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As America’s premier cultural export, Hollywood is lauded as a beacon of democracy and free expression around the world. But as its films increasingly portray themes of violence, overt sexuality, and condemnation of U.S. governance, Hollywood has become fodder for America’s enemies. Is Hollywood to blame for anti-Americanism abroad?
For the motion
New York Times best-selling author, commentator, news analyst and law professor
James is a pundit for NewsMax.com and author of the popular weekly column The Left Coast Report, where he takes a humorous poke at the politics... Read More
Conservative Art Critic, Essayist and Social Commentator
Roger is managing editor, co-editor and co-publisher of the New Criterion magazine, a monthly review of the arts and intellectual life, and an art... Read More
Editorial Cartoonist for the Philadelphia Daily News
Signe is the author of One Nation, Under Surveillance, and the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning in 1992. Her editorial cartoons... Read More
Against the motion
Executive Director of The Creative Coalition
The Creative Coalition is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, social and political advocacy organization for the arts and entertainment industry. She is dedicated... Read More
Film Producer, Director and Political Activist
Robert's first feature documentary was Unprecedented: The 2000 Political Election (2002). Most recently he directed and produced Wal-Mart: The High... Read More
Professor at UCLA, and a Writer of Fiction, Nonfiction, and Screenplays
Richard chairs the graduate program in screenwriting. His students enjoy great success at the studios and networks.Read More
Where Do You Stand?
For The Motion
Hollywood films portraying Americans as violent and morally deficient are used as anti-America propaganda abroad.
By vilifying corporate America in its films, Hollywood creates hostility toward American industry abroad.
Hollywood often condemns the American government and military as corrupt and immoral, giving license to global distrust of American leadership.
Against The Motion
Anti-Americanism is fueled by unpopular American policies and practices, not Hollywood movies.
While Hollywood films include themes of violence and immorality, these themes are common in entertainment around the world.
Hollywood serves as a global model for freedom of political and social expression, and thus fosters a positive image of American values abroad.