Motion Picture Industry Threatens Politicians

Former Sentator Chris Dodd

From the sickening department at Techdirt:

Reinforcing the fact that Chris Dodd 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:

“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.

It shows, yet again, that he just doesn’t get it. People were protesting not just because of the content of these bills, but because of the corrupt process of big industries like Dodd’s “buying” politicians and “buying” laws. To then come out and make that threat explicit isn’t a way to fix things or win back the public. It’s just going to get them more upset, and to recognize just how corrupt this process is. If Dodd, as he said in yesterday’s NY Times, really wanted to turn things around and come to a more reasonable result, this is exactly how not to do it

[continues at Techdirt]

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  • DeepCough

    If y’all wanna see how truly shady the MPAA is, I highly recommend the documentary, “This Film Is Not Yet Rated.” Watch it before it gets taken down due to copyright infringement (which would be ironical in this case).

  • Ehhhh

    yep yep, and this still wont wake a lot of people up to the way things work…. how many things need to come out in the open before we do something about our filthy country? i hope that this teaches some people a lesson. it wont though…. hell, obama could go on cnn live and say “this countrys laws are based on bribe money from major corporations” and people would think thats “ok” and “normal”. haha.

  • Stacey Newport

    The day Hollywood gets to run the country either by threats or massive amounts of money to push their own agendas through is the day we should all stop going to the movies and buying DVD’s. Have of the time what Hollywood puts out is pure crap. I am sure Avatar had not problem reigning in theater goers and dvd buyers. Hey Hollywood make better movies and people will buy them. But Hollywood you do not own the WHITE HOUSE, we the people do. Suck it up.

    • Ceausescu

      You make me laugh.
      All the shit movies that Hollywood creates are sponsored by corporations. The same corporations that run the country. Of course politicians are corrupt.

      Buying DVDs and going to the movies means that you sustain this decaying system.

      You’re still dreaming.

  • cakeypig

    Unfucking believable.
    A government of the corporations, by the corporations, for the corporations….

  • Caleb Miller

    Chris Dodd is the same person who was neck deep in accepting Freddie Mae & Fannie Mac bailout money. He is the most corrupt politician in Washington. And that’s hard to do. 

  • SPET67

    Chris Dodd must be a sociopath. 

    • Ceausescu

      He’s rather an antisocial. Check it out :)

    • Ceausescu

      Nvm, they’re actually the same thing.

  • Satisfied

    Buying Laws with loans from banks that get the money from thin air. Its corruption coming to all humans near you.

  • VoxMagi

    Awww…the poor lil corporations are upset because they spent ALL that money buying politicians…and then a bunch of damn dirty voters got upset and killed their little sweetheart deal. 

  • Mr Willow

    “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.

    You scratch my back, or I’ll break your kneecaps. 

  • Haystack

    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.”

    –Your job is at stake because you’re a wanker. 

  • Fuck Off

    The level of disconnect from reality of these guys is astounding.
    They belong in an insane asylum.
    First, while being one of the most insidious lobbies in existence, they have the gall to accuse Wikipedia and all those who demonstrated against SOPA of ‘abuse of power’. Now this!
    Hollywood tipically portrays insanity as a frenetic bearded man writing and drawing all over his padded cell. That isn’t insanity. That’s your mind trying to remain free. A fat deluded old man behind a desk, buying politicians to enforce his own fascist laws, while accusing everyone else of being corrupt – now that is insane!

  • Dhil Kon

    in the end, chris dodd will get to continue to sit in his position of power and nothing will change. people need to stop feeding these machines of corruption instead of just being pissed about it. i support everyone whos offered their opinion on this page but real action needs to be taken if you want to see change.

  • Arty Scott

    When we use quotation marks, there is no need to tell us it’s a quote – as in Those who count on quote ‘Hollywood’ for. . .

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