Boys Beware

And we’re back to Sid Davis Productions, the company that brought you the first video that I blogged about: “Live and Learn.” It’s 1961 and our old pal Sid decided to make a film on one of the great dangers to children today: the homosexual! Now granted, a lot of the information provided can be useful in teaching children to avoid child predators. I don’t deny that. But the use of the word homosexual to describe child molesters is wildly offensive. To call this video outdated doesn’t even begin to cover it. But let’s go through it.


“It looks innocent enough, doesn’t it? Lots of young people hitchhike; it seems like a good way to get from one place to another.”

Oh yea, a children’s education video that begins by describing the merits of hitch-hiking. Sid is off to a good start. The message here isn’t “don’t hitch-hike,” but instead “don’t get in a car with a homosexual.”


“When Jimmy got out the stranger gave him a friendly pat.”

Ok, so I understand that we enjoy referring to the Eisenhower/Kennedy years as “more innocent times,” but really Jimmy? Really? First you hitch-hike, then the guy pats you on the back in an uber-creepy way, And then you continue to hang out with him? Do you not have any survival skills? I would never blame the victim, but I can still call him a dumbass.


“What Jimmy didn’t know was that Ralph was sick; a sickness that was not visible like smallpox, but no less dangerous and contagious; a sickness of the mind. You see, Ralph was a homosexual: a person who demands an intimate relationship with members of their own sex.”

Wooh. So where do we start? First of all: Jimmy, I give up on you. The guy takes you to a secluded place and shows you pornographic pictures and you’re still not running. Secondly, homosexuality as a “contagious sickness?” I can’t totally hate on Sid Davis for that. The American Psychiatric Association classified homosexuality as a mental disorder (not a disease, Sid) until 1973. No evidence has ever been presented that homosexuality is “contagious.” Finally, the use of the word “demands” is highly problematic. Yes, gays seek intimate relationships with persons of their own sex – but not forcibly or with a focus on children. Those would be rapists and child molesters.


“Ralph was generous and took Jimmy many interesting places and did many nice things for him. He brought presents and even gave him money. But payments were expected in return.”

Yup, that’s a hand-grab.


“Finally Jimmy told his parents, and they reported it to the juvenile authorities. Ralph was arrested and Jimmy was released on probation on the custody of his parents.”

Hmm. Remember our mini discussion about blaming the victim earlier? Sid Davis has it covered. Jimmy is let out on probation for being the victim of a predator. These “more innocent times” were messed up.


“But not all homosexuals are passive, some resort to violence as in the case of Mike Merritt.”

Sid Davis’ blatant lack of knowledge on homosexuality is made hilariously apparent in his use of the word “passive” here. Also, notice the great visual metaphor he achieves here with the ball going in the hoop (and in an earlier segment involving mini golf).

“The companionship, the praise, the friendly attitude dispelled any misgivings Mike might have had about going with a stranger. He probably never realized until too late that he was riding in the shadow of death, but sometime that evening, Mike Merritt exchanged his life for a newspaper headline.”

More awkward hands on shoulders, more of Sid Davis’ melodramatic dialogue. Shocking.


“A good restroom can often be a hangout for the homosexual.”

LMAO. Historically gays were known to meet for consenting encounters in restrooms when homosexuality was far less accepted (such as 1961), but this sentence cannot be taken seriously.


“One never knows when a homosexual is about. He may appear normal and it may be too late when you discover he is mentally ill.”

So that was Sid Davis’ “Boys Beware.” I read somewhere that a conservative church group was attempting to gather the funds to remake it. I really hope it doesn’t happen. I can’t handle being more offended. Here’s think link for those interested: http://www.archive.org/details/boys_beware

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About doublemajorram

I'm an English and Sociology Major in NYC who plans to go to into law. If you are looking for a source to fault my gallows humor, read the Series of Unfortunate Events or watch any Tim Burton movie. Or go to the London Dungeon. Or criticize out my parents for making such things available to me at an impressionable age. Seriously, I'll give you their addresses. I promise to add something more interesting later.
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2 Responses to Boys Beware

  1. Aisha says:

    Question. Did you always have that bit about the London Dungeon in your bio? Also, this is one of the most offensive things I’ve ever experienced. It’s right up there with our friendship.

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