Congresswoman From LA Wants State Dept. To Promote American Movies At US Embassies
from the for-the-American-way dept
Eric Goldman was kind enough to alert us to the fact that Rep. Diane Watson, who just so happens to represent the part of Los Angeles where MGM Studios (now owned by Sony Pictures) is based, is proposing a new law that would require U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide to promote American movies. The article lists an incorrect number for the bill, but you can read the correct bill here, including the part about how embassy and consulate libraries would be required to hold "Johnny Grant Film Series," where they would be required to show movies that highlight American culture. Johnny Grant being, of course, the honorary mayor of Hollywood. The official reason for the bill is that this would somehow help convince the world that America isn't evil, though apparently helping to promote Hollywood movies is, well, just gravy. Then, of course, there are those who might suggest that a big part of the reason that the US has a negative reputation in much of the world is its efforts to thrust American culture on everyone else, whether they want it or not.