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 To call this video outdated doesn’t even begin to cover it.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.
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.”
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.
Yup, that’s a hand-grab.
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.
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.
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.
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