A famed filmmaker and playwright spoke out harshly against male teachers, claiming they are 'inclined' toward pedophilia.
It seems teachers are the new easy target these days. On all walks of the internet, exposed teachers across the nation are becoming a norm. And thanks to Florida’s now-infamous Don’t Say Gay, or Parental Rights in Education legislation, a culture war over education and teachers has erupted. Hollywood has placed itself at the center of attention, as multiple celebrities have even spoken out on the matter. Last night, famed filmmaker and playwright David Mamet joined the growing number of Americans claiming that the new norm in public education is to groom students.
David Mamet recently appeared on Fox News’ Life, Liberty & Levin. Hosted by Mark Levin, a lawyer turned radio personality, the program welcomed Mamet to promote his new book Recessional: The Death of Free Speech and the Cost of a Free Lunch. One segment, in particular, gained traction across media for the manner in which the 74-year-old hastily made harsh accusations against educators as a whole. Mamet went straight for the jugular, saying that male teachers were “inclined” toward pedophilia.
The controversial message came just as Mark Levin brought up education and the hot-button topic of community and parental control in schools. Mamet responded with consensus, saying that the community as a whole has lost control of public education. But while many of the jabs coming from conservatives towards the “woke” left controlling schools claim that teachers are indoctrinating political views on young children, Mamet goes further, claiming teachers are grooming students.
There has been a lot of talk about public school grooming this year. It’s a sensitive manner, with different meanings to different people. But at its core, the term grooming is used to describe how sexual predators initiate contact with their young victims by forming a relationship. As it’s being used now oftentimes, some grooming claims suggest that educators might be implicitly grooming children by allowing explicit content to be read, or the manner in which educators teach sex education. More than likely, however, David Mamet’s comments were aimed at suggesting that teachers were implicitly grooming students for sex.
The filmmaker went on to say that he didn’t necessarily believe teachers were physically abusing students. Instead, he believes the abuse is on a mental level, with sex as the tool. To this matter, David Mamet disagrees with sex education at school. He thinks that it should be a conversation left up to parents, not schools.
David Mamet’s views on sex education in schools mirror many other Americans’ beliefs. However, a 2017 study found most parents place high importance on sex education in middle and high schools. But the problem that has centered largely around Florida and its new education laws take aim at sex or gender talk at the elementary level, as more parents stoutly believe the conversation should be left for an at-home talk with such young children.
It seems that everyone has a differing view on indoctrination and grooming. David Mamet’s comments have not only brought attention to his new book, but also the revival of his famed play, American Buffalo. Starring Laurence Fishburne, Sam Rockwell, and Darren Criss, the play will open Thursday, April 14th with a 16-week run. Whether or not his comments about teachers will draw in more crowds or not, is yet to be seen.