Prostitution of Movie Actors and Others

Prostitution of Movie Actors and Others

Prostitution of Movie Actors and Others

Richard Hollerman

Generally when we think of a prostitute our minds immediately think of a “loose” girl (or young man) suggestively clothed and standing on a sidewalk in a run-down part of town. The police may often cruise such streets, looking for the pimp or the girls he works with. But is this the only expression of prostitution?

If you are looking for some comment about this traditional and obvious form of prostitution, we don’t plan to offer it here. Instead, we want to dwell on another form of this sin.

Have we considered the “prostitution” that goes on all around us? First, a prostitute has been defined as “a woman who engages in sexual intercourse for money; whore, harlot.” It may also refer to “a man who engages in sexual acts for money.” (Random House Webster’s College Dictionary, s.v. “Prostitute.”) In this case, the man may be a sodomite or homosexual. Another contemporary dictionary says that a prostitute is “one who solicits and accepts payment for sex.” (The American Heritage College Dictionary.) This is the form that we sometimes immediately think of regarding prostitution.

Without doubt, most of our readers have not participated in this form of prostitution. There are so many other sexual outlets in our age (pornography, TV, casual sex, etc.) that men (and women) don’t feel the desire or risk the dangers to engage in this kind of prostitution. But is there another form?

The first dictionary mentioned above also says that a prostitute can be “a person who willingly uses his or her talent or ability in a base and unworthy way, usually for money.” The second source above says that a prostitute can be “one who sells one’s abilities, talent, or name for an unworthy purpose.” As we can see, this definition broadens the meaning of prostitution greatly. It is a kind that we find all around us!

One form of prostitution that would be defined according to the second definition would be a person who “sells” his or her talent, ability, skills, appearance, physique, or figure in order to “earn” money. Do we know of anyone like this? It has long been my conviction that movie actors, movie actresses, TV personalities, sports figures, models, magazine publishers, and the like are actually engaged in a subtle form of prostitution! Think of the body builder, the cheer leader, the football or soccer player, the boy scout or girl scout achiever, and a hundred other positions that involve this form of prostitution. Think especially of acting.

Think about this for a moment. If a public figure is involved in acting or performing, they do so for money, don’t they? And they are willing to display their talents, their looks, and their abilities for financial recompense, aren’t they? The leading man and leading lady are also generally chosen because of their physical attractiveness. Thus, when an actor plays the part of a man in a movie, he is willing to play this part for the hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars that he will “earn” in this way. He is willing to “sell” himself to the producer and director so that the public will pay good money to see him perform.

Of course, there are other negative features to being an actor—such as the gross hypocrisy involved. (In the Greek, a “hypocrite” referred to a play actor.) He is willing to pretend to sin (become angry, become envious or jealous, lose his temper, lie, smoke, drink, take drugs, commit acts of violence, lust, blaspheme, and so much more). Thus, he is willing to sin extensively just to receive the money that the movie makes and to receive the popularity and acclaim that making a winning movie will bring.

When a performer plays the part in a movie, or performs on TV, or participates in sports, or displays his or her talent in some other way, he or she is being a “prostitute” because he or she “sells one’s abilities, talent, or name for an unworthy purpose.” He or she is “a person who willingly uses his or her talent or ability in a base and unworthy way, usually for money.”

Maybe we can see now how widespread “prostitution” is in the world—whether we are speaking of America, Europe, South America, Asia, or other nations. Even when someone opposes the making of movies, he often will promote playing sports; and this participation in sports brings along with it a massive amount of sins—envy, anger, pride, boasting, lack of love, waste of money, waste of time, gambling, etc. Can you see this?

Let’s not just denounce the prostitute who stands on the street corner and offers her body and her sex to the lustful man who drives by. Yes, she is committing a grave sin, the one who “employs” her is committing a serious sin, and the pimp is committing a weighty sin. But the one who “prostitutes” his or her talents, abilities, and skills also sins in this involvement.

Let’s choose to keep ourselves “unstained by the world” (James 1:27b) by living holy and righteous lives! Let’s renounce all prostitution of all kinds!


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