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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Hooray for Hollywood!

I don't know if this has happened before, but I see it as a sign of progress: of the weekend's top five movies, exactly one had a white male lead. The rest starred Asians and females, with only one sequel.

Established white male stars like Hugh Jackman and Ewan McGregor can't even blame reverse discrimination or affirmative action for getting their asses handed to them. The film industry is just about the freest of markets, in the sense that, more than anywhere else, the customer is supreme. Who says that the free market leaves women and minorities behind?

Is Hollywood corrupting society, or is it a model society should emulate? Just like when they go to movies or rent or buy DVDs, people should be free to buy a product at their own risk, and if the product sucks, it will quickly tank through word-of-mouth. No regulations, prohibitions, or price supports to limit customer choice. This would give female and minority entrepreneurs the best chance to succeed.

The profitability of a movie is voted on by the people, not determined by the government. Every other industry should be like that.

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