No Longer in a Metal Mood, Pat Boone Trashes Video Games

July 12, 2008 -

In a commentary for WorldNetDaily, singer Pat Boone frets that video games are part of a social upheaval which will cost America its very soul:

[While the presidential race takes place], there's another campaign in full swing, one perhaps even more crucial, one that will certainly determine the future of our country. One that will determine the direction and morality of our young. One that quite possibly will cost America its soul.

 

It's the campaign, in the world of entertainment to absolutely throw off every restraint, abandon every moral guideline, exploit every taboo and be free to portray and present anything human beings are capable of. In prime time and full color and without any regard for the sensibilities of parents or ministers or censors, or anybody else. On TV, in movies, in music even and especially in video games.

 

Target? Our young, virtually every age from grade school through college. The next generation – our future.

It seems that Boone serves on the board of watchdog group the Parents Television Council, a frequent critic of video game content. And while he singles out video games as especially worrisome, he mentions nary a one in his column, focusing instead on TV shows like Gossip Girl, Nip/Tuck and Sex and the City.

The good news is that Boone has a suggestion. If modern media content troubles you, just wind the clock back, oh, 70 years or so and listen to old radio shows:

Many adults, fed up completely... are doing the logical thing: tuning out and turning off. My friends Ed and Jean Lubin, whose three kids are mostly grown and on their own now, just told me they're spending their evenings out on their patio listening to old radio shows! Classic shows like "The Green Hornet," "The Lone Ranger," "Fibber McGee and Molly," "Abbot and Costello," "Jack Benny," dramatic and comedic and music shows from a time when entertainment was just that – entertainment...

GP: Gosh, he hardly sounds out of touch at all.

What's really ironic is that on the album pictured here, Boone sings lounge lizard arrangements of tunes like Alice Cooper's No More Mr. Nice Guy. Now, when Boone still actually had something of a career in the mid-70's, Alice Cooper was regarded by the mainstream much as Marilyn Manson is today.


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Re: No Longer in a Metal Mood, Pat Boone Trashes Video Games

 Well, mostly true.  I think Mr. Boone would argue that R rated movies and M rated games aren't fit for good, wholesome, god-fearing adults, either.

Re: No Longer in a Metal Mood, Pat Boone Trashes Video Games

IIRC, this isn't the first time Pat Boone has been mentioned on GP, he has been a part of the group for a long time. Look at their "celebrity" board list or whatever, if it's still up. There were even some people who have been actually relevant in the last 15 years on there. Pat Boone is an opportunistic hypocrite.

Re: No Longer in a Metal Mood, Pat Boone Trashes Video Games

He needs to stand back and look at everyone that shares his general view on today's entertainment. They're largely in his age group. I think he's just upset that there isn't much content the media for his age group. And it's just not media, but may kinds of products. Middle-aged people have the most disposable money out of any age demographic, and yet they are not aggresively targeted as the 20-ish and teenage group. It seems like a strange asymmetry to me.

Re: No Longer in a Metal Mood, Pat Boone Trashes Video Games

Not to be too cynical, but often they have kids in the 20ish/teens and kids are a lot easier to fool into buying stuff and get their money from said middleage group.

Re: No Longer in a Metal Mood, Pat Boone Trashes Video Games

Timecube guy endorsing Amos and Andy would be a more interesting story.

Re: No Longer in a Metal Mood, Pat Boone Trashes Video Games

I like it. Down with violence! Let's listen to old radio shows!

 

Now excuse me as I get some of my negros to wash my clothes and make dinner on.

 

"Oh massa, Isa so happy you'z givin' me some wohk to do, I'z is gonna eat me somma my cohn-bread now, massa!"

 

Down with violence! Up with racism! The past was fucking awesome!

Re: No Longer in a Metal Mood, Pat Boone Trashes Video Games

Now now, be fair. The man hasn't said everything old is good. To a point I agree a lot of those radio shows were good and for that matter I'm glad some adults finaly figured out that if they don't like the content maybe they should stop whining about it and actualy do some parenting. Might be a hair extreme yes, but I still apprecate they did something constructive rather than sit around and tell the government to raise their kids.

Re: No Longer in a Metal Mood, Pat Boone Trashes Video Games

True.

 

I've been a parent for a few months, and it's really not hard to keep content you don't want out of your home. I mean, if you're worried, take the computer and TV out of the bedroom and put it in the family room.

Just leave it up to chance.

Re: No Longer in a Metal Mood, Pat Boone Trashes Video Games

Who the hell is Pat Boone and why should I care what he thinks?

Re: No Longer in a Metal Mood, Pat Boone Trashes Video Games

Nothing like a D-list celebrity easily being bought to to talk about issues no one cares about in an attempt to push his popularity above the 1000 virgins that still care about him.

Seriously. Who gives a shit about this guy?

Re: No Longer in a Metal Mood, Pat Boone Trashes Video Games

my mistake, he didn't defend the anti-semitism part

Re: No Longer in a Metal Mood, Pat Boone Trashes Video Games

This is honestly a tough one.

I definitely see where Pat's coming from because I don't like much of what's on T.V. due to it's content. Understand that I grew up watching Abbot & Cotello, Bob Hope, the Marx Bros. and the Three Stooges. I enjoyed older movies and, though this kind of dates me a bit, watched Matinee at the Bijou on PBS. I look at what's on now and shake my head in disgust because there's no real point beyond being "shocking" or "edgy". It smacks of a "look at what we can do" mentality and that doesn't make for good storytelling, at least in my opinion.

Parents and their advocates have as much right to express their concerns about culture as we do to voice our concern over the desire to censor things. If we can come to a middleground and actually talk to one another without the vitriol that both sides have been guilty of we might actually come to a common ground solution.

Of course my own solution is simplly to not watch trashy shows like Nip/Tuck and the shock value shows like it. I tend to keep my television habits restricted to watching the Food Network, Mythbusters, Countdown with Keith Olberman, TBN, the Cartoon Network or L.A. Ink. All my choice and I feel it to be the correct one.

 

Re: No Longer in a Metal Mood, Pat Boone Trashes Video Games

But they do not have the right to block the content for everyone and they HAVE to teach their kids about life and get over it to cling to anything else is immature.

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Re: No Longer in a Metal Mood, Pat Boone Trashes Video Games

And that is precisely why I mentioned both sides coming together to find the common ground solution. Things like the v-chip or content blocking hardware are more tools that a parent can use to aid them. It should by no means be forced on the populace in general but there's nothing wrong with teaching their children that certain content is wrong. If you're trying to stop them from doing so then you're denying them their free speach rights, and that's not right either.

Individual families should be free to teach their children the morals they see fit. You don't have to like it, or agree with what they teach their children but there's far worse things a parent can teach a child than shows like Nip/Tuck are garbage and shouldn't be on the air. That's their opinion and they are entitled to voice it, just those of opposing opinion are free to voice their dissent from that.

To be fair I don't agree with the PTC's tactics. I think they've overstepped their bounds more than once, but I also think that there should be groups that parents can go to so that they can research content of television shows, music and the like. If we really want parents to step up and do the research that we demand they do then we have to set up the tools somehow. The PTC presents one set of such tools, they aren't perfect by a long shot but we have to start somewhere on the road to finding the best solution.

Re: No Longer in a Metal Mood, Pat Boone Trashes Video Games

Do you think age slotting all media would help or hurt?

I thinkit would be a good middle ground as logn as music can not go over PG13 music would be done on focusing on context over content, visual mediums like mags and comics would be treated like videos and games  leaving books to be based on context over content as well, with a emphasis of slotting not blocking, stores like Wallmart might be dumb enough to sell a 14yr a NC17 film labeled as unrated but wont sale a mature rated book to a them but most stores wouldn't fall into that trap I would think, its all about slotting media into age ranges and letting people decide what they want.


Its a rather simple setup music will be put into 3 age ranges with PG13 being the uncensored version, after all harsh words are not they are meaningless without the context and content of the lyrics backing them up, books should not be have limited access EVER but it dose not mean they cannot be slotted either.

One of the things stopping proper slotting of media is the mindless sheeple stampede over adult content....you know I wonder how much they would quake in their lil woolly hooves if they new NC17 was adult and that UNRATED is NC17 and harder.... we as a society need to become more mature and stop worrying about things that are already restricted by law over....

I wish the console makers would drop the presudo ban on AO let it go and then approve games....by the fcking game keep out the porn games for now and let NC17 and true R level games be placed in the AO level.

I mean I am sitting here playing Turok and there is not one bit of human gore in the whole game thats a sad state of affairs...well..so is the game with the whole army whore theme....

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Re: No Longer in a Metal Mood, Pat Boone Trashes Video Games

"One that quite possibly will cost America its soul."

I didn't bother reading past that sentence.

Re: No Longer in a Metal Mood, Pat Boone Trashes Video Games

While I don't nessarily agree with his views on videogames, I can't really fault the tune out and turn off thing he says. I mean really it is a form at least of the parents monitoring their kid's intake and those radio shows from everything I've heard were pretty damned good. So kudos on them for taking a solution in their worries I honestly can't argue with much.

Sure it's somewhat 'ostrich putting it's head in the sand' but at least the parents are giving a shit about what's going on with the kids and taking part in some family time. Really not a bad way to do things, even if like I said, I don't really agree that videogames are dangerous like they suggest.

Re: No Longer in a Metal Mood, Pat Boone Trashes Video Games

I think that video games have stronger messages then any other media. In movies, the protagonist gets the girl and have sex within 30 minutes while in video games like Mass Effect, you have to build a relationship over time, and earn her trust.

Re: No Longer in a Metal Mood, Pat Boone Trashes Video Games

never even heard of him... what, is he trying to make him seem relevant and important in a society where he has NO influence at all any more?  Is a new album just out?

Re: No Longer in a Metal Mood, Pat Boone Trashes Video Games

his "Metal" album (The one pictured) came out about 1996 I think. And what he did to "Smoke on the water" on a morning show made me want to smash my T.V.

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Re: No Longer in a Metal Mood, Pat Boone Trashes Video Games

This is why he's in the rearview mirror of society

What???

Good god, what the hell is this guy talking about? Why the hell shouldn't people be allowed to portray everything that people are capable of doing? It's part of life, so why can't it be touched on? And what does he mean "back when entertainment was just entertainment"? How is it not entertainment anymore? Honestly this seems like a "good ol' days" arguement. What the hell makes Green Hornet any better than modern entertainment? I mean, sure, Green Hornet's cool and all, but what makes it so friggin' holy compared to everything else? It's because it's old and Boone understands it right? All this leaves me with is confusion.

Alice Cooper better hold his shit together...

 

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Re: No Longer in a Metal Mood, Pat Boone Trashes Video Games

"be free to portray and present anything human beings are capable of" ... "without any regard for the sensibilities of parents or ministers or censors, or anybody else"

Isn't that what the good old 1st ammendment is all about? It sounds like this old man is calling freedom a bad thing.

Re: No Longer in a Metal Mood, Pat Boone Trashes Video Games

Ofcourse he considers it a bad thing, it's not HIS kind of freedom afteral.
It's stuff modern people understand (and sometimes appreciate), he's too out of touch with the world to see what its about. So he wants it all banned. Makes perfect sense.... to someone like JT.
The current situation is no different from when they were kids, but do they see that?
Ofcourse not, that would mean they had common sense, and that, is in extremely short supply these days.

Re: Pat Boone Cries Wolf Over Video Games, TV Shows

Freedom is a bad thing to assclowns like this old fart and his group. Consider every member of the Parent Trash Cult traitors against the U.S.A.

Re: No Longer in a Metal Mood, Pat Boone Trashes Video Games

I got his metal album and I have heard him on talk shows talk about the issues he had not falling inline with the christian hierarchy, when he talked about his time doing th metal album he talking with balance and wit abtu how the songs are n different than anything else, it seems he has forgot a different  type of media is no different after all, its a shame he dose not see this akin to his issues he had with the church so long ago a gfroup of people who thought they knew whats right and only they could show you the right way to do things.....

Once you cry wolf for the children you have to cry louder each time after to keep interest up and to stretch truths longer and longer, either you censor life for kids of 30 to live peaceful lives of not understanding STDs or conception or the unfairness of life or you let parents teach real kids what life is about and let them make the choices for them to mold the into non "ZOMG its summer break time" adults......

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PTC Lapdog Pat Boone Whines Like A Baby over Everything

Pat Boone is a whiny old popcorn fart. And a shameless profitteer and homogenizer of the great soul singers of the '50's like Fats Domino, B.B. King, Nat King Cole, so he has no room to talk.

Entertainment today is still entertainment. Different strokes for different folks with various channels catered to various tastes. If the old fart doesn't like it, then shut up and let everyone else enjoy what entertains them.

Re: PTC Lapdog Pat Boone Whines Like A Baby over Everything

God I know, Pat Boone has given good music the "boring and whitewash" treatment throughout his career. I'm not surprised he'd rail against the modern media.

Re: No Longer in a Metal Mood, Pat Boone Trashes Video Games

Bah Bah Bah im an old bah bah get off my lawn thats wat it sounds like. Go hide under a rock u senile old goat

Re: No Longer in a Metal Mood, Pat Boone Trashes Video Games

Funny part is he evidently joined a group who back in the 80s would likley had gladly tried ot have his ass thrown in prison

Re: No Longer in a Metal Mood, Pat Boone Trashes Video Games

Share some thoughts with this old man: pboone@worldnetdaily.com

This is from his mail on the same link. Is public.

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Re: No Longer in a Metal Mood, Pat Boone Trashes Video Games

Who the fock is that man?

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Re: No Longer in a Metal Mood, Pat Boone Trashes Video Games

Pat...Who?

 

Re: No Longer in a Metal Mood, Pat Boone Trashes Video Games

Exactly.

Re: No Longer in a Metal Mood, Pat Boone Trashes Video Games

 I think he was a guest once on an episode of Space Ghost Coast to Coast.

Re: No Longer in a Metal Mood, Pat Boone Trashes Video Games

I think 'tuning out and turning off' has more relevance than Mr Boon intended, I certainly hope I never end up putting my Brain into 'old-man autopilot'.

Re: No Longer in a Metal Mood, Pat Boone Trashes Video Games

Entertainment is still just that, entertainment

Re: No Longer in a Metal Mood, Pat Boone Trashes Video Games

*facepalm*
Please shoot me if I become stupid like that when I am old. :(

Re: No Longer in a Metal Mood, Pat Boone Trashes Video Games

Sorry, but if I ever become old I will have the good manners to throw myself out of a window.

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