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(an inquest   into cruelty)

I    have a dream.    I want to see an episode in one of the   new   James Bond movies. Here comes James; he just had   killed several   really bad guys. One of them he strangled with   his bare hands. James   had   just   washed himself, changed into an exquisite   suite and   now he approaches   a stunning   woman, half- naked with all that   magnificent skin.   She already trembles with desire when he offers her to join him in his Paradise   room. He   turns towards   the elevator,   sure that she follows him when   he hears that word:

- No.

The woman looks at him in disgust. She   then addresses   her companion, a meager man with   glasses:

-Those murderers, they are so disgusting and they don't   even   know that.

What a scene that would be! I bet James would   have had   a heart attack and with him the whole cruelty- based   entertainment industry   would have collapsed.   The effect   would be so profound that   maybe they would even delay the Oscars.

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Through   my tenure in the US, surrounded by the   sea of entertainment one thing   is permanent- women adore violent and cruel people.   The above scenario is as impossible in the US movie industry as an   English Royal    shown as   a bastard.   Not a chance.

As a man of two cultures I had noticed   one    interesting feature of the US scripts, whether   on   TV or on   main cinema: they are painstakingly honest   about everyday tendencies in   people's lives. The story itself     usually is sloppy or stupid but everyday details are impeccable. US scriptwriters   never had a need to hide the realities of the   people's ways and means-   there is no such thing as national pride also truth is for sale.   This unique   American feature (also West European to lesser extent)   makes it possible   to   perform fascinating observations and come   to stunning conclusions.

Like for instance-   cruelty scores. The guy who on the screen   kills, maims   and mutilates can be sure   that he gets the girl.   Gone are the times when such activity repulsed; it is now an aphrodisiac.   Smell of blood   is   an attraction.   It is also   "the usual'. In the   prominent   movie " Mr. and Mrs. Smith' two murderers   live together as   a couple   apparently without knowing   about each- others  activities. Works fine even after they found out.   Makes   the bond stronger. No bad feelings.

Sometimes cruelty is subtle. In another   popular movie "Black Swan' cruelty is performed   with   good intentions.   The company director sexually harasses the young   ballerina in   the name of art. She must   relax and uncover her true dark sexuality or she   would never   be able to perform.   That's his motto.   If Tchaikovsky, the composer or Marius Petipah, the first   director of the   Swan Lake would have seen this they both would have shot the bastard, but now we all rejoice and the movie gets   even   Oscar rewards.

  Perpetual cruelty is exercised in so -- called suspense    thrillers, sometimes even without purpose. In the movie   "Enemy   Of   The State' the   hunting CIA team in   the   heat of the   hunt violently attacks a   bystander, just to   discharge the frustration -- and nobody seems to mind. In   the overwhelming majority of   those movies   protagonists either torture other people or just inflict   pain in   other ways.   In the movie "Taken' an apparently good guy shoots at the   wife of a person in front of   that person. Granted, that person was a corrupt    policeman   but    the act is the act.   I had never   read a review of such movie ( after it was released) criticizing   or just lamenting the encroaching cruelty. That   is considered a   necessary thing to have.

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One of the most disgusting forms of cruelty   perpetrated is   the one   presented as   the virtue and necessity. In the   famous movie   " A Girl With A Dragon Tattoo'    the   main female   character tortures   a man   and   then carves a message on   his chest. Of course, that man was a   horrible bastard and abuser but   it does feel uneasy that such girl goes around as if nothing happens.    In other movies people are tortured by putting a gun at their heads or into their mouths, by pointing   guns at their children, all on routine basis.

In the so- called war movies   CIA torturing had become routine, it is   frequently administered    in all gory details. I believe it is also sometimes    deliberately exaggerated, as if those scriptwriters   add   their own inner sadism to the story.   Routinely and regularly people are hit, shot, intimidated and blackmailed   my all kinds of "good guys and gals'    in the alleged    pursuit of justice.

Cruelty by women, for women and of women is a separate and highly luxurious   set   applied in the Hollywood movies. The artificiality     of that cruelty   is obvious but   nobody cares.   It is   quite stupid to assume that such characters as the ones in   the " Kill Bill' would   exist or even survive in reality but   the everyday life atmosphere   MAKES THEM REAL and cruelty   goes   gaga.    Sex always goes hand-in- hand   with cruelty in those   movies.    Women are sexually harassed or raped openly   on the screen like, for instance,   in the series about   sex slave trades. The intentions could be good but the result is    the opposite- the scenes   where girls are   raped demonstrate the techniques   openly asking for   the following down   to the book.    On the other side   there is an abundance   of cruelty committed by women.   Women kill, mutilate,   torture   and kick butts. One of the most popular   is   hitting men on genitalia; guys look so funny when they cringe.   I would advise some of my readers to try to do it to themselves; it is not   a funny   feeling at all.    Hot teenage girls hitting boys in private places while doing   blowjobs at the same time is the ideal   role model for our   future strong females.

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