A PALACE COUP.
I am a member of the Producers, Writers and Directors Caucus a prestigious organization that reveres creativity and assists many young film makers in completing their freshman projects. It has been a pleasure to be involved in helping to give back to the industry that I have worked in for 40 plus years.
Yesterday the pleasure turned to displeasure and in a big way. It has to do with the coming FCC vote on Net Neutrality.
It has to do with a small but well organized group of right wing assholes within the steering committee duping the rest of the membership with a series of highly suspect manipulations and deceits and causing a couched and corporate friendly letter to be written to the FCC on behalf of the Caucus. It was rammed through without sufficient debate amongst the majority of the Caucus members. The press has got a hold of it and now appears to be the official philosophy the Caucus.
It is both anti creative and pro business in its intent. This is totally the wrong message that the majority of us members want the Caucus to be known for.
At the Caucus lunch yesterday many of the membership revolted and asked for the FCC letter to be rescinded and a new and more neutral pro creative friendly position taken. This was met with overkill right wing gobbledygook and disdain, anger and snarling disregard for any point of view other than their narrow framed doctrinaire bullshit. Their arrogant words and their attitude were a microcosm of what is happening in this whole country.
Quite frankly I was sickened by the whole experience as we were witnessing our own weakness for failing to be on top of this serious assault on the free Internet. We allowed these dedicated smart and ruthless Visigoths to come in and take over our best intentions regarding the creative community and turn us into a snarling pack of divisive rabid dogs attacking each other.
If you have to “defend creativity” in a place that is supposed to “defend creativity” then something is radically wrong, wrong wrong !
We need to pay more attention before its too late
Power is with the people who “get smart” so help us Don Adams and Mel Brooks.