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Sundance Film Fest Accused of Helping Porn Industry

Some Christians have two movies presented at the Sundance Film Festival this week, of aiding the porn industry. The Concerned Women for America (CWA) made the accusation due to the movies’
( [email protected] ) Jan 25, 2007 09:42 PM EST

Some Christians have accused Zoo and Hounddog, two movies presented at the Sundance Film Festival this week, of aiding the porn industry.

The Concerned Women for America (CWA) made the accusation due to the movies’ inclusion of bestiality and a sexual assault scene involving a 12-year-old girl.

"I doubt that either one of these films deals with the reality of the subject, which would include all of the harms to the individual and to society," says Jan LaRue, chief legal counsel for the CWA, according to One News Now.

LaRue even dubbed the festival with her own pun: "The Sundance Sleaze Festival."

In the movie Zoo, the director included bestiality content in a gesture of being artistic. Although there are no graphic scenes in the movie, the CWA official contends that it can still have subtle yet harmful effects to the viewer.

And Hounddog arrived at the Sundance ’07 fest with heightened controversy over child star Dakota Fanning’s rape scene. LaRue called the uproar over the film “justified” considering the increasing problem in sex crimes.

LaRue believes that the movies are only continuing to desensitize America to these serious subjects and may support the efforts of the porn industry to legitimize deviant sexual behavior.

The CWA representative also challenges that the two films use the controversial scenes for shock value to increase their popularity. They are further using their artistic freedom to make these subject matters acceptable, helping the porn industry to have a foothold in mainstream cinema.

These movies are taking the worst parts of human behavior and putting them on the big screen and desensitizing the general population to them, LaRue adds. That only serves to move American culture in a “perverse and dangerous direction.”

The premiere of such movies as Zoo and Hounddog at a prestigious film festival prompted LaRue to say, “You've taken society further down the slippery slope.”