The other day I was walking around my house when I had a thought. "Wait", I mentally exclaimed. "Why is it normal for married actors to kiss other people in movies?" Many will agree that cheating is not okay (unless they are supporters of Ashley Madison). But then why is it socially acceptable for actors and actresses to kiss and intimately touch other people in front of millions of viewers? Is this something we have seen before?
We often believe that if need be, people can easily emotionally detach themselves for the sake of the moment—whether it’s purely for physical enjoyment or for “art”. And for anyone who has seen the show Friends, I remember an episode when Chandler becomes upset with his girlfriend for the love scene she performs in a play with another man. She then proceeds to tell Chandler that he "autta grow up”. I mean, if we think about it, would anyone be taken seriously if they protested against Hollywood on behalf of the sanctity of marriage? But what about teenagers who see their parent’s movie, only to watch them embracing a stranger they just saw moments ago for the first time on the red carpet? Would they be seen as immature, too, for feeling hurt and uncomfortable?
I went online to check out if there is any type of discourse on the idea of art as an exception to our standards against cheating. And here is something unique I found on someone’s blog:
I was reading this movie review on Revelife of Fireproof starring Kirk Cameron. First of all, yes – that Kirk Cameron – a.k.a. Mike Seaver a.k.a. Boner's best friend. If you have no idea what I'm talking about – you make me feel super old. This part of the review actually struck me the most: "Kirk won't kiss anyone except his real-life wife Chelsea Noble. So, the producers dressed her like the actress and shot the scene in silhouette. I just saw the movie, and I promise, you can't tell. It's a very sweet, tender scene...." First of all - wow. At first I thought this was ridiculous, but then I thought about it again. It's kinda romantic in a way - the fact that some dude only wanted to kiss his wife. If I was a actor, would there be an actress I would rather kiss over my wife? I really couldn't think of one - love is funny like that.What do you guys think? And if you're interested in commenting on the idea of the movie, Fireproof, as well, here is the trailer: