Saturday, September 19, 2015

What kind of secular films were deemed acceptable in your Adventist upbringing? - Episode 67

Ami, Abby, and Alex reminiscence about the films considered acceptable in their Adventists homes growing up. Lots of nostalgia for B-rated 80's movies. You Millennials may be a little lost on this one.


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  1. Hey guys,

    Last week I was delighted to find your podcast and I've already listened to a number of episodes. You guys are awesome! I don't know any seventh day atheists besides myself and it's been so fun to find other people talking about so much of the weird stuff from my past.

    Fortunately my parents never had the nerve to watch movies by themselves that they thought too inappropriate for my brother and I, and they never showed us mere clips of otherwise unwatchable movies, but there must have been at least a dozen times we started watching a film and after 15-30 minutes they shut it off due to ungodly content. It always felt quite agonizing and awkward, as I could sense the termination coming a while before it actually happened; it was almost never unanticipated. Someone would use the word "damn," for example, and my parents would perfunctorily squirm and groan. I would just pretend it hadn't happened, hoping to God that no more profanity would occur, but two or three more curse words and it was over. The explanation would go something like, "I just can't imagine Jesus sitting here watching this with us." (Frankly I also found it hard to imagine Jesus watching any sort of TV with us -- doesn't he have better things to do?) The worst part was that we would all feel sort of guilty for having contaminated our minds with whatever ungodly language we had already heard before we turned it off.

    Other than profanity, the only thing that would get a movie turned off was the supernatural. Ghosts, magic, demons, palm-reading -- anything of this sort would get turned off the quickest because it was downright Satanic, and of course my parents would feel obliged to remind us about the state of the dead. Sex and gore were never problems because we would never even consider watching that type of movie. Non-gory violence, on the other hand, was totally ok. In retrospect it seems quite strange that watching people getting murdered in cold blood went unquestioned while watching kids trying out a ouija board was equivalent to inviting demons into the house. We had tons of VCRs of good ole Disney shows from the 50s and 60s, such as Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone, and Swamp Fox, which were not only violent but also racist and jingoistic to levels that would be completely unacceptable in this era. I don't remember ever receiving any commentary such as "You boys know that God doesn't want us to carry out genocide of Injuns, right?"

    In the long run, most TV time was spent watching sitcoms set in the 50s when people were wholesome and God-fearing and still had family values -- most notably the Andy Griffith show, Leave it to Beaver, and the Waltons. Kid movies such as Disney and Pixar are also pretty much always safe -- the only exception I can think of is that one day my brother and I picked out Lion King from our closet and asked Mom if we could watch it (we had already seen it dozens of times), and she explained that she didn't feel comfortable with us watching it because Mufasa appears from the dead. But of course we know it couldn't really be Mufasa, right? Satan's angels employ clever disguises.

    - Nathaniel