Here’s a little quiz for you. Who do you think might have said this:
The history of Hollywood is a long tug-of-war between artistic conscience and the bottom line. Louis Mayer, fearing the backlash from William Randolph Hearst, offered $850,000 to the producer of Citizen Kane to suppress the film and burn the negative. The show Thirtysomething endured a series of advertising boycotts. One scene, with two gay male characters in bed together, cost ABC $1 million in advertising; another, of them kissing, cost an additional half million. Network president Roger Iger cited his “social and creative responsibilities,” and the executive producer noted, “I am grateful that ABC was willing to air the program at a loss.” Even some of the cheesiest and most commercial ventures feel the pull of social conscience. “We’re talking to young people every day, and a lot of responsibility comes with that,” said Doug Herzog, president of MTV. “We believe that through the medium of television we try to make the world a slightly better place.”
Taking a jab at impotent conservatives, Chait says, "What passes for a right-wing movie these days is Dark Knight Rises, which submits the rather modest premise that, irritating though the rich may be, actually killing them and taking all their stuff might be excessive." Very funny line. What about the Christian message, though? Secretariat had a modest Christian message: God created horses. Can we do more?
Sally Apokedak is the editor of the Best Books for Young Readers newsletter. Subscribe for a chance to win a Kindle Fire or a Google Nexus. Winner's choice, and it will arrive in time for Christmas.