen:

  • Made a BILLION dollars worldwide, becoming the most highest-making animated movie & the 5th highest-grossing film  of all time
Enjoy those highest-grossing rankings while you can, Frozen  Image courtesy of E! Online

Enjoy those highest-grossing rankings while you can, Frozen!
Image courtesy of E! Online

  • Became the first Walt Disney Animation Studios feature to win the Academy Award for Best Animation Feature. It also won that for the Golden Globes, but Beauty & the Beast and The Lion King won Golden Globes for Best Picture, Musical or Comedy.
  • Had the soundtrack #1 in the Billboard 200 for 13 weeks in a row, beating Beyonce for the top spot and it became Platinum
  • Won an Academy Award for its theme song, Let It Go
  • Already has a Broadway show in the works
  • Has a ride in the works at Disney World, which is going to open late 2015/early 2016 and rumors are saying that it has a show in the works at Disneyland
  • Had at first, critical acclaim, having the movie be compared to the Disney Renaissance

And with all of that success, it is easy to see why people reacted so strongly to Frozen. Additionally, the sisters storyline, the catchy songs, and the messages of love and what true love is praised by many. However, just like every popular thing, the “It’s so popular, it sucks” bandwagon started after the Academy Awards, starting an army of haters that has as many as Frozen fans. The haters call it out for poor storytelling, one-dimensional characters, and unmemorable songs. My brother liked Frozen, but actually said the same things. I also read some of the other problems people have from this movie, and actually, they made great points. More I watch the movie, more I do see some flaws. And sadly, a couple are serious flaws. So yes, Frozen is great, but it is not the big, perfect “best Disney movie ever” that some people are saying it is. Here are my 4 main problems with the movie:

1. The beginning

The first 8 minutes are well-done. The Vuelie is really gorgeous and the Disney Castle, transitioning from black to the music gives me chills. What a fantastic and magical way to open Frozen! Frozen Heart is also a great opening, foreshadowing the whole movie and setting up the mood. The scenes with little Elsa and Anna are well-constructed from Anna waking up her big sister to Elsa, knocking Anna unconscious and having their parents, taking them to the trolls. Here is where the beginning gets ruined: When the King and Queen decides to lock up Elsa for the rest of her life.

To begin, how the heck did the King & Queen get that idea anyway? The Grand Pabbie (The troll king) tells them that Elsa’s fears will be her demise. (I’ll get back to that shortly) What do they do? Lock her up! That makes everything much worse! Locking a kid up tells your kid that they are bad. Locking Elsa up results in her thinking that she is way too dangerous to be around. Additionally, the King doesn’t even teach Elsa how to control her powers. Even though “Conceal, don’t feel, don’t let it show/them know” is an important part of the movie, you’re teaching her to be scared of feeling emotions! Yes, that saying does help with controlling your feelings, but you need to teach her daughter to keep her emotions normal as long as she controls her powers. Like no therapist or no teacher…in fact, why didn’t you make Pabbie teach her to how control the powers? Pabbie obviously knows a lot about the powers. Why couldn’t you get him to help her out?

What makes it worse is that the King doesn’t let Anna and Elsa see each other at all. Kudos to the Lopezes for making their second hit, Do You Want to Build a Snowman? powerful. Seeing Anna and Elsa separated when they want to play with each other is very heartbreaking and you just want Anna and Elsa to build that darn snowman. Back to the topic, why? What was the point of Elsa and Anna, being separated? Not letting Elsa have any contact with the outside world is totally understandable and smart. But, not letting Anna be with Elsa at all is ridiculous. Could Elsa not show her powers and be careful with Anna? I mean, Anna doesn’t know the powers exist! Either way, Anna would be totally safe. The things that she does during Snowman is way more dangerous than Elsa without her powers. Did Elsa even see her at all during those years? During dinners with her parents if she had any dinners, outside of her room? Christmas? Arendelle Day? Was the coronation party really the first time Anna and Elsa saw each other?

What would have made the beginning much better and powerful was if being locked in her room was all Elsa’s choice. If the King & the Queen made Elsa get out, her powers would activate and eventually giving her father a minor injury. Despite the therapies and the presents people give to bribe Elsa into getting out, Elsa would still be afraid to leave the room. Yes, it’d be highly unrealistic, but still better character developments and reasoning than the one we had.

P.S: Who ruled Arendelle while Elsa was waiting for 3 years to be queen?

2. Elsa

Elsa is a favorite of fans and the people who like Frozen. She’s one of my favorites too, mainly because of Idina Menzel. Elsa also has a very strong character. Her goal in the movie is to control her powers and not to hurt anyone. As a result, she’s fearful throughout the whole movie. The only time adult Elsa is very happy during Let It Go. She’s finally free from her fears and pressures. She can be herself, let her powers go, and most importantly: Not hurt anybody. She sings how happy she is and how she can be whatever she wants to be without any judgments. Unfortuanely, my brother point this out: This is the only character development Elsa gets. After that, she is back to her fearful, fragile self again. That is fine because Anna is back and Elsa can easily hurt her, again. Now, this is the character development problem: Besides Let It Go, we never see her happy and free. We literally never see her do any fun activities or alone time at the castle like ice skating or painting trees with ice or making more dresses. So, how do we know that she is truly happy and free? This is an example of “Show, just don’t tell”. The time with the pointless scene we had with the shop owner, Oaken or the Fixer Upper scene could be made for character development for Elsa. So, my problem is not with the character of Elsa; she’s a wonderful character. It’s the time the writer, Jennifer Lee gave us with Elsa and how she gave her no development. The sad thing is if they stuck Elsa as the villain, we would probably have a more developed and interesting character.

3. Olaf

I don’t hate Olaf, but I think he’s just an okay sidekick. Not like the Genie, Timon & Pumbaa, or even Ray from Princess and the Frog. The only problem that I have for him, which is major, is that there are way too many one-liners. A Disney sidekick has to be funny once in a while, but needs to be serious throughout the movie. The problem with Olaf is again, too many one-liners and funny sayings. The amount of the humorous lines is fine when we meet Olaf to establish the sidekick character, but most of the lines that he says is just for laughs. Again, he’s not horrible and he has a great role in the movie and a great meaning (He symbolizes the native nature little Anna & Elsa had and their friendship). One of my favorite scenes in the movie is him with Anna in the fireplace because it shows how mature and sweet he is. When Olaf just strokes Anna on the arm, I just melt. It’s so precious! But, I wish Jennifer Lee took him more seriously.

4. The ending/Duke of Weaselton (They’re #4 for a reason)

My problem is not the ending, itself. The ending had the most brilliant twists in a Disney movie. Prince Hans as the real villain is genius. Disney pretty much invented the Disney Prince with the pretty face and the dashing, charming character. So, the fact that the Prince Charming in a Disney movie is evil, is fresh and revolutionary in the Disney universe. It also sends out a realistic message to little girls that Prince Charming is not always the good guy. But, I do have some slight problems with it, which I will explain in a second. And of course, the act and the message of true love was phenomenal. The act of true love, as everyone knows was Anna saving her sister, Elsa from getting killed by Prince Hans by standing in front of Elsa. The message is that true love isn’t only man/girl, man/man, & girl/girl kissing. True love is just doing amazing things for your dear one, if it’s for a family member, friend, pet etc. However, the message isn’t that new to Disney. We saw this message in Disney/ABC’s Once Upon a Time, where the Evil Queen, Regina kisses her adopted son (and main character) Henry on the forehead to awake him from the curse he had.

Now, here is my biggest problem with the ending. The popular video, Everything Wrong With Frozen…, actually pointed this out after I noticed this:

Screen Shot 2014-06-12 at 11.21.58 PMThis is 100% true, in my opinion.

  1. It would make sense for the Ice Harvester, falling in love with the Snow Queen. A guy, who loves ice & snow, would defientely marry a girl who has snow powers. That’s a perfect match! If I walked into the movie without knowing any of the characters, I would have guessed that Kristoff and Elsa would have been together at the end. Hans, as a good man, and Anna actually had great chemistry.
  2. Instead of Hans being evil, another great ending is if Anna and Hans (who ended up as a good guy) realized “Hey, Elsa and Kristoff are right. We are rushing things. Let’s spend more time together before getting married!” It’s great enough that another message of Frozen is that you can’t marry a person you just met (The 2007 hit Enchanted beat Frozen in doing this message), but it would be more awesome if Hans and Anna, being in love, realized this and postponed the wedding. Nevertheless, Anna did learn this. She and Kristoff never married, just kissed.
  3. My slight problem with the villain twist is that apparently, the animated next Disney fairy tale in 2016 is Jack and the Beanstalk…
    OH, COME ON DISNEY!!!!! (c) Fan art (That is the title, sadly) courtesy by: Fanpop.org

    OH, COME ON DISNEY!!!!! IT’S A BOY FAIRY TALE, THIS TIME! *groans*
    (c) Fan art (That is the title, sadly) courtesy by: Fanpop.org

    …and according to Bleeding Cool.com (who has somehow gotten the plot), Jack will be a part of a love triangle with his childhood best friend, Angelina (the next Disney Princess?) and a *gasp* noble/prince named Marco. Couldn’t the evil prince plot be saved for Jack…ugh…Giants? The main hero is Jack, so we all want him to get the girl. By having an evil prince, things would be a lot easier for Jack and the plot. And we all already know that Jack and Angelina will get together. If they do the evil prince with Giants, Disney will be accused of copying from Frozen (which they, technically are right now with the love triangle.)

    Now, let’s talk about casting for these three characters in Giants…

  4. Instead of Hans, the Duke really should have been the villain.

First off, the Duke was a very pointless character. Yes, he had a meaning, which was to be the red herring and hide the real villain from the audience. But, the Duke didn’t do anything at all. He wanted to take Arendelle’s goods, such as blankets and sell them for his profits.  But, you don’t see the Duke do any of these evil actions. Like Elsa, show us, don’t tell us! The transition of him caring about Anna, when she was allegedly dead, came out of nowhere as well. We can see that he has a caring side, but yet he was just trying to murder Elsa! If they really wanted the Duke to be the red herring for Hans, they should have send the Duke up there. And instead of his body guards almost being killed by Elsa, we could had an “Elsa vs. Duke” showdown where the Duke tries to strike a deal with her about money and tries to kills her when she says no. That’d be a perfect way of using your red herring.

Or better yet: If Hans was good, have the Duke capture Elsa and strikes the deal with her. She would say no and he would burn her on the stake, like I predicted for the ending. My problem with the prophecy of Elsa’s fears is that you see Elsa getting killed by people. But, you don’t see that at the end. A big mob scene would be predictable, but heartbreaking.

Another emotional problem that I have with the ending is that throughout the movie, they were building up Olaf, melting.  But, Olaf does not melt. As he was melting at the end, oh no problem: Here’s a snow cloud! What was the pointing of the melting dialogues if Olaf doesn’t actually melt? It would upset kids if he melts, but Elsa would bring him back. It still would be a emotional moment and a great payoff/finish to Olaf’s storyline.

Works Cited

Brigante, Ricky. “Should a “Frozen” Musical Replace Long-running “Aladdin” Stage Show at Disney California Adventure in Hyperion Theatre?” InsideTheMagic.net. 8 Dec. 2013. Web. 19 Aug. 2014. <http://www.insidethemagic.net/2013/12/should-a-frozen-musical-replace-aladdin-stage-show/&gt;.

Caulfield, Keith. “‘Frozen’ Soundtrack Storms to Top Of Billboard 200.” Billboard. 8 Jan. 2014. Web. 19 Aug. 2014. <http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/5862606/frozen-soundtrack-storms-to-top-of-billboard-200&gt;.

Connelly, Brendon. “Exclusive: Lots Of Details Of Disney’s Unannounced Animated Movie, Giants – Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movie, TV News.” Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movie, TV News. Bleeding Cool, 21 Aug. 2013. Web. 19 Aug. 2014. <http://www.bleedingcool.com/2013/08/21/exclusive-lots-of-details-of-disneys-unannounced-animated-movie-giants/&gt;.

Gilbert, Ryan. “Dreams Do Come True! Disney Confirms Broadway Plans for Hit Movie Frozen.”Broadway.com. 13 Jan. 2014. Web. 19 Aug. 2014. <http://www.broadway.com/buzz/174011/dreams-do-come-true-disney-confirms-broadway-plans-for-hit-movie-frozen/&gt;.

Gundel, Sarah. “Walt Disney World Planning a ‘Frozen’ Ride; Set to Shut down Five Attractions.” Examiner.com. 12 May 2014. Web. 19 Aug. 2014. <http://www.examiner.com/article/walt-disney-world-planning-a-frozen-ride-set-to-shut-down-five-attractions&gt;.

Hill, Jim. “Countdown to Disney “Frozen” : How One Simple Suggestion Broke the Ice on the “Snow Queen” ‘s Decades-long Story Problems.” Jim Hill Media. 18 Oct. 2013. Web. 19 Aug. 2014.

Schaefer, Sandy. “‘Wreck-It Ralph 2′ In Development; Director Promises Mario in the Sequel.” Screen Rant. Web. 19 Aug. 2014. <http://screenrant.com/wreck-it-ralph-2-sequel-mario/&gt;.

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Remembering Robin Williams

“WHAT?!” I heard my mother from the family room. My ears perked up because my parents were acting really shocked by something. I thought it was someone messing up in Wheel of Fortune, which we watch every day during dinner. I shrugged it off, but my parents kept going and going. I left my room and called out from upstairs, asking what was going on. I expected something happened to my sisters who were out or this WOF player really messed up, but my mom’s answer left me in shock: “Robin Williams just died.” I was in shock for the rest of the night. I still am. Robin Williams, a legendary actor whose work was so familiar to me, has died. What made that moment harder was that I was actually taking a break from watching Aladdin and stopped before the Genie’s grand entrance. 

Let me just say: I honestly am not surprised about Williams’s death. He went to rehab last month for his past alcoholic problems and I immediately thought of Glee star Cory Monteith, whose life ended the same way. Rehab to fix his problems, then boom: Gone like that that. I had a feeling the same thing was going to happen with Mr. Williams and I’m sad that my gut feeling came true.

His work that I am most familiar with is, of course the Disney nerd that I am, is Aladdin. I think this is the Robin Williams work that everyone is mostly familiar with because it’s a Disney movie like Jungle Book and Pinocchio. The Genie was always one of my favorite Disney sidekicks. Not only because how big of a role he was (Perhaps the biggest sidekick role in any Disney movie with Jiminy Cricket), but because of that big, loud voice and his fast, snappy one-liners and his crazy antics. And of course, who would forget Friend Like Me, a song that has “Disney” written all over it with Williams, stealing the show and lighting up the screen? My older sisters used to sing Prince Ali all of the time when we got home from school. I recently saw the spectacular Broadway production of Aladdin and I thought of James Monroe Iglehart, the actor who plays the Genie and won a Tony for it (and well-deserved, may I add!) when I heard the passing. I read in a interview that he is a huge Robin Williams fan and how he inspired Iglehart to play the Genie on Broadway, and how he was hoping for Williams to come and see him. Don’t worry, my friend, Williams will see you real soon.

Of course, Aladdin isn’t the only Williams movie I’ve seen. One of the my most beloved family moments is actually from one of his other works. My family and I went to Massachusetts in 2006, and we had a long, grumpy day (I forget why) in Boston. We all decided to stay there for the night and when we got in the room, we decided to watch a movie. What did we watched? RV. So, we spend all night, cuddled in bed and eating ice cream while watching Robin Williams (and one of my Broadway idols, Kristin Chenoweth) do his thing in RV. We all still talk about that moment.

2 (or 4 if you count the sequels) of the other works I’m most familiar with are the Happy Feet movies as a huge animation fan, and the Night of the Museum movies, which I really enjoy. Williams was hilarious as the Genie-sounding Ramone and the wise Lovelace and I wish the awful sequel was as good as the beautiful, first one. I owned the second Museum movie and he always did wonderful in his scenes as Theodore Roosevelt, looking just like him and having a wonderful voice for him. It’ll be sad to watch him in the final Museum movie, this December.  

I also watched a little bit of Hook recently before falling asleep around 12:30 in the morning, and I remember watched a bit of Dead Poet’s Society in my freshman year of high school. We owned the 1997 Flubber, so my siblings and I watched that as kids. I haven’t seen the other Williams films, so I need to watch glimpse of some of them, especially his iconic Mrs. Doubtfire & his Oscar-winning performance in Good Will Hunting.

I am very pleased to read such positive stories about meeting and actually knowing Robin Williams in real life (not from a celebrity!), this morning. It’s great to read about a Hollywood actor who did not let the fame go into his head and remained a kind, generous soul. I am very sorry that his life ended in the way it did and I am surprised how huge his death is. I never knew how much he touched and impacted the world with his humor and class until sadly, now.

I really think that Robin is with our Maker now. I do not think God sends you to Hell for killing yourself. He knows how much you’ve been suffering, and he understands that. He won’t send you to more suffering if you’re a good person (Pslam 103:8). Yes, Robin did drugs and alcohol, but God knows what was in his heart and how good of a man he was. This has been a terrible year, in general. From James Avery (Technically, last year) to Shirley Temple (who was also a big part of my childhood) to Mickey Rooney to Ann B. Davis, and many, many more to finally, this unexpected death.

I’ll end this post with an amazing quote that Frozen actor Josh Gad has said about Robin Williams: “Well, today we’ve lost the clown. And now we’re left with the fools.” Couldn’t agree more, Olaf. Less the Kardashians, more people like Robin Williams, please! 

Rest in peace, Robin Williams and thank you for everything! Genie, you’re free and gooooooooood niiiiggggghhhhhht, Vietnam! 

Resources

Gad, Josh. “Olaf Remembers His Friend and Idol, the Genie.” USA Today. Gannett, 12 Aug. 2014. Web. 12 Aug. 2014. <http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2014/08/12/josh-gad-remembering-robin-williams/13951075/&gt;.

“Kim Kardashian to Release Book of Her Selfies.” Fox News. FOX News Network, 11 Aug. 2014. Web. 12 Aug. 2014. <http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2014/08/11/kim-kardashian-to-release-book-her-selfies/&gt;.

 

Why do parents exploit their kids?

A couple of days ago, I found a really disturbing music video by aspiring singer Allison Gold on YouTube.  We see Ms. Gold, wearing outfits ranging from a blue bra and underwear to a tight golden dress with a high ponytail to match the stripper look. The outfits get worst. When she’s dancing in front of grown construction men, it looks like she’s not wearing any tops. Instead, she has police tape, wrapped to cover her boobs. You’ll have to look carefully to find her bra. During the video, she robs diamond stores, dancing behind bars in style of pole dancing, getting shocked in electric chairs, and dancing with grown men and women TOUCHING all over her at the end. You may be wondering: Where is this girl’s parents? The answer will shock you. They’re behind the camera, directing the music video with Friday (Yes, that Friday) producer, Patrice Wilson (who has come up with really creepy music videos in the past. I mean, THIS GUY NEEDS TO BE CHECKED OUT BY THE FBI CREEPY). And the worst of all? Alison Gold is 11 years old.

You read me right:

This is an 11-year old. This is doing of her own parents. Image courtesy of (c) MusicFeeds

This is an 11-year old. This is the doing of her own parents.
Image courtesy of (c) MusicFeeds

See the video for yourself here.

You are wondering: Why? Why would anyone treat an 11 year old girl, almost like a Playboy model? Above all, why would parents treat their own flesh and blood like this, in order to receive fame and fortune? Sadly, this is not only Alison Golden and her sick parents. Some TV shows today glorify this.

One of the most famous shows that glorify pimping kids out is Toddlers and Tiaras….

Which is responsible for this. Image courtesy of (c) TVWeek

…which is responsible for this.
Image courtesy of
(c) TVWeek

Toddlers is a reason why beauty pageants is toxic. As you can tell from the title, Toddlers follow little girls who are beauty pageant contestants and their soccer moms. Their mothers brainwash train their daughters to be stand-out winners. How do they do this? Plucking their eyebrows, taking them to tanning salons and tan their kids, teaching them how to pole dance, and even giving them botoxs. Their outfits are so racy that I don’t think it would ethical to post a picture of their outfits. (Trust me, they’re that bad). These girls can be young as 3 or 4 and they are experiencing these things, so their parents can have trophy children that they can show off everywhere you go. As a result, these little girls can be turned into obnoxious, spoiled brats as they get older and/or get emotionally and psychologically scarred for life. Heck, some little girls even admit they don’t want to be in beauty pageants. They do it because their mothers or/and fathers make them.

It isn’t only in beauty pageants though. Parents force their children in dancing (look up Dance Moms, which is the dancing equivalent to Toddlers and Tiaras), singing, and acting, in hopes to make their child famous. I auditioned for Disney Channel in 2011 (Another story in the future) and I saw a mom, training her son in saying the monologue given to us by telling him, “No! You have to be perfect! It’s like this…” It was heartbreaking.

In conclusion, children aren’t supposed to have show business as a childhood. Instead of going to tanning salons and auditioning for commercials, they need to ride bikes, go to preschool, and have toys and animal crackers with their friends. Show business literally takes up all of your time and a kid wouldn’t have time to stop and relax. And if a parent pulls his/her little kid to show business in hopes to have a famous child, that is beyond disgusting. And parents who scoop to Allison Gold-low and exploit their kids into doing racy, dirty performances need to be locked up in jail for child abuse.

Resources

Williams, Tom. “Alison Gold’s Controversial ‘Shush Up’ Video Is “Art”, Says Patrice Wilson.”Music Feeds RSS. 12 Feb. 2014. Web. 2 July 2014. <http://musicfeeds.com.au/news/alison-golds-controversial-shush-up-video-is-art-says-patrice-wilson/&gt;.

Are we starting to give this world to Satan?

(c) Image courtesy of The Whited Sepulchre

(c) Image courtesy of The Whited Sepulchre

This past month or two,  I have noticed an alarming amount of Satan worship in the public, as if a Satanic revolution is about to occur. To make myself clear, I do not look these up. They are headlines that I read on AOL and Facebook. First, there was a public revealing of plans of a statue of Satan and even a plan of a Satanic temple in Oklahoma. Then, not long after that, Harvard University planned   a plan  of a black mass (a Satanic version of the Catholic mass) before it was cancelled at the very last second.  Now, the latest thing I am reading is that in Florida, a town meeting opened its meeting   with a Satanic prayer. The scariest thing is not the acts, but the fact that people are opening these   evil acts and practices with open arms. People are praising these practices, saying that they are a part of the Declaration of Independence’s law of freedom of religion and that it is equality for all. People also say that they would go to these events to see what the fuss is about. Why is this a concern?

It is not equality that’s the problem; it’s far from it. It’s the religion. If you are not familiar with Christianity, let me tell you who Satan is. According to our faith, Satan is a fallen angel of God. He is banished to Hell after he rounds up some angels to overthrow God. Since then, Satan tempts everyone into sins such as murder, adultery, stealing, etc. But, his main goal is to throw people into Hell, a place where all bad souls are thrown into, so they can suffer for eternity. Satan is pure evil and brings in the worst of the world and people. Satanism celebrates Satan, his works, and his upside-down beliefs. This religion is pure evil that brainwashes people and makes them evil, in return. And it looks like society is slowly starting to embrace it, in the name of goodness, equality, and freedom. As a result, the public exposure and affectionate are attracting innocent people and “lost souls” to Satan.

What does this mean for Christians? Well, it doesn’t help that people who agree with these practices slam and mock Christians. They say stuff like “Christians are freaking out,” “Christians think they can be in charge of everything,” and “Watch Christians try to ruin this”. It’s not about us, taking over and shoving down our religion into non-Christian’s throats. It’s about fighting for what is morally and spirituality right. But also, what this means is that these practices could be a sign that the world could be coming into an end soon. (Note: I actually think the world is not ending soon. Keep reading to see why I’m saying this). According to Revelations, one of the signs of the world ending is that morals will immensely go down. (2 Timothy 3:1-4). More of this publicity, then more of the fallen people and more of morals going down. And I will not be surprised if more of these Satanic events will happen, then an outburst of new devil-worshippers will happen. To be honest, I do expect this to happen. Additionally, Christianity is already getting mocked and being accused as close-minded and controlling. If this gets worse, this means we will be verbally and spirituality persecuted (John 15:18) and probably be looked-down by society.

In conclusion, both Christians and the world will need to be on its toes. This sudden outburst of Satanic worship could be a sign of morality declining. Soon, there could be even more sin (aside from Satanic worship) than before, and having more other evil acts and practices becoming normal, such as school shootings. Meanwhile, the powerful leaders of America need to stop this. It’s not about not treating people equality nor religion freedom. It’s about doing the right thing. All of this is not okay. It’s downright terrible and it could be leading America to a downright spiral. Meanwhile, Christians need to pray for this country and all of the sinners and devil-worshippers (Job 42:10), so they can be lead to the right path.

Sex Overload in the Media today

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Note: All of the opinions are my own. I am respectful of everyone’s views on this topic

Have you noticed how much sex there is in the media? Last night, while I was eating ice cream   after a long day, there was a commercial for a new movie called Sex Tape. I’m sorry, what? The media is so obsessed with sex that they are actually making a movie about a couple, making a sex tape? Why? In fact, why all the sex in the media? I don’t get the obsession nor the message of “You HAVE to have sex. If you’re not, you’re a loser”.

I am a virgin and I am saving myself for marriage. Honestly, I don’t get the need of having sex, unless you actually have known your boyfriend/girlfriend for a long time. If two people just met after a day, week, or month etc., and are already having it, I think that’s way too soon. You should have sex with someone you trust and actually know. What if your sexual partner was actually    using you for sex and broke up with you right after? Or what if you sexted him/her and he/she   send the photos to his/her friends? And most of all, what if you made a baby with your partner and you hardly know him or her? If you’re just having a sex for the heck of sex or lusting for someone, then sex is meaningless.

According to my Christian faith, you have sex with your married partner. It is described as very pure and beautiful, and intimate and very close to express your love for each other. I know what you’re thinking. If you don’t want to wait until marriage, just make sure you actually know the person. You should wait until marriage, but I won’t judge if you do not wait.

How is the media, ruining the concept of sex? In some television shows that I watch, there are one night stands or constant sex with people they just met. It gives out the message that this is how sex is supposed to be like. Just have sex with anyone you want, anytime you want. As the naive person I am, this message honestly just confuses me, despite what my religion says. Is this how sex suppose to work?

I’m going to use ABC Family’s new show, Young and Hungry as an example. I watch Pretty Little Liars and Switched at Birth, so I’ve seen lots of trailers of this show. And from what I’ve seen, Emily Osment’s character just got hired by an entrepreneur. But, the entrepreneur’s girlfriend dumps him. And to make it all better, the main character has sex with the guy. First of all, story-wise, where did that even come from? Did they had a sexual attraction to each other, at first? From other clips that I watch with the commercials, it looks like they spend the rest of the episode, talking about it. Does this lead to anywhere in the series? Did the girl get pregnant because of it? Do they go out afterwards? (I’m guessing yes.) Like what is the point of the sex? Second, morally wise, why? Why did they have sex with each other, especially that they hardly know each other? What’s the point of them, having sex? This does give the wrong message to people, especially the target audience in general: Sex is the answer to all of theproblems. Well, guess what? No, it isn’t.

And when I mean sex, I only don’t mean the actual thing. I also mean the portrayal of men and women, especially women. The portrayal of women, in particular, is disgusting. In many times, especially through movies, TV shows, commercials, and magazines such as Playboy and Vanity Fair), women are portrayed as sex objects. You normally see these women in either short, cleavage-showing outfits or in bikinis. When this is in TV shows and movies, the men characters would ogle or/and lust after them. And sometimes, it does ends with sex. Why? Because according to media, women are only made to serve men and their sexual desires. Men also get the same treatment as women, especially in movies and TV shows about bachelorette parties. We see men half-naked with tight underpants while the women characters ogle them. This gives both genders some of the worst messages: We are made to satisfy each other’s sexual desires, which is not true. While we are made to make more people with sex, we are created to work with other people and make friends with them, and be nice and respectful of each other. We are also made to make our societies strong with goodness and wisdom. Hollywood’s society is messed up for numerous of reasons, but it is still always glamorize by the media. The general message of “You can have sex with anyone, anytime you want” is while definitely not the worst reason, but is harmful to society today.  

Finally, what all of you are thinking might be, “This girl is stupid. She says we can’t have sex at all and have fun with it.” No, that’s not what I’m saying. Yes, have sex and have fun with it. And again, I respect your views. So, if you have sex with a random person, I don’t care. Why would I care? It’s none of my business. And you are still a good person. What I am saying to everyone is to have sex responsibly with a suggestion to wait until marriage if you can.  And you are also thinking, “This girl is so stupid. She is a virgin and she only believes in sex until marriage because of her stupid religion. She knows nothing about sex.” Like I said in the beginning, this is only a opinion that I have. Obviously, I am not a pro in sex. Honestly, I feel awkward, talking about this. But just because I am saving myself, it doesn’t mean that I’m not allowed to talk about it. I’m not shaming sex in any way. I am shaming Hollywood and its message that both are ruining the meaning of sex. I am encouraging everyone to stop listening to Hollywood’s message on sex and have sex when you are actually ready. If you had not have sex, there is nothing wrong with you. There is no rush in having sex. Take your time. It will happen when it happens, and hopefully with the right person. Just be patient

Suggested Reading/Citation:

Serdar, Kathy. “Female Body Image and the Mass Media: Perspectives on How Women Internalize the Ideal Beauty Standard.” . Westminster College, n.d. Web. 20 June 2014. <http://www.westminstercollege.edu/myriad/index.cfm?parent=…&detail=4475&content=4795&gt;.