April 21, 2008

NO GOOD MEDDLERS

I don't understand stuff like this at all.

Officials with Marriott International have agreed to meet with pro-family leaders to discuss the hotel giant's policy of selling in-room pornographic movies to consumers at some of its properties.
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The letter stressed that pulling the plug on pornography would be in keeping with Marriott's public statement of "promoting the well-being of children and families."

What a bunch of meddling busybodies. If a businessman alone in his hotel room wants to pay outrageous sums of money to watch a dirty movie, why is it anybody else's business?

I mean, don't get me wrong, buying those movies at a hotel is dumb. They're expensive! Shoot, all in-room movies are expensive. Last week the Red Roof Inn wanted to charge us $5.95 to watch an episode of Dexter. Uh, no. But people have the right to spend their money however stupidly they choose. And if they want to spend it on certain types of movies, that's their business.

I just don't get how offering these movies, for a fee, harms children and families who stay in the hotel. This is like the easiest way to prevent your kid from watching dirty movies. If you share a room, there's no way the kid will see it. If the kids have their own room, you'll know about it immediately the next morning when you settle your bill. That's easier control over your kids than you have at home, where any kid at school can hand your precious baby a DVD to take home and hide.

And they're the easiest thing in the world to avoid. Don't want to watch them? Don't buy them! What a novel idea. Just skip that selection on the menu. It's not like the dirty movies are on every channel for free. That will only happen when you take your kids to Europe on vacation.

This kind of stuff drives me nuts. If you don't like sex/violence/nudity/Nip Tuck on TV, don't watch. Change the channel. But seriously, don't try to pressure advertisers and hotel chains to make it so no one can watch. That's manipulative and pathetic.

Incidentally, one time when I was in like high school or something, my family was at a hotel and tried to order an in-room movie. We hit the button, and the movie started, but something wasn't right: it was grainy, and the music was...funny. And then the name of the movie showed up, and gosh I wish I could remember what it was. Something erotic. Obviously the wrong movie had shown up on the screen. So my mom calls the front desk, but she's left the movie playing while she's dialing. My dad was like, "Uh, I think you might want to stop this from playing," while my younger brothers are shushing him and staring intently at the screen. Ha.

Posted by: Sarah at 07:19 AM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 Absolutely. I'm not going to pay for this stuff in a hotel room when I can get all hot and bothered watching my hubby walk around in his uniform all geared up (that is way hotter than any porno) -- but what do I care if it's there for someone with too much money and time on their hands? Isn't there something more pressing to be worried about for these people?

Posted by: airforcewife at April 21, 2008 07:45 AM (mIbWn)

2 This scares me. It's just the beginning.

Posted by: Green at April 21, 2008 08:56 AM (6Co0L)

3 I was probably so flustered I couldn't think straight, probably afraid you kids might see something you shouldn't. Boy, did that backfire! I'd like to think that the incident didn't affect you for life, but then twenty-some-odd years later you're blogging about it; what's funny is I don't remember it at all! Wonder if the boys remember it; I'll have to ask! Your Mama

Posted by: Nancy at April 21, 2008 08:01 PM (kIsxr)

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