If you think people in the mainstream media have learned that pedophilia is wrong, you’d be horribly mistaken, as one of the movies currently receiving “Oscar buzz” is a film about a man’s relationship with an underage boy.
As first reported by Daily Wire, the movie “Call Me By Your Name” features Armie Hammer playing a 25-year-old man who begins a romance with a 17 year old boy played by Timothée Chalamet in 1983.
Critics in the media are already raving about the movie and don’t seem to have enough good things to say about it. It has a critic rating of 98 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and both Hollywood Reporter and USA Today are treating the film like it’s one of the most awe inspiring things to ever grace the silver screen…or like Kevin Spacey was never a thing.
Angie Han of Mashable describes the movie thus in her article “Are we in for the most sex-positive Oscar race ever?”:
Sound and image collide to create an almost tactile sensation. You can practically feel the sun on your skin and taste the sweat on your lips. Much attention is paid to the way the two romantic leads – young Elio (Timothée Chalamet) and Oliver (Armie Hammer) – carry themselves and regard each other, and the physical attraction between them feels immediate and electric.
It’s not that Call Me By Your Name is especially explicit (though the famous peach scene is definitely going to get people talking), but that it’s unmistakably sensual. Sex is no mere byproduct of love; nor is love an elevation of sex. In Call Me By Your Name, the romantic and the erotic are inextricably intertwined.
As Daily Wire reported, the “infamous peach scene” that’s going to generate buzz is indeed something you’d read in disgust in a news article about a Hollywood star’s exposed deviancy.
The scene contains the underage teen using a peach as a sexual aid, and then the man eating that peach.
Regardless of this disgusting portrayal of a grown man and an underage teen finding exotic romance, the mainstream media can’t seem to find anything bad to say about it.
From the Daily Wire:
“There is no sin, it insists. There is just joy — and whether you find that in a cold glass of apricot juice or the warm embrace of a village beauty should matter to no one but you,” says Stephen Whitty of the Newark Star Ledger.
“A powerfully erotic and affecting love story, albeit one so closely and intimately observed that the term ‘slow burn’ seems almost inadequate,” says Justin Chang of the Los Angeles Times.
“Refreshingly fun, erotic, non-judgmental and both intellectually and emotionally smart,” says Bob Strauss of the Los Angeles Daily News.
How this is getting a pass while stars are falling left and right to allegations of sexual harassment, assault rape, and pedophilia are beyond me. However, it should be noted that while this movie has gotten nothing but praise from critics, it still has yet to pass the audience test.
And I doubt America will be so kind.