Former MPAA president Jack Valenti, credited with “guiding Hollywood from the censorship era to the digital age” left the planet of the living today. Valenti, who always denied that fair use existed, also kept any number of films from seeing the eyes of our children, and our children’s children (in this case my own eyes). Granted, Valenti did abolish the Hays production code which forced movies to cut anything that was thought to be inappropriate for all viewing audiences, but his voluntary ratings system was anything but voluntary. Valenti was also known for his recent insisting that Hollywood could help the ‘war on terror’. Here’s his quote “We are at war. If I was in the White House, I’d reach out to the most powerful persuaders on earth, the movie industry, and ask, “What can you do to help?” Jack you’ll be missed.
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