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MTV (Viacom Inc.) REFUSES Ad For The Last War Crime Movie

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No sooner had we achieved a real victory in forcing YouTube to reinstate our waterboarding scene preview clip, now we are facing brick wall opposition from MTV (that's Viacom Inc., a Standard and Poor's 500 giant media conglomerate) in getting out our PAID advertising for "The Last War Crime" movie. It's about indicting Cheney for torture . . . and isn't that something billions of people want to see?

See the ad MTV refuses to run on this page.

Protest Viacom Censorship Action Page: http://www.lastwarcrime.com

Friends, the corporate political censors have their hands clenched around the throat of our public discourse right now, and only your valiant voices of resistance can save our democracy. The right wing's rogue Supreme Court says money equates to free speech, but if even if you have the money, you cannot even BUY free speech if the corporations don't preapprove of your message.

This is the end game, folks. Corporate special interests already write ALL legislation in Congress. We must raise a hue and cry so loud with our voices that we directly force the corporations to be accountable. Otherwise there is no chance whatsoever for meaningful policy change.

If you want to fight back, if you want to keep them from completely suppressing this potentially world changing movie, there are THREE things we urgently need you to do, at the cost to you to do ALL three of a grand total of maybe 99 cents and about three clicks of a mouse.

1) Submit the action page to protest MTV's rejection of the ad for their Times Square HD video screen for The Last War Crime, and here is the link again.

Protest Viacom Censorship Action Page: http://www.lastwarcrime.com

2) At the top of that same page is a "like" button for the Facebook page for "The Last War Crime". We MUST demonstrate mass numbers of likes on that page so that the distributors know how huge the potential audience is for this movie and we get real distribution. If you have a Facebook account all you have to do is click the button right there one time before you submit the action page. Please just do it. And here is a direct link to the Facebook movie page.

The Last War Crime on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thelastwarcrime

3) As a collateral action we have produced the most amazing theme song track you ever heard. It's called, "It's A Crime", and we pulled together the absolute top musicians and singers in Los Angeles to cut it live. We need each and every one of you to take just 99 cents and buy the song over at iTunes, so we chart the song in their top 100 and create additional mass visibility for this project, and show there is a market for this kind of political content. From this page just click on "View in iTunes", and if you don't have the iTunes application you'll be prompted on how to get it.

Theme Song Download: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/its-a-crime-single/id495274915

We simply wanted to run a 10 second video ad on MTV's high definition video screen in Times Square, but first their ad manager demanded to know the content of the film itself. Here are the incriminating admissions we actually have in writing of blatant censorship:

The Pen: "Must MTV approve the underlying content of a movie to accept an ad for that movie (you asked me to tender a synopsis)?"

MTV: "Yes"

The Pen: "Does that not implicate some kind of possibly arbitrary political censorship?"

MTV: "Yes"

Can you even imagine, can you even get your mind around, the sheer arrogance of putting such admissions in writing, as if they were sure they could get away with it?

Viacom Inc. is comprised of approximately 170 media networks reaching more than 600 million global subscribers. We must presume the rejection of this ad represents banning any reference to the movie going forward across all those wide ranging properties, an intolerable result under any construction of free speech in our society.

We are demanding that Viacom Inc. immediately reverse its position with regard to this first ad, and attempt no further act of political censorship against the producers of this movie or anyone else.

Please do ALL three things we are asking of you above. 1) Submit the Viacom protest, 2) "like" the Facebook page for the movie, and 3) get the movie theme song from iTunes. Then and only then can we get this movie out there like it so deserves to be, so we can keep the voice of real truth alive.

 

The Pen is a real person, and the founder of The People's Email Network, a resource founded in 2004 with the mission of making sending policy advocacy messages as facile and easy as possible. With this goal in mind we pioneered one click action (more...)
 

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