Hollywood Pedophilia Runs Deeper Than Spacey

Hollywood Pedophilia Runs Deeper Than Spacey

His assault is just the surface of the issue.
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The media has been a hotbed of disgusting, with the reveal of Kevin Spacey’s drunken assault on the fourteen-year-old child star as well as the thirteen-year-old actress, Millie Bobby Brown of "Stranger Things" included in W Magazine’s slideshow for Most Attractive TV Show Actresses. However, what people might not realize, is that pedophilia has been a major issue in Hollywood for a very long time. Now bear with me, because this article will be a little heavy because this is a serious topic. If you can be triggered by anything regarding assault, I won’t suggest reading this article, but I promise to not get detailed as a respect to the victims and the families. However, I do think this is an important issue that needs to be discussed.

Pedophilia in Hollywood has been described by some as a deep issue from claims of a “Child Sex Ring” to rumors about certain directors, such as Woody Allen and directors who have been convicted of molestation but still have a career such as Victor Salva whose new movie "Jeepers Creepers 3" which had been released in September. However, it’s not clear how many people have been affected by sexual abuse since so many are too afraid to come forward and many people don’t believe them since it’s often played off as a joke.

Now with current headlines, people are beginning to take these claims seriously. But just how far does this issue go? On October 17th, the directors of the documentary "An Open Secret" released their film on Vimeo for nine days to “commemorate serial predator, Harvey Weinstein finally being exposed.” Their documentary covers five child stars who had been victims of sexual abuse at a young age as well as interviews from people who have been censored from reporting on pedophilia in Hollywood including Vanity Fair Journalist, John Connally.

Pedophilia in Hollywood doesn’t come in the form of young people experiencing physical abuse, however, and not just since the release of "Stranger Things" and the sexualization of the shows actors and actresses. Think back to young child stars such as the Olsen twins or Emma Watson and how magazines wrote about them at the age of fifteen or sixteen or how they wrote about young male stars who were only in their teens calling them heartthrobs and sex symbols, sexualizing them before they’ve even turned eighteen.

Despite the blatant sexualization of minors in the Hollywood media and behind the scene, the industry still wants to shut it down.

In a 2013 interview on the view between Barbara Walters and Corey Feldman, a child star known for his roles in "The Goonies" and "Stand By Me" who was also a victim of child abuse in Hollywood, Feldman spoke about his abuse. Barbara Walters asks Feldman, “Are you saying they are pedophiles and that they are still in this business?” Feldman responded, “Yes. They don’t want me here right now. They want me dead.” Feldman went on to warn parents about putting their children in Hollywood when Walters interrupted him to say, “You’re damaging an entire industry.” You can view the exchange here.

This exchange is damaging as Walters is pushing the blame onto Feldman claiming he is responsible for ruining an industry without holding the actual pedophiles responsible.

With the spotlight on this deep Hollywood issue, hopefully, there will be more investigation and report on incidents in the industry and perhaps, California will look into legislation that protects pedophiles in Hollywood. More people are starting to come forward and social media is lending its ear to their stories.

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A Playlist From The iPod Of A Middle Schooler In 2007

I will always love you, Akon.
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Something happened today that I never thought in a million years would happen. I opened up a drawer at my parents' house and I found my pink, 4th generation iPod Nano. I had not seen this thing since I graduated from the 8th grade, and the headphones have not left my ears since I pulled it out of that drawer. It's funny to me how music can take you back. You listen to a song and suddenly you're wearing a pair of gauchos, sitting on the bleachers in a gym somewhere, avoiding boys at all cost at your seventh grade dance. So if you were around in 2007 and feel like reminiscing, here is a playlist straight from the iPod of a middle schooler in 2007.

1. "Bad Day" — Daniel Powter

2. "Hips Don't Lie" — Shakira ft. Wyclef Jean

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3. "Unwritten" — Natasha Bedingfield

4. "Run It!" — Chris Brown

5. "Girlfriend" — Avril Lavigne

6. "Move Along" — All-American Rejects

7. "Fergalicious" — Fergie

8. "Every Time We Touch" — Cascada

9. "Ms. New Booty" — Bubba Sparxxx

10. "Chain Hang Low" — Jibbs

11. "Smack That" — Akon ft. Eminem

12. "Waiting on the World to Change" — John Mayer

13. "Stupid Girls" — Pink

14. "Irreplaceable" — Beyonce

15. "Umbrella" — Rihanna ft. Jay-Z

16. "Don't Matter" — Akon

17. "Party Like A Rockstar" — Shop Boyz

18. "This Is Why I'm Hot" — Mims

19. "Beautiful Girls" — Sean Kingston

20. "Bartender" — T-Pain

21. "Pop, Lock and Drop It" — Huey

22. "Wait For You" — Elliot Yamin

23. "Lips Of An Angel" — Hinder

24. "Face Down" — Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

25. "Chasing Cars" — Snow Patrol

26. "No One" — Alicia Keys

27. "Cyclone" — Baby Bash ft. T-Pain

28. "Crank That" — Soulja Boy

29. "Kiss Kiss" — Chris Brown

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30. "Lip Gloss" — Lil' Mama

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13 Quotes For All Of Us Empowered Female-Identifying People Out There

For the days when you need to be reminded that you are really doing the dang thing and doing it well.

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For the days when you need to be reminded that you are really doing the dang thing and doing it well.

1. Do you really need someone else's permission, acceptance, wink, or nod, or are you ready to give these to yourself? -The Universe

I get notes from the Universe everyday and all of them are so amazing and inspiring. There might be a few of them on this list. You can sign up for your own notes from the universe here.

2. The princess saves herself in this one. -Amanda Lovelace

The quote is based off a book called The Princess Saves Herself In This One, which is a collection of poetry about resilience, you can get the book here.

3. I'm made of more than you think. -Snow White, Mirror, Mirror

4. Other people's perception of you ain't none of your business. -Lisa Nichols

CLAPPING HANDS EMOJI.

5. Do you realize how many events and choices that had to occur since the birth of the universe leading to the making of just exactly the way you are? -Mrs. Which, A Wrinkle In Time

I love this because it really hits home how so many right and wrong decisions led to the creation of you and how you should appreciate the good and the bad because without either of them you wouldn't be exactly who you were supposed to be.

6. You can't stop what's done to you. You can only survive it. -Rachel, Georgia Rule 

This brings up an important theme of my life that I'm still trying to figure out. The only thing you can control in your life is how you react to what happens to you.

7. Don't let anyone ever make you feel like you don't deserve what you want. -Patrick Verona, 10 Things I Hate About You

8. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. -Queen Clarisse, The Princess Diaries

9. No trifling of the past, no matter how great, can tarnish the brilliance of eternity. -The Universe

10. People who are insignificant to your future shouldn't have an impact on your present.

Someone once told me this, and although I can't remember the person, this quote has always stuck with me.

11. Talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show stopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique, completely not ever been done before. -Lady Gaga

You know what... I think she was talking about you.

12. Tell yourself it's easy. Tell yourself often. Make it an affirmation. Eat, sleep, breathe it, and you life shall be transformed. -The Universe

13. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. -Mark Twain 

Go on then, be empowered and trust your instincts, you've got big things coming... I can tell.

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