Soon: Chapter 28: Hollywood Crime
Paul and Ranold will be staying at the home of “Tiny” Allendo in Beverly Hills. Tiny is the “studio chief” and is never granted the dignity of a real first name, but since Ranold’s first name is…well, Ranold, maybe we should be grateful.
Paul is kinda pissed that they’re staying at Tiny’s home, seeing it as a conflict of interest, but Ranold (sensibly and correctly) points out that the studio is a government entity. In yet another confusing aspect of this whole all-studios-are-one-studio-and-it-works-for-the-government thing, Tiny is enormously rich because he is “paid on profits,” unlike NPO agents who are flown around the country and put up in luxury hotels like The Pierre.
Tiny sends a stretch limo for Ranold and Paul, and Ranold asks to be driven around L.A. so Paul can see some of the horror the Christians have wrought.
Paul enjoyed the vibrating massage of the passenger seats and the array of radio and TV signals available through his molar receptors.
What an odd little detail to include. Oh well, I’m glad Paul’s enjoying himself.
“Paul, I am RIGHT HERE.”
“Oh, uh yeah. Sorry, Ranold.” *turns off vibrating massaging limo seat*
Paul just comes across as such a sulky teenager, fascinated by the radio and TV while Ranold is trying to EXPLAIN SOME SHIT TO HIM.
Namely, that the Christians are engaging in two acts of “high-tech vandalism”:
They are hacking electronic billboards and, instead of showing scenes from the actual movies, show scenes from religious movies.
The billboard advertised a new erotic thriller, but the holographic image was from The Ten Commandments where Charlton Heston as Moses throws down the tablets in disgust at the sin of the Israelites. It played over and over, the tablets breaking to pieces and Moses chastising the people.
This raises a question: since religion and religious books are banned, are religious movies also banned? I don’t just mean movies like the ones I review, made by Christians for Christians, but “popular” movies that are either explicitly religious (The Ten Commandments, The Passion of the Christ) or have a strong element of “positive” religion (Dead Man Walking, The Exorcist, the Narnia series).
Banning religious books would have one hell of an effect on the study of literature and history, and banning any movie with religious themes would have similar ill effects on the study of media and film. These days, we watch Birth of a Nation and discuss the problems…the many, many problems. We don’t ban it and then freak out when we see a scene broadcast somewhere.
That Hollywood and her product were immoral was hardly news. Even in Paul’s previous life he could hardly stomach the new movies. All were now holographic and most were interactive, but there was hardly a thing he could enjoy with his family.
Oh yeah, because we all know how much Paul LOVES spending time with Jae and the kids.
“Jae, you know I’d love to go out this afternoon with you and Brie and Tanner, but the movies are just so immoral these days.”
“It’s Connor, Paul.”
“Sure, like I said.”
The other act of vandalism involves the Hollywood sign.
…Paul peered into the Hollywood hills where the famous white sign had been standing for roughly a century. For the last twenty years its letters had consisted of laser light images, and there the vandals had struck again. One of the Ls had been snuffed, and the sign now read Holywood.
Huh. Okay. Seems like kind of a dumb, meaningless gesture if you’re trying to convert people, but I guess you do what you can do.
Oh, and if one of the Ls was “snuffed,” wouldn’t the sign read HOL YWOOD?
Or HO LYWOOD.
Vandalism at its finest.