Hi Kurt, thanks for your reply. I sent this out in a few other places and I certainly did receive a lot of the Ďlighten upí type responses (though I am surprised to see them show up on this forum in the response following yours) I should have emphasized more how these kinds of dubious and harmful philosophical ideas can get dribbled into our media under the guise of sarcastic comedies and satire. The line is not really clear between a satirical comedy and the denigrating the value of human life and justice through mockery.
I saw the preview for Hoot and had the same reaction, rolling my eyes and getting a serious scowl. Kids I did see and it was certainly a terrible depressing nihilistic movie. I think I will pass on ever seeing any of Larry Clarks films.
Bob, Itís one thing for people to act irrationally in a comedy so we can laugh at them, but it is entirely another, in my opinion, for them to mock human life and justice. As I said, would you have found it funny it had been psychopathic pedophiles singing about raping and murdering a young girl, why is it funny when it is women joking about murdering their husbands? Sorry, I donít think there is ever anything funny about murder. If you make a work of art without any point, story, moral, or role model, then why are you making it at all? To glorify human faults? To laugh at the disgusting and terrible things people do? What so we can laugh at them when we do them? Obviously we just disagree on how harmful these things are.
I donít laugh at jokes whose punch line is pain and suffering of other people. I did not find Seinfeld funny because they were lacking in ethics, I found their commentaries about aspects of life amusing, such as focusing on the weirdness of some inane and common things. If anything, their lack of ethics was a turn off for that show.