• Barack Obama Losing Hollywood Cash Over Opposition to SOPA

    It must be a really awful feeling when you put so time, effort and money into the hobbling of an entire international information network in the interest of buying an extra Mercedes Benz for your daughter's 13th birthday only to see the President of the United States express his measured and highly-equivocal non-support.

    Doesn't surprise me at all to see the top suits in Hollywood threatening to withhold their campaign contributions to Obama over this whole SOPA thing. I mean, if they can't buy a new technological Dark Age, then what good are all their billions of dollars anyway?

    "We just feel very let down by the administration and Obama for not supporting us," one studio chief explained to [Deadline Hollywood]. "At least let him remain neutral and not go against it until we can get the legislation right. But Obama went against it. I'm personally not going to support him anymore and not give a dime anymore," another movie mogul who's also a well-known Obama supporter told me this week…

    Several moguls have informed Obama’s newly anointed Hollywood re-election liason to the entertainment community Nicole Avant and her husband who is helping her, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos, that they are pulling out of major fundraisers planned over the next few days and won’t participate in any more headed by Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (whom they see as in the pocket of the Internet giants like Google)…

    Alarmed by the mogul boycott, Sarandos sent a personal plea to the Hollywood studio chiefs over the weekend begging them to continue supporting the Obama re-election campaign even though he knows they are disappointed with the Obama administration's position on the piracy bills. Several moguls, in response, "sent back word saying 'Fuck You' basically," one insider tells me, expressing how they feel used and abused by the President despite their campaign contributions.

    Ugh, what a bummer of a story! I don't like it at all. It needs a happier ending. The President needs to come to his senses at the last possible moment, push SOPA through Congress and then shut down the entire Internet. And somehow that should make all the online pirates get electrocuted or something. (Look, it's not my job to figure out WHY. Just make it happen.)

    Oh, and let's give the main Hollywood mogul a sidekick. Something cute. But also badass. Something that'll appeal to kids and adults, men and women, black people and white people. Like a gremlin who's kind of Asian-looking and supercool. He should rap. Let's make him CGI. But not that fake-looking CGI, the good kind. The kind you can't tell is CGI, but looks CGI. You know what I mean. And, fuck it! Let's get Michael Bay to direct it, and Meryl Streep will play Margaret Thatcher playing Barack Obama. It'll make $500 million the first weekend, and it'll win 40 Academy Awards.

    And the best part is it'll make everybody realize how wrong they were to stop shoveling money into the Hollywood machine.

    Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Barack Obama, California, Internet, Money, Movies, Music, Nancy Pelosi, Science & Technology, SOPA


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