A.C. Kleinheider appears confused about morality: “Hard-right blogger” A. C. Kleinheider apparently has a problem with me suggesting that the song “It’s Hard Out There for a Pimp” was the correct choice to win an Oscar.
“Utterly disgraceful and amoral content both in film and in “song.” Correct choice, my hindparts, Hammock.”
I’m a bit confused by A.C.’s rant as the movie he’s describing Hustle & Flow to be is not at all the movie I saw. I have never recommended the movie to anyone as it’s an extremely difficult movie to watch. However, Hustle & Flow may be lots of things — good or bad — but there is no way it can be described as “amoral.” Indeed, it is one of the most moral films I’ve seen in years.
The movie I saw was about someone born into a societal cesspool trying to struggle out, and to pull up others around him. The film I saw does not glorify prostitute or pimp, but presents prostitution as abhorent and tragic. The film I saw does not have a pimp throwing out one of his girls and her child on the street for talking back to him, rather it displays the extreme choice the protagonist must make to rise above those who insist he give up his dream to leave the pathetic, hopeless situation he is in. The film I saw established the action of turning out “his girl” as an act of courage, not cowardice. It is, for those who wish to open their eyes, an incredibly moral moment.
I guess I’m confused that if A.C. is indeed “hard right,” how he can find Hustle & Flow amoral. It is very much a morality play with a definitive, unambiguous and quite hard-right conservative moral.
I’m also confused why he uses the nickname “banana” whenever he refers to me.
(I’ve decided to skip the part where I explain to A.C. how Dolly Parton’s song uses Christian imagery as a metaphor for the redemptive power of sex-change surgery. )
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