Dear Mr. Vincent:
Like many people, I was appalled to see the video footage of one of the NFL's players striking his wife and dragging her around like a side of beef. No matter what she or he may say, that kind of behavior is unacceptable. I am glad you have gone on record to say you agree.
It is time, it is past time, to get the message out in the world that real men do not harm women and children. To assist in this effort, I suggest the NFL sponsor a Real Man PSA campaign. I will, in the next few days, send some details on my suggestions for the PSA series to NFL headquarters.
In the meantime, here, in brief, is my outline for what would be a very effective series of messages sponsored by the NFL and directed at men who feel violence against women and children is acceptable.
INT. LIVING ROOM
A famous football player is watching television, shaking his head in disgust.
VOICE OVER, NEWS ANNOUNCER
Five dead in domestic violence shooting, including a woman and three children, more details at...
(The football player grabs the remote control and angrily turns off the television.)
This stuff has got to stop!
(He stands up and turns to face the camera.)
Hey--all you guys out there who think they have something to prove to the world and think a gun or their fists are going to help them do it. I AM TALKING TO YOU!
I got something to say, and you need to shut up and listen.
You want to be a man? A real man?!
Then let me tell you something!
A real man does not shoot women and children!
A real man does not hit women and children!
A real man does not hurt women and children with his words or his actions!
Let me show you what a real man does!
(Angrily, he walks to the front door of the house, opens it, and beckons.)
The rest of the PSA is a series of voice overs done by the actors listed below. The video clip shown for each is of an ordinary man or men doing what the actor says.
A real man protects women and children.
A real man keeps his word.
A real man tells the truth.
A real man hugs his kids.
A real man honors and respects his wife.
A real man changes diapers.
A real man washes dishes.
A real man helps his kids with their homework.
A real man takes out the garbage.
A real man provides for his family.
A real man helps out in his community.
A real man inspires others.
A real man loves.
A real man forgives.
A real man respects.
(The PSA ends with the FOOTBALL PLAYER back in his family room, surrounded by his wife and kids. He addresses the camera.)
So, you want to be a man, a real man? Then do what a real man does.
(FOOTBALL PLAYER hugs his wife and kids.)
FADE TO BLACK
Molly W. Joss