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Hey there dear Grue-ling’s, your old pal Ani here!
So Tim, the site owner put that editor thingie up top. Dudes a square but I gotta admit, he doesn’t censor his writers. He gave me the green light to comment on this sitch and so I shall.
As the man stated, Grue is neutral…I’m not.
Ok, so what’s the deal?
Recently, a boycott surfaced in regards to the upcoming film Jeepers Creepers 3, the second sequel to the popular series that kicked off way back in 2001. Both previous films were written and directed by Victor Salva who is also writing and directing the third entry.
For those who don’t know, Salva was convicted of sexual misconduct involving the then 12 year old star of Salva’s film Clownhouse. Child pornography was found at his home along with a videotape of one of the encounters with the boy.
He was sentenced to 3 years and served 15 months. He completed probation successfully in 1992.
Let’s get one thing clear: What Salva did was heinous. Period. Anyone who knows me knows I LOVE children. Maybe cause I’m a big kid myself. I don’t play games when it comes to protecting them. Fuck with a kid and I will hurt you. Bad. End of story.
To this day, I can’t watch Clownhouse. Knowing what was occurring behind the scenes with the lead makes it a disturbing watch. It’s a shame because it’s a great film.
Since completing probation in ’92, Salva has stayed out of trouble and directed a few notable films such as Powder, Peaceful Warrior, and of course the Jeepers Creepers series. In that time, not a peep regarding his past was heard.
Now, for some strange reason, some folk’s want to boycott his work. They didn’t want to boycott it with part one or two, but they wait until 3. Better late than never I guess.
I’m gonna be blunt here and fuck anyone who’s feeling’s are hurt. This is a result of the state of the times. Social Justice Warriors have come of age and are seeping into every aspect of culture attempting to hi-jack it. Fuck them, fuck them hard with a steel dildo. Go get a hobby.
As I stated, what Salva did was horrible, but he went through our justice system, was convicted, did time and served probation. He’s on a sex offender list for life and must live with the shame of that until his dying day. What more do people want? For him to go off and hang himself? That’s real progressive for ya.
Aren’t there better issues to deal with rather than something that occurred 29 years ago and was dealt with? Like, oh I dunno, Roman fucking Polanski, who has yet to see prison for his crime against a minor? The man still makes movies and wins awards, yet not a peep.
In fact, Hollywood is full of people who have done horrible things, some having received justice, others not. Why Salva, why now? Why didn’t anyone cry boycott when Corey Feldman and Corey Haim spoke about the serious pedophile problem in Hollywood. Why didn’t people boycott Michael Jackson. He’s a LEGEND now. Where were all you warriors at? Can you say hypocrisy? Sure, I knew ya could.
I’m many thing’s: asshole, misogynist, narcissist, megalomaniac, and a slew of other things I can’t spell, but I do believe in second chances. As long as justice is served and the person is willing to change, then I’m all for it. It’s how we evolve. Learning to forgive and to give humanity the benefit of the doubt. We become better as people when we act better than those who would do us harm or wrong us, not by lowering ourselves. Understanding, compassion, empathy. These are the thing’s we need to work on because shit isn’t always black and white.
These sites jumping on the bandwagon and refusing to cover JC3 are a disgrace. Pandering to the SJW crowd. You don’t have a problem discussing Rosemary’s Baby or The 9th Gate eh? If you’re a horror news site, then your job is to report horror news. Period. This would be like not liking Trump’s politics and refusing to cover anything related to him. That’s a VERY dangerous slippery slope.
Grue will continue to cover JC3 and any horror Salva does, not because we think what he did was ok, but because we’re a news site and we report the news. We don’t try to control or manipulate it. We remain neutral and objective unless stated otherwise. That’s how it should be.
29 years ago, Salva committed a horrible crime of which he paid for. This is not a defense, it’s fact. The man has a right to earn a living. So long as he doesn’t hurt anyone else, I’m willing to let bygones be bygones. I like the Jeepers Creepers series and I’m excited about the 3rd entry. All you self-righteous bleeding hearts who claim to be about rights and love. Explain to me how destroying this man after he received justice will achieve any of that? All you’ll do is create more hate. Instead of healing and turning a negative into a positive, you’ll just create more negative.
Why do I bother, common sense is far from that to you people anyway.
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