• Hollywood: Censorship Is Fine…When We Say So

    by  • April 1, 2016 • Other • 0 Comments

    Hollywood opposes censorship — except when they do it themselves.


    Last weekend, actor Robert De Niro, founder of the Tribeca film festival, decided to pull a documentary about vaccination and autism from the festival, amid a storm of controversy over the film’s content.  


    While the PTC takes no position on vaccination, the point is that, once again, we see that censorship is considered a good thing — when those in Hollywood decide it is.   Also notable is the fact that Hollywood acknowledges that presenting a particular perspective in the media can influence people so strongly that it not only leads to a change in behavior, it can even result in death (at least according to medical journalists). 


    This stands as a clear refutation of what Hollywood frequently says about the PTC’s core concerns. Obviously, Hollywood understands that it’s NOT “just a TV show” or movie…and that what people see in the media DOES influence their behavior.




    Christopher Gildemeister is the PTC’s Head of Research Operations. He began as an Entertainment Analyst at the PTC in 2005. From 2007-2016, he was Senior Writer/Editor, responsible for communicating the PTC’s message to the public through newsletters, columns, and the PTC Watchdog blog. Dr. Gildemeister holds a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.

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