Letter: 'Pitch Black' obscenitiesby Michael DarbyNews Weekly
, July 1, 2000
The prevalence of obscenities at the modern cinema is an unpleasant trend. Defenders of the practice claim (unconvincingly) that obscenity is sometimes necessary for the sake of historical realism.
Clearly, this defence is not available for science fiction cinema, set far in the future.
A major offender is the science fiction movie, "Pitch Black," with a script which proves that obscenities are even less attractive when uttered by women and children. "Pitch Black" also has its male lead utter a particularly offensive blasphemy, which has no connection whatever to the plot, and therefore has been inserted gratuitously in the script as an expression of some individual’s warped personality.
Young people look to cinema for role models. A major disadvantage of obscenity is that it displaces normal vocabulary.
Listen to a teenager with a displaced vocabulary, and chances are you are listening to a teenager already suffering from a serious disadvantage.Michael Darby,