We have TriBeCa Film Festival. We have the Angelicka. We have countless movie premieres, movies being made here left and right, celebrity spottings and the like. New York City is a place made for the movies; it’s basically a film mantra that you’re either filming here or in L.A. And Mayor Bloomberg doesn’t like any of it.
In an interview with M Magazine, the Hizzoner expressed his discontent with the whole ‘going to the movies’ thing after going to see ‘Les Miserables’: “I sat through an hour of trailers, and every one was stupider than the other… And then there were these ads for video games — for adults! And you want to know why we’re dumbing down politics.”
No fuss was made over the fact that the movie and television industries rake in $7 billion for New York a year. Or, when he went on to criticize new media, the fact that he runs a multi-million dollar media company. But that doesn’t matter.
We’ve already heard the Mayor hate on bloggers for being bloggers. In the interview, he went a step further: “I don’t see any difference between a newspaper on the Internet and a blog. It confuses everything and takes away the difference. People are getting their news from sitcoms and from movies with a political agenda. They’re even getting information from games!”
We should stop listening, right?