The stakes of telling everyone that anything is okay.
Actor Elijah Wood is clarifying comments he made to a London newspaper this week suggesting that sexual abuse of child actors is more common than people think. After the interview drew international attention, Wood released a statement saying that he wasn’t talking about his own personal experience.
Even though Wood wasn’t talking about himself, there are other child actors who didn’t escape Tinseltown unscathed. One former child star, Corey Feldman, has come out in support of Wood’s comments that “there is darkness in the underbelly” of Hollywood where there are “a lot of vipers” and “people who have only their own interests in mind.”
Feldman, who starred in “The Goonies,” “Stand by Me,” and the A&E reality series “The Two Coreys,” knows what Wood is talking about. In the past, he has described how he was preyed upon by men in the industry. His co-star, late actor Corey Haim who died in 2010 of a drug addiction, was just 11 when a man raped him on a movie set.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Feldman talked about how he missed his friend, opened up about the “dark side” of Michael Jackson that led to their estrangement, and warned of the “growing, not shrinking” dangers of predators in Hollywood “where adults have more direct and inappropriate connection with children than probably anywhere else in the world.”While most people read about such things and cringe, there is a movement today to normalize pedophilia. That’s right. After the passing of same-sex marriage (and even before), pedophiles came out of the dark corners where they usually hid and demanded that their “sexual orientation” be recognized too. Pedophilia rights became a small but vocal movement on the Internet. Media latched on to this normalization of deviancy and began publishing columns sympathetic to pedophiles.
The New York Times, for example, published an op-ed saying that anti-pedophilia laws are unfair to pedophiles. “One can live with pedophilia and not act on it,” said Margo Kaplan, an entrepreneurial assistant law professor at Rutgers University. Tragically, the op-ed says, the roughly one percent of “people who are sexually attracted to children must hide their disorder from everyone they know—or risk losing educational and job opportunities, and face the prospect of harassment and even violence.”
This push for pedophilia tolerance soared to a whole new level when Salon published an article last year by Todd Nickerson, a self-reported pedophile who asked for people to be tolerant of his sexual “preference.”
In “I’m a pedophile but not a monster,” he wrote:
I’ve been stuck with the most unfortunate of sexual orientations, a preference for a group of people who are legally, morally and psychologically unable to reciprocate my feelings and desires. It’s a curse of the first order, a completely unworkable sexuality, and it’s mine.
Throughout the post, Nickerson describes his “sexual orientation” as an “alternate sexuality” and an “affliction.” He doesn’t seem to know quite how to categorize it, but one thing he does want is acceptance and tolerance. He says there are many pedophiles who have never touched a child, but they need and want to have the courage to come forward and “claim this affliction with the understanding that they only want to use their pedo powers for good.” This, he says, should be “commended, not hated and feared.”
For better or worse—mostly worse—we have this sexuality, and unlike with most sexualities, there is no ethical way we can fully actualize our sexual longings.
So, please, be understanding and supportive. It’s really all we ask of you. Treat us like people with a massive handicap we must overcome, not as a monster. If we are going to make it in the world without offending, we need your help. Listening to me was a start.
While Nickerson merely asks for tolerance, others of his ilk want more, demanding that their sexual orientation be recognized as legitimate. Even Nickerson, despite his plea for tolerance, still “normalizes” his sexual attraction to children by describing it as his “sexuality” (not his deviancy) and a mere “preference” (not sick fetish) for a group of people who can’t respond to him in kind (not innocent children). His feelings are treated as legitimate simply because they’re his feelings. The concept of sin or immoral thoughts and passions never enters the discussion.
This is how we slouch our way into Gomorrah. We first blur the lines between normalcy and deviancy as we focus on feelings not truth; then we demand tolerance for those suffering such an “affliction”; next we redefine it into something it’s not; then we demand acceptance and tolerance; and finally we become convinced that this deviancy deserves rights even if those “rights” violate the actual rights of others.
While many who are concerned about the safety and welfare of children praised Wood for shining a light into the dark corners of Hollywood, that light might quickly fade as the broader culture is drifting toward more tolerance of all sexual predilections, no matter how abnormal, simply because of people’s feelings.
Subjectivity has replaced objectivity, leading us toward the tyranny of relativism — a dystopian existence where the will of the strongest rules over everyone else, forcing us to abandon all common sense, logic, and morality for whatever the most powerful deems acceptable and valid.
Once a society abandons all standards of objective truth, replacing reason, natural law, and morality with subjective feelings, we are awash in chaos. Up is down, bitter is sweet, and good is evil. No society can be sustained when reason has been abandoned for madness. Sadly, this is the course America is on.
People like Nickerson and others who want their feelings affirmed and accepted as legitimate are seeking comfort instead of truth. They would do well to remember the words of C.S. Lewis, who wrote, “If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth, only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.”