Stephen Baldwin: Hollywood a Factor in Youth Suicide, Teen Pregnancy
March 5, 2009 - 9:11 PM<br />
“Hollywood and the Academy has an agenda every year,” Baldwin told CNSNews.com at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C. “Okay – the fact that they churn out more content that is gratuitously violent and sexual and vulgar when in fact more family programming – animated films and things like that -- make more money, there’s your agenda problem right there.”
Baldwin, the youngest of the famous Baldwin brothers Alec, William and Daniel, said “there’s a moral issue” with Hollywood’s choice of content and we “need to start making noise” about it more than anything else.
“I think that a small core group of individuals that make a lot of the decisions about what that content is going to be are in charge,” said Baldwin. “And when conservatives and Christians and people that have a world view that is really what this country is founded on – which a lot of people are starting to twist and warp that perception as well – I think when most of these people start to be more and more unafraid” things will change for the better.
“When conservatives that are coming out of the closet in Hollywood like Jon Voight and Gary Sinise start to have a louder voice and take the reigns of control of being in charge, of being a part of what that content is, things are going to change for the better,” said Baldwin.
When asked if he thinks Hollywood should be regulated or allowed to continue producing vulgar fare, Baldwin said the “balance of the equation” is the main problem.
“I think that when Hollywood producers’ content – 80 percent of it is negative and violent and immoral and 20 percent of it is positive and happy and friendly and joyous and family – that’s an imbalance and it probably lends to it,” said Baldwin. “When you have, you know, games like ‘Grand Theft Auto’ that have secret Easter egg computer programs that are pornographic, you know, we’re just allowing our culture and our youth to be assaulted by this overly sexual, violent, vulgar type of content.”
Baldwin, who has acted in the R-rated movies “Fled,” “The Usual Suspects” and “Half Baked,” said violent movies affect the actions of young people.
“Listen, I’m not trying to sound like some conservative freak right now, I’m just a normal guy that says, ‘You know what? That’s dumb and stupid,’ and that’s the reason why we see a lot of the acts of violence happening with young people,” said Baldwin. “That’s why we see suicide in youth higher than ever before. Teen pregnancy higher than ever before and Hollywood just stands around and goes, ‘Oh, well, you know, the parents are responsible for whether or not those kids should watch that content.’ That’s just not true.”
Baldwin, who has teamed up with conservative Christian talk-radio host Kevin McCullough to produce a weekly radio show called "Baldwin/McCullough Xtreme Radio,” urges conservatives in Hollywood to step up and make better choices related to the content of films.
“I’m not saying that Hollywood or people that create content in Hollywood should not be allowed to do it,” said Baldwin. “I’m saying that the people who want more conservative content out there need to get into positions where they can create that.”