April 17th, 2009

Sailor Steeler

An Appeal

I am aware that I often come across as a firebrand when not working as a full-time sourpuss, but there is a matter that I would like to bring to the attention of anyone who reads this.  Star Trek, a film based on the famous franchise which is being released to movie theaters in a few weeks.  This film is getting a lot of attention, both good and bad, but so far the buzz is good, as director J.J. Abrams,  Given that Paramount has really amped up the advertising for Star Trek (I'm seeing more ads for Star Trek than for X-Men Origins Wolverine), this movie seems like it will be a hit.

That's why I urge you, not as a Trekkie, but as a simple Internet user and YouTube, to not see this film in the theaters or purchase it on DVD when it is released.  I also do not want you to watch this film by alternate means, because it might actually increase your interest in seeing the film at the theater.

Why am I advocating to not see what is likely to be the sci-fi flick of the summer?  Let us not forget that Viacom is still has a lawsuit  against YouTube, and as a consequence of this, I am personally boycotting any Viacom-properties produced films.  Since this lawsuit has not been settled or resolved, I am protesting with my dollars.

I understand that Viacom owned properties have produced and distributed films since the events of July 3, 2008.   But "Star Trek" is what comes to mind to many people when you think "Paramount Pictures" and this is easily the most prominent of Viacom's properties.  This is also one of the most effective ways to have a voice in the matter.  You can boycott your favorite television show as much as you want, but unless you've got a Nielsen device, it matters very little.  On the other hand, the funds you spend on the movie ticket more directly impact the success of failure of the movie.

I beg you.  Please, do not go to watch Star Trek.