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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,”
The thing is, Obama and Congressional Democrats could probably raise tons of money in small donations from actual people, if they'd just get on our goddamn side and stay there.
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.
Wow. Chris Dodd is pissed that he couldn't go back to Congress and make them bend to his will, isn't he? Damn those pesky citizens with their petitions and votes! Don't they know that this isn't how things are done?

He's not only an asshole, he’s a stupid, tone deaf asshole. And so are all the asshole Democrats who are on the wrong side of this issue because they want money from Hollywood. Guess what, Democrats? You’re finally starting to reclaim the populist mantle that could help you win back congress and keep the White House. You may want to, you know, get on the right side of public opinion you idiots.

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.
Not that it matters, and not that I’m some kind of rich mogul (I have been a working actor for 32 years), but I’ll say this again: I have lost more money to creative studio accounting, and American workers have lost more jobs to runaway production, than anything associated with what the MPAA calls piracy.  

Chris Dodd is lying about piracy costing us jobs. Hollywood’s refusal to adapt to changing times is what’s costing the studios money. That’s it. That's their problem, and they shouldn't be able to destroy the free and open internet in an effort to solve it.

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Originally posted to WIL WHEATON dot KOS on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 01:45 PM PST.

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