Date: 10th November 2000

Violent Movies Don't Make Violent People, Says Sony Chief

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