Posted By Roger Stritmatter on October 7, 2011
I’ve been kept so busy here with impertinent emails that sometimes its difficult to keep up with all the real news.
But this one I just couldn’t let past.
The story was also covered in the Los Angeles Times, which quotes a remarkable statement from Emmerich, who, it seems, has been honing up on his prophecy skills: “It’s a very gutsy thing to do,” Emmerich said in a speech of the group’s decision to award him the prize. “You will learn in the next few weeks. It will not go over that well.”
Apparently the Center already knew that it would not go over well.
According to the Times, the Center’s Artistic Director Ben Donenberg reported that when news of the award leaked he “started getting hate mail.”
The attitude of the emailers, as summarized by Donenberg, was “How dare we take this on? This film… will only propel the debate.”
And here we thought there WAS no debate, and that the purpose of Hollywood was to support Columbia University in all its endeavors.