p2pnet news view | MPAA News:- Could anyone by any wild stretch of the imagination honestly have called the late, but not lamented (except by the Hollywood moguls), MPAA boss Jack Valenti a ‘humanitarian’?
In a supreme act of grotesque agrandissement, the studios have done exactly that.
In 2007 they created a little something called the Jack Valenti Humanitarian Award.
Valenti will indeed live forever, but as the man who, in the 80s, told congress the videocassette recorder was a critical threat to the movie business because tapes could be made of films.
“I say to you that the VCR is to the American film producer and the American public as the Boston strangler is to the woman home alone,” he stated.
Anyhow, according to current, but soon-to-be-gone, Hollywood moouthpiece Dan ‘The Joker’ Glickman, Valenti took on causes, “for the betterment of humanity”.
And with that in mind, the latest awardee is Martin Scorsese.
“A recipient of the Jack Valenti Humanitarian Award must be an individual working
in the motion picture industry whose contributions and commitment to service exemplify
compassion, humanitarianism and dedication to community embodied in the award’s
namesake, Jack Valenti,” says the MPAA.
The recipient is selected by the Motionless Picture Association of America in
consultation with its owners, Time Warner, Viacom, Fox, Sony, NBC Universal and Disney.
We did a search for acts of Valenti humanitarianism, but gave up after 50 or so entries which mainly pointed to stories about the award.
Clint Eastwood was the first recipient.
Now you know.
soon-to-be-gone – MPAA boss Dan Glickman: on his way out, April 3, 2009
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