Why the POTUS Should Stay Out of the Entertainment Industry
I admit, have not been closely following the story about the movie The Interview and Sony Pictures’ decision to pull the film from theaters. However when I heard that President Obama made a statement that he publicly disagreed with Sony’s decision, I had to roll my eyes.
It’s not that I agree or disagree with Sony’s decision (and let’s not forget, Sony is a Japanese company, not an American one). However it is their movie and they have the right to do with it what they want. It’s their money lost, not mine. And as an agent of the entertainment industry, their actions should have no representation of official American policy or opinion; to do so would be limiting creative freedom and autonomy.
With that being said, the United States government has no place making remarks regarding what goes on in the entertainment industry. Yes, I am not a fan of willy-nilly government censorship. I appreciate that I live in a country where the values of the majority/establishment do not have veto power over the entertainment industry. It’s bad enough that the media is self serving and sensationalist; but that’s a story for another time, isn’t it?
Oh, and in case you missed the President’s blurb on it, here it is:
However I do not fully blame the President for this. I also blame us. For some reason, Americans want political leaders to voice their opinions and/or make statements on issues they have no business speaking about. I would prefer that my political leaders spend more time and effort on the numerous responsibilities that they already have instead of getting in front of a camera and talking about celebrities and movies. To take it a step further, I would rather they not even talk about the business activities of corporations; unless of course these activities have some sort of impact on laws and legislation. But I realize that I am in the minority. Many Americans want to hear the President’s opinion on what type of aftershave to use, just so that they can either #1 – support and champion his preference unabashedly or #2 – vehemently disagree with it and put it in the arsenal to attack him now or later.
As far as The Interview is concerned, I would be interested in seeing it. Not because of this controversy, but because I think that Seth Rogan is absolutely brilliant. Hopefully Sony will consider releasing it direct to video, or something like that. For what it’s worth, North Korea is our political antithesis. An American movie should be able to portray the North Koreans as ‘the bad guys’ if it wants to.