While Pop Culture Has AIDS didn’t quite go dark to protest SOPA this week, make no mistake that we’re on board with those that did. Instead, we’ll do what we do best: post an angry screed about somebody who’s just the worst.
Growing up in the fabled urban jungle of Connecticut, Christopher Dodd was often viewed as the “Good Senator,” with Joe Lieberman filling the role of the heavy. While we were obviously right about Lieberman — the guy’s a sad joke — we didn’t realize that Dodd was on Lieberman’s team of baddies all along.
Now, as “Hollywood’s chief lobbyist,” the head of the MPAA, Dodd is continuing a streak of corporate servitude that began in the Senate.
After five terms as a Democratic Senator representing the glorious state of nutmeg, Land Rovers and Geno Auriemma, Dodd retired (because it looked like he couldn’t win the 2010 election) to lead the Motion Picture Association of America, a shrill, morally bankrupt organization that we’ve had some issues with in the past.
As a public servant, Dodd fought to combat global warming, supported same-sex marriage, and authored the Family and Medical Leave Act, among other noble endeavors. But over time, he grew increasingly embroiled in corporate America, which obviously impressed those at the MPAA.
He ran for president in 2008 (announcing his campaign on fucking Imus in the Morning) with a candidacy backed largely by the financial services industry. In the late Aughts, he became mired in several controversies related to massive financial conglomerates.
Dodd was accused of receiving special treatment from Countrywide Loans for his personal mortgages. He also was involved in shady activities related to his legislative role in the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac takeovers, and the AIG bailout and bonus imbroglio.
His final years as a Senator were haunted by the shadow of impropriety and cronyism; everywhere Dodd turned, he was facing another scandal involving big-time banks or finance companies. So he up and quit, and pledged upon leaving Congress that he would not spend his retirement years practicing the dark arts, i.e. lobbying.
Now he’s the fucking head of the MPAA, and waging war on free speech on the Internet through his support of SOPA/PIPA. Dodd has sold out everything that once redeemed him, and now supports much of he fought to oppose in Congress. He’s proven himself to be an utterly soulless careerist politician.
As with all heads of trade associations, Dodd is relentlessly pursuing self interest in the veil of a greater good. The MPAA, like the RIAA, is obsessed with online piracy despite no proof that it harms profits. And like the RIAA, the MPAA handles a delicate, complex issue by bashing away it with a sledgehammer. Dodd and the MPAA don’t care what freedoms, companies or people get harmed by the legislation they support, as long it stops someone in Nebraska from being able to download Friends With Benefits at two in the morning.
Now, in the wake of this week’s protests and a potential momentum shift in SOPA’s future, Dodd is lashing out like a cornered, rabid raccoon.
Candidly, 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.
Yikes. Watch your back, Barack!
I love how Dodd equates being the head of an entertainment trade association (one that represents the likes of Disney and Paramount) to being the President of the United States. Hmmm…that reminds me. What was it Dodd once said about trade associations?
I carry every day, and have for 26 years, a copy of the U.S. Constitution given to me by Robert Byrd. And to me, what could be more fundamental? With all due respect, I care about health care, education, global warming. But if you get this wrong — what do you got? A trade association. Who wants to be president of a trade association?
Never change, Chrissie. Now, he’s the president of not just any trade association, but one that stands firmly for censorship, and a number of other principles Dodd once voted and spoke against.
Have you ever checked out the MPAA’s website? Its three main content areas are all testaments to the group’s head-in-the-sand naivete, hypocrisy, and/or insane level of greed: 1) Film Ratings, 2) Content Protection, and 3) Resources for Parents. The Content Protection section is the best; it includes such headings as “Report Piracy,” “Rogue Websites,” and “Types of Content Theft.” Rogue Websites!
So this is how it’s come to pass that the esteemed Christopher Dodd, Democratic Senator from the GREAT STATE OF CONNECTICUT, is leading the charge to pass SOPA. This is how it’s come to pass that a loaded wallet sits in his breast pocket, right near where his heart used to beat.
…and just because I referenced it in this post’s title, here’s one of Nirvana’s best songs.