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OPINION

Hollywood Star Embraces Incest

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This week, writer-director Nick Cassavetes released his new movie, "Yellow," about a woman having an affair with her brother. "I have no experience with incest," says Cassavetes. "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."
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But Cassavetes wasn't done: "Who gives a s--- if people judge you? 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."

Here's the thing: Cassavetes is exactly correct.

There are those who say that gay marriage is a slippery slope toward incest. It isn't. The gay marriage and incest lie are justified by precisely the same moral argument: the argument that love defines an acceptable relationship. Sexual urges are, according to the left, their own moral justification -- what is biological is justifiable. If gays and lesbians are "born this way," why not incestuous duos? If consent is the highest value and two siblings consent, what's the problem?

This is an unanswerable argument for the left. It's why they resort to total emotion when asked about the logical distinction between gay marriage and incest. They get offended. They shout about how awful any such comparison is. But they never offer a single rational argument.

In fact, when given the opportunity, the left sidles up to taboo sexual relationships regularly. Nicole Kidman starred in "Birth," in which she gets naked with a ten-year-old who is supposedly her reincarnated husband. In "The Graduate," Dustin Hoffman stars as an annoying newly graduated college student who makes it with both mother and daughter. And it's not just on film. Roman Polanski, according to Whoopi Goldberg, never engaged in "rape rape" after he raped a teenage girl. Jason Biggs, star of "American Pie," enjoys tweeting about the anuses of prominent Republican politicians, and then he hires prostitutes with his wife, Jenny Mollen, star of "Crazy, Stupid, Love."

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Hollywood has a high tolerance point for perversion. That's why it would be silly to see Cassavetes' stance as anything but the point of the liberal spear. After all, if two consenting siblings want to have sex in the privacy of their home, who are you to object? How does their love affect your relationship? And if Hollywood wants to show it onscreen, what power do you have to try to stop them?

Incredibly enough, Cassavetes truly hits on the problem in his little diatribe about incest. "If you're not having kids, who gives a damn? Love who you want," he says. And he's right. If relationships aren't supposed to be about the next generation -- if they're designed specifically for fulfillment of sexual desires -- there's no point to monogamy as soon as it becomes burdensome. That's why the divorce rate skyrocketed in America in the 1960s, as the view of marriage shifted from a child-centric one to a fulfillment-centric one. Marriage used to be about the other -- a spouse, a child. Now it's about you. And the Rolling Stones are wrong - you can always get what you want. And if you don't, well, you simply change up relationships.

Incest isn't the final stopping point for the sexual left. The final stopping point is pedophilia. All it takes is for the left to declare that children have the ability to make rational decisions about their own sexuality. Then the final string tethering Western society to her Judeo-Christian moral roots will be severed. And Hollywood will celebrate.

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