Privilege Gone Wild, Hammer Edition
“If you believe in making deals with the devil, the Hammers are top of the totem pole. Every generation of my family has been involved in dark misdeeds, and it just gets worse and worse and worse.”
So claims Casey Hammer in the trailer to House of Hammer, an upcoming docuseries on the family of oilman, art collector, and museum founder Armand Hammer. The nuance-free trailer foregrounds the tabloid scandals of canceled actor Armie Hammer, great-grandson of Armand. But the less photogenic side of the Hammer family has a truly interesting tale too, involving communists, capitalists, fake Fabergé eggs, an illegal abortion doctor, a Christian broadcaster, and a sex throne. Or, in the words of Discovery+ publicists, "a dysfunctional dynasty with its male characters exhibiting all the devastating consequences of privilege gone wild."
Art imitating life, and life imitating art.
The story [referenced by the above commenter] takes place in Italy in 1983, where the age of consent is 14. As Slate points out, same-sex age of consent laws have historically been higher due to homophobia, but that doesn't appear to have been the case in Italy. Of course, legality doesn't automatically make something ethical.
As for Armie, this is mostly an indictment of his sexual fetishes and role playing kinks, saying a lot about Americans’ puritanical morality in all things having to do with sex.
The puritanical-scolding or lecherous-enabling groups, at the drop of a hat, are known to flip around their opinions. They will sometimes hold two contradictory viewpoints at the same time or on occasion even make for odd bedfellows.
He had stunning taste in art.
I'm studying Gustave Moreau right now, and Hammer's examples are delicious.
Speaking of ethics, adults in old-time Italy were known to castrate young males in order to prevent their voices from changing and maturing. Uh, yikes.