While studio and network executives have given face time to President Bush and his White House loyalists with a number of closed-door meetings to discuss how the entertainment industry could play part in bolstering the U.S. image overseas, they don’t really want to help the cause.
They’re only interested in one thing: Money. As the New York Times makes clear, the government isn’t all that thrilled with the result of those meetings. But the studios and nets love the fact that the U.S. image is already soured, but pop culture — generally an American export — is booming.
As long as American movies and songs are playing in foreign theaters and nightclubs, the executive corps doesn’t give a hoot. Who cares about diplomacy or image-building, they just want to say “Ching, Ching” and ring up the profits.