After two years in Washington, I often long for the realism and sincerity of Hollywood.
I bet everyone laughed when he said that. But I bet he was serious.
For the most part, based on my limited experience in paying slight attention to Hollywood, at least most of them have a realistic view of how horrific and evil Prohibition is, and aren’t afraid to talk about it or express that in their art. That is, until the walking dead from Washington, D.C. show up with bags of money to buy, bribe, and blackmail their way into scripts.
I don’t know all the behind-the-scene details (although some reformers know some of the details), but I saw a recent movie and all I could think was that some big-wig involved in the movie was avoiding public humiliation (via blackmail) by writing Prohibitionist propaganda into the script; a man’s wife takes a hit from a bong and in the next day or so, she’s a heroin addict hanging with hookers and drug dealers. Groan.