- 162 million viewed SOPA message
- 8 million contacted their congressperson through their portal
- 12k posted to their blog defying SOPA
- 4.5 million signed Google petition opposed to SOPA
- 350k emails sent to representatives through SOPAStrike.com and other websites
- There were more than 2.4 million tweets on Jan. 18th about SOPA
- received 103,785 signed petitions to oppose SOPA so far
- 24 US Senators changed their minds and now oppose the bill
- Several former co-sponsors, including Marco Rubio, now oppose the bill
The CEO and Chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) Chris Dodd lambasted the SOPA blackout. He calls it a publicity stunt and an abuse of power. Before I get into these extraordinary and self-destructive criticisms of the movement, let us take a brief look at Dodd. Dodd is the former CT Senator who served as the Chair of the Senate Banking Committee, a position I am sure you know he served faithfully and for the benefit of the country... haha, no just kidding.
Dodd passed a bill to support sub-prime mortgages after the housing bubble collapse and then it was discovered he got a "special" mortgage deal from Countrywide Financial which he did not disclose. Dodd continuously stated that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were financially strong and were not a problem, and was a supporter of the sub-prime mortgage loaning, all this before their collapse. His biggest financial contributors were Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Also when AIG was bailed out by the government, there was a provision of the deal limiting executive bonuses, however Geithner and other contacted Dodd asking him to eliminate that provision, and he did in the 11th hour, so the AIG execs could still get massive bonuses. Dodd is a man who stands by his principles, until you pay him to stand for yours.
So, Dodd, exuding his normal levels of integrity, came out opposing the SOPA blackout, stating "It is an irresponsible response and a disservice to people who rely on [these sites] for information and use their services, ...It is also an abuse of power given the freedoms these companies enjoy in the marketplace today." Let me re-write that last part...
On Thursday, Dodd stated the following on Fox News:
"Those who count on quote 'Hollywood' for support need to understand that this industry is watching very carefully who's going to stand up for them when their job is at stake. Don't ask me to write a check for you when you think your job is at risk and then don't pay any attention to me when my job is at stake."