Jan 14, 2012

Hypocrisy, Is That You?

I am not writing this because I think I am not a hypocrite nor am I delusional. Just something I saw today that made me think of this. Prabu and I went to watch a telugu movie. Let me re-phrase that. I wanted to watch this new movie that was out in the theater and dragged Prabu along with me to torture him for 2 hours. We expected kids to be in there. Yes, Indian movies do not seem to have the regular G, PG-13, R guidelines that are here for the “American” movies. Even if they do, parents bring their kids. I am not going to comment on it. Whatever rocks your boat!

But what got me today was this. There were 4 adults and a 9 or 10 year old sitting couple of rows ahead of us. So this song starts in the movie and one of the guy gets up and takes the girl out and brings her back in right as the song is ending and when they were walking in he closed her eyes with his hands. Why? Because the hero and heroine in the movie were kissing. He did the same again for another song. Took her out as the song started and brought her in after it ended. Prabu likes to give benefit of doubt to everyone. And even he couldn’t help but shake his head at what we just saw. And they let the girl sit through these violent scenes where people’s hands, legs and head were getting chopped off. That apparently is not a problem. The whole blocking her eyes with his hand because they walked in on a kissing scene just rubbed me the wrong way (Yes judge me and see if I care)

I still can’t get over it. Why bring her to the movie and do that? Believe me, I know all about not having a baby sitter when you want to watch your favorite movie. I sucked it up, saw it when it came on DVD, went alone while Prabu watched V or hell, if I decide that V is ready to watch a movie with that much violence then believe me a kiss won’t make a difference. Or is it because she was a girl?  Was he afraid that kids will watch these songs, grow up and will have pre-marital sex? Is that what this is all about? Pre-marital sex existed in the 17th century, 18th, 19th and it exists today. I think we are just kidding ourselves if we think it’s all because of the TV shows, movies and the like of the 20th century and that too only in the “western countries” and not in India. It happens in India, it happens in US and it happens in Pakistan. When your horny hormones kick in, I really doubt you will remember the song you did or did not see when you were 9 or 10 years old.