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Even as he came on stage to give the keynote address at the National Association of Broadcasters Show in Las Vegas, it was obvious that Tim Robbins' remarks had caused controversy backstage.
6'But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet and the people are not warned, and a sword comes and takes a person from them, he is (F)taken away in his iniquity; but his (G)blood I will require from the watchman's hand.
Originally posted by Agit8dChop
Would someone mind typing some of the statements?
streaming audio at work, is a no no.
Narrator: Academy Award winning actor and critically acclaimed screenwriter, producer and director Tim Robbins was the keynote speaker at this year's National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas. But from the moment he stepped on stage the controversy of his planned remarks were evident.
Tim Robbins begins: Well I had prepared a speech, but, um, I don't believe I'm going to be doing it. Um, probably, I guess, I guess you'll be able to read it in some later date in another technology. Now, the irony is not lost on me on that.
Narrator: At this point NAB officials had journalists video cameras turned off they later said that Mr. Robbins had a no-filming clause in his contract. However their film agents missed the audio recorders; meanwhile, Mr. Robbins reversed course and began to give his speech. This is an audio track of from the last six minutes of those remarks.
Tim Robbins: (audio only): In all seriousness folks, let's face it: we are at an abyss as an industry and as a country. And I know that saying we are at an abyss isn't the stuff of keynote addresses. But all sarcasm and irony and rude pithiness aside, we are at a critical juncture in this nation's history. This is a nation divided and reeling from betrayal and economic hardship. And you, the broadcasters of this great nation, have a tremendous power and a tremendous potential to affect change. You have the power to turn this country away from cynicism. You have the power to turn this nation away from the hatred and the divisive dialogue that has rendered such a corrosive effect on our body politic. You can lift us up into a more enlightened age. Or, you can hide behind that old adage, "I'm just a business man. I provide what the audience wants." Well I'm here to tell you that we don't need to look at the car crash. We don't need to live off of the pain and humiliation of the unfortunate. We don't need to celebrate our pornographic obsession with celebrity culture. We are better than that.
Tim Robbins: Some of you are trying. Some of you are inspiring people --
Tim Robbins: towards altruism and compassion with your programming. Some of you are trying to lift the civic dialouge into a more responsible and adult arena. But I know you do so against the odds of ratings and job security. It is really up the leaders in this room. It is up to you, the scions of this industry, to leave behind formulas and focus groups and your own fears of job security. Only with your courage and your vision can we begin to imagine a world of broadcasting where the general consensus of those with real power say, "Enough is enough. Now is the time to move away from our lesser-selves. Now is the time to stop making money on the misfortunes of others and the prurient and salacious desires of the public. Now is the time to admit and recognize that we aren't just business men, but the guardians of the human spirit with the responsibility to the health of this nation. That we can lift this country up with our programming. That instead of catering to the gossips and the scolds and the voyeurs, we can appeal to the better nature of our audience: the better nature of what this country is all about. This is a country filled with people of great compassion and tremendous generosity. This is a country that has survived dust bowls, depressions, that united to defeat Hitler and Fascism and Communism. We are a resilient people and a tenacious people and we are ready for change. And we are ready to imagine a new broadcasting industry aesthetic that respecting the better nature of the American people produces shows that promote...
strength, instead of fear; that does not divide, but inspires; that does not promote hate, but unity; that will not tear the weak down, but build up their strength. Imagine a world of broadcasting where the American people are encouraged to reject despair and distrust. And when they turn their tv's and radios off at night and go to sleep, they possess strength and unity and compassion for those they disagree with. That's not out of the question. You can make that happen. It will be difficult and will fly in the face of conventional wisdom and standard operational procedure. But do we have any choice? The road we are on is leading us to a corruption of our former-selves: We are better than that. You can help us reclaim our better nature, our perfect union. It isn't necessarily a matter of country before profit or of patriotism and truth before personal comfort. There could be money to be made in appealing to our better-selves. wouldn't that be great? And if there isn't and we came out of it a little less rich, but more unified and healthier as a nation, wouldn't that be something we could all be proud of?
April 14, 2008
Hello I'm Tim Robbins. I'd like to thank you for the invitation to address you here at the National Association of Broadcasters. When I first received the invitation I was a little confused because the last time I had contact with the national media I seem to remember them telling me to shut the hell up. www.timrobbins.net