First... some definitions:
Community: We are a global community. Period. You eat the food Africans grow, so they are part of your community. Africans are used by American corporations for slave labor, so we are part of their community.
(Used in a sentence: If Gal Gadot was looking out for her community she would not be in the position of having to admit she took Child Slave Labor money.)
Responsibility: Is the state of being responsible, answerable, and/or accountable for something within one's own power, control, or management.
(Used in a sentence: Chris Pine is responsible to make sure the money he takes does not come from criminal sources.)
Well, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way… let’s get down to it.
I mean… sure… we can all say that we long for better days. And, in fact, if you’re someone that can look at a Norman Rockwell and not wish for simpler, more wholesome days… then this article is probably (most-definitely) not for you.
Because this article is a hard-look at the truth of how we got HERE.
Here… being in a state of complete and total inequality for all.
Here… is where we have .1% controlling the power, wealth, health, and information for the other 99.9%.
Here… is where we have superheroes that stand for nothing. And… instead are slinging Child Slave Labor chocolate to our kids.
Yup. Captain America is slinging chocolate for one of the biggest child slavers in the world.
And for a long time, as a society, we have all looked the other way, and said… “that’s someone else’s problem.”
Well, that’s not going to get us those Normal Rockwell days. And pretending we’re not partaking in child slavery every time we give Hershey’s, Iron Man, or Wonder Woman our money, is just plain wrong.
And they can’t deny they are selling slave chocolate. I mean, their heroes are plastered all over Hershey’s chocolate ‘Hero Bars’… which is essentially selling some lucky kids chocolate that was bought and paid for with the lives of African Child Cocoa Slaves (who are typically between the ages of 6 and 16).
So, HERE is most definitely… where we’re ALL at.
In a state of seeing the most complete and total indifference to slavery the world has ever seen… by the biggest earners in the world;
who also happen to be our HOLLYWOOD HEROES.
Men and Women WE PAY to tell our kids about Honor, Duty, Courage, Strength, Wisdom…
and most importantly… Doing the Right Thing.
But so far… all of the Hollywood heroes I’ve informed about their participation in child slavery, have totally looked the other way. Those people are: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pine, Chris Pratt, Chris Evens, Mark Ruffalo, Gal Gadott, Ryan Reynolds, Zack Snyder, Ben Affleck, and Joel Kinnaman.
Please understand… they have each had the chance to step forward and explain, or possibly make amends for their indifferent attitudes, that put them squarely in the position of receiving a great deal of Child Slave Labor Money, and yet… None of them have done a gosh-darn thing about it.
Some heroes… eh? I mean… I for one… am so glad they all can afford those $20 Million homes… (eh Chris Hemsworth?)
How Hollywood and Wonder Woman Support African Child Slavery:
Wonder Woman 1984 is just about to be released here in the US. And... if you do a quick google search… you can also come up with this picture…
as well as this article:
Which... is a direct line from Child Slave Labor Profit to Wonder Woman, if you ask me.
Hershey’s literally steals kids, and enslaves them (forcing children as young as 5 to wield sharp machetes to crack open the tough cocoa pods), and in the process… makes a holy-ton of money.
Then… they pay DC, and Marvel, and Disney, and… etc. etc. in ‘Marketing Dollars’, to use their “Heroes” to market their *candy to the affluent kids of the west.
*Their ‘candy’ BTW - is mostly hydrogenated oils and refined sugar - and the marketing of it has drastically aided to the childhood-obesity epidemic in many of those same ‘affluent’ countries.
Oh… but it’s not just Slavery that our Hollywood heroes… along with the Boys of Hollywood... have been up to these past 30-years.
Oh no… cuz Weinstein wasn’t acting alone…
I mean... come on. We all know that.
And if you don’t… please inform yourself by watching this BBC Interview with Emma Thompson on the predators of Hollywood:
"There are so many blind eyes, and we can't keep making the women to whom this happens responsible, they're the ones who've got to speak. Why?" Emma Thompson
(Video provided by BBC Newsnight, via their YouTube channel.)
And Epstein… didn’t make millions from thin air.
So… how did the Boys of Hollywood set up Women and POC to not only fail, but also to be victims, for the past 30 years?
Well... if you really want to know… read on…
Hollywood Makes Violence Towards Women Okay:
“Several researchers have found, moreover, that repeated viewings of films such as ''Friday the 13th'' and ''The Texas Chainsaw Massacre'' instill attitudes in the minds of the viewers that are similar to those found in rapists. For instance, viewers, including women, become more callous in the face of the films' portrayals of violence toward women and more likely to believe that a woman who was raped wanted to be.”
This was a quote from an article written 36 years ago… and yet… the Violence against women in Hollywood films has since... increased, by a lot.
While at the same time… the number of romantic and comedy-based movies has drastically gone down.
Please… ask yourself… “Why?”
In fact… they spotted this clear trend way back… in 1983.
“A survey found that one in eight movies commercially released in 1983 depicted violent acts against women, a sharp increase from 1982 when the rate was one movie in 20.”
So… who was in charge… who makes the money from these decisions… who profits from this mass-shift in cultural tolerance of violence against women?
Here are some of the biggest benefitters:
Top 10 Grossing Movies (in the US) of 2018:
Black Panther = Marvel/Disney
Total Box Office: $1.347 Billion
Actors: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Letitia Wright, Stan Lea, Danai Gurira
Avengers Infinity War = Marvel/Disney
Total Box Office: $2.048 Billion
Actors: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Danai Guriar, Letitia Wright, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Josh Brolin, Chris Pratt
Incredibles II = Disney
Total Box Office: $1.243 Billion
Actors: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huckleberry Milner, Samuel L. Jackson
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom = Universal
Total Box Office: $1.308 Billion
Actors: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall, Toby Jones, Ted Levine, BD Wong, Jeff Goldblum
Deadpool 2 = Marvel/20th Century Fox
Total Box Office: $785.80 Million
Actors: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, Biranna Hilderbrand, Jack Kesy
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch = Universal
Total Box Office: $511.6 Million
Actors: Benedict Cumberbatch, Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson, Cameron Seely, Angela Lansbury
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle = Sony Pictures
Total Box Office: $962.1 Million
Actors: Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, Bobby Cannavale
Mission Impossible – Fallout = Paramount Pictures
Total Box Office: $791.1 Million
Actors: Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames, Simen Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, Angela Bassett, Michelle Monaghan, Alec Baldwin
Ant-Man and the Wasp = Marvel/Disney
Total Box Office: $622.7 Million
Actors: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Michael Douglas, Laurence Fishburne, Michelle Pfeiffer, Randall Park
Solo: A Star Wars Story = Disney
Total Box Office: $393.2 Million
Actors: Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton Paul Bettany
But… You’re like… wait! Those are good wholesome movies. They don’t support violence against women. And… in fact… most seem to be pretty inclusive.
Well… those same Producers, Distributors, and Actors also contributed to these numbers that year:
On the Top 100 Grossing Films in 2018:
0 were female A, B or C Camera directors
3.6% of the directors were women (that’s 27 men for every woman)
4 were Asian directors
9% of the films were gender-balanced
16% had Black directors (only 1 was a female)
19% had female writers
27% had no underrepresented communities
33% had no Black actors
54% had no Asians
70% had no Latinas
99% had no native people
13% of LBG characters were depicted in a romantic relationship
25% of the speaking roles went to women 40 years and older
29.4% of the females were shown in sexual revealing attire (vs. men at 7.4%)
Teen girls were referenced to as being ‘as sexually attractive’ as females aged 21-39
Top 500 Film Numbers:
6% had female cinematographers
15% had female directors
19 % had female writers
23% had female editors
*51% of the movie goers were Female
Now… before any of you try to explain this away by saying only white-male driven stories sell… understand I have not watched mainstream entertainment since the 80’s because none of it speaks to me. And the same goes for 99% of my friends, both male and female. So… think on that… ya?
So… while the Will Arnets, and the Jason Batemans, and the Tom Cruises were all getting fat stacks of contracts, and enough mailbox money to last a lifetime… their female counterparts were… getting shafted…
in more ways than one.
Once again… while male-Hollywood raked in the big bucks over the past 30 years… (How else do you think ‘Your Highness” ever got made?) everyone else struggled.
And yet… if you look at their social media they are the first ones trying to tell everyone else how to be moral and upright citizens.
Seriously though… if you’re looking for the shallowest pool on the internet… check out some of these male-Hollywood twitter accounts:
@VancityReynolds – only has shit to sell, bought with child slave labor money, no doubt
@BenAffleck – tries to be moral if there’s a corresponding movie coming up
@batemanjason – has 1 ‘like’… cuz he’s cooler than everyone else
@SeanPenn – hates everyone that disagrees with him
@realguyritchie – has a TV show and a movie titled 'The Gentlemen' but doesn't like or employ women
@mcconaughey – can’t even like his wife’s tweets or mention her by name – but... he’s your Rom-Com-Guru, for hire
@tomCruise – cares only if you go see movies – no #BLM and definitely no #moralcompass
@ChrisHemsworth – clearly muscles and money are EVERYTHING to him
@robertdowneyjr – tried to sell sanitizer during a pandemic, and still has the worst facial hair ever
@markruffalo – silently takes child slave labor money - and then calls all republicans "trash"
@ChrisEvans – just wants to show us his junk - oh... and... has ZERO 'likes', which I think is odd
@prattprattpratt – says he's praying for ‘better values’… but never actually does anything, except take Marvel/Hershey’s Child Slave Labor money to pay for his farm (buy some values Chris... while you're at it!)
@stephenamell – the guy who got his neighbor so mad she actually took a shit on his roof, AND then he tweeted it out, along with a lot of other whinging about the difficulties of his affluent and privileged life...
Anyhoo… I think you get the gist of where Male-Hollywood is…
and has been…
for the past 30 years!
Oh… and… while we’re at it…
can’t we at least just stop with all the rape?
I mean… really! Our kids deserve better 'entertainment' than that!
Who Profits from Rape:
Universal: “A Walk Among The Tombstones” ($62.1 Million) Liam Neeson
Sony: “The Equalizer” (192.3 Million) Denzel Washington
20th Century Fox: “Taken” ($226.8 Million) Liam Neeson
Paramount: “The Accused” ($92.1 Million) Jodie Foster
Dick Wolf: 22 Seasons of “Law and Order SVU” Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Ice T
DC Entertainment: “Batman: The Killing Joke” ($4.4 Million) Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill
HBO Entertainment: “Game of Thrones” Peter Kinklage, Nikolaj Coster, Kit Harington, Iain Glen
Miramax: “Kill Bill” ($180.9 Million) Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Daryl Hannah
Battleplan Productions: “Straw Dogs” Alexander Skarsgård
Warner Brothers: “Big Little Lies” Alexander Skarsgård
But… what about DISNEY? They’re all about the kids… right?
“It has been determined that the characteristics of rape culture are portrayed in
these movies, and that there are many aspects of rape culture that are not only committed
by men, but also by women. It is shown that the portrayal of characteristics of rape
culture in these movies are primarily centered on the ideas of gaining and maintaining
power, control, and dominance over the princesses, especially in the area of the
princesses’ sexuality and femininity, and the primary way that this was accomplished was
by the use of intimidation and coercion/threats. The portrayals of the characteristics of
rape culture changed very little throughout the series of movies that started in1937 and
continued to 2013.” Rape Culture in Disney Animated Princess Movies by Patricia Paulson (Minnesota State University, Mankato)
Read the rest of it here:
Disney and Their Slavery Issues:
“Workers at the factory make a Princess Ariel doll - from Disney’s animated tale “The Little Mermaid” - which sells online for 35 pounds, yet receive an average of just 1 pence per toy, said the Guardian newspaper which first reported the story.”
Read the rest of it here:
But… it’s just stuff we watch…
“Some of the research describing the specific effects of repeated viewings of such films was done by Edward Donnerstein, a psychologist at the University of Wisconsin. The study assessed the psychological effects on men of watching over a period of several days five ''slasher'' movies, which feature graphic scenes of bloody violence mainly to young women. The men were given psychological tests before and after seeing the series of films.”
“After seeing the films, according to data described at the symposium, the men found the movies to be progressively less upsetting, more enjoyable and less debasing to women. When asked to sit in as the mock jury of a rape case the men more often judged the rape victim to be at fault for what had happened, according to Dr. Donnerstein.”
“Speaking at the symposium on ''Sexual Violence in the Media,'' Dr. Briere reported that his survey also found rape itself to be far more common than had been thought: 10 percent of college men admitted to having physically forced a woman to have sex against her will.”
You know… I could go on and on… and on...
about how we have failed to recognize that we’ve been cheering for the wrong people.
And... we’ve been paying them a great deal of money to make our community a scarier and deadlier place… for everyone.
I mean... literally, I could go on and on, about how ALL of our Hollywood Heroes are literally Anti-Heroes for Kids.
But... I’m going to leave off here…
And instead… leave you with this question:
Can’t we do better? Can’t we demand better of ourselves, and especially of our children’s heroes?
Can’t we actually find people who embody the qualities that our heroes used to stand for?
And, if nothing else… can’t we at least stop celebrating the ones who are actively making things worse?
Companies that Do Not Use Slave Labor for Their Cocoa:
From the wrappers alone... you can see that these companies are not only Not Using Slave Labor, but they are also On a Mission to Improve Our Community.
By purchasing from these Socially Responsible Companies, you are not only being responsible to the people who grew and harvested your treat, but often... you are supporting other very important causes as well.
See how two of my favourite Brands; Equal Exchange and Endangered Species, are helping our community:
Cool and Interesting Links:
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Normal Rockwell (because I love his art):
Cocoa Child Slave Labor Info:
Women in Hollywood Facts:
Violence Against Women & Hollywood:
Disney and Rape:
Raena's Wellness Facts:
1. I am healthier and in better shape now, at 48, than when I was at 25.