Hollywood can be a scary place, especially for young children that are
trying to break into acting. That's why a California bill is trying
to make sex offender background checks more extensive and detailed. According
to the proposed law, all managers, photographers, acting coaches, and
other men and women who are employed by the entertainment industry would
need to prove that they are not a registered sex offender by law before
they are allowed to work with children. That means that all organizations
that represent minors would require all of their employees to undergo
these investigations. The research is more than simply checking the names
on a sex offender registration.
The Huffington Post says that the law would affect up to 20,000 people who work in Hollywood.
While most people are all for the law, which adds an extra measure of safety
for Hollywood child actors, one group of sex-offender supporters is fighting
it vehemently. The organization supports the 93,000 men and women on California's
sex crime registry, and says that the bill unfairly treats people who
have committed minor crimes as the same as rapists and pedophiles. They
argue that this bill would displace people who are registered as sex offenders
because of crimes like streaking or lewd conduct. Unlike rapists, these
criminals aren't a danger to children.
The president of the California Reform Sex Offenders Laws group says that
there are people on California's sex offender registry that committed
a small crime 50 years ago that had nothing to do with children. Now,
with the law in place, they will lose their jobs. The advocate group says
that they support the ideas of the law, but think it should only apply
to those who are convicted of a
sex crime with a child under 14. Yet the advocate group's opinion may not be
enough to deter California from employing the law. Massive organizations
like the Screen Actors Guild and the Motion Picture Association of America
have already penned letters supporting the legislation.