Michael Douglas, Ted Lieu, and Showrunners Gather to Talk Politics, TELEVISION, and Nuclear War
On Monday night, an outstanding lineup of stars, tv authors, political leaders, and atomic energy professionals collected at the Pacific Style Center to discuss how we may prevent nuclear war– and how Hollywood figures into the formula.
Produced by Ploughshares Fund, a grant-making org that looks for to stop the spread of nuclear weapons, and the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center, the panel united Ben Rhodes, deputy nationwide security consultant for President Obama and MSNBC factor; Kennette Benedict, a scholar-philanthropist who is senior consultant to the Publication of the Atomic Researchers; Democratic California Congressman Ted Lieu; Yasmeen Silva, a U.S. field organizer for Beyond the Bomb; and, none aside from current Golden World winner (and less current Oscar winner) Michael Douglas, who produced 1979’s The China Syndrome, which had to do with a crisis at a nuclear plant. Ends up the he’s a supporter for nuclear disarmament, a fan of the Nuclear Age Peace Structure, and is on the board of advisers of Ploughshares Fund.
” We remain in the scariest location associated to this considering that 1953.”– Michael Douglas
Asked what Hollywood and reveal organisation can do to decrease the world’s nuclear hazard, Douglas responded to, “The very first responsibility of Hollywood is to amuse us. It will not work without that … I keep in mind when my daddy purchased a home with an air-raid shelter. Nowadays, I stress most about passiveness. We have actually fallen off a cliff now. The U.S., China, and Russia remain in a brand-new worldwide arms race. We remain in the scariest location associated to this considering that 1953.”
Rhodes remembered taking a trip to Hiroshima in 2016, when President Obama provided a speech. “If you take a look at the cast of characters leading the world now,” Rhodes stated, “it puts the onus on everyone as people to get louder on this problem. A single person [the current President] has sole authority to introduce atomic attacks. So we now reside in an atomic monarchy– we remain in overall secrecy; this administration exposes absolutely nothing.”
Congressman Lieu worried the point that laws are being prepared in Congress to make the President consult Congress initially– and gets its approval– if he wishes to introduce any kind nuclear attack, even a reactive one. “We require to inform the American individuals on this,” stated Lieu. “Absolutely nothing is difficult. The truth that just one individual can introduce a nuclear attack is a flaw in our constitution.”
Political showrunners David Grae ( Madam Secretary, Without a Trace, Castle), Paul Redford ( The West Wing, The Newsroom, Madam Secretary), Lila Byock ( Manhattan, The Leftovers), and Sam Shaw ( Manhattan, Masters of Sex) remained in the audience, and were hired to explain how they illustrate nuclear threat on their programs.
Somebody off subject, Rhodes was requested for his informed ideas on the 2020 race. “Whenever the Democrats have actually beat a Republican incumbent, it’s been with a fresh face, an outsider, who was reasonably young: Jimmy Carter, Costs Clinton, Barack Obama. If that’s a pattern, then I ‘d state Beto O’Rourke and Kamala Harris most likely have the very best possibility of winning the 2020 election.”
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