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Tue Nov 20, 2012, 01:03 PM

Newspaper owner tells critic: No reviews on films w/strong women

NEWSPAPER OWNER TELLS CRITIC: NO REVIEWS OF FILMS FEATURING STRONG WOMEN

Michael Calleri wrote film reviews for the Niagara Falls Reporter for seven years — “a wonderful experience,” he says, until the weekly paper was sold earlier this year and then “veered so far off the cliff that it collided with itself.”

Under Reporter founding editor Mike Hudson, “I could say and write what I wanted,” writes Calleri. It was a different story after Frank Parlato bought the 12-year-old paper from Hudson.

The new editor-publisher wanted to approve the movies I reviewed, which had never happened before. Worse, there would be a litmus test. If the movie featured strong or empowered women, I would not be allowed to write about that film. I checked my calendar. No, I hadn’t traveled back in time. It wasn’t the tenth century, it was still 2012. Relieved about the date, I asked him if he was serious. He was.

Parlato told Calleri in an email that “I don’t want to publish reviews of films where women are alpha and men are beta. where women are heroes and villains and men are just lesser versions or shadows of females. i believe in manliness. …If you care to write reviews where men act like good strong men and have a heroic inspiring influence on young people to build up their character (if there are such movies being made) i will be glad to publish these.”

The film critic writes on Roger Ebert’s blog: “So, after seven good and enjoyable years of writing for the Niagara Falls Reporter, a chapter ended. And yes, founding editor Hudson paid his writers, including me. Guess who didn’t.”

http://jimromenesko.com/2012/11/20/newspaper-owner-tells-critic-no-reviews-of-films-featuring-strong-women/

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Reply Newspaper owner tells critic: No reviews on films w/strong women (Original post)
The Straight Story Nov 2012 OP
TeamPooka Nov 2012 #1
Liberal_in_LA Nov 2012 #2
ReRe Nov 2012 #30
Sheepshank Nov 2012 #3
ZombieHorde Nov 2012 #4
sakabatou Nov 2012 #5
LeftinOH Nov 2012 #6
get the red out Nov 2012 #7
malachi Nov 2012 #14
BB1 Nov 2012 #22
TahitiNut Nov 2012 #25
Major Nikon Nov 2012 #29
dmr Nov 2012 #8
Scuba Nov 2012 #31
Unknown Beatle Nov 2012 #9
AlbertCat Nov 2012 #19
MadrasT Nov 2012 #10
Blue_Tires Nov 2012 #11
ProfessionalLeftist Nov 2012 #12
DakotaLady Nov 2012 #28
dogknob Nov 2012 #13
AlbertCat Nov 2012 #16
AlbertCat Nov 2012 #15
evilhime Nov 2012 #17
toby jo Nov 2012 #18
adieu Nov 2012 #20
JHB Nov 2012 #21
PoliticalBiker Nov 2012 #23
siligut Nov 2012 #24
TahitiNut Nov 2012 #26
JHB Nov 2012 #32
Warpy Nov 2012 #27
sarcasmo Nov 2012 #33

Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 01:11 PM

1. k+r!

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 01:12 PM

2. holy moly

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Reply #2)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 04:12 PM

30. LiberalinLA....

Exactly what came out of my mouth when I read this.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 01:13 PM

3. WOW......he has some balls (for now) n/t

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 01:19 PM

4. Fucked up, yet not surprising. nt

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Response to ZombieHorde (Reply #4)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 01:21 PM

5. +1

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 01:40 PM

6. "I believe in manliness..." I'm fairly certain there's an entire genre

of "specialty" films which cater to this very taste. I'm resisting temptation to expound on that.
At least the writer had the good taste and dignity not to review those films for boss man.. because I would have done so.. then been fired.

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Response to LeftinOH (Reply #6)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 01:59 PM

7. Those would be more like 12 year old boy-ness

Shoot 'em up and blow 'em up.

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Response to LeftinOH (Reply #6)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 02:48 PM

14. Gladiator movies?

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Response to malachi (Reply #14)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 03:17 PM

22. Wrestling in involved, I'm sure.

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Response to malachi (Reply #14)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 03:41 PM

25. More like "glad he ate her" movies, I think.


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Response to malachi (Reply #14)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 03:59 PM

29. Joey, do you like movies about gladiators?

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 02:19 PM

8. I would think a true test of 'manliness' is not being affraid of

anyone having any kind of strength.

If you have to have qualifications to your worth, then you're just trying to convince yourself of it. Others can usually see right through you and your mental weaknesses.



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Response to dmr (Reply #8)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 04:36 PM

31. +1

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 02:27 PM

9. Compassionate Republican

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Response to Unknown Beatle (Reply #9)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 03:03 PM

19. He's thinking!

So he's not a republican.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 02:30 PM

10. Oh for fuck's sake. It is 20 fucking 12.

This guy has some serious issues.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 02:32 PM

11. This is what happens when non-news people own papers

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 02:36 PM

12. The American Taliban strikes again. n/t

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Reply #12)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 03:54 PM

28. American Taliban

So very true ... thank you for your words.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 02:42 PM

13. Those Tomb Raider spinoffs ARE getting old, however...

Sounds like this schmo doesn't want attention paid to movies like Silkwood. He probably made a "new house rule" after Thelma and Louise came out; I grew up in that kind of place. Ugh.

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Response to dogknob (Reply #13)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 02:59 PM

16. after Thelma and Louise came out

YIKES!

Never have women looked stupider and made more asinine decisions than in "Thelma and Louise". Women acting like stupid men! Thank god they drove over that cliff (the least of their stupid actions).

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 02:53 PM

15. men act like good strong men and have a heroic inspiring influence on young people

Yeah... y'know....
like

"Hangover 2"


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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 03:00 PM

17. Can you say Douchetard?

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 03:03 PM

18. laughing too hard - gfb

uh oh, it's strength over gonads, we're gonna fall apart, I just know it. Little minds. Hell, imagine living inside this guy's head. Life is passing you by, buddy boy.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 03:04 PM

20. I wonder why these Frank Parlatos make these business decisions

as in buying a paper and not allowing journalism to occur. The better journalists will leave, and the paper will sink as a piece of crappy product. What's it for? Vanity?

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 03:13 PM

21. I suppose by "manliness" he means things like John Wayne dodging the draft...

...so he could play soldiers on a set when all of his competition put on real uniforms?

Clint Eastwood? Chuck Norris? Other guys with a super-macho rep because they controlled the script to show themselves that way? That kind of "manliness"?

You know what's not "manly", Mr. Parlato? Feeling that strong women somehow threaten your "manliness", and especially needing to pretend they don't exist.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 03:20 PM

23. This is the kind of Crap...

... we are in for as a nation if we let the republicrats maintain or get any further control over what they already do now.
Centrists, liberals and progressives need to bust ass to stop this kind of political gerrymandering.
That paper needs to be painted as an reight-wing opinion outlet and not a news outlet. If enough readers can be made to see the turn their paper is taking, perhaps a reduction in circulation will urge the new owner to re-think his obviously flawed viewpoint.

The reight has been chipping away at things like this for decades. Owners like Rupert Murdock have been allowed to contol entire markets without opposition. When owners of franchises like Chick-Fil-A and Papa Johns are able to reduce worker hours or lay off workers citing Obama's election or due to ACA provisions that aren't even implemented yet and are allowed to get away with it, we are allowing the furthering of the republicrat agenda. We cannot allow this.

As the President says, the key to the future is education. How do we educate the American populace to the reall *affect* of republicrat policies? How do we convince the red voters that the policies of their candidates are NOT in their best interests? If the republicrats are allowed to *come back* in 2014, do you think they will hesitates one little bit on building on the atrocities they have managed to get through already? Don't you believe it! We need to repeal as much of that crap as we can so they don't have as much to build on.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 03:31 PM

24. What do the other journalists have to say?

You have to know that manly-man Parlato will have his nose in everything written and/or published from here on out.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 03:44 PM

26. Parlato should be strapped to a chair and forced to watch "Kill Bill" 1 & 2 repeatedly for weeks.


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Response to TahitiNut (Reply #26)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 04:37 PM

32. And watch his DVDs of "Aliens" and "Terminator 2" get shredded...

...because his own criteria disqualify them, no matter how much ammo Arnold or the Colonial Marines burn through.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 03:48 PM

27. Carefully built newspaper, meet ground

Anybody with that big an axe to grind against half the human race is not going to succeed in anything but running titty bars.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 04:55 PM

33. Stone age mind set.

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