Hilton Hotels drops pornographic in-room movies

Many priests will tell you that viewing pornography is one of the most heard sins in the confessional….from both men and women.  Often pushed as “harmless”, it is anything but.  Pornography destroys relationships, fosters the objectification of women, contributes to the sex trade and a host of other evils.  Many hotels, unfortunately, offer on-demand pornographic movies in their rooms….billed as “adult entertainment”.  

We want to applaud Hilton Hotels Worldwide for making the decision to discontinue “adult” content movies in their rooms.  Here is confirmation that we received from Hilton:

We are making immediate changes to our global brand standards to eliminate adult video-on-demand entertainment in all our hotels worldwide. While the vast majority of our properties already do not offer this content today, this content will be phased out of all other hotels subject to the terms of their contracts.  We believe in offering our guests a high degree of choice and control during their stays with us, including  Wi-Fi on personal devices.  However, we have listened carefully to our customers and have determined that adult video-on-demand entertainment is not in keeping with our company’s vision and goals moving forward.

With that in mind, we encourage you to choose chains such as Hilton when making your travel plans.  Most businesses will listen to their customers if they vote with their wallets.  

Note that in most cases, pornographic movies were a money-maker for these hotels in the past, but with easy access online, the income from paid in-room movies has tended to decline over the last few years. So not having them available is as much a factor of declining revenues as any great moral concern.    Still, we need to applaud those chains that drop pornographic in-room movies, regardless of the their motivation.  

Omni Hotels, owned by Dallas business man Robert Rowling, was the first chain to drop pornographic in-room movies in 2001, due to his moral objections after he took over the firm.  This was followed by Marriott Hotels in 2011.

Concerned about addiction to pornography?  Check out Integrity Restored, a website for those struggling with pornography.