Spineless Hollywood


Hollywood is all about causes and making noise, but when they need to put their money where their mouth is, they fold like a cheap suit.

I’m sure you’ve heard all about the Sony fiasco by now.

In all honesty, I don’t give a fib about the movie in question.  It looks pretty stupid, and it calls into question the judgment of people who green-light such a project.

But … that’s not my point.  That’s not what irks — it’s the complete surrender shown by a multi-billion dollar behemoth of an industry.  With that, I have a problem.

And today, Geroge Clooney is circulating a ‘we stand together’ petition, which every head of TV and studio refuses to sign. No solidarity. No one iota of fuckign courage.

I understand the liability issue, the fear of having to bear responsibility should something go wrong, but the alternative is much scarier.

This more than anything proves the Hollywood types who adopt causes are wimps or only trying to get publicity. A shame to allow oneself to be intimidated in such a manner.

The Deadline interview with Geroge Clooney is all over the internet, but here is a chilling quote:

“What happened here is part of a much larger deal … and people are still talking about dumb emails. Understand what is going on right now, because the world just changed on your watch, and you weren’t even paying attention.”  ~ George Clooney on the Sony fiasco and the inability to get a ‘we-stand-together’ petition signed by spineless heads of studios.

(Let’s home my next post will be sunnier).


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14 responses to “Spineless Hollywood

  1. Not to make light of a serious subject, and I can see you are clearly moved the issue, but in all honesty, I think I’d sign anything George Clooney handed me. And I’d frame the sheet with his fingerprints on it.
    But you are right. Take the wimp position is no way to live. I’d rather be at risk than gutless.

  2. sorry, moved ‘by’ the issue. :-)

    • Oh, there is definitely that, Deb — the George Collony factor. Good to see there’s someone with a good, solid pair on them in a place that unfortunately became representative of many.

  3. What happened didn’t surprise me – Hollywood is a cesspool of misogynists and cowards. I just wish the public didn’t look to Hollywood for their values.

  4. The issue, to me, is a HUGE double-bladed sword! First, I can’t believe that Hollywood was so stupid to create a movie like that. But secondly, I don’t trust No. Korea’s leader to not try to do serious harm to us. We need more war like we need a hole in our heads. But… this is just me!

    As for Hollywood’s ethics… don’t get me started! Stop making movies about killing people!!

    • Yes, that was the general thinking by the theatre chains and Sony — they gave in to fear. I think giving in is going to bring more trouble. Now, the other side knows what it takes to stop something they don’t like — like a news segment, or a documentary, or a clothing item they find to reveling, etc. We can’t have that in my opinion. Thanks, Gwynn.

  5. Sigh. I’ve been ignoring the news for days now, but even I have heard something of all this. It just goes to prove that you can’t believe the public persona those that work in the movie industry put on.

  6. Yeah, but even to say ‘stop making movies showing people getting killed’ is censorship. Then we have to stop writing books with death in them. And, eventually, there would be no swearing allowed in books, or in movies. Or anything else that many people find offensive. Yet no one is forced to watch a movie he or she considers offensive, or read an offensive book. There are a lot of them out there I wouldn’t read, nor want my kids to read. But I don’t want someone else making that decision for me. Backing down and not releasing a movie because of a threat is giving in to censorship, and I understand that ignoring the threat is taking a big risk, but caving to it is also a big risk. Will other groups decide they don’t like some other movie, or a book, released in the US and demand we ban it, and then we’d have to give in to that threat too, and the next one, and the next one, and so on. It’s a big issue to consider. Which constitutional rights are we willing to let others bully away from us? We’d have to start asking that question.

  7. This cyberattack, with its many twists and turns, caught Sony and the Feds off-guard. In our ultra-fast-paced media and decision-making environment, it’s easy to second-guess decisions. I think we are now well aware we cannot chip away at our first amendment rights. Sony will have the opportunity to right itself. My greater concern is the federal government’s lack of capability to thwart attacks of this magnitude on our power systems; it’s only a matter of time before utility companies are breached, creating far more adverse consequences.

  8. We’re exposed, that’s for sure. Maybe this will serve as a good lesson all across the spectrum — government and private enterprise. Thanks, Sammy.

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