Snuff Films And Videos Should Be Banned
Snuff Films And Videos Should Be Banned
Recently a gruesome murder was committed in Montreal Canada where the perpetrator, a 29 year old self professed Gay Porn actor and model killed and dismembered another man. The crime was apparently filmed and uploaded to the internet in an act of extreme narcissism. The act of showcasing his crime was not done in anger or defiance of society but rather, it was done as part of an underground gore pleasure culture called Snuff.
It maybe hard for some to believe but there are people out there who get pleasure from watching other people die violently. I have known of such material for some time but have never desired to view its most gruesome takes. I first became aware of such material some seven or eight years ago while browsing the net. Through curiosity I stumbled upon websites such as Ogrish and Goregasm that featured violent death photos and videos. While it was desensitizing and interesting material to see my moral compass guided me away instead of going deeper into it.
Today the offensive material that floats to the surfaces of society is just the tip of an iceberg of filth that appeals to an ever increasing group of narcissists and in some cases, psychopaths. They exist and function in an underground culture unknown to most. They could be your neighbor and you wouldn't know it. Why? They are our doctors, lawyers, and priests as well as the guy coming to fix our cable when it brakes down. You just can't tell by looking at or talking to someone what kind of sick fetish they might have.
Ironically, in this case involving the Montreal snuff murder, a Wisconsin Lawyer came forward after the news broke. He is currently giving interviews about how he saw the Snuff murder video online and how he tried to alert police in several cities but was brushed off. When asked why he was a member of such a site to begin with, his answer was quite vague. He simply says he had seen many Snuff videos and this one looked too real. Does that mean that he enjoys watching the fake or overly fake ones? This is precisely where the argument and subsequent defense of Snuff videos lies
It is believed that interest in Snuff films originated some 40 years ago when rumors circulated widely that convicted serial killer Charles Manson filmed the murders he committed. Hundreds of curious people all across the United States were duped into buying faked Snuff movies through underground sources. Over the years imitators have seized the opportunity to use the mystery and intrigue associated with Snuff to create a underworld industry. When done right it is very hard to tell if the scene of murder and disembowelment that you are watching is real.
The problem with Snuff is that art imitates life and vise versa. Individuals who enjoy watching gruesome scenes of bondage and murder may eventually crave to experience it for real, especially if those individuals has a mental condition that makes him or her unable to differentiate reality from illusion or feel empathy and remorse. In such circumstances those individuals may not be able to determine if what they are viewing is real or fake.
Is there a good reason why Snuff videos real or fake should not be banned in a civilized society? I posed this question to the Hub Pages community and the answers were unanimous. Although Snuff films are meant to be fake there is a tendency by the film makers to push the envelope. At the same time there is a tendency within the minds of the audience to demand more and more realness. Even the actor Charlie Sheen was once fooled by a Japanese Snuff film that he saw. Some might argue that Charlie Sheen is not a good actor but if an actor cannot determine the realness of a Snuff film then how is the law going to tell.
It is an established fact that authorities all over the world are contacted frequently regarding Snuff films, but just like the story of the Wisconsin lawyer the police in most cases choose to ignore the claims unless someone is reported missing. In this age of increasing crime and violence we do not need Snuff films complicating the work of law enforcement. Not when such films serve no value to society.