August 5, 2008, - 11:13 am

Parental Malpractice Nation: Too Many Americans Are Kathy Hilton, Many 10-Year-Olds See Violent R-Rated Films

By Debbie Schlussel
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I’m not surprised that Kathy Hilton–Exhibit A of parental malpractice in America–has the chutzpah to attack John McCain for using an image of his daughter in a campaign ad.
McCain’s the bad guy for using a picture of someone we all know is a dingbat and a whore in his ad. But she’s done nothing wrong by raising her daughter to be a porn star and professional airhead.
That’s the way it is in today’s America. Up is down, right is left. And Michelle Malkin criticized the McCain campaign for mocking the porn-star daughter of campaign contributors, even though that daughter and those contributors are complete embarrassments–and John McCain is right.

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Rick & Kathy Hilton: Far Too Many Americans Are Like Parents of Paris; Let 10-Year-Olds See Violent Flicks

And, sadly, Kathy Hilton is just a wealthier, higher profile version of far too many parents in America. Researchers found that 35% of “tweens”–kids aged 10-14–in America say their parents let them see R-rated movies in which savage beatings, severed heads, murder, rape, and torture are depicted on the big screen.
As I’ve noted, I was aghast at the violence in the recent Batman movie, “The Dark Knight,” which you know plenty of young kids went to see. I remember that–at the screening of “300”–I watched a father answer questions from his daughter, who couldn’t have been older than eight, about the sex and blood in the movie.
While a big part of the problem is Hollywood, the other major component of the problem is absentee and/or neglectful parents, who ought to be sued for malpractice. They’re raising yet another generation of dishonest, stupid, desensitized morons . . . just like Kathy Hilton did with daughter, Paris.
I remember as a kid how my father–before he saw “Star Wars”–worried the movie might be too scary for young kids. After he saw it, he thought it was great and took us to see it. Few parents preview movies these days. They just take their kids to see it with them for the first time or lazily send them with friends as a baby-sitting technique. I also remember when I was in 8th or 9th grade, and my father didn’t want me to go see “Risky Business,” since it was about and glorified prostitution and pimping.
Today, I think few parents would think twice about that. According to a “Pediatrics” magazine study, I’m right. And in many cases, over 20% of 10-year-olds say they’ve seen these violent, bloody movies. If you allow you 10-year-old to see these movies, you should be on birth control or have a vasectomy:

Researchers know what your tween saw last summer: savage beatings, severed heads, murder, rape and torture.
In a study released Monday in the journal Pediatrics, researchers from Dartmouth Medical School estimate more than 2.5 million children ages 10 to 14 watch the typical violent, R-rated movie.
A few movies, such as Blade, Hollow Man and Bride of Chucky, claim what researchers say are huge child audiences — as many as 7.8 million, including an estimated 1 million 10-year-olds. . . .
Previous studies have found violent media can increase aggression and desensitize to real violence, and many violent films are marketed during kids’ TV shows.
Worth and colleagues asked 6,522 children if they had seen movies from a list of 534 released in the past few years. Researchers plucked 40 R-rated movies with “the most extreme examples of graphic violence” and found that, on average, 12.5% of kids had seen each movie.
The study didn’t ask whether children saw them in theaters, on video, on cable TV or on the Internet, but more than one in three said parents let them watch R-rated movies “sometimes” or “all the time.” Even among kids who said their parents never let them watch such movies, 22.6% had seen at least one.
Children with TVs in their bedroom saw more violent movies, and African-American boys were much more likely to have seen them. More than 80% said they had seen Blade, Training Day and the horror spoof Scary Movie.

Yes, far too many American parents are just like Kathy Hilton, with sons and daughters just as useless and vapid as Paris Hilton.
But John McCain is the bad guy.
**** UPDATE: Reader Sean writes with some good suggestions (and points):

Amen to your post about absentee parents who let their kids see almost anything. My wife and I check out websites like www.kids-in-mind.com or www.screenit.com to preview exactly WHAT is in these movies.
There are even some movies that are PG-13 that should really be R so we trust our judgment, not that of the film industry. Our boys are 14 and 12, and they don’t like the fact that we preview the movies either online or in person, but that’s how it goes.
The same is true with video games. Rated M? Fuggedaboutit! They are certainly rough and tumble boys, but we make sure that they know that Hollywood’s version of reality is not acceptable in our little corner of the world.
We see plenty of parents who are reaping what they’ve sown now that their middle schoolers are becoming unruly and out of control in part because of years of exposure to violent movies and games. We vowed not to go down that road.

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Barrack Huessein compared Himself to Paris Hilton in 2005:
A February 24, 2005, Washington Post article begins:
There’s nothing exotic or complicated about how phenoms are made in Washington, and, more to the point, how they are broken.
“Andy Warhol said we all get our 15 minutes of fame,” says Barack Obama. “I’ve already had an hour and a half. I mean, I’m so overexposed, I’m making Paris Hilton look like a recluse.”

PrincessKaren on August 5, 2008 at 11:44 am

I told my wife, loud enough for the parent of the child sitting next to me in the theater (watching Batman),” Another great parent taking their child to see this R rated movie. That’s what’s wrong with our country.” She wasn’t the only kid there either.
I can’t believe either of the Hilton parents can show their corrupt faces in public after their daughter embaressed (should’ve been anyway) them the way she did. Elites.

samurai on August 5, 2008 at 11:49 am

Most Americans are stupid.

LoveAManInAUniform on August 5, 2008 at 12:17 pm

I am willing to bet the problem here is not the quality of the parenting but the lack of _any_ parenting. Anyone wanna bet the Hilton’s used nannies to raise their kids and as long as the nannies kept the kids out of their parents way nothing else mattered?
As for Michelle Malkin, with the exception of a comment reflecting the effectiveness of the ad I don’t think she criticized it (She did mention the criticisms of others).
[IAM: WRONG. YOU CLEARLY DIDN’T READ WHAT SHE WROTE. SHE ATTACKED MCCAIN FOR ATTACKING PARIS HILTON IN THE AD B/C SHE’S THE DAUGHTER OF LARGE CONTRIBUTORS. SHE SAID THEY SHOULD HAVE SUBSTITUTED ANOTHER CELEBRITY (ONE THAT SUPPORTS OBAMA) AND CITED SCARLETT JOHANSSON AS WHO THEY SHOULD HAVE PICKED. JOHANSSON IS NOTHING LIKE PARIS HILTON AND ACTUALLY HAS DONE SOMETHING–ACT. AND SHE VISITED THE TROOPS, ETC., AND DIDN’T MAKE PORN FILMS. THIS SHOULD BE ABOUT VAPID CELEBS–NOT THE ONES THAT DIDN’T GIVE TO THE MCCAIN CAMPAIGN. I ADMIRE THAT MCCAIN DIDN’T CARE AND ISN’T A WHORE (THE WAY THE HILTONS AND THEIR DAUGHTERS ARE). YOU NEED TO CLICK ON THE LINK AND GO BACK AND ACTUALLY READ WHAT MICHELLE WROTE. DS]

I_am_me on August 5, 2008 at 1:04 pm

Among many other things, Kathy Hilton is in dire need of professional help. Because to bitch about Paris Hilton being shown in a short political ad, compared to her bare bottom flashing’s, and long internet sex tape is to say the least, sheer hypocrisy, and ludicrous. Political ads are short lived, then tossed in the scrap heap. But Paris Hilton’s sex tape will be archived forever!

Jackson Pearson on August 5, 2008 at 1:43 pm

Debbie,
I am guilty as charged, but with a different movie. I let my 9 yr old son watch Blackhawk Down. I had seen the movie (and read the book a few times) so when he asked to watch it, I let him. I watched it with him and it prompted him to ask me about my time in Desert Storm and my grandfathers stories of WWII. He has turned into quite the military history buff, he now reads anything he can get his hands on that has to do with the military. Though “The Art of War” may be too much for a 9 yr old to grasp right now, we now have a copy on the bookshelf for when he is ready. Though he never said anything about the violence in the movie, he did say that the soldiers “drop the F-bomb a lot” and wondered if they would get in trouble for that.
Am I a bad parent for letting my son see a dramatized excerpt of American military history?
[GT023: NO. I THINK THAT’S FAR DIFFERENT. THAT MOVIE IS ABOUT FIGHTING MUSLIMS TO SAVE AMERICAN SOLDIERS’ LIVES. IF I HAD YOUNG KIDS, I WOULD NOT ALLOW THEM TO SEE IT, BUT I DON’T THINK IT’S ANYTHING LIKE THE PARENTS IN THE STUDY, WHO LET THEIR KIDS SEE MOVIES WITH WANTON VIOLENCE AND SEX AND NO APPRECIABLE MESSAGE. SOUNDS TO ME LIKE YOU ARE ON SOLID GROUND, AND CLEARLY YOUR SON DIDN’T TURN OUT LIKE PARIS HILTON. DS]

goldtop023 on August 5, 2008 at 1:48 pm

I’ve seen children as young as 8 (and even younger) admitted into rated R films.G-D knows what they watch at home. This doesn’t suprise me since I’ve read stories of parents taking their children to strip clubs. Certain demented parents encourage and condone premarital sex,drugs, etc. or they just look the other way.Either parents are oblivious and negligent or stupid when it comes to issues like these. I can’t imagine any sane parent that would want their son to be a drug dealing gang-banger or their daughter to be a street hooker.

American Sabrah on August 5, 2008 at 3:17 pm

Debbie:
Mea Cupla.
Now that I have some time I did go back and re-read. You are correct.
When I am wrong I admit it.

I_am_me on August 5, 2008 at 4:42 pm

Nothing wrong with McCain’s ad; I just wish there would be a few adds about more of the other issues that hit our pocket books.
MM has many excellent posts, but a number of questionable entries have appeared there in recent weeks. Not to detract from the many insightful, informative postings that continue to be posted there, but as this example and others show, there is an increasing number of unfortunate entries.

c f on August 5, 2008 at 5:12 pm

Paris Hilton a porn star? Please, there is a huge difference between her and an Amber Lynn. A leaked private movie and a Dark Brothers Film are two completely different things. Same with the complaints about r rated movies and 12 yr olds watching them. Do you REALLY believe that if you keep your kids from watching violence that they will be better people? that they will not know what violence is? The truth is you have no idea what world your kids live in. A prime example is one of my 13 yr old daughters friends is from a prominent wealthy family who’s parents are stuck up snobs which thought they kept their daughter from sex and violence and drugs. Well she is Pregnant for the 2nd time and an alcoholic while my “white trash biker kids” are straight A students who do not drink, nor smoke, or take drugs. Why? because I treat them like people. I let them view the world the way it is, and NOT some liberal fantasy of what the world should be. Would I let them watch Porn? No, not till they are 18 because that is the law. do I have a problem with frontal nudity? No I do not. Do they ask questions that are uncomfortable? yes, but my job is to answer them, NOT shelter them. They need to be prepared for the world AS IT IS, not as I wish it was. Am i wrong? only time will tell but so far the opposite of the way I was raised has produced results that I am extremely proud of.

mfee01 on August 6, 2008 at 8:39 am

I’m not surprised at Hilton Mere’s comments. She has to protect her precious one at all costs. Besides, the last Hilton to have any brains was Conrad Hilton. His progeny are morons, rich but moronic.

Ampy's daughter on August 6, 2008 at 8:55 am

I wonder what Mommy Dearest thinks about the ad I saw this morning with Paris in a “barely there” bathing suit spoofing the McCain ad. On second thought, she probably produced it!

CapeConservative on August 6, 2008 at 11:46 am

If I were McCain, I’d ignore any criticism of that ad. Even mentioning P. Hilton is giving some semblance of credibility or integrity to her. She has neither.

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