The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

1 May 2003

Freedom of speech 90210

The William Morris Agency, which represents a broad spectrum of entertainment-industry types, also employs a battery of lawyers, and they turned those lawyers loose on the Boycott Hollywood site, demanding it be shut down and the domain terminated. The registrar (Dotster's NamesDirect, may they rot in purgatory) capitulated; for the last day or two, the letter from WMA will be posted on the site.

The Professor calls this one exactly what it is:

[I]f you even criticize these guys they scream "censorship" — but Hollywood is censoring more speech in America than John Ashcroft has.

I moved to Los Angeles in 1988, hoping to work for some of these people. This is, I think, the first time I'm glad I failed.

Posted at 11:18 AM to Political Science Fiction


Unbelievable, isn't it?

I noticed Tim Robbins talk about how anti-war persons such as himself have received threats of violence. But no mention of uniformed soldiers and other folks associated with the war receiving similar threats.

There's jerks on all sides. But this just seems like a new low. Harassment by lawyer. A horrid problem in America. Walter Olsen's right.

Posted by: Dean Esmay at 8:30 PM on 1 May 2003

William Shakespeare, even moreso.

Posted by: Steve at 9:15 PM on 1 May 2003

I seem to spend less and less every year on the products of The Industry; I can go right on doing so with no qualms.

Posted by: CGHill at 9:15 PM on 1 May 2003

If there'd been a www.boycott-the-theatre.com back in Shakespeare's day, the lawyers would have been sponsoring it.

Posted by: Kevin McGehee at 6:52 AM on 2 May 2003

Half of them, anyway; the other half would have made themselves available to the boycotting group.

It's that same old joke: lawyer sets up practice in small town that doesn't have one, he comes close to starving to death — and then, mirabile dictu, a second lawyer comes to town, and both become rich.

Posted by: CGHill at 7:01 AM on 2 May 2003