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Friday, October 27, 2006
Let's go to the movies
Three controversial movies in the news this morning:

From Drudge, it seems that NBC/Universal and the new CW Television Network are refusing to air the trailer for the new movie "Shut up and Sing," which chronicles the firestorm over comments by Dixie Chicks front-runner Natalie Maines back in 2003, when she told a London audience during their concert that, "just so you know," the trio were "ashamed that President Bush is from (their native) Texas." Nice way to treat a movie about ... er ... free speech in America. Sez Drudgiepoo:

NBC and The CW Television Network have taken a stand against the Dixie’s Chicks new documentary “Shut Up & Sing” a behind-the-scenes look at the incredible political and media fallout that occurred in 2003 after the Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines said that she was "ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas." “Shut Up & Sing” opens in theaters in NY and Los Angeles on Friday and in theaters nationwide on November 10th.

NBC responded to a clearance report submitted by the Weinstein Company’s media agency saying that the network “cannot accept these spots as they are disparaging to President Bush.”

The CW Television Network responded that it does “not have appropriate programming in which to schedule this spot.”

Famed litigator David Boies stated, “It is disappointing and troubling that NBC and The CW would refuse to accept an otherwise appropriate ad merely because it is critical of President Bush."

Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company stated, “It’s a sad commentary about the level of fear in our society that a movie about a group of courageous entertainers who were blacklisted for exercising their right of free speech is now itself being blacklisted by corporate America. The idea that anyone should be penalized for criticizing the president is sad and profoundly un-American.”

The Weinstein Company is exploring taking legal action.
You can view the commercials and read comments on both sides of the Chicks controversy here or at the new blog Shut Up and Post.

Next up, it's Black Jesus! It's sure to inflame the whitie-righties, and that's why I LOVE IT!

And finally, "Death of a President" opens today, if you can find it. Here's where it's playing in South Florida.


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