Last night the phone rang and the woman on the line asked to speak to the woman of the house. I admit I was a bit terse because I find solicitations to be an incredible imposition. She assured me that this was not a sales call or a solicitation. She was from the Dove Foundation. D – O – V – E. She only needed 90 seconds of my time. I figured, what the hell. It is only 90 seconds.
She began a diatribe about how the movies made these days are completely inappropriate for children. The films made for the movies and TV were not for family values. The films that are deemed for youngsters and teens were filled with sex and violence. The rating system is lax and should be enforced more strongly and wouldn’t I agree? I said "No, I don’t agree". I could have gone into my rant about the Internet and how users are making content and perhaps they should look at where the world is going and let parents raise their own children but I bit my tongue. She seemed like she was programmed.
You would have thought she’d stop after I said no. But, no, she continued on. Hollywood executives won’t even look at scripts that are about family values. Don’t you think we should put a stop to that? At this point, I basically said to her, I don’t agree with anything that you are talking about so I suggest we end this conversation and I basically hung up. Phone call might have ended but I wasn’t done.
First of all, her phone number is now permanently logged in my phone. I immediately went to the Internet and looked it up. I found 2 interesting sites. One is from a site called Family First that essentially has plenty of people posting the same story as mine. Most are actually worse because of the persistence of the phone calls. On the site someone suggested making a formal complaint with the state of Michigan since this foundation is up for review. I clicked through and filed out a complaint. Personally, the Christian Right Wing Family Values that this organization is pushing I find completely offensive. Of course that isn’t what I said in the complaint but just basically told my story and gave them the links.
But who is behind the Dove Foundation? The website appears to be using the Dove soaps logo but I am still not convinced it is part of Unilever. Perhaps if they knew, they’d be furious. The Dove Foundations mission is, "to
encourage and promote the creation, production, distribution and consumption
of wholesome family entertainment. BTW, and who is the judge of what wholesome family entertainment is? Below are the officers and people behind the organzation. I can’t help but post their names at the end of this post. It is actually interesting. Note the producer of XMen. Yeah, that was a real family values film. Totally non-violent..right?
It is absolutely disgusting that a foundation, who thinks they are supposedly doing good work, would buy lists to solicit and preach to people on the phone. Telemarketers are bad enough but this is the worst. Soon we will all be hearing from the local Parish down the street. Foundations like this is just another example of how the Christian Right have left a very bad taste in my mouth.
The People involved in the organization:
K. Rolfe – (Founder & Chairman) Vice President, Mastermedia
Dar Vander Ark – (Secretary/Treasurer) Executive Director, MDAC
Robert Bratt – Producer, Consultant
– Executive Director, Bibles for Missions Thrift Centers, Inc.
Ronald J. Lubbers – President, R.J. Lubbers & Co.
Janis Petrini – Co-owner, Express Personnel Services
Gordon Toering – Attorney, Warner Norcross & Judd LLP
The Advisory Board:
Bond – President & COO, Promenade Pictures
Botwick – CEO, 1019 Entertainment
Robert J. Campbell, Jr. – Chairman, Alpha Omega Publications
T. Cook – Senior V.P. Investments; Senior Institutional Consultant,
Citigroup Consulting Group/Smith Barney
Leslie Dietzman – President, Berean Christian Stores
Ewing – President, Every Tribe Entertainment
Micheal Flaherty – Co-Founder and President, Walden Media
Jones – Actor, Producer
William Kanaga – Chairman retired, Arthur Young & Co.; former
Chairman, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Kasha – Two time Academy Award-winning composer; Broadway Tony
Holly McClure – Radio Host; Film Critic
Michael Medved – Film Critic; Nationally Syndicated Radio Host
Dr. Laura Schlessinger – Author; Broadcaster
David Seibert – Director of New Ventures, LifeWay Christian Resources
Stafford – TV Actress; Author; Speaker
Wales – Exec. Producer, TV series "Christy"; Exec. Producer "Amazing
Grace: The Story of William Wilberforce"
Patricia A. Warner – Associate Hospital Director Univ. of Michigan
Hospitals and Health Center
B.J. Weber – President, New York Fellowship
Whelchel – Actress; Author
Martha Williamson –
Executive Producer, “Touched by an Angel.”
Winter – Producer, "X-Men" and "X2: X-Men United"
Dave Lukens – Executive Director
Scott Rolfe – Communications Director
Donna Rolfe – Executive Assistant
Julie Kemme – Executive Assistant
Edwin L. Carpenter – Associate Editor
Quotes from a few friends:
Allen (deceased), comedian, author, composer and former "Tonight
"There is no doubt that our entire culture is experiencing a moral
breakdown. People can get more family-friendly movies on film and
television by supporting the Dove Foundation."
- Cardinal Roger Mahony,
Archbishop of Los Angeles
"I hope more video outlets and distributors will utilize the Dove Seal
so that the film industry and parents can form a partnership promoting
wholesome entertainment for the families."
- Dean Jones, actor / producer
"We need a national conscience telling those of us in Hollywood where
the boundaries of decency are to be set. People should look for the Dove
Seal on videos whenever they rent or buy them. It means they won’t find
any unsavory surprises."
- Michael Medved, film critic,
author of "Hollywood vs. America", radio talk show host
"Hollywood is assaulting the fundamental cherished values that most
Americans hold dear. This is particularly evident in their hostility
toward the traditional family. The Dove Seal is a very welcome friend of
the family, guiding parents to the kind of wholesome entertainment that
so many of us are longing for."
- Lisa Whelchel, actress
"For good or bad, movies definitely effect the way we think and act. The
Dove Foundation is helping families everywhere select films that are
safe for family viewing."
- Ken Wales, executive producer
film & television
"Films send a message and I believe they have been sending the wrong
message. Films and television both reflect and influence morals in our
society. We need more parental choice in entertainment. People should
ask for movies with the Dove Seal at their video stores."
- Ralph Winter, producer, X-Men,
X2: X-Men United
“The Dove Foundation performs a valuable service for those of us working
in Hollywood. They dig for the facts and show us trends for reaching the
values-based audiences that are under-served. Dove’s findings are
regularly referred to by producers seeking financing for values-based
- Jeff Yordy, VP of marketing,
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
“The Dove Foundation, through its clear vision, leadership, and
understanding of the American family, has established itself as a
valuable resource for consumers seeking quality entertainment and
programming that’s suitable for their entire household. The strategic
partnership between Twentieth Century Fox and The Dove Foundation has
already begun to change the way Fox Home Entertainment markets and
promotes family-friendly films, and we expect that trend to continue
well into the future.”
- Dr. Laura Schlessinger, author
"Three cheers for The Dove Foundation, whose tireless efforts in favor
of high-quality, ‘clean’ entertainment are benefiting us all."