Ahnold Bans Own Movies—Almost

by on October 8th, 2005

The irony of this one is almost too obvious to bear commenting on.

According to a story in the New York Times, “Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation on Friday to outlaw the sale to teenagers of electronic games featuring reckless mayhem and explicit sexuality.”

The obvious anti-First Amendment implications of this law didn’t stop the authors of the bill nor the California legislature nor Gov. Schwarzenegger. To recognize that this atrocious piece of nonsense came from one of the most ‘liberal’ states in the country adds almost unbearably to the irony. Throw in that the Governor himself is too liberal in his social views to suit most Conservatives and the package is complete.

So much for the alleged Conservative’s view that parents should be free from state interference to be the arbiter of their children’s choices. Apparently those adults-with-progeny in California weren’t doing enough to “protect children and strengthen families” to suit the actor turned legal censor.

Since most of the former actor’s movies are replete with “reckless mayhem and explicit sexuality”, for which this moviegoer is duly grateful, one has to guess he won’t be inviting teenage males to view his films anymore. One can, therefore, only suppose that his transition from performer in motion pictures to performer in politics is now complete.

Jeffrey Perren