An online petition has called for a Senate investigation after the Motion Picture Association of America called for its bribed sock puppets in Washington to toe the line and not bow to pressure from the great unwashed.
The MPAA’s chairman Chris Dodd is under fire for remarks he made on Fox News, warning those politicians that his group has bribed will lose financial contributions from Hollywood unless they support tougher anti-piracy laws.
According to the LA Times, while the US knows that corporate lobby groups bribe politicians with campaign contributions, it is one of those things that it’s rude to talk about. However, Dodd put it fairly bluntly and in a way that the US press could not really ignore.
“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,” said Dodd. “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.”
And it is starting to look like there has been a backlash against it.
On Sunday, an online petition claiming more than 10,000 signatures demanded that the White House investigate comments made by Dodd in his interview.
The petition says that the comments represent “an open admission of bribery and a threat designed to provoke a specific policy goal. This is a brazen flouting of the ‘above the law’ status people of Dodd’s position and wealth enjoy.”
But just in case you thought that it was a slip of the tongue. MPAA spokesman Howard Gantman pointed out that Dodd was making the obvious point that people support politicians whose views coincide with their own. When politicians take positions that people disagree with, those people tend not to support those politicians.
In other words, we paid for you to bring in anti-piracy laws, we do not expect you to give up when it makes you unpopular.