Perversion for Profit (1965)

Perversion for Profit is a 1965 propaganda film financed by Charles Keating and narrated by news reporter George Putnam. A vehement diatribe against pornography, the film argues that sexually explicit materials corrupt young viewers and readers, leading to acts of violence and “perverted” attitudes regarding sex – including inclination toward homosexuality. Pornography is also painted as part of the Communist conspiracy and the motor behind the decline of Western civilization:

This same type of rot and decay caused sixteen of the nineteen major civilizations to vanish from the Earth. Magnificent Egypt, classical Greece, imperial Rome, all crumbled away not because of the strength of the aggressor, but because of moral decay from within. But we are in a unique position to cure our own ills: our Constitution was written by men who put their trust in God and founded a government based in His laws. These laws are on our side. We have a constitutional guarantee of protection against obscenity. And, in this day especially, we must seek to deliver ourselves from this twisting, torturing evil. We must save our nation from decay and deliver our children from the horrors of perversion. We must make our land, ‘the land of the free’, a safe home. Oh, God, deliver us, Americans, from evil.

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  1. To your readers the don’t remember (Or didn’t have existence) in the 1960s, This sort of “Public Service” announcements are Rife in the theaters, on the airways, and in the press. This was to be a distraction from the real things that were causing upheavals in society. Things like Racil Discrimination. (Mississippi and Alabama were very much in the papers) and the riots in Detroit and growing dissatisfaction with the engagement of ground troops in Vietnam. Three successive presidents insisted on the “Domino” theory of south east Asia, and we poured Money, Equipment and Lives into a hopeless conflict that had no clear aims, and no local support. (Sound Familiar?).
    It’s more important to remember that Keating was the leader of the “Keating 5” that led to the collapse of the Savings and Loan crisis in the 1980s, leaving millions of Americans with worthless wall paper for bonds and a cost to the Federal Government of over $3 Billion. Evidently he didn’t think that Bank Fraud was as bad as Pornography.

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