Just as Hollywood’s Writer’s Guild reaches a tentative deal to end its 150-day strike, actor Kevin Sorbo has a clear and much needed message for them and anyone else willing to listen: “Let’s make Hollywood manly again.”
Originally known for his role in the television series, “Hercules,” the 65-year-old actor has most recently made headlines and headway advancing a socially conservative and faith-based movement in the entertainment world with such popular films as “God’s Not Dead” and “Let There Be Light.”
Writing for Fox News, Sorbo asks, perhaps somewhat rhetorically, “Does Hollywood fear good men? Not necessarily big, hulky men with daunting physiques – those aren’t in too short supply on today’s big screen. Good men. Admirable men. Men we’d want our sons to emulate and daughters to date.”
One of the primary reasons for Hollywood’s seeming aversion to these types of men would certainly be its general hostility to conservative values – but also its ignorance and overall unfamiliarity with such storylines.
Writers tend to write what they know or are most familiar with – and the sad truth is that many of the individuals who are churning out scripts come from homes that didn’t model strong husbands and fathers. This isn’t just the case in the major studios. Sadly, it’s everywhere.
“Society today seriously misunderstands masculinity,” Sorbo contends. “On the one hand, we love to normalize androgynous, Billy Porter-type men who sport skirts and poofy dresses. GQ’s 2019 best-dressed man, Timothée Chalamet, for example, often wears clothes that, well… let’s just say your grandfather wouldn’t have been caught dead dressed like Chalamet.”
In other words, dysfunction and confusion reigns supreme. But then the writer and actor drills down to the difficult solution:
“In order to go out and conquer the world, men must first conquer themselves,” he writes. “Sadly, men today have often instead been conquered. We’ve been subdued by alcohol, drugs, video games, porn and other entertainment. The caricature of the useless man in his parents’ basement increasingly depicts real life.”
This phenomenon has become so widespread that the sociologists have even come up with a name for it: Failure to Launch Syndrome.
Characterized by passivity or a general malaise, low to no ambition, isolation and poor social and communication skills, an alarming number of men are wasting their time doing next to nothing. Mindless and sometimes dangerous video games suck them in and paralyze them in this seemingly unbreakable loop.
“America today needs warriors; protectors; responsible and committed fathers,” says Sorbo. “We certainly don’t need another [Marvel] superhero. We need men who will raise their kids, defend their homes, provide for their families, and serve self-sacrificially – all of which is impossible if they are dissipated and addicted to pleasure.”
Kevin Sorbo is precisely right. Mocking masculinity comes at a steep price, not just for the man and his family, but also for the broader culture. Ours is a culture hungry for heroes – and we can do no better than shining a bright light on husbands and fathers who live up to their responsibilities as men.
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