More on Hollywood and self censorship


After I published a blog this morning on The Interview, the following piece appeared in a guest column in The Hollywood Reporter.

://www.hollywoodreporter.com/race/film-expert-sony-surrender-joins-759754?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=hollywoodreporter_breakingnews&utm_campaign=THR%20Breaking%20News_now_2014-12-21%2014%3A54%3A16_RGajewski

It is worth reading for several reasons:

  • It gives even more examples of how films have precipitated violent protests.
  • It casts Hollywood’s obsession with “free speech” in a light that suggests a great deal of hypocrisy on the part of those who claim that Sony’s decision was unprecedented.
  • It makes clear that studios have historically been willing to make specific edits to pacify a foreign government.
  • It notes that there have been many protests initiated domestically relative to controversial feature films, such as Birth of a Nation.