Top TV may have done more than getting religious groups to gather their pitch forks with medieval primitive instinct. Top TV seems to have highlighted the fact that we do not yet live in a democracy and that companies charged with guarding public interest are in fact nothing more than puppets tangled in their own ideology.
If you have been stuck in your basement for the past few days as result of depression brought on by the Mayan Calendar, then you may not be aware that Top TV tried to launch SA’s first pay per view Porn channel. Yes, that’s right….they want to give you the option of watching oversized genitals flopping around on your 42” Flat Screen.
When news first broke of the imminent launch I knew it was too good to be true. As a conservative third world country with first world delusions, we would never allow this! Naturally the religious groups, more specifically, Christians against porn, reacted with their normal ferocious promises of fire and brimstone, neatly packaged in the notion of corrupting young innocent minds, with the bonus addition of invoking possible criminal tendencies such as rape.
The FPB (Film and Publications Board) heralded the prevention of the launch by ICASA as a victory.
Sadly, it was no victory. It was us failing once again to provide a true democracy, regardless of whether we like it or not. Yet again, a group of individuals spoke for an entire nation.
Do I want to watch porn? Well, I’ve given it a bash (no pun intended) and it’s not really for me, but I sure as hell want the option of watching it……not that I watch TV….but still…..
Other than the obvious and blatant kick in the nuts for democracy, I feel that these religious organisations are doing more damage to their religion than anything else. A Christian group may think they are promoting God’s word, but if you are a Christian you will know that God did give us free will and also said that no person can judge another? What really tickles my bladder is the fact that they are SO opposed to sex, yet that’s how they got here. They all have sex and I can promise you 90% of them enjoy it. However…I have been to Grand West a couple of times for dinner and not once did I see them protesting outside? Surely any personal blessed with a touch of intellect will be able to realise that gambling is far more destructive than a porn channel?
I agree that porn is not something kids should be exposed to, they do a good enough job of enjoying the real thing……but if you as a parent would subscribe to a porn channel then there is a good chance you have a little video or two lying around already. Although you think your kids haven’t found and watched it yet, I am sure you do everything possible to ensure they are not exposed to it. Would you not do the same with a pay per view porn channel, in terms of allowing them access? Besides, your Internet connection gives them more material than any pay per view can ever do….yet….again…I don’t see a group called Christians Against The Internet?.....Anyway…with regards to the above, it comes down to parenting…..that’s it.
Now, let’s take a look at Porn itself. Many countries across the globe have porn channels on offer, yet they don’t all seem to be decaying morally. So what’s the issue? Well generally any porn movie has an atrocious soundtrack and even worse acting, but it’s about the sex. I agree that women are often portrayed as nothing more than an object of pleasure, but if you think about it, that’s a mind-set based on your own moral values. Not to venture into x-rated blogging material, but if a woman giving a man oral sex is considered as her being objectified by you, then it is as result of what you have been taught about women and the conclusion your morals have drawn from it, combined by how society portrays and perceived it in general. The latter act could also be seen as a power play, where she has all the power and furthermore it could be something far less negative than we make it out to be…..one should also remember there are two sides to this coin, yet when we flip the coin, nobody complains that the man is being objectified…go figure..
For women concerned about their men watching porn, well at least he is at home where you can keep a firm hand on the matter, instead of him being out at the nearest Strip Club, spending double the amount.
For men concerned about their ladies watching porn…….seriously????!!
Could it be that perhaps we as a nation are not yet mature enough for adult content on our screens? In saying the latter, perhaps we are not mature enough to fully understand and enjoy the actual concept of democracy.
But, alas…..as is the nature of our couch potato nation, we will remain on the couch and watch the whole spectacle from a distance, shaking our head every now and again, only to get up and blame government on our way to the toilet.