Does Hollywood Discriminate? Ray Comfort’s New Book, Hollywood Be Thy Name Explains Why Christians are Blacklisted in Hollywood
LOS ANGELES—July 18--Ray Comfort in his new book entitled, Hollywood Be Thy Name, explains why Hollywood’s decision-makers do not welcome Christian actors who live out their faith in Hollywood and even discriminate against them. Comfort explores how Hollywood has influenced our society and explains the thoughts and beliefs of some of the most idolized stars in the world such as, Tom Cruise, Jim Carrey, and Goldie Hawn.
“It’s more than the natural disdain that Hollywood has for the gospel. There are financial reasons to blacklist Christians,” Comfort says, “An actor who has a genuine faith in Jesus Christ will live his life accordingly. He will not take his clothes off and jump into bed with a woman, even if it is ’just a movie.’ He will strive to be blameless. So when a sexually explicit script comes his way, he will either turn it down or seek to make changes, and few scriptwriters want actors making changes to their script. Any holdup in production can be very expensive, so the actor quickly becomes known as a troublemaker"
In Hollywood Be Thy Name, Comfort relates the lack of wholesome movies with deep spiritual themes to those in the entertainment business who may be offended at the thought of a life based on a religion of humility and modesty. Comfort says, “Those in the entertainment industry are typically self-confident and talented people, many of whom admit to having rather large egos. They are proud of who they are and what they have achieved. They want to be in front of the camera and in the spotlight. They are not the type of people who gravitate toward the selfless humility of Christianity. Rather, they are offended by the principles of a religion that talks of modesty, of childlike faith, of a babe in a manger, and of a King on a donkey. Any talk of the reality of personal sin and the need for God’s forgiveness in Christ, is anathema. Consequently, we have a nucleus of people in the entertainment business whose life’s philosophy is godless, and this is clearly reflected in their God-less industry.”
Comfort, who co-hosts an award-winning television program with actor Kirk Cameron, says he is so passionate about the issue that he is giving away two thousand copies of a thirteen-minute DVD called “Hollywood and God.” “This powerful and life-changing video doesn’t criticize Hollywood, but instead looks at the issue from a unique perspective,” Comfort explains. “We’re asking pastors to show it to their churches to help them positively influence society starting in their own families and congregations.” The clip can also be freely viewed and downloaded at http://www.HollywoodandGod.com.
Ray Comfort co-hosts (with Kirk Cameron) the award-winning television show “The Way of the Master.”
People’s Choice award 2004, 2005, 2006
NRB 2005, 2006 “Best Program Award.”
Finalist, 2005 Telly Awards
The television show is on twenty Networks and is aired in more than 70 countries. He is the author of more than 60 books, including, What Hollywood Believes and 101 Things Husbands Do To Annoy Their Wives. He and his wife live in Southern California. They have three grown children. To learn more about Ray Comfort and Living Waters Publications visit http://www.livingwaters.com.
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