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Mormon Moviestars and the Dark Knight - a long-term example

There have been quite a few posts here about the decline in morality associated with Mormons being in the entertainment industry.

But did you know one of your favorite stars from the "Dark Knight" set the standard for the industry long before the big boom of "Mormon Movies?"

Check out the article on Wikipedia about Aaron Eckhart.

Highlights from the article include:

  • He had a Latter-day Saint upbringing.
  • He took three years off after high school to surf in Hawaii and to serve a mission for the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in France and Switzerland
  • He enrolled as a film major at Brigham Young University, graduating in 1994
  • Eckhart appeared in the Mormon-themed film Godly Sorrow (check your seminary tapes!)
  • After graduating from BYU, he appeared in several beer commercials (sound familiar?)
  • Kirby Heyborne, The Best Two Years and Miller Light's Favorite Star

    I don't know how many of you have recently seen the new Miller Light commercial where Kirby Heyborne and another guy are listening through the cement to calculate the distance to the next beer party.

    I was quite shocked when I first saw it. For those that don't know Kirby Heyborne starred in the Best Two Years. First he's this great role model in the Best Two Years and then he's representing Miller light.

    However after reading an article on him, I think I understand why he did it. He needed the money. Who are we to judge, yes it makes him seem a bit less sincere in movies but hey everyone has got to pay the bills.

    Although I am curious to see if he'll ever be able to land anymore Mormon roles again.

    Let me know what you guys think of it, if you want to read the article, I saw it here:


    Race matters

    I wrote an op-ed piece for The College Times a few weeks ago about the use of racial slurs in modern comedy. You can find it here.

    Now in the wake of the Michael Richards fiasco I thought it might be the right time to discuss race and religion and their place in comedy in particular and in the media in general.

    Limbaugh's delicate way with words

    Recently Tom Fox of the Christian Peacemaker's Team in Iraq was murdered by a group calling themselves the Swords of Righteousness Brigade. By all accounts he was an extraordinary man doing an extraordinary work in Iraq. When he was kidnapped in November, radio commentator Rush Limbaugh said the following:

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    Be careful what you report

    On May 9th Newsweek published an article alleging that U.S. interrogators desecrated copies of the Koran at Guantanomo Bay. Although it later apologized for the story and admitted that the allegations were probably inaccurate, big problems have been caused for U.S.-Islamic relations.

    National Review
    The shakily sourced May 9 Newsweek report that interrogators had desecrated a Koran at Guantanamo Bay is likely to do more damage to the U.S. than the Abu Ghraib prison scandals...

    Sheikh Sayed Tantawi, the head of Al-Azhar in Cairo, the major center of Sunni learning, called the purported desecration “a great crime,” while Egypt’s mufti, Sheikh Ali Gomaa, called it “an unforgivable crime” and “aggression” on Islam’s “sacred values.” The Gulf Cooperation Council, a set of American allies, called for the “harshest punishment” so that “the dignity of Muslims” could be preserved. Officials in Gaza and Iran also waded in.

    The role of blogs as media

    Columbia Journalism Review

    Yes, CBS screwed up badly in ‘Memogate’ - But CBS’s critics are guilty of many of the very same sins. First, much of the bloggers’ vaunted fact-checking was seriously warped. Their driving assumptions were often drawn from flawed information or based on faulty logic. Personal attacks passed for analysis. Second, and worse, the reviled MSM often followed the bloggers’ lead. As mainstream media critics of CBS piled on, rumors shaped the news and conventions of sourcing and skepticism fell by the wayside. Dan Rather is not alone on this one; respected journalists made mistakes all around.

    Why do we have this idea that bloggers provide better news coverage than the main stream media? I know that I certainly don't have any superior fact checking ability than a large corporation whose sole purpose is to collect facts and report them. And I certainly don't have less bias. As near as I can tell - most bloggers are the same as me as far as fact checking and bias.

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