You can learn a lot from YouTube. For instance, you can learn how to change your spark plugs in your ‘87 Honda. You can also learn that America’s entertainment industry is, generally speaking, odious, soulless, and disgusting.

I really enjoy watching movie trailers on YouTube. It’s saved countless hours of my life. Instead of wasting $15 and 2 ½ hours watching a ghastly movie, I can take consolation knowing that I saved $15 and only wasted 2 ½ minutes watching the ghastly movie’s trailer.

However, there are times where saving $15 and only wasting 2 ½ minutes is not even a consolation. I had the extreme misfortune of watching a trailer for “Tragedy Girls”, a “dark comedy-horror film” (darn you, YouTube auto-play).

Typically, I don’t point at one individual thing and say “Now this is what’s wrong with America.” However, in this case, I’ll make an exception.

“Tragedy Girls” is what’s wrong with America.

Make sure you’re current on your blood pressure medication, then read this synopsis of the film:

“Sometimes I just feel like nothing I do matters — like I’m not special,” Sadie tells her Bff McKayla…. She later observes that McKayla has only received one retweet that day, and it came from her mom.

Feeling invisible, the highschoolers decide to ask a social media star to give their blog a shout-out, and when he declines, describing their project as “off-brand” for his “15 million followers,” Sadie and McKayla decide to…stab him to death. They aren’t particularly competent murderers — McKayla complains, “You’re just hitting bone, dude,” as Kayla aims for his heart — but they manage to get the job done, and their lives change overnight.

The murder is all their town can talk about, and the girls use the fear, anxiety, and excitement to their advantage… To keep their social media followers — and to gain more — the girls become serial killers.

As the @TragedyGirls become an overnight sensation and panic grips their small town, can their friendship survive the strain of national stardom? Will they get caught? Will their accounts get verified?”

If you can read this and not be completely and utterly disgusted, then may I humbly suggest that you too are part of the problem.

The truth is that all lives are in the image of God, and therefore precious and worthy of protection. Yet, mainstream culture is offended by this notion. They say it impedes on their right of “choice”.

This same culture finds entertainment, finds comedy in a story about two young girls, so desperate to be famous, that they’ll kill as many people as it takes to get their 15 minutes in the spotlight. I do not hesitate to call this sort of influence on young children exactly what it is – it is evil.

They may advertise this story as a comedy. However, it the saddest of tragedies.

The next generation faces many challenges. Movies like this only add to those challenges. At no time in history has quick, easy fame been so alluring. There are thousands of young people, sitting alone, watching the Instastars on the internet. Many of them are saying to themselves, “Sometimes I just feel like nothing I do matters — like I’m not special.”

This movie, and other so-called entertainment like it, are relaying some clear messages: “My life is the only one that matters. My life only matters if I am enjoying fame and fortune. The lives of other people do not matter if they are getting in my way.”

There is a deep yearning in the heart of every young person will never be fulfilled by fame and fortune. The countless stories of celebrities ruining their lives and careers through drugs and alcohol attest to this fact.

So what can meet this desire and need in young people’s lives?

This truth will no doubt offend many. Yet it remains.

Having a life that matters only comes from living unselfishly, from living for God and others.

Feeling special, like you matter, only comes from realizing the depth of God’s love for you despite who you truly are.

If Hollywood and the left truly cared about our children and the next generation, then you’d see movies with this message instead of affronts to human decency like “Tragedy Girls”.