The HFPA: Exporters of American culture

To establish favorable relations and cultural ties between foreign countries and the United States of America by the dissemination of information concerning the American culture and traditions as depicted in motion pictures and television through news media in various foreign countries;

This is the first thing listed under the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s mission statement. All I can say is: DEAR GOD.

In case it’s not clear to you what they’re saying here, let me try to explain it.

They’re saying American culture and traditions are depicted in American films and TV shows (umm… not so sure about that).

They’re saying people in other countries want to know about our culture and traditions (or maybe they don’t and we’re going to cram it down their throats anyway).

They’re saying that Hollywood films and TV shows are a good vehicle for transmitting information about our culture and traditions to foreigners.

WHERE TO BEGIN??!!

One Comment

  1. Anonymous January 20, 2011

    Well, sure. Hollywood movies and TV shows *are* a major vehicle for exporting US culture abroad. Everything from old Friends re-runs to Mad Men, and Transformers 2 to True Grit depicts American culture and traditions.

    Same with British movies and British culture, or Thai movies and Thai culture. There’s nothing wrong with that.

    As for cramming it down people’s throats . . . well, people aren’t usually forced to buy movie tickets, no matter where they live. US movies and TV shows tend to be popular worldwide because many of them are actually quite entertaining.

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