Army of Mom

So this is how liberty dies ... with thunderous applause.

1.31.2007

Boy wizard grows up

Perhaps, I have another candidate for hunk of the week.

It seems there is abuzz going on about Daniel Radcliffe's nudity in a stage play in the UK. I read about him getting this part last year and I guess people didn't get all up in arms then because they weren't seeing the cutey-patootey showing what God gave him until now.

I have a feeling that teenage girls across the globe will be all atwitter over this. He's a cute boy. As far as alarm from parents about his image, I think it is much ado about nothing. For one thing, I doubt my Harry Potter-loving children would even know about his nude role if people weren't making a big stink about it. Additionally, he's what people call an "actor." That means they play various roles in performances. Come on people, relax. If he were joining a cult or advocating illegal drug use or something, then I could see some issues. It is a play. Don't want your kids to see? Don't take 'em. See. Problem solved.

Now, I think I need to go do some more investigating on those pictures.

6 Comments:

  • At 10:54 AM, January 31, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey AoM,

    I like your blog for the most part but ummmm I heard on the news that this Harry Potter actor is only 17 and that is why the issue with this. Maybe, the play next year or so when he isn't a minor.

     
  • At 11:27 AM, January 31, 2007, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    In Texas, you're legally an adult at 17, I think.

    I fully understand why some people are upset at it. I guess my opinion is that I don't think this tarnishes Daniel Radcliffe or the Harry Potter movies. I, personally, think people are making too much out of it. Now, would I let my 17-year-old have a nude sex scene? No way, no how. But, then again, I don't have a well-known professional actor for a child.

    There are many roles that are controversial, but were considered classics. What about Jodie Foster's role in Taxi Driver? What about the movie Lolita? Those were both highly acclaimed, the "children" portrayed very adult themed roles. (I"m pretty sure I don't remember Jodie F. getting naked in that role - but, it is still pretty raunchy to let your young teen play a prostitute). The world is full of adult-themed topics and there are times when children get plopped in the middle of them willingly or unwillingly. This is one that Radcliffe (and likely his parents) thought might further his career, challenge him as an actor, etc, etc.

    If anyone wants to take offense at it, it is absolutely their right. They can keep their kids far away from it (I know mine will not see these pictures, if I can help it. They aren't allowed to look at my blog - Pickle was checking out the link to AnimeFest from the blog, but I fixed it so he can check it independently, so he has no desire to see my blog anymore.) But, I don't even think my kids will hear about this unless I make a point of telling them and I'm not going to. So, they won't even know. As an adult, I can handle it.

    I knew some folks would think I'm out of line with this, but I do think it is being blown out of proportion and the controversy people make out of it is what will have the world knowing about it. This is what the play's producers wanted. They have had enormous advance ticket sales as a result of this already.

     
  • At 1:07 PM, January 31, 2007, Anonymous Army of Dad said…

    Let not foget that he isn't American and the rest of the world has decidedly different views on people his age. For example many European coutnries allow children his to drink alcohol and here he wouldn't even be old enough to buy a pack of smokes.

     
  • At 2:16 PM, January 31, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    oh dear when I was 3 to age 16, I had a lot of adults looking at me as well (they were clothed and I wasn't) and they always thought I was mature and could deal.

    I think this is a slippery slope and like the ads a couple of years back from a clothing company here in the states.

    Being able to drink and being exposed in that manner is talking apples and oranges. Equs is pretty much soft porn anyway.

    You stated that you won't let your "child" do this.

    It's sad and uncomfortable considering what happened in that one town with those boys and the one wasn't much younger than this kid actor.

    I wouldn't watch a 17 year old in a play like this and I've been to Europe and 17 year olds are ...17.

    Maybe really not the blog for me anyone.

     
  • At 2:34 PM, January 31, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Yeah having a family member with them then they can drink at 16 but legal alchohol drink is at 18 and England is looking to push that to age 21.

     
  • At 5:59 PM, January 31, 2007, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    Anon- I don't know anything about this play, but it doesn't sound like anything I'd be interested in, I agree. And, would I go see a play with nudity in it? Probably not. Does that mean that it isn't art? That is in the eye of the beholder. It is like art in a museum. Some people consider paintings featuring nudes as soft-core porn, too. *shrug* Everyone has their own opinion.

     

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