Washington Post criticized for “normalizing”, “minimizing” pedophilia: “Part of the perversion”


The Washington Post has come under fire in recent weeks for “normalizing” or downplaying pedophilia, with critics declaring the paper a “subversive part” of American culture.

The Post dismissed parents’ concerns about a book showing oral sex between 10-year-old boys in schools, and just weeks before the play normalized sexual predators raised eyebrows from conservatives across the country. gave a brilliant comment.

According to Julie Kist, president of the Children’s Defense League, “children are the central target of the raging culture war” currently underway in America. As a result, content that would have been unimaginable when famed Post editor Ben Bradlee ran the once-reputable paper in its heyday now finds its way into Democracy Dies in Darkness alongside legitimate news.

“The Washington Post has become part of the pipeline. We’re bringing these changes to our culture so that they become part of the corruption,” Kist said.

In recent weeks, the Washington Post has come under fire for “normalizing” or downplaying pedophilia.
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“They’re minimizing, normalizing the notion of adults having sex with children,” he continued. “It’s a deliberate attempt to shift the sympathy, the empathy, from the victim of child abuse to the perpetrator. So it’s very deliberate.”

In November, a newspaper owned by Jeff Bezos was roasted by conservatives for publishing a glowing review of a “play about pedophiles,” which critics say downplayed sexual violence and tried to normalize pedophilia. A controversial article by Washington Post chief drama critic Peter Marx, who said, “‘Downstate’ is a play about pedophiles. And that’s great,” quickly sparked widespread outrage.

“Take a deep breath and try to think calmly about the position that playwright Bruce Norris is taking in his new play, The Low State: that the punishments meted out to some pedophiles are so harsh and cruel as to be inhumane. Still o ‘do you? It is impossible to elaborate on the perspective underlying this impeccably staged drama without pretending to demand some kind of extraordinary attention to those who have committed unspeakable crimes,” Marx wrote.

The Washington Post has been roasted for publishing a glowing review of a "play about pedophiles" that critics say attempts to normalize pedophilia.

The Washington Post has been roasted for publishing a glowing review of a “play about pedophiles” that critics say attempts to normalize pedophilia.
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“However, Norris offers a twist on that proposition in Broadway’s Playwrights Horizons: He questions how fair society should be to those who have spent time being sexually abused, molested or raped,” he said. Before Marx explained. the play about four sex predators living together in a group home is “one of the best theater nights of the year.”

The Post’s drama critic noted that “exploited predators are portrayed not as monsters but as complex, troubled souls” and wrote that viewers will learn what each pedophile has been up to. He also wrote that “the most unpleasant character” is one of the victims of pedophilia.

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According to Kist, Marx is “excited to break the sexual taboo again” in his work, which he believes will help normalize behavior that society has long considered abhorrent.

“The destruction of taboos, especially sexual taboos, is a fundamental principle of the culture war,” he said. “The whole idea is to break down the culture that we have and the boundaries that have been put in place, especially to protect children.”

The Washington Post has been criticized for “normalizing” pedophilia.
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Beverly Helberg, a senior fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum, said that regardless of political affiliation or other ideology, “there was a common ground for Americans to agree that pedophilia is wrong.” But the left seems to want sympathy for everyone, including sexual predators.

“What we see in this play, as well as The Washington Post’s write-up of the play, sympathizes with the minors by their very name, not those who attract them. accused of committing terrible crimes against children, Halberg said.

“We’ve seen a trend among liberal publications to celebrate things that many of us believe are wrong with children,” Holberg said. “Whether it’s the story of the drag show or the dances that we drag queens perform among children. I think it’s just an extension and an extension to normalize our behavior that many of us are criticized for. Washington. The post in particular is very sympathetic to this. that’s it.”

In December, the Washington Post came under fire again when it published an article slamming parents who objected to a novel depicting oral sex between two 10-year-old boys, even though the book’s author said she never shared her work with the school. libraries despite admitting that they do not intend to put.

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Education part Published online on December 22 Discusses the controversy surrounding Jonathan Evison’s novel Lawn Boy. Several excerpts from the book, illustrated by Post reporter Hannah Nathanson, describe ten-year-old boys “meeting in the bushes after a church youth group meeting, touching each other’s penises and engaging in oral sex.”

The front cover of Jonathan Evison’s novel The Fat Boy.
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In an interview with the Post, Evison said her book would not be included in school libraries and was surprised to hear that the American Library Association had given her a 2019 Prodigal Child Award for books written for adults. young people.”

However, a Post Education article headlined, “Mum Falsely Says Book Shows Pedophilia. School Libraries Ban It,” says parents’ “misinformation” makes it the second 2022 announced that it has become the most controversial book.

The Post writer specifically credits Brandi Burkman and Stacey Langton, two parents who have spoken out against the book at local school board meetings, claiming the book misrepresents sex between an older man and a young boy. paid attention. Basically, Post defended oral sex between two ten-year-old boys because it’s not technically pedophilia.

In an interview with Langton, he admitted that he was wrong about his claim of pedophilia and said that the parts of “Lawn Boy” that depict sex are confusing because the time of the chapters is between the present-day adult man and his sexual experience. constantly changing. Like a young child.

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Quist is also not a fan of “Lawn Boy” and agrees that it has nothing to do with being close to school-aged children. Like the play Down Under, he feels The Prodigal Boy normalizes perversion, and it’s no coincidence that the Washington Post glorifies both.

“What’s exciting about it is taking the boundaries, the normal boundaries of our culture that exist to protect children and preserve their innocence, and just rub it in people’s faces,” Kist said. “It’s a campaign to numb the public’s horror at the violation of children’s innocence. And The Washington Post has become a player in this campaign, a very aggressive player, and it’s dangerous to children.

The Washington Post did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Hallberg believes that Americans as a society should look to the Post and any other source that normalizes behavior.

“There are limits we cannot cross,” he said.

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According to DePauw University journalism professor Jeffrey McCall, media organizations like the Post help shape cultural norms by the topics they cover and the way they cover them.

“WaPo’s sympathetic treatment of the sexual predator drama is morally ignorant and shows a disconnection from the norms shared by the majority of Americans and civilized people around the world. Also , any discussion of what constitutes textbook content in elementary schools must be based on actual content and its contribution, or lack thereof, to actual educational goals,” McCall said.

“Picking on parents who protest against pedophilia is a way to demonize and minimize parents. The Post’s approach comes across as poor, activist journalism that avoids the core issues at stake,” McCall continued. .” WaPo articles. It appears that efforts have been made to cover this subject in a manner consistent with the ethical framework of the news organization.”

McCall believes that “such coverage would be hard to dismiss as mere coincidence,” echoing Quist’s theory that liberal elites want to normalize perversion.

“This doesn’t seem to be WaPo reflecting the moral values ​​of its citizens as much as WaPo trying to redefine society’s standards,” he said.

Fox News’ Nicholas Lanum contributed to this report.

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