Whether or not the Chan films are historically important, some of them are
available on video to rent or purchase. If they are really culturally
important to everyone, have you been petitioning Fox to release more of
them on video or DVD? I don't get the Fox Movie Channel on my cable system,
so even if they did show them, the only access I have to them is (gasp!) my
library. I feel for Fox in a situation like this, because apparently they
are going to offend someone whichever direction they go.
I'm not arguing against the petition at all. That is exactly how this
works. You are doing the same thing that NAATA did. Trying to persuade Fox
to agree with you. And that's great. But please, don't raise the
"censorship" flag so easily. In the end, the Fox Movie Channel will show
whatever it thinks most people will watch, because it wants to be
profitable. It's not the same as banning books or films from society, it is
just one company that probably bowed to political pressure because an
executive (who, yes, probably didn't even watch the films) was worried
about offending a group of people. If something offended me enough, I
suppose I would complain too.
But back to my first sentence: Does NAATA have a feel for the
Asian-American community? Are Asian-Americans really offended? And how many
have actually seen the films in question? (And for the record: As good as
the films may be, I have not seen them.)
I personally do NOT think that "all films have something important to say."
I'm sure you would feel the same way if you saw some of the awful films I
made in college...
OK, I'm ready for the angry replies. Flame away!
Thanks for indulging me,
Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library
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