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NCFM President quoted in Eagle Tribune article “Child protection advocates decry Sandler’s new film”

May 7, 2012

sandlerPlease send Mr.Ireland a thank you for his story about Adam Sandler‘s disgusting new film, “That’s my boy”., North Andover, MA

May 7, 2012

Child protection advocates decry Sandler’s new film

By Doug Ireland

New Hampshire’s Adam Sandler is known for making movie audiences laugh.

But when his latest film, “That’s My Boy,” opens next month, not everybody will be laughing. Some people are outraged and calling for the film to be pulled from theaters.

They say the movie glamorizes sexual relationships between children and their teachers. Trailers for the film depict a 13-year-old boy who impregnates his teacher. That boy then grows up to become the character played by Sandler, who raised the baby after the teacher was imprisoned.

The idea of Hollywood releasing such a film has angered people across the country, especially child rights advocates and survivors of child sexual abuse.

They include widely acclaimed psychiatrist and writer Dr. Keith Ablow of Newbury and Robert Brown of Chester, who has recounted his abuse as a child for national audiences.

The movie was filmed by Sandler’s company, Happy Madison Productions, and is being distributed by Columbia Pictures through Sony Pictures. Some scenes were shot in Peabody last year.

It’s described as a comedy, but there’s nothing humorous about an adolescent being manipulated into having sex with an adult, Ablow said.

“It isn’t funny,” he said. “It’s a tragedy to have that happen.”

Ablow, who has psychiatric offices in Massachusetts and New York, is also a writer and medical expert for Fox News. His recent column on the subject asks that the movie not be shown in theaters.

“It would be a great sign of corporate responsibility,” he said.

But that’s probably not going to happen, Ablow said.

An employee for Happy Madison declined to comment Friday, referring calls to Sandler’s publicist. She then hung up when asked the publicist’s name.

Ablow’s column is receiving support from followers online, including Harry Crouch.

Crouch, president of the National Coalition for Men, said he agrees with Ablow and others who say the film must be pulled because it sends the wrong message to society.

Crouch said it’s especially insulting that the movie opens June 15 — Father’s Day.

“That is horrendous,” he said. “How is that a gift to dad?”

Crouch said many members of his organization are men who were sexually abused as children. His organization plans to contact Hollywood.

“We’re not happy with the movie and I feel sorry for the people who have to see it and have it thrown in their faces,” Crouch said.

Brown, 51, is one of those people. He said he was sexually abused by teenaged boys in his neighborhood beginning when he was 7.

“The Sandler movie is glorifying statutory rape,” he said.

Brown, a child rights advocate, has recounted his abuse as a child with national audiences through the Internet. They include pieces published by such organizations as The Good Men Project and an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network’s “700 Club.”

The film gives young viewers the false impression that it’s acceptable for adults to have sexual relationships with children, Brown said.

He spoke of the Pamela Smart case, a school employee from Derry who had her husband killed in order to be with her teenage lover.

Brown said he still suffers from the trauma of sexual abuse more than 40 years ago. He is rallying opposition to the film’s showing through the Internet, including Facebook.

Brown also plans to contact theater companies, such as Loews, and ask that they not show the film.

“I’m going to be putting pressure on them to denounce the film and to scrap it,” he said. “At least maybe they can shorten its run.”

An employee at Loews in Methuen declined to comment. She referred inquiries to cinema company’s national headquarters, which did not return a call for comment.

Jetta Bernier, executive director of Massachusetts Citizens for Children, also agrees the film should not be shown.

“I absolutely, totally support the notion of pulling this from the theaters,” she said. “There is nothing funny about this. I can’t believe Sandler would go ahead and make such a crude movie.”

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7 Responses to NCFM President quoted in Eagle Tribune article “Child protection advocates decry Sandler’s new film”

  1. mlj1219 on June 15, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Re: comment by Kratch, I understand your concerns but women who have sex with 13 yr olds nomally don't go to jail, they get probation or house arrest—also 13 yr old boys are NEVER given custody of a baby PERIOD. In reality, if the mom went to prison her parents would have rec'd the baby & the boy would have been ordered to pay child support (let's see Hollywood do a comedy about that) & custody would be returned to a sexual predator (that's how screwed up our courts are) upon her release.

    My perspective is don't curtail or censor this movie but use it to show how society blatantly condones statutory rape & pedophilia when the culprit is a woman. This movie typifies what most young men & manginas truly believe, that women are too pure & incapable of passing gas or having a bowel movement much less commiting rape, statutory rape (which does not require penetration or force). Stats show that female sex crimes have doubled in the last 10 yrs.

    Coincidence or entitlement? Most young guys won't even make the connection or ask the question. That's why this movie needs to be discussed not pulled.

  2. Kratch on May 11, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    I'm sorry, I'm weary about this movie, as I don't know how it's going to be portrayed in the end, and there is clearly a lot of room for offence given the sensitive nature of the film…Furthermore, I do not know if any of the people expressing their opinions in this article have the benefit of having seen the film in full. That said, I am uncertain, based on the trailers alone, how this film glamorizes child sexual assault by showing just how bad it could screw up your life (and that of an innocent child created from that event, without your say)? I'm unsure how it encourages this behaviour by showing the perpetrator going to jail?

    I do agree it is a big slap in the face to fathers to release it on fathers day, no matter how well the relationship may resolve.

  3. masculist man on May 9, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    I've never been a fan of Adam Sandler as I've always found him to be an asshole and a matriarchial suck-up.

  4. Fung Zhang Wei on May 9, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Reverse the genders and this movie would've been ''banned on arrival''

  5. Nick Johnson on May 9, 2012 at 7:21 AM

    Well no surprise really he's not the first Comedian going belly up in the Shitter to cater to the mass default supremacists in order to extend his own means and scapegoat a entire demographic of the population for political pretense. Just another shark in the water taking bait lessons from the minnows.

  6. Marc on May 8, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Nice going Harry!

  7. Fred Sottile on May 7, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    I don't know why this movie is a surprise to anyone.
    Hollywood has been kicking men in the crotch for decades, for laughs.
    The war on children began when the Federal government started the intentional separation of children from their fathers. We see that Hollywood is on board with it.
    Now, Hollywood laughs at child abuse.
    Talk about an inconvenient truth.

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