This article was written by Zak Portelli
Malta is hosting the Isle of MTV concert, this is done in collaboration with the MTA, G7 and MTV itself. At first glance this all seems to be an event of innocent fun, but there is something far more intrinsically wrong with this event. Let us say the event was organised by a group that supported the killing of elephants for their tusks; indeed many would probably boycott the whole event. We already see the hell people raise when circuses come to our island because of the maltreatment of animals. However there seems to be no hell raised when the company/organisation is responsible for promoting promiscuity, permissiveness, pornography & prostitution. Maybe we’ve become too obsessed with the way animals are treated and have forgotten about humans in the process. G.K Chesterton once said “where there is worship of animals, there is sacrifice of humans.”
MTV was founded in the year 1981 and already within the first few years of its foundation, many censorship organisations complained of the graphic/sexualized content it was permitting to air on its station. For the first few years they tended to play things down, but by the 90’s the soil in their field was fertile enough for them to plant the seeds which would allow the crops of immoral music videos to grow very well. The artist Madonna was always very much supported by the company, and a lot of her music videos have been aired by MTV and she has also been helped by the company itself. Here is a woman, who not only blasphemes publicly in her statements, dress, way of life, burning crucifixes, but, also stated “A crucifix is sexy because a naked man is hanging on it.”
In 1990, Pope Saint John Paul II had called for a boycott of her tour for its mock crucifixions, stigmata’s etc in her video “Like a prayer.” But of course, although there is more in order for us to write volumes on Madonna, let us turn to another artist in order to not be nasty mean Catholics who only pick on one person. Let us turn to a male artist. In fact it is mainly male artists who are the centre of the culture of promiscuity enshrined in the very existence of MTV. Marilyn Manson. If you would ever wish to meet Satan’s secretary on earth, look no further than Manson himself. With the death of La Vey (founder of Satanic temple), and Crowley (Satanic Philosopher), it is fair to say that Manson gladly accepted the honour of walking in their footsteps. Did MTV ever dismiss him or fire him for this? No. maybe because they don’t interfere with the religious beliefs of their artists? Well, people are soon censored or dismissed on MTV for “homophobic” comments, which many a time do not come even close to homophobia, but worshiping Satan seems to be much more tolerated than so called homophobic comments. Several years back, I think it was 2010, during a music concert, he held the Bible in his hands stating “There are people out there holding this F***ing book who say they care about you more than I do, so in case they can’t hear… F*** you!” and the crowd repeated the expletive. Of course this was just ONE incident from hundreds which again would be the cause of volumes of books to be written on this man’s evil ways.
We can of course list the many artists supported by MTV, whether helped with studio premises for recording their music or airing the music:
Lonely Island (ft Akon)’s “I just had sex”
ACDC’s “Highway to Hell”
Twisted sister’s “Burn in Hell”
KISS’s “Let’s put the X in sex”
50 Cent’s “Candy shop”
Necro’s “dead body disposal”
Immortal technique’s “Dance with the devil”
A2m’s “I’ve got bicthes”
The list of disturbing music is as long as it is sad, however, unlike the previous generations of music, the phenomena we are seeing with immoral music is no longer restricted to groups which one could immediately tell are “Satanic” in their very essence, the emergence of gangster rap has shifted the ball from clear cut “in your face” evil to immoral.
In the mid 1980’s, the music industry was shaken up with the birth of gangster rap. Artists such as Schoolly D and N.W.A produced hits such as “PSK What Does It Mean” and “Fuck Tha Police.” By the early 1990’s, gangster rap had a home at the top of the charts. Some of the artists responsible for this were Dr. Dre and Eazy-E, both former members of N.W.A., Snoop Doggy Dogg, Tupac Shakur, and Ice-T. While each of these rappers showcased a unique style, the underlying messages in their work depicted acts of violence, discrimination, and sex in a way that made them appear commonplace and acceptable, when in fact they are not.
Dr. Dre’s first solo album, The Chronic is riddled with filth and then of course when Snoop doggy dog was interviewed after the release of his first album and asked about his lyrics and the image of gangster rap, Snoop answered “sex and violence sells, ask Al Pacino” (quoted. in MTV Production).
Let us consider for a moment the spider. Spiders spin their web and the web is designed to serve a purpose, it is designed to trap insects and cause them to be entangled, the entangled insect is then wrapped up further by the spider and left for later on. The whole spider’s web which was spun by the music industry was done so in such a way that the music industry alone is not the only one to benefit from followers.
-“Music can be intoxicating. Such apparently slight causes destroyed Greece and Rome, and will destroy England and America.” Henry Thoreau
-“When the modes of music change, the walls of the city shake”- Plato
In the year 2000, at the MTV awards, Anthony Green who for years was involved with MTV, stated that Music should not be censored as it has the potential to help people but denied that it could provoke to harm. However, because of course, liberals never make sense, their own words were turned upside down when a year later in 2001 Eminem sang at the grammy awards. There was uproar as he sang in one of his songs, the following lyrics “whether you’re a fag or lez or the homosex, hermaph or a tans-a-ves, pants or dress” the argument used against Eminem was because “Music has potential to effect behaviour, and spread hatred.” Can the liberals please make up their mind? So indeed then, music does have a powerful influence on peoples behavior!
The late artist Prince once stated “Last night I went to a club and watched the DJ control and entire room, even politicians can’t do that.”
Having now touched upon, in brief, the problem with the music industry and what it is promoting we can of course finally begin to end this article by calling to mind the image of modern man and modern woman. MTV is a proud supporter of “planned parenthood” an organisation that takes pride in promoting artificial contraception and abortion. That is more than enough to earn MTV a red card with any person who professes to be Catholic, but then again, do those who profess to be Catholic really have the faith? If a person professes to truly believe in God, truly believe with every fibre of their being, then their conscience is enough to instruct them in the school which St. Philip Neri always taught to people “I prefer paradise.” All other things which distract or go CONTRARY to that are not welcomed in the life of a Catholic. If a company which promotes neo-nazi sentiments were to be part organising an event, would people turn up? Probably not. Nazism killed close to 12 million people, yet Abortion has been the cause of far more than 12 million human beings at different stages of life, yet no one bats an eyelid. The measure to be used to measure such atrocities is God. As St.Thomas Aquinas argues in his 4th proof for the existence of God, that a measure must be present by which we measure something against something else. We use God as the measure of Goodness, love, Omnipotence, omnibenevolence. Using the measure which is God we can therefore detract that MTV, simply put, is as far removed from God as the people it helps support and ideologies it helps uphold.
“But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” Corinthians 11:3
There is such a term as ‘toxic masculinity’. Well, toxic masculinity exists and this is its face, pleasure seeking. This is what happens when men allow the shallowness of today’s world to affect them. Rather than to persist in what is their God-given role of fatherhood and protection (both spiritual and familial, mind you), they succumb, and go towards the extremes of shallowness.
These men have fully embraced the hedonistic, carnal nature of the West’s culture. They are immature children in a man’s body, who feel a vast void inside their souls, but constantly seek to fulfil it in the wrong way: Constantly chasing after worldly pleasures, having their success defined by how many easy women they can go over. It’s a glass castle, one that’s easily shattered when reality of life hits you. But when it hits you, it is often time too late.
The perfect body, the muscle, the obsession with designer clothing, especially underwear, the need to have a perfect sex appeal, herein one can find modern “man.” Concerned solely with the world.
And thus, young men in this vile age strut about like peacocks stripped of all but their tail feathers. A word from the wise, the flesh withers, the flesh dies. What lie in store for them and me? This I do dread. The brevity of youth, the length of senility, remember to look upon the courtesan as one remembers their past, for we were they, and they were we.