Hollywood's march to tear down -- to obliterate, really -- every boundary of sexual decency should compel even the harshest accusers of social conservatives like Rick Santorum to apologize profusely. They were wrong to mock conservatives for warning of the extremes, as we're lurching so quickly and easily into the darkest "love who you want" extremes of the Lifestyle Left.
Cassavetes is selling his film, "Yellow," which stars his ex-wife Heather Wahlquist as a beautiful woman addicted to pain pills. She travels back home to Oklahoma after being expelled from her teaching job in Los Angeles for "having broom closet sex on Parent Night." On her way home, she stops to visit her brother in prison. It results in an incest scene that we're told is "tender and affecting and signals no judgment of the relationship."
Cassavetes told The Wrap, "I have no experience with incest...We started thinking about that. We had heard a few stories where brothers and sisters were completely, absolutely in love with one another. You know what? This whole movie is about judgment, and lack of it and doing what you want. Who gives a s--- if people judge you?"
Then he arrived at what became the headline of the article: "I'm not saying this is an absolute, but in a way, if you're not having kids -- Who gives a damn? Love who you want. Isn't that what we say? Gay marriage -- love who you want? If it's your brother or sister, it's super weird, but if you look at it, you're not hurting anybody, except every single person who freaks out because you're in love with one another."
In a very real sense, he's right. This is where the slippery slope leads. Cassavetes said he wanted to portray a modern woman who is, in his words, "a rock star" and "a mess." He wanted "an exaggerated version of a girl who came from a place where different things are acceptable." In reality, he wanted a beautiful woman that viewers would find sympathetic, and then throw this shocking, "tender" incest scene in their face.
Don't think critics won't like it. A reviewer on Indiewire called this movie "officially the most refreshing breath of air" at the Toronto Film Festival. "So far, there is no news on distribution or when this thing is coming out, but as soon as it does, go out, don't take it too seriously and have a little fun with it."
Don't take the incest scene too seriously? Have fun with it? What -- chuckle?
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