Pop Culture: The Blurred Lines of Entertainment


Robin Thicke and Paula Patton

This past week the internet has been abuzz with the news that childhood sweethearts, actress Paula Patton and R&B crooner Robin Thicke have separated.

For some reason this particular relationship has struck a nerve with people and I think it’s because they have been together for 20 years.  They have known each other since they were teenagers and married for nearly 10 years , with their union producing one son.

Recently, Thicke was in the news because of his controversial performance at the VMA’s with Miley Cyrus.  I did not see that awards show, but heard so much about the performance, I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. And since we live in the YouTube age, it’s not hard to find video of just about anything. Well it wasn’t hard because the performance was online everywhere.

Honestly, I could not even get through the first few minutes, it was so vulgar. It’s clear to me that there is something going on in our culture, to make us think certain things are even acceptable. But of course people are always saying  “it’s just entertainment”.

This performance along with Thicke being filmed with various young women at parties, with his hands in inappropriate places is said to be the straw that broke the camels back in the Patton/Thicke marriage.

Now of course this is all speculation based on what is being said online. Only the couple really know the reason for the break-up, but as an outsider, I would say where there is smoke there is fire and certainly, if he didn’t cheat, there have been many displays that are disrespectful to their marriage, on and off stage.

The problem with the entertainment world is that there are no boundaries, which is to be expected. But certainly a couple in that world, have to create their own boundaries, because if you don’t, you are headed for trouble.

I remember hearing this married couple (both actors) say they had a rule that there would be no tongue-kissing with anyone on-screen  (yeah okay, lol). But I guess that was something they felt would safe-guard their marriage.

I love what actor Kirk Cameron does. The  former child star of the show Growing Pains (which, incidentally Robin Thicke’s, father actor Alan Thicke also starred in) will NOT kiss anyone other than his wife. In fact in his movie Fire Proof, they purposely blurred the end scene of him kissing his character, so that they could substitute his real life wife! I love it! This is a man committed to not blurring the lines between real life and entertainment.

Now I can just hear someone saying “well it’s just acting”. Well to that I would remind you that Brad Pitt met Angelina Jolie on the set of the movie Mr. and Mrs. Smith and it’s a known fact that their relationship started on that set and Brad Pitt was married to actress Jennifer Aniston at the time.  Also, Actor Eddie Cibrian and country singer Leann Rimes (now married) met on the set of a movie and had a very public affair as a result of playing lovers in a movie and both divorced their mates and married. But it’s just acting right?

For some reason, this post just came to mind. I’m not even sure why. Maybe someone out their needs this.  But the moral to this post is that we must have boundaries. That goes for anyone, no matter who you are.  Remember to hold up a standard!

Romans 12:2

GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

2 Don’t become like the people of this world. Instead, change the way you think. Then you will always be able to determine what God really wants—what is good, pleasing, and perfect.

10 thoughts on “Pop Culture: The Blurred Lines of Entertainment

  1. People can say it is “just acting” and “entertainment” all they want, but whether the intent is earnest or not, the same door still opens.

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