Last week, the United Nations passed a bill to protect "cultural diversity" within member nations. Launched amidst accusations of imperialism on the part of the U.S., the bill would theoretically allow countries to reject Hollywood imports in order to keep local markets balanced with homegrown content. But now the head of the MPAA (the lobbying organization that bridges the gap between the studio system and the U.S. government) is attacking the bill, with a warning that anyone who tries to use the bill to actually protect their culture's diversity is gonna face some harsh consequences. "No one should use this convention to close their borders to a whole host of products," says Dan Glickman. "If countries start passing laws that are in contravention of World Trade Organization rules, there will be conflict." He then loaded his AK-47 and pointed it at Viviane Reding, the European Commissioner for the information society and media, who supported the vote. Unfazed, she calmly trilled, "For us, (the) audiovisual (sector) is, and will remain, non-negotiable." I'm not sure what that means, but Glickman's pretty upset about it. "Nothing (I heard) here made me more comfortable (about the convention)," he said later.
categories Movies, Cinematical