Pop Culture Vultures

Influence Peddlers

Still confused over the high school massacre, media pundits, religious leaders, parents, and teachers are all theorizing about the evil powers of movies, music, and video games. Can trash culture drive people mad?


imageDo Estill
Age:32
Resides:Jackson Heights, Queens
Occupation:Model

Do certain movies and video games cause people to commit crime? No. You get these kids, fuckin’ crazy rude-ass white people didn’t like blacks, didn’t like jocks. It has nothing to do with TV, movies.

Does pornography incite sex crimes?No. I haven’t been out raping anybody. I think sex crime is more of a control thing.

What element of pop culture do you find disgusting?The fashion industry, big time. It’s bad for girls, even guys, especially as a black male model.


imageErin Fisher
Age:19
Resides:East Village
Occupation:bartender

Do certain movies and video games cause people to commit crime? It can influence us to a certain extent.

Does pornography incite sex crimes?Yeah, probably. I’ve seen a little. But I never really got a big sexual turn-on from it.

What element of pop culture do you find disgusting?I don’t think anything. It’s usually the adults who blame the media. I don’t think they really understand it.


imageDivine N’Young
Age:29
Resides:Fort Greene, Brooklyn
Occupation:Actor

Do certain movies and video games cause people to commit crime?I believe these kids don’t have any guidance and that movies and things are able to influence them.

Does pornography incite sex crimes?They have more nudity in Europe and they have less sex crimes there. It isn’t the porn but lack of sex education.

What element of pop culture do you find disgusting?Some of these talk shows, Jerry Springer. It’s a sick form of entertainment. The Romans used to throw people to the lions for entertainment, but that doesn’t make it right.


imageArthur Greco
Age:43
Resides:Jackson Heights, Queens
Occupation:Supervisor

Do certain movies and video games cause people to commit crime? Definitely. Young people are very impressionable.

Does pornography incite sex crimes?Yes. If it’s the type of porn like s&m.

What element of pop culture do you find disgusting?I don’t know what you call it, but the music where they spit at people and punch them—is it punk? Metal? And also the rap music, talking about raping women, the racism. And the Nazi music.


imageAnika Cazenave
Age:22
Resides:Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
Occupation:Student

Do certain movies and video games cause people to commit crime? They can have an influence. The entertainment industry should be more responsible. Thing is, you don’t have so many people committing crimes and we’re all watching the same things.

Does pornography incite sex crimes?People who are already sexually dysfunctional can be influenced.

What element of pop culture do you find disgusting?I generally have a problem with the way women are portrayed in the mainstream, like Pamela Anderson Lee. The breast reduction was good for her, I think. But I don’t blame her for getting the implants in the first place. It was for her career.


imageSteven Neff
Age:29
Resides:Bethpage, Long Island
Occupation:Auto body repair

Do certain movies and video games cause people to commit crime? I grew up with a lot of people and we saw a lot of stuff, but we didn’t do anything violent.

Does pornography incite sex crimes?It’s possible.

What element of pop culture do you find disgusting?South Park. Kids are watching it, like my nephew, and he picks up language.


imageMellini Bramlett
Age:23
Resides:Financial District
Occupation:Drama therapist

Do certain movies and video games cause people to commit crime?It could be a factor for someone who’s already unstable.

Does pornography incite sex crimes?For a perverse-minded person, yes. But for normal people, no. I mean, looking at a horse, for instance, doesn’t make me want to have sex, but if I was sick, maybe.

What element of pop culture do you find disgusting?What really bothers me is Marilyn Manson.

 
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