Date: 10th November 2000
Sony of America chairman Howard Stringer Thursday took issue with lawmakers who blame Hollywood for inspiring violent behavior.
As reported by Daily Variety, Stringer told a meeting of the Center for Communication in New York: "If two cities, Toronto and Chicago, have roughly the same size populations, the same number of TV channels, and the same number of movie theaters, why does one city have a murder rate 10 times the other? Is it the difference in national character or the difference in attitude to guns? ... Last year in Japan, a handgun killed not one child, and yet the appetite for American movies seems undiminished."
Source: Studio Briefing