“Films play a major role in destroying the male model” – the World Conference of Families XI. continues
Films and TV programmes have to return to traditional, conservative family values. This was the topic of the opening session on the second day of the World Conference of Families XI, during which they analysed how media depict families.
Our important principle is that celebrities and politicians do not speak in the programme called Vendég a háznál; we show ordinary families – said Ilona Keresztes, radio editor-presenter. She said that the protagonists are children, but this programme is not for children. She stated: family is the child’s mental atmosphere. It is important to preserve the pure family, consisting of a father, a mother and children.
From the moment of conception, the offsprings learn that mother and father live in us. If it is broken for some reason, or takes a different turn, it endangers the child’s being, somethings tears apart inside the child” – she pointed out. She also said that it is very important to show not only ill children in the media, we must pay attention to ordinary children, as well.
According to Errol Naidoo, director of the South-African Family Policy Institute, in his country the courthouse and the tribunal work specifically against families. It is the only country out of 53, where same-sex marriage has been legalised. According to the constitutional court, the denial of it would be discriminative.
In his opinion, the majority of Hollywood movies depict families negatively. Most TV programmes, soup operas and comedies show the father as a weird, grumpy figure, who must be disciplined by the mother. The filmmakers show this in an environment, where most of the families are one-parent families. He stated: if the father is out, the whole family’s existence is called into question. It is important that men represent a role model for others.
The proverb that a woman needs a man as much as a fish needs a bike has become widespread. However, it is the man’s divine duty to take care of the family and the mother. Since this male model starts to fail, family starts to fail as well, and Hollywood has a major role in it.
According to Jack Hanick, former producer of Fow News, TV has a significant role in smashing families. This is a spiritual war, which we have been fighting for 50 years. The heyday of television started in 1950. Families placed the device in the living room and watched it together. In the films at that time, the father was the central figure; the mother was responsible for the home. A few years later the mockery of this model started. It was a deliberate and conscious step.
In the 50s, a divorced woman could not represent a positive example. From 1975, more and more films praised women bringing up their children alone. As a result of this progression, besides the lack of the father, one-parent families were depicted as entertaining. Later on, everyone raised everyone’s child, men married to younger women. As the peak of this process, same-sex marriage appeared. He stated: films must reflect traditional family values, more and more films must be made based on this view.
Ted Baehr, founder and publisher of Movieguide said that advertisers are indispensable parts of television. For them, moral values are unimportant, only the profit counts. He told about himself that several years ago he started to read the Bible and went to church regularly. At that time, he realised that film production had to be changed. Currently there are 200 movies that are rated based on 250 criteria. In the US, 80% of the most watched films are Christian, family-friendly, and 80% of them do not contain sexual scenes.
Hollywood has been successfully changed to such a great extent. As a result, family values have transformed, too – he said. More and more people go to church, and less and less of them go to cinema. The most impressionable age group is between 18-24. If they see good movies, the bad approach can be altered. He mentioned the Pirates of the Caribbean as an example, in which men wear a cross around their neck, and fathers save them. He noted: 40% of the examined Hungarian films are excellent, but there are five especially “disgusting” among them.