Lacking in Moral Fiber

In Hollywood there are obviously hundreds if not thousands of directors that don’t seem to have any moral compass whatsoever when it comes to displaying tobacco onscreen.

For a moment, imagine you yourself are an aspiring filmmaker. You’ve just written a fabulous new screenplay for a movie and you are quite proud of it. Your ultimate goal is to not only get your movie made but also to direct it yourself. You meet with several producers and financiers, none of which are too excited about your project. Suddenly reality begins to sink in and it looks like your movie may never get made.

On a side note, you’ve never been a smoker and are strongly against tobacco use in film. Early on you came to the conclusion that showing any kind of tobacco use in your film is decidedly unnecessary not to mention irresponsible. After all, your screenplay is just a wholesome story about family, not big city gangsters.

Finally after getting the run around from nearly every major studio in Hollywood, you land a meeting with a genuine film producer — one who has been around for decades and has produced several successful films. This big whig producer is extremely interested in making your film, so it looks like you may get your big break after all. However before this famous producer agrees to fund your movie, there is one specific condition that you must agree to. This famous producer demands that you embed at least 30 instances of tobacco into your film.

This may be your only chance for success… What do you do?

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Now imagine you are an aspiring actor. You have worked hard for over 20 years trying to break into show business and ultimately star in a mainstream Hollywood movie of your very own. You are getting older everyday and you can’t help but notice how your talent and good looks are slowly fading.

Throughout your career you’ve seen countless actors take up smoking in order to land a role, but you’ve been strongly against it your entire life. Now you’ve finally landed a role in a big budget Hollywood film, but there is one specific condition you must agree to. The film’s director is demanding that you smoke cigarettes in at least 10 scenes or you will be replaced by another actor that will.

This could be your only chance at stardom… What do you do?

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Finally, imagine you’ve just written a controversial new book about the large amounts of tobacco depicted in the films of the Coen brothers. Your book is a fascinating look at a couple of the most popular filmmakers in the world and what appears to be their undying love of tobacco. You work extremely hard to get your book published, but out of the hundreds of companies you’ve contacted you only hear back from two different publishers. One company offers to publish your new book for free but can guarantee a worldwide audience. The other extremely famous publisher offers to pay you over a million dollars NOT to release your book. What do you do?

Are you willing to put aside your morals to make a name for yourself in Hollywood? Can you overcome your personal beliefs in the name of super-stardom? Would you accept large sums of money to look beyond doing what is right?

At the highest levels in Hollywood, the story remains the same. Thousands upon thousands of people have obviously put their own morals aside simply to help further the agendas of the elite. Every day, some new player makes a deal with the devil. Some people want to work with the infamous Coen brothers so badly that this trade off seems extremely minimal compared to the notoriety that they’ll achieve in the process. Would you go along and become another shill for Big Tobacco or are you ready to finally take a stand and begin setting a positive example instead?

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