When the Washington elitists discover that the Google crowd is backed by millions of angry voters, not just Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, they decide that votes are more important than money. So Hollywood cries and SOPA dies… For now. Cry me a river:
Alarmed by the mogul boycott, Sarandos sent a personal plea to the Hollywood studio chiefs over the weekend begging them to continue supporting the Obama re-election campaign even though he knows they are disappointed with the Obama administration’s position on the piracy bills. Several moguls, in response, ”sent back word saying ‘Fuck You’ basically,” one insider tells me, expressing how they feel used and abused by the President despite their campaign contributions. I’ve learned that Fox Filmed Entertainment Chairman Jim Gianopulos even sat down and wrote his good friend (and fellow Greek-American) Sarandos an articulate note over the weekend the gist of which said that he and his fellow moguls won’t give any more money if they keep getting taken for granted. One insider told me, “Jim explained that this notion that the Hollywood community will continue giving regardless of its business interests has to be taken into consideration. The message was, ‘Don’t expect Hollywood to show up and say ‘Who do I write the check to’ anymore.”
The moguls are reminding Obama et al that, in the words of one studio chief, “God knows how much money we’ve given to Obama and the Democrats and yet they’re not supporting our interests. There’s been no greater supporters of him than we’ve been from the first day and the first fundraisers continuing until he was elected. We all were pleased. And, at its heart institutionally, Hollywood supports the Democrats. Now we need the administration to support us. This is a very important time for Hollywood. The issue at hand — piracy — is a legitimate concern. But Google and those Internet guys have been swiftboating the entertainment industry by saying we’re trying to shut down the Internet just because we don’t want them to advertise pirated movies. As for other claims, we make 24. We don’t make national security problems.”
That above quote, by the SOPA standards, could be considered online piracy. The irony of Hollywood crying about being ignored and taken for granted by an even bigger group of elitists, is that is exactly what they have been doing to middle America for the past 50 years. Refusing to see that their decline in sales is anything but a conspiracy of Google, Facebook and Youtube, Hollywood elitists demand that Washington elitist do something about it. Maybe the rest of America would be more sympathetic if Hollywood had listened to them, hadn’t continued to attack their values and their precious causes, hadn’t alienated them in print, film and internet media and hadn’t exposed them to Snookie.
This won’t be the last effort on behalf of Hollywood to stop the voice of all the little people who give them free publicity by publishing their quotes, videos and other media (I repeat: FOR FREE) on their blogs, facebook pages and various other personal sites. Don’t make the mistake of thinking this is to stop the Chinese from pirating videos, American copyright law already covers that, this is about you little people and where you belong in the Hierarchy of Hollywood. They won’t stop trying to put you in your place. Remember that the next time you turn on Jersey Shore or watch another episode of 24, or go to the theater for the next installment of “Jackass.”