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Hollywood

Michael Medved provided many convincing arguments in supporting the thesis in his essay, "Hollywood Poison Factory". He argues that "popular culture is viewed now as an implacable enemy, a threat to their basic values and a menace to the raising of their children" (212). He refers "their" (212) to the majority of the American public who disapprove of how Hollywood distributes films which contain bad messages. Medved mainly supports his arguments by providing different movies to illustrate his views and does a very good job of that. He does not criticize the actors, directors, and does not name specific people. Instead, the author focuses his opinions on movies that include negative messages which concern dysfunctional marriages and religion bashing. These are the two main arguments, that Medved provides, to support his thesis.
Medved makes some strong arguments in regards to how different religions are negatively portrayed in movies.For example, Medved criticizes a film directed by Martin Scorsese, called The Last Temptation of Christ. He alludes to this film, as showing "religious Jews operating a brutal bordello right next door to a synagogue and forcing women into white slavery" (213). The Catholics were also targeted in a movie called "The Pope Must Diet", in what Medved described as "scenes of the Holy Father flirting with harlot nuns and hiding in a closet pigging out on communion workers" (213). Religion, being the focal point in these movies, does make the viewers feel uncomfortable, and puts these religions in a negative light. Therefore, movies should be more appealing to people, if they do not contain any anti-religious undertones. This will be a much safer route, for Hollywood to connect with its audience and this is what
Medved is trying to explain to us in his arguments.
Medved provides another convincing argument in pointing out that Ho

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