TDKR: Politics, Movies And Censorship; When Billions Are At Stake, How Far Is Too Far?

TDKR: Politics, Movies And Censorship; When Billions Are At Stake, How Far Is Too Far?

A Time Warner shareholder has expressed concern over actor Morgan Freeman's political views and says subsidiary Warner Bros. should take steps to 'ensure Morgan buttoned his lip' while promoting The Dark Knight Rises. Is this going too far?

Time Warner is the parent company of Warner Bros., for all intents and purposes, they are what Disney is to Marvel. So when a Time Warner shareholder makes a statement, Warner Bros. naturally has to listen. In this instance, Time Warner shareholder David Ridenour accussed actor Morgan Freeman of using the press tour for A Dolphin's Tale to promote his own political views, citing a CNN interview with Piers Morgan in September of 2011. On CNN, Freeman made a statement insinuating that the rightwing Tea Party movement is racist. Ridenour referenced a study which indicates that " US filmgoers of all persuasions are less likely to view films featuring stars who express political opinions differing from their own." At the shareholders meeting Ridenour (who by happenstance, runs a conservative thinktank) asked, "What specific steps will Time Warner take to ensure that Mr Freeman avoids such divisive and insulting words while promoting his next Warner Bros film, The Dark Knight Rises?"

Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes quickly recognized the controversial ember smoldering in front of him and quickly cooled the situation before a full-blown media wildfire could erupt. Said Bewkes, ""What can we do about it? Is that the question? Not much," he said, to a smattering of applause. "It doesn't usually have a significant commercial effect on the success of the film."

This definitely had the potential to become a media frenzy, especially with Presidential campaigns gearing in the main American politicalcamps. For us here on CBM, I wondered, is there something a star, actor or director can do, out in the public eye, that will make you boycott their films. It wasn't too long ago that actor Christian Bale had a now infamous tirade onset and it wasn't all that long ago that actor Robert Downey Jr. was a substance abuser. Samuel L. Jackson, Matthew Modine, Mel Gibson, Sean Penn, Peter Berg, Mickey Rourke and many other actors and actresses have found themselves in controversy at some point or another which has had varying effects on their careers. For some it enhanced their star power and box office pull, while others suddenly found themselves unable to land a role. My question for you guys is, "If an actor in a CBM makes a statement or controversial act that goes against something you strongly believe in, will you not see that actors film?" If they say something against your beliefs on race, religion, the LGBT community, etc. is that grounds for a boycott?

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RidiculousFanBoyDemands - 5/16/2012, 9:12 AM
I understand from the standpoint that, the studio isn't paying you money for go off on political tangents. An actor get's paid by the studio to do all the press tours, so I have no problem with the studio requesting an actor not to touch on certain subjects. However, if he wasn't being paid by the studio I would have a little more of a problem with it.
marknjoanna - 5/16/2012, 9:13 AM
let the man have his opinion,man wb is getting worse that this site lmao.
RidiculousFanBoyDemands - 5/16/2012, 9:14 AM
I couldn't care less about either guys political affiliation and they can believe what they want. I understand from the shareholders perspective that you don't want to alienate any of the audience. There is a time an a place for politics, and promoting a movie isn't one of them.
WorldsGreatestdetective - 5/16/2012, 9:15 AM
I mean he is an actor so I don't really care how wrong his political views and understanding is
skidz - 5/16/2012, 9:17 AM
It's free speech. I doubt he's going to piss off the fanbase on purpose.
marknjoanna - 5/16/2012, 9:17 AM
i know nfl players have a claues in their contracts about this and that.but i have never heard of an actor having them.

ps love this guys work.

and your plan is to blackmail this man..... good luck.
BIGBMH - 5/16/2012, 9:19 AM
I can understand why a company or organization wouldn't want a high profile person who is involved with them making any controversial statements. He should be able to say what he wants, just not when he'sdirectly doing something involved with the movie because then he's serving as a representative of more than just himself.
Greengo - 5/16/2012, 9:21 AM
He does alienate some of the fanbase.

Then again Ruffalo is a liberal whacko too and Avengers still did good.

marknjoanna - 5/16/2012, 9:21 AM
Ironman53 - 5/16/2012, 9:16 AM
Report Comment Marknjoanna, this is the best site on the interweb...Are you trying to get banned?

not really but w/e

SirWinsalot - 5/16/2012, 9:16 AM
Report Comment @marlnjoanna I see you're still here huh? I guess that means you'll be one of those regular trolls creeping around TDKR articles doesn't it?

as long as i see nolanites bashing marvel threads.

Berger45 - 5/16/2012, 9:21 AM
I will still watch a movie though the actors are insane. I can still like the movie and so on but my opinon of them as persons if they are religious or/and(as it often is) conservative, I will hold them in a very low regard.
Greengo - 5/16/2012, 9:22 AM
I heard that Bale's rant affected the Terminator: Salvation gross so these guys should know when to holf their mud.
marknjoanna - 5/16/2012, 9:23 AM
SirWinsalot - 5/16/2012, 9:18 AM
Report Comment @marlnjoanna And be grateful you've made it this far. I would've banned your pasty ass the third time I heard that 8th movie bullshit

so you would ban the truth huh.or is it just when you dont like the truth.

RidiculousFanBoyDemands - 5/16/2012, 9:23 AM

Well said man. It makes complete sense that they would ask him not to use their summer tent pole as a platform to promote his political ideals. I don't think he would anyway, he didn't in 2008 or 2005. I think they are just reminding him, and I doubt Freeman has a real problem with it either. He understands the time and place to be political.
RidiculousFanBoyDemands - 5/16/2012, 9:24 AM

I would just ignore him man. Eventually he just goes away, trust me it's not worth the aggravation.
RidiculousFanBoyDemands - 5/16/2012, 9:25 AM
Great movie Ironman53. One of my favorites.
marknjoanna - 5/16/2012, 9:25 AM
love that movie to im53 top 100 of all time i think.

wonder who will false report this post 1st lmao.
Hellsing - 5/16/2012, 9:25 AM
don't really give a [frick] to be honest his views are HIS views, and its Morgan "GOD" damn Freemen he was the best part of Conan the Barbarian and that was a total piece of shit. I'll still go and watch the movies he's in, he's characters not the same on screen now is he.
evyllsummer - 5/16/2012, 9:26 AM
"They used to call me 'Crazy Joe', but now they can call me 'BATMAN'!"
RorMachine - 5/16/2012, 9:27 AM
If you can't separate your own beliefs - be they political, religious, whatever - from enjoying a movie then I honestly believe you have a screw loose. I think Tom Cruise is a complete whackjob, and his promotion of a cult is a terrible example to any young fans he might have, but I still enjoy his movies. One thing has absolutely nothing to do with the other. I mean I'd even see a Mel Gibson movie if I thought it looked really good, and he is a vile, bigoted, disgusting, woman beating maniac.
Hellsing - 5/16/2012, 9:27 AM
And he was talking about it during Dolphins Tale, hell he didn't have to do shit when TDK came out when there was a ton of reviews throwing political analogies towards the movie. So he doesn't have to actually say anything the movie will attract attention from politicians and the like, since you can clearly see some political under tones in TDKR
MassExecutions - 5/16/2012, 9:28 AM
Ditto to SirWinsalot.

WOW. Look at almost everybody making reasonable comments!
LucasMend - 5/16/2012, 9:28 AM
The actor job is to act on a film, if he says something that goes against my believes, I won't act like an idiot an try to boycott and not to watch the movie, everyone has their own believes, Why should I not watch a movie because of something an actor did or said? I will enjoy the movie, not his personal life or believes
MarkJulian - 5/16/2012, 9:29 AM
@Intruder LMAO
marknjoanna - 5/16/2012, 9:30 AM
RidiculousFanBoyDemands - 5/16/2012, 9:24 AM
Report Comment SirWinsalot

I would just ignore him man. Eventually he just goes away, trust me it's not worth the aggravation

he got owned last nite you should all read his mishaps on the if joss dir. avengers two or not thread,

he just kept breaking the windows in his glass house then topped it off by sticking his foot in his mouth.

then ran like a lil school was a savage beat down and is fun reading enjoy.
Hellsing - 5/16/2012, 9:31 AM
I think the whole scientology thing is crazy but that did not stop me and ton of other people from watching MI4, dudes [frick]ing crazy but hands down he was funny as hell in Tropic Thunder and pretty god damn good in MI4. What evers actors believe is his, it has nothing to do with the role he plays in the movie Ethan Hunt was not a scientologist the last time I checked neither Grossman
HavocPrime - 5/16/2012, 9:32 AM
@ Greengo

But if Bale didn't do his rant we wouldn't have got this.
RorMachine - 5/16/2012, 9:33 AM
monkeyballs3, agreed..there have to be some exceptions to the rule! [frick] Roman Polanski.
LoudNoises - 5/16/2012, 9:34 AM
He was on Piers Morgan. That guy is kinda known for asking some hard hitting questions and getting some controversial answers. If studios don't want their actors to say things that could possibly offend the viewers they should probably just avoid booking actors on his show while on their press tours, lol.
valeriesghost - 5/16/2012, 9:35 AM
freedom of speech. we all want it until someone says something we don't like.
evyllsummer - 5/16/2012, 9:35 AM
But, yeah, to answer the question, if I STRONGLY believed something that one of the principals spoke out AGAINST, I could see myself perhaps boycotting a movie. But, honestly, I can't remember ever REALLY wanting to see a movie that one of the actors spoke out against something I really GOS about.

I mean, take Terminator Salvation, I didn't see it in the theater anyway, kinda liked it when I eventually saw it blu-ray. But Bale's rant, I thought it was funny. He lost his cool on a DOP, I didn't really care, and he addressed it in the press and took his lumps on the press tour.
Hellsing - 5/16/2012, 9:36 AM
@Intruder pssst... Conan 2011...
bobevanz - 5/16/2012, 9:37 AM
Ron paul for the win! Seriously, wait til the republican convention, you'll see ^_^
marknjoanna - 5/16/2012, 9:37 AM
Intruder - 5/16/2012, 9:34 AM
Report Comment Roman Polanski is a rapist pedophile.. but god help me.. I love him as a director.

if this is true he just lost me.
marknjoanna - 5/16/2012, 9:38 AM
valeriesghost - 5/16/2012, 9:35 AM
Report Comment freedom of speech. we all want it until someone says something we don't like.

you hit that one dead on the head man.esp on this site lmao.
hstempert - 5/16/2012, 9:41 AM
Ever hear of the phrase, "shut up and sing"???? Shut up and act!
marknjoanna - 5/16/2012, 9:42 AM
BaneKill77 - 5/16/2012, 9:37 AM
Report Comment "as long as i see nolanites bashing marvel threads."

Really? I seen Marvelite trolls like you bashing DC over & over more. I hardly see any so-call Nolanites bashing Marvel a lot like you do, marknjoanna. Stop lying out of your ass. Beside, what you're doing is far worse & you know it. A big hypocrite as well.

well i was clickling on this site for years and the nolanites bashing EVERY marvel thread is why i opened this account.

and them stoping will be the only reason i close it.

so if you can name me some marvel threads thats nolanitless,let me know and if its true ill be gone.good luck with that tho.
marknjoanna - 5/16/2012, 9:46 AM

You really have nothing better to do have you man? Don't you have like a job or something? How young/disabled are you?

wrong,i was lucky enough to retire at 45 im 47 now.

now why are you here all the time,nothing better to do or what.
Superheromoviefan - 5/16/2012, 9:47 AM
marknjoanna - nolanite don't exist. 1/30 of the users would be nolanites. marvelites are far more about 9/30. I could say names, but i don't like that. i am a fan of both marvel and dc and i [frick]ing hate the dumass bashing like tdkr takes.
marknjoanna - 5/16/2012, 9:48 AM
blackandyellow - 5/16/2012, 9:46 AM
Report Comment The public is very forgiving, but there is a line that cannot be crossed. For example, if O.J. Simpson was in the Avengers as Nick Fury the box office take would be significantly different!

The TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party started out with a simple and reasonable message, but it has become a caricature of itself.

last i heard the nfl hall of fame has o js shet in a box locked up lol.
marknjoanna - 5/16/2012, 9:52 AM
but the hall of fame is still sending him checks for being in it so he prob. dont care
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