When agenda is more important than art

On a same-sex kiss in the new Buzz Lightyear movie, star Chris Evans lamented“It makes me happy. It’s hard not to get a little frustrated because it has to be a topic of discussion.”

The launch, of course, focuses on the controversy, with the film making headlines. More than that, though, is what earned the film and Evans Brownie points in Hollywood, where agenda, not art, is the primary focus. It’s funny that Evans claims he doesn’t want to spend his time talking about the kiss—it’s a media gift during Pride month, in particular.

“The goal is to get to a point where that’s the norm, and that doesn’t have to be some kind of uncharted waters, and that ultimately is what it is,” Evans added.

Really listen to what he has to say here: The goal is not to make a blockbuster or an award-winning movie; It offers a narrative and a cultural reorganization.

What about this modification? We were once told that these kinds of media moments were about encouraging admissions, but in the past several years, it’s clear that it’s about employment, too. The effort is clearly working: One in six adults in Generation Z identifies as LGBT, according to the survey. data Released last year by Gallup, the majority considered them bisexual.

It has become an issue of social contagion. A Washington Post writer published a a story Based on data reported by Gallup and I interviewed a student from my hometown of Montgomery County, Maryland who identifies as “non-binary” and uses their/them pronouns. The piece began, “Jasper Schwartz recently realized that nearly all of their friends” are gay in some way. “

Parents across the country have told me the same thing: Middle and high school students are bored and uninterested without the kind of “identity” they can wear with pride.

There are also consequences to refusing to participate in Pride and Gay activism. Recently, five members of the Tampa Bay Rays became citizens Addresses For refusing to participate in the team’s pride campaign to add a rainbow crest on their uniform. The message of this national disgrace was clear: It was no longer a matter of “live and let live.” Either you are with us or against you.

Where does this leave the parents? They will not like the answer. It is not an easy solution. The truth is: It’s time to pull out of a great deal of popular culture and fight back. It is time for us as a society to come to terms with the fact that the goal of many activists is no longer pride and acceptance. They want to arrest our children as gender activists, and we cannot allow them to.

We see it being shown nationwide: It’s not enough to opt out of bringing your child to the Pride Parade when you know there will be sexually explicit images there; You need to make sure that your child’s teacher does not read a book about a transgender child or drag the queen into your kindergarten. It’s not enough to miss seeing “Lightyear”; You have to instill in your child a positive and awareness of the lessons and values ​​that you want him to grow up and believe in. This was the motivation behind my decision to co-found a children’s book series called Freedom Heroeswhich aims to actively promote positive values ​​in children when their literature is immersed in the radical thought of gender and race.

Americans are already choosing to opt out of ‘Lightyear’ Which proves that it is one of the box office disappointment. Of course, those who cover the industry try to explain the numbers, but the truth is that Americans aren’t interested in what they’re selling. However, it is not enough to avoid watching a movie or interrupt individual books, movies and TV shows. American parents should add, not keep subtracting.

In her article about the explosion of young people who identify as LGBT, The Washington Post Chart one student’s path: “Jasper grew up browsing gay memes on Instagram and following transgender influencers on YouTube. They attended a diverse public prep school in Montgomery County, Maryland, which taught classes about sexual orientation and gender identity in a health class.”

We’ve seen parents across the country resist this kind of instruction at school board meetings, but parents will also have to take the tough next step to fight the tide and firmly say “no” to smartphones and unlimited internet access for children. A local mom and a professional who works on national drug policy told me, “These kids are facing a reality we didn’t have to deal with, and we need to preach internet safety. In our small cramped school, most kids in my son’s sixth grade have iPhones. People don’t realize what kids can Access it with an iPhone. I think teens shouldn’t be allowed to be on social media, but that’s not the reality we live in.”

Fighting not only with schools and Hollywood students, but with our kids, who want to watch the latest movies and shows and be like their friends with iPhones.

Do we really want our children to be like every other child of their generation? Even before the COVID toll, it was data It was clear: Depression and anxiety reach astronomical rates among children and teens. Something is very wrong, and Warning bells are ringing. We are clearly doing something wrong.

We as parents have the power to right the ship, both in our homes and more broadly as a culture. It won’t be easy, but doing the right thing rarely comes easily.

Bethany Mandel is an editor at Heroes Of Liberty children’s publishing house.