Corporate entertainment giant Paramount, which owns Paramount Pictures, CBS, MTV, Nickelodeon, England’s Channel Five, and the rights to thousands of films and well-known franchises such as Star Trek and South Park, is pushing back against censorious woke-ism.
The corporation is reportedly refusing to censor old films and shows to comply with today's left-wing standards of "politically correct."
In a report originally published by the Guardian UK, Paramount CEO Bob Bakish put it bluntly, and logically:
“By definition, you have some things that were made in a different time and reflect different sensibilities. I don’t believe in censoring art that was made historically, that’s probably a mistake. It’s all on demand – you don’t have to watch anything you don’t want to.”
This certainly doesn’t fit with the speech-controlling mentality of many leftists, who, on a daily basis, not only rail against freedom of expression, but who also push to mandate taxpayer funding of the art, education, or media that they believe is laudable.
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Netflix, Disney Plus, and the BBC have removed, modified, or put trigger warnings on certain films that don't comply with the modern "PC" line. This, as woke leftists mischaracterize and mislabel as “offensive” or “threatening” virtually any kind of fact or opinion that does not promote their collectivist worldview.
As a guy who spent time in the script department of Star Trek: Voyager, I see Mr. Bakish’s statement as a welcome departure from the typical kowtowing of Hollywood execs to the screeching of self-righteous leftists. Such bowing to the mob has led to a decrease in creativity and honesty in an already bureaucratic Tinseltown that long ago lost its luster.
Of course, this position on the corporate library doesn’t mean that Paramount does not cater to the woke. In its new “Trek” and even in a 2020 “Holiday” Paramount Net release, the insistent drumbeat of wokeism can be heard.
But at least in Paramount’s library, the equivalent of Orwell’s Ministry of Truth will be forbidden. Standing creations won’t be rewritten in an ever-dwindling world of what is permissible, as dictated to us by our pronoun-prancing betters.
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