Reinforcing the fact that Chris Dodd (recall that Chris Dodd got a sweet, below-market mortgage rate for supporting the banksters that stole the economy - Blogmaster) really does not get what's happening, and showing just how disgustingly corrupt the MPAA relationship is with politicians, Chris Dodd went on Fox News to explicitly threaten politicians who accept MPAA campaign donations that they'd better pass Hollywood's favorite legislation... or else:
Chris Dodd wrote.."Those who count on quote 'Hollywood' for support need to understand that this industry is watching very carefully who's going to stand up for them when their job is at stake. Don't ask me to write a check for you when you think your job is at risk and then don't pay any attention to me when my job is at stake,"
This certainly follows what many people assumed was happening, and fits with the anonymous comments from studio execs that they will stop contributing to Obama, but to be so blatant about this kind of corruption and money-for-laws politics in the face of an extremely angry public is a really, really, really tone deaf response from Dodd.
Well I have a solution to that: Americans need to boycott the MPAA.
That, my friends, means no more movies.
Look, I own a lot of DVDs. Like over 300 of them. I bought them all. I like movies in the theater too.
But I do not like this sort of threat, especially when what is being demanded is ineffective and does nothing to address the real issues when it comes to intellectual property and piracy.
The real problems are resolvable through trade sanctions -- and short of military action, only through that path. You cannot force another nation to adopt your laws, but you can prevent them from having free and unfettered access to your markets if they are going to behave, and allow their citizens to behave, in ways that you find offensive.
The corruption between "business" and Washington DC has always been present but this particular display is especially brazen, coming from a lobbyist and spokesperson who's last gig was screwing the American public when the banks ripped everyone off and then went and begged DC for a bailout.To Doddering Dodd and the MPAA: That sound you hear is my wallet snapping shut.