tell me again: who are the criminals here?

Wil Wheaton blogged today about the MPAA directly threatening those politicians who came out against SOPA:

Reinforcing the fact that Chris Dodd really does not get what’s happening, and showing just how disgustingly corrupt the MPAA relationship is with politicians, Chris Dodd went on Fox News to explicitly threaten politicians who accept MPAA campaign donations that they’d better pass Hollywood’s favorite legislation… or else:

“Those who count on quote ‘Hollywood’ for support need to understand that this industry is watching very carefully who’s going to stand up for them when their job is at stake. Don’t ask me to write a check for you when you think your job is at risk and then don’t pay any attention to me when my job is at stake,”

It shows, yet again, that he just doesn’t get it. People were protesting not just because of the content of these bills, but because of the corrupt process of big industries like Dodd’s “buying” politicians and “buying” laws. To then come out and make that threat explicit isn’t a way to fix things or win back the public. It’s just going to get them more upset, and to recognize just how corrupt this process is.”

Shortly after Chris Dodd made the statements, a petition was started to investigate whether the MPAA has engaged in bribery. Others are pointing out that as a recent Senator, Chris Dodd is not allowed to lobby until 2013 (or 2 years after leaving office).

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