Actor Liam Neeson recently admitted that he struggled to cope with the “sexualized nature” of our society.
Though our society has turned a critical eye toward the excessive violence in media since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, Neeson believes that our society has a problem with excessive sex as well. In an interview with The Catholic Herald, Neeson commented on what he perceives as an over-sexualized society, opining that is must be confusing for children who are constantly exposed to it these days.
“I’d hate to be a kid now, because we’re all inundated with so much information about sexuality coming at us from everywhere – the media, the advertising billboards, just everywhere – and it must be so confusing for them…
“There’s a problem that, if you become over-familiar with something, it moves from the sacred to almost the profane. The act is very, very special, you know. It’s full of mystery and wonder, and I’d hate us all to get to the stage where we just treat it lightly, because it deserves more than that … but times have changed since I was young, no doubt about it.”
Neeson, a practicing Catholic, was the star of 2004’s Kinsey, a biographical film about Alfred Kinsey, a pioneer in the psychological field of sexology. He also portrayed womanizing Oskar Schindler in the 1993 Steven Spielberg Holocaust film, Schindler’s List.
Blog Jezebel poked fun at Neeson’s comments, remarking “It seems like only yesterday that you were Jean Valjean and Hugh Jackman was just some hairy-torsoed Australian actor with a nice singing voice.”
Do you agree with Liam Neeson? Is our society over-sexualized, or is he over-reacting?