P.J. Rodriquez

The Force Is Always With You

It was 30 years ago today that Star Wars premiered, the movie known to true fans (a.k.a. geeks) as Episode IV: A New Hope. If you’re of a certain age, it’s likely that summer of ’77 remains one of the highlights of your life. I actually saw Star Wars that opening weekend and I still remember the beginning of the film quite vividly.

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The MPAA Blows Smoke

All the while chanting “Correlation is not causation,” I can point out that there are studies showing a relationship between the amount of smoking viewed in TV shows and movies and intentions to smoke by the viewers…. Let me briefly acknowledge here that there does seem to have been a great deal of smoking shown in movies over the last twenty years, with smoking shown in recent years at the same levels as it was in the Fifties, despite the fact that smoking in the Real World has decreased.

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We Are All Sinners There

One night earlier this week, I was sitting in a Las Vegas hotel bar with some business colleagues. A co-worker alerted me that there was a “couch full of prostitutes” behind me. When I turned to look at the group of young women, it struck me: How could you tell?

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Taking the Culture War to DEFCON 3

Back in January, when Stephen Colbert, host of the satiric program The Colbert Report, suggested that D’Souza was supporting radical extremists in the Muslim world, it seemed quite amusing – a comic exaggeration made more amusing by the idea that conservatives – that’s the flag-waving crowd right – would endorse the ideals of our harshest critics and enemies…. He criticizes Hillary Clinton for supporting “a V-chip” to control violent programming, since she “has never called for an S-chip to enable parents to monitor sexually explicit programming;” he seems unaware that the V-chip and other parental control options block content in a variety of ways that include both violent and sexual content.

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It’s Bigger Than Hip-Hop

Old white guys mainly represent the authority of this country – and Imus hung out with a list of household names from politics and the media establishment – so one could argue that their racism is more dangerous than any self-hatred perpetrated by black artists because when it comes from Imus – cheered on by Tim Russert – it makes racism more acceptable.

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