No Longer in a Metal Mood, Pat Boone Trashes Video Games

In a commentary for WorldNetDaily, singer Pat Boone frets that video games are part of a social upheaval which will cost America its very soul:

[While the presidential race takes place], there’s another campaign in full swing, one perhaps even more crucial, one that will certainly determine the future of our country. One that will determine the direction and morality of our young. One that quite possibly will cost America its soul.

 

It’s the campaign, in the world of entertainment to absolutely throw off every restraint, abandon every moral guideline, exploit every taboo and be free to portray and present anything human beings are capable of. In prime time and full color and without any regard for the sensibilities of parents or ministers or censors, or anybody else. On TV, in movies, in music even and especially in video games.

 

Target? Our young, virtually every age from grade school through college. The next generation – our future.

It seems that Boone serves on the board of watchdog group the Parents Television Council, a frequent critic of video game content. And while he singles out video games as especially worrisome, he mentions nary a one in his column, focusing instead on TV shows like Gossip Girl, Nip/Tuck and Sex and the City.

The good news is that Boone has a suggestion. If modern media content troubles you, just wind the clock back, oh, 70 years or so and listen to old radio shows:

Many adults, fed up completely… are doing the logical thing: tuning out and turning off. My friends Ed and Jean Lubin, whose three kids are mostly grown and on their own now, just told me they’re spending their evenings out on their patio listening to old radio shows! Classic shows like "The Green Hornet," "The Lone Ranger," "Fibber McGee and Molly," "Abbot and Costello," "Jack Benny," dramatic and comedic and music shows from a time when entertainment was just that – entertainment…

GP: Gosh, he hardly sounds out of touch at all.

What’s really ironic is that on the album pictured here, Boone sings lounge lizard arrangements of tunes like Alice Cooper’s No More Mr. Nice Guy. Now, when Boone still actually had something of a career in the mid-70’s, Alice Cooper was regarded by the mainstream much as Marilyn Manson is today.

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89 comments

  1. TheStripe says:

     Well, mostly true.  I think Mr. Boone would argue that R rated movies and M rated games aren’t fit for good, wholesome, god-fearing adults, either.

  2. Adamas Draconis says:

    I just point out the fact that I’m "Turning the other cheek" as their bible commands when it comes to them and the "Not worship loudly in the street as the Hypocrite, for verily he has his reward" Line REALLY infuriates them.

    The fact I’m a "Heathen who shall be cast into the fires of eterenal damnation" (Agnostic/Pagan) and know those verses REALLY sets them on their heels.

    Hunting the shadows of the troubled dreams.

  3. Adamas Draconis says:

    his "Metal" album (The one pictured) came out about 1996 I think. And what he did to "Smoke on the water" on a morning show made me want to smash my T.V.

    Hunting the shadows of the troubled dreams.

  4. ZippyDSMlee says:

    Do you think age slotting all media would help or hurt?

    I thinkit would be a good middle ground as logn as music can not go over PG13 music would be done on focusing on context over content, visual mediums like mags and comics would be treated like videos and games  leaving books to be based on context over content as well, with a emphasis of slotting not blocking, stores like Wallmart might be dumb enough to sell a 14yr a NC17 film labeled as unrated but wont sale a mature rated book to a them but most stores wouldn’t fall into that trap I would think, its all about slotting media into age ranges and letting people decide what they want.

    Its a rather simple setup music will be put into 3 age ranges with PG13 being the uncensored version, after all harsh words are not they are meaningless without the context and content of the lyrics backing them up, books should not be have limited access EVER but it dose not mean they cannot be slotted either.

    One of the things stopping proper slotting of media is the mindless sheeple stampede over adult content….you know I wonder how much they would quake in their lil woolly hooves if they new NC17 was adult and that UNRATED is NC17 and harder…. we as a society need to become more mature and stop worrying about things that are already restricted by law over….

    I wish the console makers would drop the presudo ban on AO let it go and then approve games….by the fcking game keep out the porn games for now and let NC17 and true R level games be placed in the AO level.

    I mean I am sitting here playing Turok and there is not one bit of human gore in the whole game thats a sad state of affairs…well..so is the game with the whole army whore theme….

    I is fuzzy brained mew =^^=
    http://zippydsmlee.wordpress.com/
    (in need of a bad overhaul)

     

  5. Darth_Toxic says:

    Don’t be so sure – you’d be surprised at the crap I was getting less than a year ago at my high school for being a fan of the Antichrist Superstar. Nothing to do with the music, just people repeating those stupid internet rumors and then going around and telling people that I worship satan, which in turn got a bunch of punkass God-Warriors (TM) threatening me with violence.

  6. Chance says:

    True.

     

    I’ve been a parent for a few months, and it’s really not hard to keep content you don’t want out of your home. I mean, if you’re worried, take the computer and TV out of the bedroom and put it in the family room.

  7. Schwarzsturm says:

    Take a look at this dessicated asshat’s platform/bully pulpit: Worldnet daily.  WND is about as credible a news source as Jack Thompson is to sound legal advice.

     

     

  8. HarmlessBunny says:

    Woo hoo, another aging hypocrite who doesn’t know what he is talking about. Sounds more like a ploy to make sure his name remains out of obscurity than anything else.

  9. Anonymous says:

    *facepalm* oh jeez not this again. Doesn’t he have anything better to do, like fading quietly into obscurity?

  10. Zero Beat ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    "…without any regard for the sensibilities of parents or ministers or censors, or anybody else."

    My opinion of the people he’s listed:

    Parents are there to help raise you to be a good person.  You really should obey them at least as long as you have to and respect them, unless they are unfit parents.

    Ministers, or any religious leader that isn’t a fanatic or out to scam you, are there as moral advisors.  You don’t need to seek their counseling if you don’t want to and you don’t need to take their advice, good or bad.  I prefer to take these people on a case-by-case basis.

    Censors are **********************

    Anybody else is on a case-by-case basis.

  11. SounDemon says:

    He is an ignorant old fool who will soon be no more than an old man yelling from his porch.

    "GIT OFF MAH LAWN!"

    I hope for unspeakable things to happen to him.

     

  12. Anonymous says:

    I think Mr Boone has the same falicy in his thinking that many people in his generation do…that video games are for Kids.  The fail to recognize the fact that the average gamer is an adult and therefore has the same right to see content in video games that they can see in adult oriented (R rated) movies.  This is related to another falicy in many people from that generation’s thinking that video games are somehow "different" and need to be treated differently than movies, TV or books.  If you been following the Austrailian Fallout 3 controvery it’s this thinking that limits the rating system to 15+ and causes resistance by certain political figures in that country to providing a 17+ rating so adult gamers in Austrailia are able to purchase games like Fallout 3 that has adult material/themes, etc.  But Mr. Boone should realize that when he started in music "rock and roll" was viewed the same way.   This will change when most parents and politicians played "Mature" games as young adults or perhaps are still gamers.   We’re starting to see that shift now.  Not only with the recent story of the Conneticut politician with at level 70 WoW character but several years ago I was on a Civiliation (III) mailing list and there was a British MP who was a member of the list.  I’d be surprised if within the next 20 years when a new President moves into the White House he/she isn’t toating his/her gaming console along and perhaps has a handheld for those long flights on Air Force 1.
     

  13. PHOENIXZERO says:

    IIRC, this isn’t the first time Pat Boone has been mentioned on GP, he has been a part of the group for a long time. Look at their "celebrity" board list or whatever, if it’s still up. There were even some people who have been actually relevant in the last 15 years on there. Pat Boone is an opportunistic hypocrite.


  14. Anonymous says:

    Not to be too cynical, but often they have kids in the 20ish/teens and kids are a lot easier to fool into buying stuff and get their money from said middleage group.

  15. JustChris says:

    He needs to stand back and look at everyone that shares his general view on today’s entertainment. They’re largely in his age group. I think he’s just upset that there isn’t much content the media for his age group. And it’s just not media, but may kinds of products. Middle-aged people have the most disposable money out of any age demographic, and yet they are not aggresively targeted as the 20-ish and teenage group. It seems like a strange asymmetry to me.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Now now, be fair. The man hasn’t said everything old is good. To a point I agree a lot of those radio shows were good and for that matter I’m glad some adults finaly figured out that if they don’t like the content maybe they should stop whining about it and actualy do some parenting. Might be a hair extreme yes, but I still apprecate they did something constructive rather than sit around and tell the government to raise their kids.

  17. jkdjr25 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    And that is precisely why I mentioned both sides coming together to find the common ground solution. Things like the v-chip or content blocking hardware are more tools that a parent can use to aid them. It should by no means be forced on the populace in general but there’s nothing wrong with teaching their children that certain content is wrong. If you’re trying to stop them from doing so then you’re denying them their free speach rights, and that’s not right either.

    Individual families should be free to teach their children the morals they see fit. You don’t have to like it, or agree with what they teach their children but there’s far worse things a parent can teach a child than shows like Nip/Tuck are garbage and shouldn’t be on the air. That’s their opinion and they are entitled to voice it, just those of opposing opinion are free to voice their dissent from that.

    To be fair I don’t agree with the PTC’s tactics. I think they’ve overstepped their bounds more than once, but I also think that there should be groups that parents can go to so that they can research content of television shows, music and the like. If we really want parents to step up and do the research that we demand they do then we have to set up the tools somehow. The PTC presents one set of such tools, they aren’t perfect by a long shot but we have to start somewhere on the road to finding the best solution.

  18. Anonymous says:

    I like it. Down with violence! Let’s listen to old radio shows!

     

    Now excuse me as I get some of my negros to wash my clothes and make dinner on.

     

    "Oh massa, Isa so happy you’z givin’ me some wohk to do, I’z is gonna eat me somma my cohn-bread now, massa!"

     

    Down with violence! Up with racism! The past was fucking awesome!

  19. Alteffor says:

    Nothing like a D-list celebrity easily being bought to to talk about issues no one cares about in an attempt to push his popularity above the 1000 virgins that still care about him.

    Seriously. Who gives a shit about this guy?

  20. ZippyDSMlee says:

    But they do not have the right to block the content for everyone and they HAVE to teach their kids about life and get over it to cling to anything else is immature.

    I is fuzzy brained mew =^^=
    http://zippydsmlee.wordpress.com/
    (in need of a bad overhaul)

     

  21. jkdjr25 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    This is honestly a tough one.

    I definitely see where Pat’s coming from because I don’t like much of what’s on T.V. due to it’s content. Understand that I grew up watching Abbot & Cotello, Bob Hope, the Marx Bros. and the Three Stooges. I enjoyed older movies and, though this kind of dates me a bit, watched Matinee at the Bijou on PBS. I look at what’s on now and shake my head in disgust because there’s no real point beyond being "shocking" or "edgy". It smacks of a "look at what we can do" mentality and that doesn’t make for good storytelling, at least in my opinion.

    Parents and their advocates have as much right to express their concerns about culture as we do to voice our concern over the desire to censor things. If we can come to a middleground and actually talk to one another without the vitriol that both sides have been guilty of we might actually come to a common ground solution.

    Of course my own solution is simplly to not watch trashy shows like Nip/Tuck and the shock value shows like it. I tend to keep my television habits restricted to watching the Food Network, Mythbusters, Countdown with Keith Olberman, TBN, the Cartoon Network or L.A. Ink. All my choice and I feel it to be the correct one.

     

  22. xzero87 says:

    "One that quite possibly will cost America its soul."

    I didn’t bother reading past that sentence.

  23. Anonymous says:

    While I don’t nessarily agree with his views on videogames, I can’t really fault the tune out and turn off thing he says. I mean really it is a form at least of the parents monitoring their kid’s intake and those radio shows from everything I’ve heard were pretty damned good. So kudos on them for taking a solution in their worries I honestly can’t argue with much.

    Sure it’s somewhat ‘ostrich putting it’s head in the sand’ but at least the parents are giving a shit about what’s going on with the kids and taking part in some family time. Really not a bad way to do things, even if like I said, I don’t really agree that videogames are dangerous like they suggest.

  24. KayleL says:

    I think that video games have stronger messages then any other media. In movies, the protagonist gets the girl and have sex within 30 minutes while in video games like Mass Effect, you have to build a relationship over time, and earn her trust.

  25. face777 says:

    never even heard of him… what, is he trying to make him seem relevant and important in a society where he has NO influence at all any more?  Is a new album just out?

  26. Azhrarn says:

    Ofcourse he considers it a bad thing, it’s not HIS kind of freedom afteral.
    It’s stuff modern people understand (and sometimes appreciate), he’s too out of touch with the world to see what its about. So he wants it all banned. Makes perfect sense…. to someone like JT.
    The current situation is no different from when they were kids, but do they see that?
    Ofcourse not, that would mean they had common sense, and that, is in extremely short supply these days.

  27. GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    Good god, what the hell is this guy talking about? Why the hell shouldn’t people be allowed to portray everything that people are capable of doing? It’s part of life, so why can’t it be touched on? And what does he mean "back when entertainment was just entertainment"? How is it not entertainment anymore? Honestly this seems like a "good ol’ days" arguement. What the hell makes Green Hornet any better than modern entertainment? I mean, sure, Green Hornet’s cool and all, but what makes it so friggin’ holy compared to everything else? It’s because it’s old and Boone understands it right? All this leaves me with is confusion.

    Alice Cooper better hold his shit together…

     

    -If shit and bricks were candy and tits, we’d all be livin’ large. For information on games and psychology, look up: Jonathan Freedman(2002)Block & Crain(2007)Grand Theft Childhood, by Harvard Medical School researchers Larry Kutner and Cheryl Olson

  28. BearDogg-X says:

    Freedom is a bad thing to assclowns like this old fart and his group. Consider every member of the Parent Trash Cult traitors against the U.S.A.

  29. Anonymous says:

    "be free to portray and present anything human beings are capable of" … "without any regard for the sensibilities of parents or ministers or censors, or anybody else"

    Isn’t that what the good old 1st ammendment is all about? It sounds like this old man is calling freedom a bad thing.

  30. ZippyDSMlee says:

    I got his metal album and I have heard him on talk shows talk about the issues he had not falling inline with the christian hierarchy, when he talked about his time doing th metal album he talking with balance and wit abtu how the songs are n different than anything else, it seems he has forgot a different  type of media is no different after all, its a shame he dose not see this akin to his issues he had with the church so long ago a gfroup of people who thought they knew whats right and only they could show you the right way to do things…..

    Once you cry wolf for the children you have to cry louder each time after to keep interest up and to stretch truths longer and longer, either you censor life for kids of 30 to live peaceful lives of not understanding STDs or conception or the unfairness of life or you let parents teach real kids what life is about and let them make the choices for them to mold the into non "ZOMG its summer break time" adults……

    I is fuzzy brained mew =^^=
    http://zippydsmlee.wordpress.com/
    (in need of a bad overhaul)

     

  31. desperad0 says:

    Thanks good job;

    Btw, I think Atari and Midway will drop out too, but mostly travesti because  these guys have done nothing travesti or little and need to start saving costs. and dizi izle

    YES.

    Now I don’t have to get off my ass for the important shit anymore!

    Whats next, ordering pizza from Xbox live?

    Wait… I think that sounds like a good idea.

    But I think voting should MAKE you get off your ass, and see outside or a second while you go vote. I mean, your picking the president of the United States of America for God’s Sake… least you can do is drive down there and punch out a card.

  32. oto kirlama says:

    Gallagher can araç kiralama say all he wants, but I strongly rent a car believe it’s due to his crappy leadership and E3 being a joke. ESA’s Board of Directors need to find a way to get out rent a car of this horrid contract with this Bush cronie before there’s no one left on the Board.

    Btw, I think Atari and Midway will drop out too, but mostly travesti because  these guys have done nothing ttnet vitamin or little and need to start saving costs.

    YES.

    Now I don’t have to get off my ass for the important shit anymore!

    Whats next, ordering pizza from Xbox live?

    Wait… I think that sounds like a good idea.

    But I think voting should MAKE you get off your ass, and see outside or a second while you go vote. I mean, your picking the president of the United States of America for God’s Sake… least you can do is drive down there and punch out a card.

     

  33. Anonymous says:

    Sitting next to me as I type this is a MP3 player (Sansa e130, for the technically curious) with a couple of GB’s of old radio shows on it, plugged into a set of mini-speakers. I’m listening to Boston Blackie. Don’t diss the old radio shows. I’ve been hooked since I first heard one on a retro radio station, years ago.

    The ironic bit is if someone made a Boston Blackie computer game, Pat Boone would probably go ballistic about the violence (and Blackie’s body count is lower than a lot of them). Come to think of it, I wish someone would. Nero Wolfe would be another good candidate for video game conversion, seeing as he sits at home and sends Archie (aka the player, of course) out to do his legwork. Natural mission structure right there.

    *sigh* Instead, they feed us endless remakes of whatever sold well last year. It’s not just the Pat Boones of the world who miss the point that gaming is no longer solely the domain of the young. I’m 45 and I’m not the oldest person in my guild in either WoW or AoC. My reading, my interests, even my tastes in music, have all broadened and expanded since I was younger. I’m ready for some more variety in my video games, too (and no, it’s not because I can’t frag like I used to … well, okay, but not entirely). I’d buy a Nero Wolfe or Boston Blackie game, assuming it didn’t suck, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. Hell, my mother probably would, and she’s past 80.

     

  34. nightwng2000 says:

    "The Green Hornet," :  Promoted violence and racial discrimination against asians.

    "The Lone Ranger," :  Promoted violence, racism against native Americans.

    "Fibber McGee and Molly," :  Promoted alcoholism and encouraged youth drinking.

    "Abbot and Costello," :  Promoted the use of tobacco and encouraged youth smoking.

    See?  I can do it too.  So there!  😛

    Nightwng2000

    NW2K Software

    Nightwng2000 has also updated his MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/nightwing2000 Nightwng2000 is now admin to the group "Parents For Education, Not Legislation" on MySpace as http://groups.myspace.com/pfenl

  35. Ace ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Where exactly?
    West side Reykjavík, Iceland.

    Average price of a movie ticket circa $14

  36. Father Time says:

    "The price of a movie ticket, atleast around here, is skyrocketing. Now there’s extra fees if the movie is over 2 hours, if it’s from Europe, if it’s local, if you want good seats or bad seats and they mark up the stuff they’re selling there way way over a 100%."

    Geesh man, where exactly do you live? I live about half an hour away (give or take) from Los Angeles and I’ve never seen any of those fees.

  37. ZippyDSMlee says:

    Buy what you like but protect yourself before you spend your money you can’t return media because it has to protect tis bottom line and they have a tendency to sit on your head, sicne there is no balance in it you do whats needed to be done to protect your money.

    I is fuzzy brained mew =^^=
    http://zippydsmlee.wordpress.com/
    (in need of a bad overhaul)

     

  38. Ace ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Ra…dio?

    People still listen to the radio? There’s nothing that they have that I can’t dredge up out of the internet in a few seconds, add it to a playlist and play what I want, when I want it. Radio, as a form of musical entertainment, is completely dead to me. As for talk shows or being introduced to new media, there’s plenty of podcasts and streaming musical sites where you can input preferences and be exposed to loads of new music. Not like they play the music I listen to on the radio anyways. Hard to find decent, or any black metal on the airwaves here. Plus, is it just the local stations or does it sound like they’ve got about 20-30 songs on shuffle? If your own music library is up in the high k’s concerning song count, why do you even need the radio? And popular music is crap! I don’t want to know that it’s toxic…

    And TV?
    TV died once I could hook it up to my computer! What if I don’t want to watch that show at that time? Or have commercials here or there or at all?  Sure, I’ve got a TV but it’s hooked up to a regionless DVD player as well as a computer.
    What I want to watch, when I want to watch it.

    And while we’re here, cinema? The price of a movie ticket, atleast around here, is skyrocketing. Now there’s extra fees if the movie is over 2 hours, if it’s from Europe, if it’s local, if you want good seats or bad seats and they mark up the stuff they’re selling there way way over a 100%. So, why go to the movies when today you can easily set up a very decent movie display (on a projector, if big is your thing) and again, enjoy things at home or in an environment of your making. As for new releases, there’s a very small time that passes from it going to cinema release to DVD these days. Not to mention the countless "free" (read: illegal) ways one can view movies, even before DVD releases.

    Relying on TV and radio to deliver my entertainment would be a slow and painful process. Take matters into your own hands, do it yourself.

    p.s.
    I ofcourse realize that my way is in many ways hurtful to the industry. But I’m not in the industry, and my way serves me best. Just wanted to clarify that I was aware of it ^^

  39. HelplessDoom ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    "Especially video games…. green hornet…. entertainment was just that, entertainment."

    So…. its ok that we listen to the green hornet a superhero who beats up bad guys and kids idolized back in the day but god forbid we play or watch them do it.

    It would have been really entertaining to hear him go on in his alzheimer’d state. next thing you know he would have started talking about eisenhower (sp?) and walking to school in the snow uphill

  40. GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    Oh Pat Boone, even in your prime you were irrelevant. Your words fall on deaf ears, because nobody gives a piss what you say.

     

     

    -Entertainment isn’t the reason the world sucks. It’s the reason we know the world sucks.

     

     

    For information on games and psychology, look up: Jonathan Freedman(2002)Block & Crain(2007)Grand Theft Childhood, by Harvard Medical School researchers Lawrence Kutner & Cheryl Olson

  41. Brokenscope says:

    If only the PTC would stick to their cable choice campaign, then they wouldn’t be a complete waste.

  42. JustChris says:

    Satellite radio still rocks. But XM > Sirius.

    Re: TV- Yeah, I had a TV in my bedroom but haven’t turned it on for two years. So I decided to sell it away. Now any of the TV watching I do is in the living room or kitchen. Much better to watch my DVDs in the comfort of the living room, anyways.

  43. Father Time says:

    I can sit back in my chair comfortably knowing that these idiots (and those like them) will NEVER make any real progress in their quest to make all media kid friendly. The first amendment protects even the most vile speech they anyone could imagine, and the entertainment industries can easily hire good lawyers to use it to do their bidding. Their cause is very unpopular so it’s highly unlikely that such a bill will ever get drafted or at least get passed by the state (I’m talking banning completely not limit it to kids) and if it does it has to pass the all might smite of the lawyers and court system.

    Finally these movies are popular and make all sorts of money so all their whining to hollywood won’t remove them (it may convince them that there’s a market for family friendly stuff but not that they should get rid of all their violent content). So let them knock themselves out and make them look a thousand times more stupid in the process all they’re really doing is giving free advertising.

    I’m not saying we shouldn’t fight them though.

  44. Father Time says:

    When they get into traditional values mode and try to make that the standrad they are far worse than the ‘filth’ they so enthusiastically demonize.

  45. Father Time says:

    "One that will determine the direction and morality of our young. One that quite possibly will cost America its soul."

    Cue dramatic music. It almost seems like he’s trying to sound like the movie anouncer guy (forget his name). ‘In a world that focuses on glamour and politics a huge battle is taking place unbeknowest to the public. Now a bunch of holier than though pricks who think they know better are engaging in a battle that will threaten our liberties in an attempt to save our ‘soul’.’

    Seriously though can a country as big and with so many people as America even have a single soul? If it does it has to have multiple personality disorder at the very least.

    "It’s the campaign, in the world of entertainment to absolutely throw off every restraint, abandon every moral guideline, exploit every taboo and be free to portray and present anything human beings are capable of."

    Yeah with different people exploiting different taboos and some people not exploring any taboos at all. If you don’t like it don’t look at it.

    "In prime time and full color and without any regard for the sensibilities of parents or ministers or censors, or anybody else."

    I LOVE media that pisses off ministers and censors and I will do everything I can to support that media should it be under attack from crocks like you.

    Has anyone else explored the site it has an article on whether Obama is a Muslim and one that said tolerance backfired on Christians. I wonder why websites like this never have a forum or comments on their articles? Although I shouldn’t be surprised that these idiots are afraid of free speech.

  46. TheEdge says:

    I expect some flak,but I just got off from that site.I usually enjoy the commentary,but today,it seemed more like the oh-so steryotypical "the Word of God works so well for us,so we’ll use government to make everyone else follow it too!" streyotype that seems to follow around Republicans(which is one of the reasons I made the leap to Libertarianism).They also seem to think "Queer Eye For The Straight Guy"was made by the Devil himself,as if it’s hardcore gay-porn(isn’t the show mainly about a bunch of gay people giving fashionally inept straight-people makeovers?No?).Seriously,check it out.

    I mean,Democrats suck,but when Republicans get in their little"traditional values"mode,they can give the Dems a run for their money.Anyone care to agree?

  47. GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    If you do not want your children playing a certain game there are so many options it’s rediculous that there even is such a controversy. You could:

    -Simply say "No"(simplest word in the english language) and kindly explain why you are concerned

    -not give your child $60 to buy the fuckin’ game

    -set the parental controls and laugh as they try and play their games without success

    -put the TV and game console in the living room (or "family" room or whatever the hell)

    SEE? IS IT REALLY SO FUCKING HARD? HUH? SAY SOMETHIN’!!!

     

    -If shit and bricks were candy and tits, we’d all be livin’ large. For information on games and psychology, look up: Jonathan Freedman(2002)Block & Crain(2007)Grand Theft Childhood, by Harvard Medical School researchers Larry Kutner and Cheryl Olson

  48. renedrivers says:

    Normally stories on this site get me angry and pissed. This one made me laugh. I can’t imagine anyone listening to him.

  49. Kavika says:

    I disagree with censorship just as much as the next wacko (there are wackos on both sides), but I agree that a potential solution is to unplug.  The only time I’ve ever missed having cable is when I was unable to watch new, good shows without resorting to piracy, and when someone brought up a show I hadn’t seen.  Like Lost, or Smallville, or American Idol, or Deal or No Deal, or South Park…  Wait, I haven’t missed it at all!

    If your kid really wants to watch a particular show, why not get it for them on DVD, after you have had a nice solid look at it (wikipedia.org!!), or find out some other way for them to watch it?  Why not LOOK INTO IT and find out if it is actually something worth their time.  Why not LIMIT their exposure to a few hours a day?  If they are going to go to a friend’s house and watch it, why not talk to their parents?

    Or, maybe you can trust the parenting YOU did, parent a little more (limit time, get involved a little), and trust your kids to make good decisions?  If they’re young, spend some freaking time with them instead of leaving the TV to babysite them.  They’re people, too, and sheltering/ignoring them is only going to retard their growth.

    Has somebody thought about THE CHILDREN!?!?!? *Runs off flailing arms*

  50. Anonymous says:

    hes just another person whos time has long gone looking for some issue to get involved in so they dont dissapear from existance. whos next, steven segal

  51. Meggie ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    God I know, Pat Boone has given good music the "boring and whitewash" treatment throughout his career. I’m not surprised he’d rail against the modern media.

  52. BearDogg-X says:

    Pat Boone is a whiny old popcorn fart. And a shameless profitteer and homogenizer of the great soul singers of the ’50’s like Fats Domino, B.B. King, Nat King Cole, so he has no room to talk.

    Entertainment today is still entertainment. Different strokes for different folks with various channels catered to various tastes. If the old fart doesn’t like it, then shut up and let everyone else enjoy what entertains them.

  53. TheEdge says:

    I agree.I mean,I enjoy boobs just as much as the next guy,but sometimes moderation would be nice.

    As for cancel shows,I disagree.Tila Tequilla should be axed(mainly due to some GRUESOME clips I saw on The Soup.Not much fun.Nearly threw up.).

  54. GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    Since you brought up books, I thought I’d add that there are more crappy books than there are crappy TV shows. I blame it on the old "if it’s a book then it’s good" logic. A legion of "serial killer lurking ’round a young couple’s vacation home out in the woods" books. Bleh.

     

    -If shit and bricks were candy and tits, we’d all be livin’ large. For information on games and psychology, look up: Jonathan Freedman(2002)Block & Crain(2007)Grand Theft Childhood, by Harvard Medical School researchers Larry Kutner and Cheryl Olson

  55. Kavika says:

    No, there is class and quality, it just isn’t the peak of popularity.  It never really was.  We tend to remember the classy and good stuff, and remove all the trash from our memory.

    Just as the argument goes, that a new medium for entertainment does not induce any more violence than is already there, it also does not induce anymore crap entertainment.  We’ve always had terrible content clogging the popular culture, and people eat it up.

    I remember my mom (about 70 now) bitching about her parents making her watch "hee-haw" and some other various that I’ve forgotten the name of when they first got a TV some 60 years ago.  I also remember being in school and the most popular things around were the New Kids on the Block, Meriah Carey, In Living Color, Beavis and Butt-Head, Gangster Rap (I didn’t listen to much, so can’t give a particular name), Nirvana, Rosanne, every National Lampoons film, 90% of Eddy Murphy’s films…

    There is new soulless tripe generated every day, and this all started when we first got mass produced media (books).

  56. Anonymous says:

    i agree, i dont care about having drugs and sex on tv shows, but i hate it when they are thrown in there tastelesly. the problem is that class is gone, not just on tv, sports, activities. there is no more character and class in the world.

  57. Kavika says:

    ‘I want to take a brick with the words "these games are not for kids and your game systems have parental controls in them" and bludgeon some people over the head with it until it sinks in’

    Video games don’t make you violet.  Bricks do!

    Now I’m off to go get my daily stacking fix.  Watch out, world.

  58. Round says:

    There has always been things that take kids away from doing the things we as parents want them to do.  Video games are nothing new, just different.  Being 42 years old, a programmer in the video game industry for the past 12 years, and a father of two, I find it amusing that a singer with no idea what they are talking about have opinions that carry as much weight as they do.  It isn’t like Pat was educated to be in a think tank.  I want to take a brick with the words "these games are not for kids and your game systems have parental controls in them" and bludgeon some people over the head with it until it sinks in.  Video games have been around since I was 10.  My generation grew up with them and now we play more adult themed games.  Games aren’t just for kids anymore.  I play Assassin’s Creed, my kids don’t.  They get to play the backlog of Zelda games at their age.  I do not not let my kids watch television.  Games at least teach problem solving, teamwork, persistence, and give kids a sense of accomplishment and pride that television doesn’t.  I guess if you don’t take the time to understand new technologies and actually take an interest in what your kids are doing, you end up sounding like Pat.  I’m sorry, but Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo can’t make a game that is a better parent.  It isn’t the world’s responsibility to look out for everyone’s kids.  It is the parents responsibility and I am one.     

  59. GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    I agree. TV really is going to shit. It has nothing to do with violence or sex, it’s the fact that it’s being thrown in tastelessly and for no real purpose. I still don’t think all of those sorts of programs should be cancelled, since sometimes mindless entertainment is fun. Still though, a little moderation would be nice.

     

    -If shit and bricks were candy and tits, we’d all be livin’ large. For information on games and psychology, look up: Jonathan Freedman(2002)Block & Crain(2007)Grand Theft Childhood, by Harvard Medical School researchers Larry Kutner and Cheryl Olson

  60. Anonymous says:

    To be honest, there is a problem with raw sewage being smashed onto television and in theaters and in video games. not really violent, just really horrid writing, effects, acting, and overall quality. I do feel this leads to the decline of human intellegence on the whole.  I.E. People watching too much reality TV, listening to too much Dragonforce, and the like…….are getting dumber and dumber.  I really miss quality writing and acting. This isn’t the point boon is making though.

    Odd thing is, the amount of games that are the best selling of all time have little violence in them. I still don’t see why the sandbox-fest of clunky controls and mainly shock value game that is GTA gets the amount of sells that it does, but then again, I don’t understand why people line up to watch American Idol or Dancing with the Stars either…….

    Boon, no one cares what you say anymore than people care who the hell the Smashing Pumpkins are voting for.  Just because you sing music, it doesn’t mean your opinions are somehow mightier than the guys that pick up my trash on Mondays. (I would actually put their opinion over yours since I actually know them.)

  61. A-wel Cruiz ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Ironic he’s trashing TV as being unholsome. I’m pretty sure his cover of "Crazy Train" (from the pictured album) was used as the theme to "The Osbournes", one of the pinnacles of unholsome television.

  62. Mithras says:

    I remember when that album came out.

    One of the local radio stations (for where I was at the time) announced that they were going to play the entire thing, start to finish, until they had on the order of 100 people call in to have it taken off.

    They made it through about half of the first track.

     

    I’d rather listen to Metallica, and I -hate- Metallica.

  63. black manta says:

    Pat Boone has always been a tool.  I don’t care if Ronnie James Dio (best Metal vocalist in the world, bar none) thought it was cool to sing with him on that cover of "Holy Diver" for that album.  (And while I’m on the subject, his cover of Priest’s "Anothing Thing Comin’" was wretched, too).  IMHO, the only thing he did of any merit was the 1959 version of Journey to the Center of the Earth with James Mason.

    What he said notwithstanding, while I enjoy classic Metal and play violent games and watch Action films, I still find entertainment value in the old radio programs, and in fact I have collections of Lights Out and Dimension X on CD.  And I also enjoy a good Abbot & Constello, Marx Bros. or Three Stooges flick every now and then.  Good comedy never goes out of style. 🙂

  64. King of Fiji ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    As much as I would of loved to have lived in a time where radio was the ultimate form of entertainment those days are long gone. 

     

    And going back in time just because one is a piss ant who can’t monitor what their kids watch is a lame ass reason to go back in time.

  65. Blu300 says:

    You know what really annoys me about all this?

    The talk of ‘our future’

    It’s not ‘our future’ – at least, it’s not your future. Your generation had its time – and what a time you had. Global warming, war, famine, overpopulation. Wow, what a fun time you had. If thats the way you want to do things, you have no right to plan this generations future. And especially no right to critisize how we might lack a soul, when your generation caused or exaserbated most of the worlds current problems.

    /end rant.

  66. Anthrax says:

    Thank god, too, I was getting sick of people bashing him for telling it like it is.

    Anyway, this is just another case of some old guy who’s media was frightening and new when he was young, and yet when he gets older he doesn’t understand that video games are the same deal. Old radio shows weren’t any more innocent than anything on the radio today, it’s just different themes and different people.

  67. BlackIce says:

    Sorry, but if I ever become old I will have the good manners to throw myself out of a window.

    ~You Could Be Mine, But You’re Way Out Of Line..~

  68. Anonymous says:

    Bah Bah Bah im an old bah bah get off my lawn thats wat it sounds like. Go hide under a rock u senile old goat

  69. kurisu7885 (can't log in) says:

    Funny part is he evidently joined a group who back in the 80s would likley had gladly tried ot have his ass thrown in prison

  70. Anonymous says:

    I think ‘tuning out and turning off’ has more relevance than Mr Boon intended, I certainly hope I never end up putting my Brain into ‘old-man autopilot’.

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