Tuesday, July 28, 2009

1st criticisms of the sexualisation of children for entertainment

written by Graham Greene

In 1937 Greene was a film reviewer for Night and Day magazine. In a review of the Shirley Temple vehicle Wee Willie Winkie, he wrote: "Her admirers – middle-aged men and clergymen – respond to her dubious coquetry, to the sight of her well-shaped and desirable little body, packed with enormous vitality, only because the safety curtain of story and dialogue drops between their intelligence and their desire."

Twentieth Century Fox sued on behalf of Temple, then aged eight, on the grounds that Greene had implied she played deliberately to "a public of licentious old men, ready to enjoy the fine flavour of such an unripe, charming little creature"
clipped from www.smh.com.au
Graham Greene, photographed in 1948.
Graham was warned
faced a prison sentence
only solution was to find a country without extradition. They chose Mexico
clipped from www.imdb.com
clipped from www.imdb.com
likely Shirley Temple never learned that it was partly thanks to her that, during his exile, Graham Greene wrote one of his best books
clipped from en.wikipedia.org
The Power and the Glory,
 blog it

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