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FOCK ME

By Simone Canterbury

simoneforhope@mailcan.com

http://www.petitiononline.com/bxoffice/petition.html

What a Merry Christmas it must have been for the folks at Universal. It
appears they’ve produced the most popular movie ever to open on Christmas with
“Meet The Fockers”. After all, it has been reported that this film is
the highest grossing Christmas opening of all time, so clearly, this is
the case.

Well, actually it isn’t.

Each time (and it gets more and more frequent) you read about movies
breaking all records, none of these reports are taking into account
increases in population and inflation. According to the Internet Movie
Database, (http://www.imdb.com/boxoffice/alltimegross) “Titanic” is the
highest grossing film of all time, followed by “Star Wars” at number 2,
“Shrek 2″ at number 3 and the rest of the top 10 features the likes of
both Spider-man films, the third Lord of the Rings film, and the much
loathed “Phantom Menace.”

By looking at this list, it would appear that the films
these days are only getting better as time and time again we are
cracking into the highest grossing films of all time.

The oldest film to fall into the top 50 is “Jaws” from 1973 at number
28, while “X-Men 2″ sits comfortably at number 50. Twenty-nine out of
the top 50 films are from the last five years with films including “The
Incredibles”, “Bruce Almighty”, “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” and
another all-time classic “The Matrix – Reloaded”. That just doesn’t sit
right with me.

Well, maybe it does. By this logic, Abraham Lincoln earned a meager
$25,000 a year whilst I earned near $10,000 more than that in my
insurance job, so this must make me a greater success than Abraham Lincoln! I should
really boast about this more than I do…

Let’s look then to another list on Box Office Mojo
(http://www.boxofficemojo.com/alltime/adjusted.htm) where we see the top
grossing films adjusted for inflation. “Gone With The Wind” still sits
above them all, including “Star Wars”, at number 1. Yes, after all these
years and all these “record-breaking” films we keep hearing about, a
film that is sixty-five years old tops them all. The most recent movie
to make the list is “The Phantom Menace” at number 19. Before that,
there is nothing from the last five years. “Spider-man 2″ which sits
proudly at number 8 on imdb.com’s list just squeaks in at number 50 on
the adjusted list, below “The Towering Inferno” from 1974.

Hmmm, on further examination, while Lincoln earned $25,000 as
President, the average worker made around $500 a year. I guess I’m not
so hot after all. But I DID make more than $25,000 a year and hence I
made more than Lincoln. I’m going to stand by that achievement and hope
nobody asks too many questions.

After examining all this information, it only adds to my frustration
that every news program, paper and web site I have looked at since it’s
release has made a point of informing me that “Meet The Fockers”
is the highest grossing Christmas opening of all time. These figures are
meaningless and are not worth reporting. They are a complete distortion
of success and should be ignored. The reason we are fed these lies is
because there are corporate interests at work to make us believe that
these films are more successful than they really are. If company who
made the film also owns a news network, you can be sure they will report
about these successes on their news. The other news networks don’t want
to be left out of reporting the important “news”, so they all follow
suit.

AP reports that “Box office receipts soar to record in ’04″
(http://www.fresnobee.com/24hour/entertainment/story/1967925p-9984036c.html)
But if you read on down the article, it tells us that attendance is
actually down again for the second consecutive year and that “the record
gross was due more to rising ticket prices than attendance.” See how we
are being manipulated with these so-called figures?

But we can make a few adjustments to our movie going schedules to
prevent these lies from being told to us. Avoid opening weekend. Just
because you haven’t been able to
avoid a “Meet The Fockers” billboard, commercial or news reports about
the premiere and Barbra Streisand’s colon polyp removal which kept her
from the big night, does not mean you have to flock to the theatre the
day it opens. Wait a week. You might here from others who saw it that
it’s not as good as the advertisements told you! Check out
rottentomatoes.com and you will see that of all reviews collected, “Meet
The Fockers” has less than 40% positive reviews.

Secondly, we need to appeal to our news sources to accurately report
this information to us instead of manipulating our interest with these
distortions. If ‘Return of the Sith’, the final Star Wars film makes
more millions of dollars than any other film ever, you can tell us that,
as long as you point out to us where it sits in the reality of all-time
movie going. I daresay, they will be less excited about the so-called
records if they were forced to report correctly.

If you would like to sign a petition which will be forwarded to news
sources and imdb.com demanding adjusted box office list reporting,
please click on the link below.

http://www.petitiononline.com/bxoffice/petition.html

 

 

 

12/21

 

 

A DOSE OF REALITY

 

by Ben Hoth

H.O.P.E. Member

 

What are people going to do in 20 years when they are trying to dress up for a 2000′s party?  I’ve often wondered that.  What is going to be on classic rock stations in the year 2020 when Im driving my 2.3 kids around in my SUV?  What will my generation be remembered for?  What will my grandchildren study in American Lit?

 

I have terrible suspicions about the answers to these questions, but I know beyond a shadow of a doubt who isn’t asking them.  I know for a fact who isnt interested in the pervading cultural theme of my life…the people who decide what on what it’s going to be.  The people who determine what will be on the radio when I turn it on, the people who read the script for Meet Joe Black and decided Brad Pitt could probably sell enough tickets anyway.

 

It would take too long to speculate on how we got to this point exactly, although I often spend time thinking about it.  I think the bottom line is that for at least a decade now all of the evolution that has driven pop culture is toward lower costs.  Television and music producers have responded to the explosion in competition (cable TV, the internet, piracy, etc.) by flooding television with reality TV garbage and mass music artist signings by genre.  The cornerstone of reality television is the cheap production cost.  You would think from the volume of reality shows that your friends and neighbors really have an interest in this stuff, but what is being pitched to the studios is bottom line numbers.  In an era when genuinely good shows earn less than they used to because of the amount of competition, studios and investors are turning easier bucks by putting out more reality crap.  Why is reality so much cheaper?  The actors aren’t considered actors since the shows are “real”, as such, the cast and crew are all non-union which sidesteps all of the SAG requirements.  The onscreen personalities are paid in “celebrity”, i.e. just enough money to keep them going and the opportunity to be on a big television show.  Many times they are put in the role of quasi-”contestant” and they compete for an amount of money that may seem large but is exponentially cheaper than paying a dozen C-list onscreen personalities.

 

The most effective producers in this paradigm are the most brutal accountants, the people who are able to squeeze the most from people for the least.  That spark of creativity and ability to do something unique stopped being the hot commodity in Hollywood, and we all have to suffer through the substance vacuum.

 

The thing that we lose sight of is that we aren’t contributing anything anymore.  There is almost nothing that major studios and labels offer that is thought-provoking or insightful or even very funny.  For every hour we spend watching someone eat goat crap or play dodgeball, we are just treading water.  Wasting time.  That is the goal of all our modern entertainment.  Turn off your brain for a couple hours.  What is more…that is our pervading cultural theme.  That is what we will be remembered for…wasting time.  I appreciate people trying to make a buck, but America should demand more for its attention.  When I look back on my life I won’t give a damn about Full House reruns or Who Wants to Marry a Douche Bag?…and I hope my life is important enough to me to not waste too many hours that I could have been making memories with.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GOOD NEWS FOR DEAD AUTHORS AND JUST ABOUT EVERYONE ELSE!

12/15

We received this e-mail recently and shouts of joy coming from the H.O.P.E. office could be heard from miles around.  Please note that in the e-mail it is mentioned how important “buzz” is to these films getting made.  If you see something you think is bad entertainment, raise your voice.

Hello H.O.P.E.!

You have no idea how damn happy I am that you all
exist. Seriously. I love you all.

I have a little inside info for you on the Jay G.
movie. I am quite embarrassed to say that I have had
business dealings in the past with Lance Bass and his
production company A Happy Place, which has now been
renamed Bacon & Eggs. (I’m only guessing Lancey is
going for a new grown-up image to match his new
grown-up nose?) I have it on good authority that his
producing partner, Wendy Thorlakson, is trying to get
“Jay G.” made, but she is no longer trying to do it
with Lance or goddamn Paris Hilton attached to star in
it. I can only assume the buzz has been so terrible,
she had no choice.

The story is actually an adaptation of a novel written
by Gordon Korman called “Jake, Reinvented.” The novel
was fairly well reviewed and is an updating of sorts
of Fitzgerald’s “Gatsby.” However, in the hands of a
former boy band member turned wanna-be cosmonaut from
Mississippi and his dippy little gal-pal, God only
knows how awful it will be.

Like I said, I have had business dealings with A Happy
Place/Bacon & Eggs and while I am quite glad to no
longer be in business with them, I know what a
vindictive pain-in-the-ass Wendy and Lancey-Poo can be
and I really don’t want to face their wrath. So please
keep me anonymous and I will keep you posted when or
if I hear more.

Keep up the good work!
– Deep Throat

 

 

 

 

11/27/04

 

Ed note:  Many in the media are reporting that this exchange is inspired by Ashlee Simpson lip synching on SNL. This brief article is one H.O.P.E. member’s response to that misconception

 

 

 

THE REAL “GAFFE” IS THE ALBUM

 

By Ryan McMichael

H.O.P.E. Member

 

She dyed her hair black so she must be serious.

The first thing that we would like to make clear is that our recent Ashlee Simpson CD exchange was not provoked by or designed as a reaction to her recent SNL lip synching “gaffe.” As stated numerous times by various H.O.P.E. members, H.O.P.E. affiliates, H.O.P.E. press secretaries, and H.O.P.E. moms n’ dads, this event was in the works long before she ever danced the jig on live TV. Our gripe is not simply with her lip synching, but with her far bigger embarrassment: “Autobiography.”

Secondly, to the members of the media who ask “Doesn’t everybody lip synch?” The answer is simple: No, that’s ridiculous. If you consider all bands and artists in this country right now, not simply the ones on halftime shows and pillowcases, I’d say that less than 1% have ever even considered lip synching. The fact that lip synching has reached a point in our cultural consciousness that its considered “okay” or “allowable” byanyone is just testament to the obnoxious level of watering-down and talentless saturation that our popular culture has endured. It’s time to take off our cultural training wheels. There are people with good voices all over the world who can hit notes on cue without the aid of a prerecorded track behind them. If an artist isn’t confident and talented enough to get on a stage and rock the mic on their own, then they should crawl off that stage and into whatever IHOP is currently hiring.

And I know, I know, it’s so hard to dance and sing at the same time, with the hot lights and the tight pants and the pyrotechnics guy timing your every move, and the acid reflux, and, and, and…. And I for one refuse to suffer any more excuses for lip synching, for terrible corporate art, and for the festering state of American pop music today. My eye is twitching right now just thinking about it.

In short, the Ashlee Simpson exchange was designed to protest her shameful album, not her shameful lip synching, although both are abysmal. Thanks again for all those from around the world who showed great support and an understanding of our cause. Stay tuned; we’ve got some fun things in the works.

 

 

 

 

11/23/04

 

THE SPIRIT OF THE CD EXCHANGE

Up until I was thirteen years old, all I knew about music was from what was put in front of me.  My tape collection included Bryan Adams, Scorpions, Van Halen, and other bands that were playing on MTV or that my friends and other kids at school were listening to. Luckily, that year I made a friend named Palmer Johnston who laughed until he cried when he saw the limited scope of my taste and introduced me to a completely new world of music. These bands and performers were not featured on MTV, and didn’t get radio play on the stations my other friends were listening to. Most of them I had never even heard of, or considered too “old” to be worthwhile. I’m sure many of the Ashlee fans are having that same experience right now when they look at the list of groups we’re providing for trade. Surprising to me though, after listening to these bands and performers like The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, and Van Morrison I couldn’t find hardly any redeeming qualities at all with most of what I had been listening. From a musical perspective, my whole world had changed

 

Many years after the fact some of those bands from my original tape collection I look back at with fondness, and will listen to if they come on the radio.  With others, the mere thought of hearing them is not a welcomed thought at all.  It’s not that it isn’t possible to like both Ashlee Simpson and Elvis Costello… it’s just once you’ve been exposed to more and more music, you gain a different perspective on what both offer.  In Ashlee’s case, that would be nothing.
Something that is important to remember is that Ashlee Simpson fans, are not necessarily bad people, stupid, or lacking taste. Yes, many of them are celebrity obsessed, make music decisions based on the wardrobe of the performer, or are just looking to be a part of what they perceive as being hot at the moment, but in most cases due to large media conglomerates who shove certain artists down their throats in every possible avenue, they have not been exposed to much beyond these banal pop tarts. That’s where H.O.P.E. comes in. What we’re really hoping for isn’t that Ashlee fans trade their CDs to us and become hooked on Ray Charles, it’s that they’re exposed to different music that starts them looking for themselves into what they like as opposed to what is forced in front of them.
The point is, I’m glad I was exposed to more music and the Ashlee fans we’re hearing from are looking to make that same leap.  For that they should be applauded, not ridiculed.  They may not like some of the bands on our list;  hell, I don’t like some of the bands on our list., that’s why this isn’t about enforcing personal taste, or saying someone’s opinion is better than another’s.  It’s about offering people more of a choice.  Not all of these kids have a friend like I did with the intellectual curiosity to find material outside of the peer group and turn them on to different kinds of music.  And not all of these kids can afford to buy unlimited CDs in the name of exploration.  That’s why if they get their Brian Wilson or Elvis Costello CD and say “This old guy sounds weird,” they can send it back to us and either get another from our long list of titles, or go back to Ashlee.  But either way they’ve started the process of finding great music for themselves and figuring out their own personal taste may be different from AOL’s.  And that, my friends, is truly a great thing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/21/04

 

 

Hey guys, we’ve been swamped here.  Hang tight and I will get to all of your e-mails personally.  Details of how to become a member, starting your own H.O.P.E. chapter, and how else you can help is on its way.  Thank you so much for all of your kind words and interest.  We’ve now had over 3 million hits on the website and support from around the world.  Remember, of the 300 million Americans there are 299 million of us in this country and many more around the globe who are sick of having these phony musicians forced on us and who couldn’t care less about Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, and the like.  We are with you, the good people of America and the world, in your ongoing fight to have your voice heard!

 

 

 

 

 

11/20/04

 

 

Thursday, September 23, 2004
Copyright © Las Vegas Mercury

 

Dear Young Hollywood

By Tod Goldberg

 

 

 

Cheer up guys, maybe Lance will get Joe Eszterhas to do the rewrite.

Dear Young Hollywood,

 

 

Ah, the impetuous nature of youth! So many dreams! So many hopes! I know you well, Young Hollywood, with your enhanced cleavage and not-meddlesome-enough parents. I give you my permission to marry poorly, date B-level cast members of “That ’70s Show” and cut pop records that have all the artistic merit of the Maloof brothers’ chest hair. But I will not allow you to mess with great works of fiction for your own nefarious movie-making will.

 

What is this I speak of, you ask? I just read that Paris Hilton has signed on to play Daisy Buchanan in a remake of The Great Gatsby and that Mr. Gatsby himself will be played by Chris Carmack–purportedly a “star” on the TV show “The O.C.”–and that former N’Sync heartthrob/astronaut Lance Bass is set to produce the movie. I can’t think of a worse combination of elements, lest that one place is the Palms and we’re being ushered out of the area for lack of plasticine good looks. But never mind that: amateur porn stars, bad actors and dreadful singers are allowed to prosper in business and life and love and bully for them…let them make Mean Girls 7 or Final Destination 14 or any number of films about very attractive people falling into and out of love with

Freddie Prinze Jr., but keep your hands off the great literature of our time.

 

I understand how these things happen, Young Hollywood. You get some money in your pocket, you get a phalanx of brown-nosing pseudo-friends on your payroll, an eight-ball of coke, a couple of dead hookers and next thing you know, you think you can do it all better than its been done before. Cut to five years later and you’re on the new season of “The Surreal Life” trying to stop, collaborate and listen. Let me inform you now, Ms. Hilton, Mr. Carmack and Mr. Bass, you will fail and you will fail mightily. There is no green light at the end of a dock for you (and I challenge any single one of you three to catch the nuance of that and all futures references I make).

There have been some fine adaptations of classic–and not classic–novels in the last few years so I understand why you’d think this was a good choice. The problem, as I see it, is that excellent actors and actresses and filmmakers have tried to make Gatsby and even they have failed, which begs the question why anyone would bank on Ms. Hilton to be the emotional linchpin of the cast. I’ve only seen one movie starring Paris Hilton (though I’m sure others exist) and what I can tell you is that she won’t look quite right swathed in white and lounging on a couch with Jordan Baker, their dresses rippling and fluttering as if they had just blown back in after a short flight around the house…unless the actress playing Jordan Baker is engorged on Viagra and is doing her best to incapacitate Ms. Hilton with aggressive thrusting and poor videotaping technique.

 

That’s not to say young actors can’t play pivotal roles in movies based on books, because surely they do, though evidence suggests they usually make a mess of things: Ethan Hawke in Snow Falling on Cedars, Ethan Hawke in Great Expectations, Ethan Hawke in Hamlet. Rather, I say, Young Hollywood, it is the temerity of your vanity to believe that an updated version of Gatsby is needed and that someone who once warbled the great lines of despair “Bye/ Bye/ Bye” would be the one to bring it all to us.

 

Of course, this could all be for naught. Movies go into and out of development on a whim, scripts get written and rewritten, rights get sold and resold and resold and turned around and resold again, actors fall on and off pictures as often as they binge and purge. The books remain on the shelves, which is nice, and eventually, Young Hollywood, another one of you will stumble across Fitzgerald or Faulkner for the first time and you’ll decide that The Sound and the Fury would make for a fantastic movie, provided there is a way to have it take place in Manhattan…at an all-girls school…and with a dreamy leading man who reads poetry, but is also obsessed with time, and clocks, and has a troubled brother…but loves to dance! And sing! Bye, bye, bye.

So, you beat on, Young Hollywood, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into my antagonism. I don’t blame you for finding books for the first time in your young lives. I don’t blame you for wanting to make good cinema. No, I blame you for thinking that the world needs Paris Hilton as Daisy Buchanan, that guy from that show as Jay Gatsby and Lance Bass as, essentially, F. Scott Fitzgerald. See, I believe in the orgiastic future, and maybe you do, too, Young Hollywood, but I just can’t abide the sense that when you run faster, stretching your arms out farther…you’ll end up with Matthew Lillard playing Nick Carraway.

 

Yours in the valley of ashes,

 

Tod

 

11/19/04

 

 

Gatzby 2 - Electric Boogaloo

Looks like you’re F’d on this one Mr. Fitzgerald…

Keeping an eye out for one very angry zombie.

I know the following story and link appear to be an Onion article, or gives the impression that you are being Pizunk’d in one of Ashton and pals zany and hilarious practical jokes.  Sadly, I can assure you this is too absurd for the Onion and that no B-list celeb is coming through your door to let you in on the prank .  In April of 1925, F. Scott Fitzgerald published the classic novel The Great Gatsby.  In the fall of 2005, we may be seeing an “updated” version of that brilliant work of literature on the silver screen produced by Lance Bass of ‘N Sync and starring Paris Hilton of Paris Hilton Inc.  Have we really fallen that far in 80 years?

 

GIVE US OUR COUNTRY BACK!!!

 

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FOX “NEWS”

 

Paris Hilton Latest: ‘Gatsby’ Remake

 

Thursday, September 09, 2004

By Roger Friedman

 

Maybe F. Scott Fitzgerald is rolling in his grave. Then again, maybe not.

All I know is, entrepreneurial ‘N Sync singer Lance Bass is getting ready to produce a big-screen take on “The Great Gatsby” with Paris Hilton as an updated Daisy Buchanan.

 

Maybe someone will ask Paris tonight at her, uh, book party if she’s even read “The Great Gatsby.” Perhaps Merle Ginsberg, the ghostwriter of “Confessions of an Heiress: A Tongue-in-Chic Peek Behind the Pose,” will read it to her tonight at Lot 61.

 

Anyway, if Bass and his partners get their way, the Jay Gatsby character will be played by Chris Carmack, the third lead young man on Fox’s TV series “The O.C.”

 

Jamie-Lynn DiScala, of “The Sopranos,” will play Tom Buchanan’s love interest — made famous in the 1974 film version by Karen Black and in 1949 by Shelley Winters.

 

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,131860,00.html

 

 MTV “NEWS”

 

Lance Bass To Star In ‘Gatsby’ Film With Paris Hilton
05.09.2003

So what does Lance Bass have in common with hotel heiress Paris Hilton?

Well, besides being blonde and getting invited to socialite-stuffed shindigs, the ‘NSYNC vocalist and the older half of the model/actress Hilton sisters are teaming up for the latest Hollywood take on an F. Scott Fitzgerald classic.

“[It's] a remake along the lines of ‘The Great Gatsby,’ but younger,” Bass explained at Wednesday’s “Matrix Reloaded” premiere in Los Angeles.  Bass will star in the currently-in-development flick, one of many he has on his plate.

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F. Scott wrote “The Great Gatsby”,                 Lance Bass is the one seated in

possibly America’s greatest novel.                    the middle with the highlights.

There are some rumblings that this film is really going to happen.  Rest assured, we at H.O.P.E. have a close eye on this situation, and the moment we hear ”G2, The Remix” goes into production, we will wage a full scale campaign against it.  We will also be meeting with California law makers and advocacy groups shortly to discuss collecting enough signatures to put a proposition up for vote in the State of California that would give artists the power to specify where in the public domain they allow their work to by used when the work is eligible.  This proposition would keep classics out of the hands of the studios and ensure any artist who so desires could have their work remain unblemished by corporate greed indefinitely.

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11/18/04

 

 

THE SILENT MAJORITY…

SILENT NO MORE

by Greg Johnson

 H.O.P.E. Member

When one looks at the actual sales figures, Ashlee Simpson’s triple platinum-selling debut album sold to — at best — 1 percent of the population. No matter how much the publicists spin it, the fact is that 99% of the population is not particularly interested in Ashlee, her silicone vocal chords, and her brittle artistic vision. Paris Hilton’s vapid television show The Simple Life drew just under 10 million viewers for its much-touted season finale. That means that over 290 million Americans are not watching the show. Yet the uninterested majority still suffers through an endless barrage of media coverage of these worthless celebrities and their petty triumphs and travails. Weeks after her actual wedding ceremony dominated the news cycle, the bureaucratic filing of Britney Spears’ marriage license with officials in Los Angeles County was the top story on many network news affiliates and in newspapers across the country. Paris Hilton’s lost dog trumped news of the Iraqi war. Even the H.O.P.E.-inspired backlash against Ashlee Simpson’s shoddy album attracted media coverage disproportionate to anyone’s actual interest in this exceptionally uninteresting human being.

 

Objective criticism of substandard new movie releases has been replaced with newscasters gleefully repeating ticket grosses as if they were sports playoff scores. As each crappy new movie breaks all previous box office records–solelybecause of continuous increases in population size and ticket prices–the film’s weekend earnings becomes a top story on cable and network news, though in reality, the only people who should be interested in these figures at all are the film’s investors. Meanwhile, if the revenues are adjusted to account for increasing population and ticket prices, one finds that these so-called “blockbusters” are attracting less-than-stellar revenues, screening to average-sized audiences who are becoming increasingly restless about the dismal quality of entertainment on offer. Many of these films would end up complete financial failures if not for the worldwide distribution system that dumps these cinematic turkeys onto international audiences via cable television, endlessly repeating movies that no one has any real interest in viewing, while choosing to let older, quality films from the studios’ long and illustrious catalogs rot on the shelves, in many cases, never to screen again.

 

Don’t be fooled into thinking that everyone around you supports these insubstantial faux “celebrities” and that you are alone in longing for the days when a new release might actually pique your interest. You are part of the silent majority of our country: people who are sick of what passes for “popular” culture these days, and can’t be bothered to watch these banal shows, attend these disappointing movies, and buy these generic, trivial CDs. Most of us would love for a new film to provide a thoughtful distraction, a pleasant night out on the town–rather than simply leave us agitated and ripped-off.

 

If you’re fed up, and would like to help fight to raise the standards of the entertainment on offer and bring more attention to the quality artists who are silenced by a clueless corporate system–join H.O.P.E., and let’s take back America’s legacy of innovation in film, music and art!

 

TAXI CAMPAIGN

TAXI, H.O.P.E. TARGET

 

                             

    “Movies aren’t my thing yet.” 

– Jimmy Fallon, actor, USA TODAY 08/04

The Jimmy Fallon vehicle Taxi has been identified by H.O.P.E. and the good people of America as substandard entertainment and unfit for the silver screen.  Confirming suspicions based on Fallon’s SNL work as well as trailers and reviews of the film in the mainstream press,  the H.O.P.E. office was deluged with e-mails from movie goers following Wednesday night’s premiere saying Taxi lacks any form of creativity, humor, or intelligence.  As a service to America, over the course of the next two weeks H.O.P.E. will be dispatching members to theaters where Taxi is playing to alert patrons in line to see the film that it is substandard fare.  The H.O.P.E. staff will also be offering suggestions for alternate viewing options available at the theater or to more entertaining activities in the area for those who choose not to see the film.  For a compilation of reviews from press around the globe onTaxi, please visit http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/taxi/

MORE ON TAXI:

“I read a zillion scripts, and I was trying to find my thing, but I didn’t really have time.”
– Fallon, USA TODAY 08/04

“Can you ask for a better opening, even if the movie is terrible?”

– Fallon, when asked about the 20th Century Fox studio
 theme opener to Taxi.  USA TODAY 08/04
“He’s a young Robin Williams.”
– Tom Rothman co-CEO, 20th CENTURY FOX on Fallon.
USA TODAY 08/04

Taxi runs out of fuel after the opening credits.”

 – Jan Stuart, NEWSDAY

“…wall-to-wall idiocy…”
– Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

 

“…bland, half-finished film that seems to

 have been conceived as off-peak cable fodder.”

 – Dave Kehr, New York Times

“Why lord, why?”

– Michelle Crawford, H.O.P.E. member

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TAXI UPDATE

H.O.P.E. winning the battle against hopeless film.

Thanks to the efforts of H.O.P.E. and the good people of America educating the unsuspecting, Taxi opened disastrously this last weekend.

    

      FROM BOX OFFICE PROPHETS – 10/11/04

 On the opposite end of the spectrum lies the heavily advertised Taxi. Though the initial teaser was good and audiences responded favorably, in the weeks leading up to the film, the marketing was slipshod at best. Queen Latifah might just have used up all audience good will on the horrendous Bringing Down the House, and Jimmy Fallon is a marginal SNL star at best. The film managed a meager $3.7 million on Friday after a dismal Wednesday and Thursday.

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TAXI BOMBS!!! H.O.P.E. VICTORY!!!

Film officialy laid to rest in Pittsburgh P.A.

“Those were two hours of my life I can never have back, but thanks to H.O.P.E. now at least I have a sense of closure.”

Ashley Jamison – mourner and new H.O.P.E. member

H.O.P.E. and America triumphed again last Thursday after waging what E! online called “an all out war on the Jimmy Fallon bomb Taxi”.  The film was put out of its misery with a funeral for its death held at Lowes Theater on the waterfront in Pittsburgh.   Seven taxi cabs circled the theater, and a gathering crowd cheered on as H.O.P.E. members gave last rites, shared  feelings about the monstrosity, and Chris Jackson delivered a fitting eulogy:

Taxi, we are sending you off to the great unknown of basic cable with other such films by SNL alums as Night at the RoxburyThe AnimalThe Ladies ManConeheads, and Superstar. Jimmy Fallon, may God, and the USA cable network, have mercy on your soul.”

R.I.P.

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Thank you to Alicia Durazo for coordinating the Chicago campaign, Jingo and Hahu in Philadelphia, Greg Johnson in Phoenix, Amanda Morgan in Toronto, Ben Hoth in L.A., and Josh Burt and the great students at the University of Pittsburgh for your help.  Your flyers and time really made a difference in warning people about the film.  You saved a lot of good people their hard earned money and your efforts should be applauded. 

H.O.P.E. Home

H.O.P.E.’s Erik Illstorm Launches BLOG With Daily Updates

 http://hopeinamerica.blogspot.com/

 

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STOP ASHLEE SIMPSON PETITION

TOP SIGNED PETITION OF THE YEAR WITH 155,808 SIGNATURES!

PETITION CREATOR AND H.O.P.E. MEMBER BETHANY DECKER INTERVIEWED BY NEWSWEEK.

http://www.petitiononline.com/StopAsh/petition.html

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H.O.P.E. LAUNCHES 

WWW.STOPBRITNEY.COM

She’s Baaack!

 


From the thousands of e-mails of support we’ve received in the last month one thing has become abundantly clear to the staff at the H.O.P.E. offices:  the people of the world have had enough of Britney Spears and she must be stopped.   Amazingly, for a performer who was supposedly “retired”  H.O.P.E. received an inordinate amount of e-mails asking us to help put an end to this meaningless, yet persistently annoying career.  To be honest, it was a bit shocking to us the demand to stop Britney as we thought she was doing a fine job of ruining her career on her own and would simply fade out of the public eye. 

 

I guess we were just being naive.

 

Britney is back and worse than ever. 

 

– Britney presented a new song titled “Mona Lisa” to Los Angeles radio station KIIS-FM.

 

– Britney’s in the process of working on a new album, which she hopes to have released sometime before summer. 

 

– Britney has a music video that’s to be released shortly. 

 

– Britney’s writing a musical about her time in Hollywood titled Hollywood.  

 

– Britney’s working on turning her husband, Kevin Federline, into a hip-hop star.   I promise, this isn’t a joke. 

 

These are all projects that will undoubtedly turn into disasters which we, the public, will have to suffer through on the evening news, and just about every other media outlet available as this trash is shoved down our throats in multi-million dollar advertising campaigns and promotional tours.  Let’s stop the madness before it starts again.

 

Visit the site www.StopBritney.com for further details and how to help by writing reviews of her albums, signing a petition to keep her out of the news this time around, and donating $1 to buy her a month’s worth of vocal lessons and a one way ticket out of the country, both which H.O.P.E. will present at her doorstep in the form of an oversized check and ticket.

 

The people of America and the world over did a great job in letting their voice be heard and letting everyone know that they’re sick of Ashlee Simpson through the H.O.P.E. exchange and booing her off stage at the Orange Bowl.  Based on these events we have much less Ashlee Simpson in our face than we did even a month ago and probably will never hear from her again.  I know we can do it again and let’s turn her break into a permanent retirement!.

 

Keep fighting the good fight!


Chris Jackson

H.O.P.E. Founder

 

www.StopBritney.com 

FIRST ANNUAL H.O.P.E. AWARDS TO BE HELD JAN. 20th AT STEVE ALLEN THEATER IN HOLLYWOOD

 

In a world where media is accessible like never before, the evening brings together those who actively desire to reject bad entertainment.  The Cabaret Voltaire (cabaretvoltaore.org) is putting on the night and it will be hosted by comedian Neil Hamburger who the Onion says has created: 

 

“three of the smartest, funniest, and most inventive stand-up albums of the past decade “

 

 

This is an event for all those who see a problem with the same publishing houses that once printed Mark Twain now printing novels written by Paris Hilton.   H.O.P.E.LESS awards will be handed out in a variety of catagories such as “Most Depressing Role Choice”, “Least Appealing Career Crossover”, and “Film Too Mindless for the USA Cable Network.”  Nominees include Britney Spears, Ashlee Simpson, Ben Affleck, Paris Hilton, and Jennifer Lopez, amongst others. 

 

Achievment awards will be given out, including one to NY Daily News Gossip Scoop Lloyd Grove, for going cold turkey on reporting on Paris Hilton.

 

 

WHERE: Steve Allen Theater
4773 Hollywood Blvd.
@CFI West
(2 blks. West of Vermont Ave.)

WHEN: Thursday, January 20th, 8:30 PM
doors open at 8:00pm

DETAILS: $10 A portion of the proceeds benefit the non-profit organization Center For Inquiry West.

818-640-4588
http:// www.cabaretvoltaire.org

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H.O.P.E. MEMBER BETHANY DECKER’S

STOP ASHLEE SIMPSON PETITION GAINING MOMENTUM. 

FOUNDER CHRIS JACKSON PROMOTES ON CHICAGO’S MANCOW SHOW, DREW AND MIKE IN DETROIT, AS WELL AS AUSTRALIA’S TRIPLE J.

8,452 SIGNATURES AND COUNTING

http://www.petitiononline.com/StopAsh/petition.html

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H.O.P.E. SCORES TWO MORE VICTORIES ON TUESDAY NIGHT!

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The Silent Majority Speaks Out Against Ashlee Simpson;  False Idol Booed Off Stage at the Orange Bowl.

http://www.unet.univie.ac.at/~a0405362/2005/01/ashlee.html

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FROM REUTERS

Amid a chorus of protests from child-adoption advocates and sneers from critics, the general reactionviewers to the controversial Fox special “Who’s Your Daddy?” seemed to be “Who Cares?”

The tear-soaked 90-minute special, featuring an attractive young woman picking her biological father from a lineup filled out with impostors, proved to be a ratings flop, according to preliminary figures on Tuesday from Nielsen Media Research. The Fox show drew a mere 6.3 million viewers, ranking fourth in its Monday night time slot against competing broadcasts on CBS, ABC and NBC. “Daddy” also trailed its Big Three rivals in ratings for its target audience of viewers aged 18 to 49, the group most prized by advertisers. Critics roundly panned the show as tasteless and exploitative. It opened with a young woman named T.J., who had been adopted as an infant, being introduced to a panel of eight older men, including her real father. Through three elimination rounds of questioning, the seven pretenders did their best to fool the contestant into thinking they were her true dads. Impostors stood to win $100,000 if they tricked the adopted girl, who would get the $100,000 herself for a correct pick. Some reviews noted the staging in a lavish mansion with lots of candles bore a creepy resemblance to such reality dating shows as “The Bachelor” and “Joe Millionaire.” In the end, however, T.J. prevailed. Weeping through much of the program and dressed for the occasion in a slinky black halter gown, she zeroed in on her real birth father. After granting him forgiveness, she walked away with a cash prize of $100,000. And in a final twist at show’s end, Daddy presented T.J. with her real birth mother, along with three younger daughters he fathered by his marriage to another woman. Word of the show before it aired sparked a deluge of letters and e-mail correspondence from adoptees, parents and national adoption organizations branding the program’s concept offensive and urging Fox to cancel it. They said the show makes light of the sensitive emotions surrounding adoption. But producers defended their work, saying all involved were willing and informed participants and they had taken care to conduct the program in a tasteful manner. A Fox spokesman, Scott Grogin, said the network also heard from numerous adoptees “who found the show useful and empowering.” “The past 24 hours, on our Web site, we’ve gotten dozens of requests from adoptees saying if we do decide to do another show they’d love to be a part of it,” Grogin said.

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   Who’s Your Daddy?

 

           I’m tellin’ ya Darnell, we got a hit on our hands! 

Now get Rocket Science on the phone and see when “World’s Wackiest Abortions” is gonna be ready! 

 

 

DISCLAIMER:  We are sympathetic to Deborah Cantone and the plight of all those who are personally offended by this show’s treatment of the adoption process, however, we at H.O.P.E. object to the show purely on the grounds that it is unimaginative, talentless, and boring reality drivel.   The American public deserves programming with thought, effort, and creativity behind it… not rehashed Springer episodes.

 

 

The following story was sent to us by Simone Canterbury, the head of the Australian branch of H.O.P.E.   It was taken from the Australian publication The Age and I can assure you that it is NOT a joke or a prank byThe Onion.    Following the article is a link to an e-mail campaign attempting to stop a hideous show scheduled to air in the U.S. on January 3rd by the name of Who’s Your Daddy?   The campaign was started by Deborah Capone CEO and president of  a charity organization that goes by the name of “As Simple As That.”   The groups mission is to “foster self-esteem in children and teach them to accept, respect, and celebrate all cultures, choices and abilities.”  Their objection to the show is that it turns the adoption process into a hideous game show.   Again, we will reiterate that H.O.P.E.’s objection is that this show is the definition of pedestrian entertainment and we and the American public are bored to tears of being shocked to death.  Who’s Your Daddy? is like Ricki Lake to the 5th power and that’s a tired act we’ve seen.

 

The campaign already has 5,000 signatures and although Fox has filmed 6 episodes, due to the onslaught of negative publicity have only scheduled one to air.  Let’s join in and put this monstrosity away for good.  It worked when people protested The Beverly Hillbillies reality show and due to the negative press Fox has received already advertisers are starting to pull out of the show.  If we keep making our voice heard, and they start losing money on this trash, they’ll get the picture eventually and start looking for the next Seinfeld instead of the next Who Wants to Marry My Dad?  

 

Again, be advised this is not a moral stance on the show and if you are signing the campaign through H.O.P.E. please indicate that. 

 

 Following the article you can find the link to the campaign.

 

 

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Who’s Your Daddy?

                                                                                   December 23, 2004 – 10:22AM

- Reuters

Plans to air a television game show in which an adopted woman picks out her father from a panel of impostors have thousands of people deluging Fox TV with letters and e-mails to get the show shelved.

The “Who’s Your Daddy?” show, in which a young woman given up for adoption as a child gets a $100,000 prize for picking out her biological father from a line-up, is the latest in America’s obsession with reality TV programming.  News of the show sparked both a grass-roots campaign among adoptive parents and protests from national adoption organizations who called the idea offensive, voyeuristic and exploitative.

Six episodes have been filmed but so far only one has been scheduled for broadcast, on January 3.  Fox, a unit of News Corp Inc, has yet to respond directly to its critics but said in a statement that although the title was “attention-grabbing” it was not indicative of the content.

Deborah Capone, a single mother with a 5-year-old adopted daughter, is behind an e-mail campaign that has generated more than 5,000 messages to Fox in a week asking for a meeting and for the show to be axed.

“By turning adoption reunions into a game show, ‘Who’s Your Daddy?’ takes an intensely personal and complex situation … and transforms it into a voyeuristic display,” Capone said.

Capone said she was astounded at the response although she has heard nothing from Fox.  She next plans to encourage her supporters to target potential advertisers and Fox TV affiliates to persuade them to abandon the show.

Adam Pertman, executive director of the Evan B Donaldson Adoption Institute, wrote to Fox describing the show as “destructive, insensitive and offensive” to the tens of millions of Americans with adoption in their families.  “The very idea of taking such a deeply personal, complex situation and turning it into a money-grubbing game show is perverse, destructive and insensitive to others,” he wrote.

Kevin Healey, one of the show’s executive producers, said he was taken aback by the reaction given the fact that the participants, their biological parents, and their adoptive parents were all willing and informed.

“Knowing what we did and the lives that we changed for the positive, I was very surprised. I expected there to be a reaction to the title but I felt people would watch it and then make their decisions,” Healey told Reuters.  Healey said the idea was inspired by a friend who is adopted. “It came from a very pure place not from a place of trying to embarrass or harm anyone,” he said.

Reality programming, in which ordinary people put themselves in embarrassing or emotionally charged situations, has dominated American television for the past three years, producing efforts such as “Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire”, “Survivor”, “My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance” and “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.”

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WHO’S YOUR DADDY?  E-MAIL CAMPAIGN

Click the link below to access the Who’s Your Daddy? e-mail campaign.  You will see the Simple As Thatpeople have provided a form letter to use to address Fox.   

Under the link you will see we at H.O.P.E. have provided our own form letter that better reflects our mission and problems with the show.  Simply copy and paste our text over the Simple as That form letter or write your own letter in that space to make your voice heard.

 

                                                          http://www.simpleasthat.com/actionletter/index.php

                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                       COPY AND PASTE THE FOLLOWING                                                                               

 



To Mr. Chernin, Ms. Wilson, Ms. Shapiro, Ms. Jacobs, Mr. Pierce, Mr. Hallock and Mr. Healy:

I am outraged that Fox Television would consider airing Who’s Your Daddy? in January.  The show is not only demeaning to countless adoption groups, but also to anyone with some form of intellect or a desire to be entertained.

The idea that the people at Fox are so bereft of quality ideas that you have to turn the adoption process for a show is a scary thought indeed.  The fact that you keep churning out shows like The Littlest Groom and The Simple Life while brilliant and talented people sit on the sidelines is not lost on the American public.  You are flirting with disaster and turning people off to the medium of television by the day.

The fact that one of the producers is “very surprised” by the overwhelming negative reaction to the showWho’s Your Daddy? says it all.  So out of touch with reality are your makers of reality programming, we’ve reached a point where it takes massive e-mail campaigns by citizens with much better things to do to keep your trash off of the air.

This programming is offensive on so many levels — from concept, language, to the perpetuation of biases — that you must not broadcast it.   Apparently this time you’ve really pulled a major hat trick of incompetence:  you’ve managed to not only offend the intellect, but also the morality and sense of decency of a large enough group of people that you’re having a hard time getting advertisers.

When Fox TV announces that this offensive and thoughtless program is shelved-permanently we will all rejoice.  Please, just give it a rest with The Running Man routine, stealing other networks shows, and the animals attacking.  Hire some quality producers, intelligent writers, and gifted actors and get the hell out of their way.  The American public, and the world, deserves better.

We are aware that many of the other groups associated with this campaign are requesting meetings to discuss the issue.  Please do not contact H.O.P.E. in any way, shape, or form.  We have had enough and until you turn your substandard and cheap network around we have nothing to say to you.

 

 

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One H.O.P.E. members take on reality programming.  A great read.


 

A DOSE OF REALITY

 

by Ben Hoth

H.O.P.E. Member

 

 

What are people going to do in 20 years when they are trying to dress up for a 2000′s party?  I’ve often wondered that.  What is going to be on classic rock stations in the year 2020 when Im driving my 2.3 kids around in my SUV?  What will my generation be remembered for?  What will my grandchildren study in American Lit?

 

I have terrible suspicions about the answers to these questions, but I know beyond a shadow of a doubt who isn’t asking them.  I know for a fact who isnt interested in the pervading cultural theme of my life…the people who decide what on what it’s going to be:  the people who determine what will be on the radio when I turn it on, the people who publish books by Paris Hilton, the people who read the script for Meet Joe Black and decided Brad Pitt could probably sell enough tickets anyway. 

 

It would take too long to speculate on how we got to this point exactly, although I often spend time thinking about it.  I think the bottom line is that for at least a decade now all of the evolution that has driven pop culture is toward lower costs.  Television and music producers have responded to the explosion in competition (cable TV, the internet, piracy, etc.) by flooding television with reality TV garbage and mass music artist signings by genre.  The cornerstone of reality television is the cheap production cost.  You would think from the volume of reality shows that your friends and neighbors really have an interest in this stuff, but what is being pitched to the studios is bottom line numbers.  In an era when genuinely good shows earn less than they used to because of the amount of competition, studios and investors are turning easier bucks by putting out more reality crap.  Why is reality so much cheaper?  The actors aren’t considered actors since the shows are “real”, as such, the cast and crew are all non-union which sidesteps all of the SAG requirements.  The onscreen personalities are paid in “celebrity”, i.e. just enough money to keep them going and the opportunity to be on a big television show.  Many times they are put in the role of quasi-”contestant” and they compete for an amount of money that may seem large but is exponentially cheaper than paying a dozen C-list onscreen personalities.

 

The most effective producers in this paradigm are the most brutal accountants, the people who are able to squeeze the most from people for the least.  That spark of creativity and ability to do something unique stopped being the hot commodity in Hollywood, and we all have to suffer through the substance vacuum. 

 

The thing that we lose sight of is that we aren’t contributing anything anymore.  There is almost nothing that major studios and labels offer that is thought-provoking or insightful or even very funny.  For every hour we spend watching someone eat goat crap or play dodgeball, we are just treading water.  Wasting time.  That is the goal of all our modern entertainment.  Turn off your brain for a couple hours.  What is more…that is our pervading cultural theme.  That is what we will be remembered for…wasting time.  I appreciate people trying to make a buck, but America should demand more for its attention.  When I look back on my life I won’t give a damn about Full House reruns or Who Wants to Marry a Douche Bag?…and I hope my life is important enough to me to not waste too many hours that I could have been making memories with. 

 

 

ASHLEE SIMPSON CD EXCHANGE

H.O.P.E OFFERS ASHLEE SIMPSON CD TRADE IN 

    

H.O.P.E. (Horrified Observers of Pedestrian Entertainment) is offering the good people of America who have been duped into buying Ashlee Simpson’s CD a reprieve; the opportunity to turn in her CD for one of a higher entertainment quality. Elvis Costello, The Ramones, X, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, Aretha Franklin, Mr. Bungle, Ray Charles, Abe Lincoln Story, Neil Hamburger, Joni Mitchell, and Brian Wilson.  These are not endorsements of the CDs we are sending.  If you receive a CD and it doesn’t appeal to you, you are welcome to exchange it until you get one you like.

Due to the overwhelming response, and the public’s suggestions of other substandard artists for trade, this exchange will continue indefinitely and will be expanded to include other artists who are detrimental to the public’s well being. 

Starting immediately we will also accept any Britney Spears,  Jennifer Lopez, Nick Lachey, Jessica Simpson, Creed, Paris Hilton, Limp Bizkit, and any boy band albums for trade.

If you’re in a city outside NYC or L.A., contact Hopeinfilm@aol.com or visitwww.hopeinamerica.com for an exchange.

For the people of New York, the Knitting Factory’s run is over due to circumstances beyond our control, but we will be updating shortly as to other locations for the exchange. 

Please be advised we are accepting exchanges based on the low entertainment quality of her music as well as her live lip-synching. 

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THE SPIRIT OF THE EXCHANGE

www.hopeinamerica.com/wst_page8.html

 

 

 

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H.O.P.E. profiled on CNBC’s “Squak Box” and ”Power Lunch.”  Chris Jackson interviewed.

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H.O.P.E. AND PEOPLE OF THE WORLD WINNING AGAIN!!!

“Further confirming that Ashlee Simpson is this generation’s answer to the Yugo, a group in New York City has gone to great pains to determine her trade-in value, which is surprisingly generous, if you ask us. In the wake of her lip-sync debacle, a gaggle of concerned music lovers — dubbing themselves Horrified Observers of Pedestrian Entertainment, or H.O.P.E., for short — has arranged for the singer’s fans to get something more than just a thank-you note from the trash man for copies of her Autobiography album. All folks have to do is swing by New York City’s Knitting Factory club between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. (or go to the hopeinamerica.com Web site) and they’ll be able to trade the coaster for an album featuring real singing. We wouldn’t mind seeing what we could get for our stash of tunes by Ashlee’s big sis — a couple bags of pork rinds seems fair to us . “

 

– Rolling Stone – Nov. 12, 2004

 

 

Thanks to the good people of America and the world over, hundreds of Ashlee Simpson CD’s have been traded in with potentially thousands more to come.  Over 4,000,000 visitors have come to the site, with massive amounts of letters and e-mails flooding into the H.O.P.E. offices voicing support for the cause.  Thanks to ABC, NBC, MTV, Rolling Stone, Yahoo Launch, Google News, MSNBC, Access Hollywood, E!, and many, many more for helping spread the word. 

A link to much of the press via Google News:

http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&lr=&ie=ISO-8859-1&tab=nn&ncl=http://www.onlypunjab.com/real/fullstory1004-newsID-2215.html&filter=0

A great piece from E! online:

http://www.eonline.com/News/Items/0,1,15359,00.html?tnews

News of the trade in has spanned the globe, with coverage on ABC Australia, the BBC in England, as well as outlets in Spain, France, New Zealand and India all chipping in to spread the word.  You, the good people of America and the world, are making a difference!  Your voice is finally being heard!

If you haven’t received your exchange so far or we haven’t responded to your e-mail, please hang tight folks, we’re swamped here and should be able to get to everyone shortly.  Over 300 Ashlee CDs have been exchanged so far with many, many, more to come.

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 LETTERS FROM GREAT PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD REGARDING THE ASHLEE SIMPSON CD EXCHANGE

EVERY WEEK WE WILL PUBLISH SOME OF THE GREAT E-MAILS WE RECEIVE FROM AROUND THE WORLD AND ON THE HOMEFRONT

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Hey, I just wanted to tell you all that you are doing a great job of rooting out such talent-less so call celebrities.  I am from South Africa, and even here all you see in magazines and on satellite TV is Paris friggin’ Hilton.  The first time I saw her first thought was – what have you done to be so famous?  The mind boggling thing is that she has done absolutely nothing to be considered famous.

I second that Ashton Kutcher should be relegated to the back of the line.  He is truly a no-talent hack.  He is shamelessly grasping on to the limelight by hanging onto that other no-talent has-been Demi Moore. 

Anway, keep it up.

Heather

SOUTH AFRICA!

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Hello,

I live in London and I’d love to get involved with HOPE campaigns over here.

I think you’ll be interested to know that HOPE is being promoted on BBC Radio 4 tonight, 6:30pm on a
topical satire programme called The Now Show. The comedian Mitch Benn has discovered your site and has
written a little set and a song about it. I was at the recording of the show, and I really hope it gets
broadcast so other people hear about all this! 
I look forward to hearing about how I can join up,
until then, keep up the good work!

Fiona Wilkie.

 

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Hi my name is Knut and im from Norway.  It’s always nice to see americans taking responsability for the hell you have unleashed on the world in the shape of Ashlee and Jessica Simpson, Britney Spears, Cristina Aguilera and the rest of the second rate entertainers of America.

regards

Knut-H Nordskog

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hi there.

when I heard of HOPE I couldn’t stop smiling, well done.

Leo
Australia

 

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you people are awsome

i heard you on Triple j on A.B.C in australia, but more importantly so
did my girlfriend. she asked me if she can borrow my amiee mann C.D.

after 1 1/2 years i’ve never manage to enlighten her.

you guys did it in a 5 min. segment at 5:45 e.s.t on the 23/11/04.

you people are awsome!

Thanks guys 

C. Mcfarlane

P.S

please let me know how to join

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Hello,

Good work!

Sara, Oslo, Norway

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I just want to support your cause. I think it’s great that you are trying to expand people’s minds.  It’s about time and we deserve good music!!! And good t.v.!!!

Inbal
Israel

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Hi there,

I produce a talk show on Beat 102-103, we cover the South of Ireland. I came across your website today and found it very entertaining – I would love to give it some coverage on the show, and wondered if someone involved in the site would be around someday to have a chat with us on the air. We’d love to find out more about what the site is all about, how it got started, and how listeners can get involved.

The show is called Beat Talk, the presenter’s name is Niall Power, and telephone interviews usually last around five minutes.

Let me know if you are interested and we can set up a time and day.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Patrick Haughey 

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Hello,

I just saw HOPE on CNBC Squawk Box.  I think what you guys are doing is great and I think the message is good, about needing talent to be successful… or next we’ll have Britney running for political office and winning. (perhaps only in California, but nonetheless.)

Please place me on a mailing list if you have one.

Thanks

Ross

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Hi my name is Cyna Strachan
I am 13 years old and I live in Australia.
I really beilieve in what you guys do.
I constantly have to watch bad music being produced
especially going to an all girls school…!!

I absoultley love the ramones they are my faviurite band ever.
I would really like to become a memeber, even if i am in australia

Cyna

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H.O.P.E. FUNDRAISER

Look out Britney, there’s some people out there who think you might be next.

We’ve received many e-mails over the past few weeks asking about ways you can financially support what H.O.P.E. is doing.  We are a non-profit organization and any money donated to the movement will be chanelled directly into ad campaigns, protests, national commercials, and funding of the arts that support the mission of quality entertainment as we put a stop to the Britney Spears and Ashlee Simpsons of the world.  Understand there are many ways to spread the word of H.O.P.E. and your efforts are equally appreciated, this is simply one way to help out.

Visit:

http://www.cafepress.com/hopeforall

If there are items in the store you’re interested in but can’t afford to make the donation for,  e-mail www.hopeinfilm@aol.com for details.

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PARIS HILTON UPDATE

PLAYING TAPS FOR PARIS

ANOTHER VICTORY FOR H.O.P.E.
 
We received e-mails from H.O.P.E. operatives this week that another victory was scored for H.O.P.E. over Paris Hilton and the forces of evil, this time at the club The Velvet Underground in Miami.  Interviews with those in attendance to come.

Coverage was taken from the Sun – England’s largest paper.

                         HILTON BOOED OFF STAGE

Blonde socialite PARIS HILTON’s attempts to establish her pop career failed miserably at the weekend (02-03OCT04) when she was booed off stage. Long known in her native America for her partying and shopping exploits, Hilton is keen to have a serious career since becoming an international name last year (03), when her tape with ex-boyfriend RICK SALOMAN was leaked onto the internet. Revelers in a Miami, Florida nightspot were disgusted with THE SIMPLE LIFE star’s rendition of her debut single SCREWED, which according to Britain’s THE SUN newspaper, was ”lip-synched”. Clubbers ignored Hilton’s cover versions of DAVID BOWIE’s FAME and a BLONDIE track. One reveler says, ”Paris quickly left.” 

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Book sales for “Confessions of an Heiress” are down as is her rating in the Yahoo Buzz index. H.O.P.E. however has recieved over 200,000 web hits in the last month alone and has received thousands of positive e-mails from all over the globe.  We’re winning, America!

 
 
 
 
 
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H.O.P.E. A BIG HIT IN CANADA

This article was taken from the National Post — Canada’s version of USA Today

                              Paris Hilton must be stopped!

                                        B Y SA M A N T H A G R I C E
The group considered waiting for National Lampoon’s Gold Diggers to make its red carpet premiere. And they also thought about christening their new organization with a US$18-million fundraiser to stop Steve Martin from selling himself out in stupid, substandard movies. But when H.O.P.E (Horrified Observers of Pedestrian Entertainment) learned Paris Hilton would be signing copies of her new “book,” Confessions of a Heiress, at Book Soup in West Hollywood, they knew this was just the kind of offensive cultural event they had been waiting for. “It was perfect,’” recalls Chris Jackson, the group’s founder. “Of course, it presents a dilemma because how will we ever find something to match this again?” he says, explaining that for a good portion of his life he’s felt dissatisfied with the quality of pop culture in his country. Jackson rallied the troops to the Sunset Strip (the heart of bad culture) where they set up camp across the street from the book signing. Their mission: better entertainment for Americans. “We’re almost like a consumer advocacy group, service,” says Jackson.

More than a hundred people showed up and used Hilton as the scapegoat through which to express their exasperation with bad sitcoms, mind-numbing reality television and talentless celebrities. Their signs asked questions such as “Why?” or more specifically, “Why are you famous?” And offered advice such as, “Read a book, Don’t write one.” Others skewered the hotel chain princess with “You Can’t Buy Brain Cells,” and “I’d rather watch a Stephen King Porn than Read a Paris Hilton Book.” They also saved a few words for the entertainment reporters there to cover the event, “Media: This is not news. Go Cover Something Important!”  And they chanted — “Prose before Hos.” Cars honked, the police were supportive and the talking heads from E! and ET interviewed Jackson. He jokes he’s never felt more of a connection with the world than at the Paris protest. “I thought to myself, ‘I live in a good world! And I would have never known that by watching TV.’ ”

Lined up in Hilton’s corner, among the sad, celebrity-obsessed middle-aged men and women, were a family of devout Christians looking for an autograph. When asked how they think Hilton supports Christian ideals, they responded that when Paris signed their book, they would tell her that she was in her prayers. “They’ve done this at every celeb book signing they’ve gone to,” explains Mollie, a H.O.P.E. member.

Another thrilling triumph for the group came when they managed to deprogram a couple of teenagers who had initially crossed the street to defend their favourite celebrity against H.O.P.E.’s seemingly unfair attack. “They were smart girls,” says Jackson.

“It’s not so much that we hate Paris Hilton, just the fact she is destroying our culture,” he explains. “But she is symptomatic of a larger problem. It’s not just her.” It’s also Ashton Kutcher, J.Lo, Ben Affleck, P.Diddy and company. “It’s anyone who doesn’t have any real talent or ability who is being mass-marketed and shoved down our throats,” he says. “With Ashton it’s as simple as he is not a talented person. He is not a good actor. I know the producers of Punk’d and they make it look like he writes the show but he doesn’t. And he makes it seem as though the show is his entire brainchild, but if you sat down with him for 10 minutes you’d see that anything funny is not his.”

With Hilton, what rankles the group — and almost everyone who is aware of her presence on the planet — is she is famous because she is rich. She has enough money to buy fame. “And on her show she insults middle America and she hasn’t done anything to warrant that,” says Jackson. “And then we’re told to worship her because she has so much money.”

On the bright side, he says, fewer people than you think watch these shows. We are led to believe they are popular and newsworthy because they are marketed so heavily. “And think of your life on a normal day, how many people do you come across that would actually go to a Paris Hilton book signing?”

If you’re wondering how H.O.P.E. feels about Britney Spears, well, of course, they think she’s awful. But in her case they don’t think they will have to intervene as Spears is doing a fine job of falling out of public favour all by herself. “They are all going to fall off eventually, we are just trying to accelerate the process,” says Jackson. “But even more than that, try to put a stop to the next one.”

   If you would like to join the H.O.P.E. protest of crime against the entertainment landscape go to www.hopeinamerica.com
National Post
www.hopeinamerica.com

A protestor asks an excellent question, the answer to which is: Porn and money.

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VICTORY FOR H.O.P.E!

Paris Burned!!!

A massive victory was scored for H.O.P.E., the good people of America, and those who want better entertainment around the globe as over 100 members showed up to protest the Sept. 13th Paris Hilton book signing in Los Angeles.  Entertainment Tonight, EXTRA, MSNBC, E! Television, The Defamer, and KPFK were among the media who covered the event.  The voice of the people was heard!  Americans finally have a voice regarding their entertainment, and it is H.O.P.E. 

“If you think all publicity is good publicity talk to O.J. or anyone associated with Gigli.”

 Kara Palmer — H.O.P.E. member

    

PARIS HILTON’S BOOK-SIGNING

at

Book Soup in Hollywood

Join us as we protest this crime
against the entertainment landscape…
and humanity.
SLOGAN:
Read a book. Don’t write one!
BREAKDOWN:
Monday, Sept. 13 at 7:00 p.m.
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Blvd., in West Hollywood
Paris Hilton of “The Simple Life” will appear
in person to sign copies of her new book
Confessions of an Heiress
…and we will be there too.
For Further Details or if you’re interested in becoming a member and participating
in this and other upcoming HOPE events, e-mail us at  HopeInFilm@aol.com.

H.O.P.E. Art Gallery and Contest

A patron of the arts, H.O.P.E. is offering artists and lay people alike an opportunity to be displayed at a major gallery opening in Los Angeles.  The art can be of any form, but must reflect the mission of H.O.P.E.    Paintings, sculptures, and any form of art will be welcomed, but it must be submitted electronically.  This contest is not meant to turn art into a form of competition, but a way of giving back to you, the public, and allowing people without the necessary connections a forum to create and express their artistic vision. 

HOW TO SUBMIT

 

Send a Jpeg file of your work, regardless of form, to HopeInFilm@aol.com

 

 

FIRST PRIZE

 

First prize will win $500 cash, H.O.P.E. shirts, CD’s as well as a prominent place in the gallery and a trip to Los Angeles to attend the opening night. 

 

SECOND PRIZE

 

H.O.P.E. buttons and $100 cash

 

 

HONORABLE MENTIONS

 

Third, Fourth and Fifth place will recieve merchandise and will be noted as honorable mentions in the gallery. 

This is our humourous sample. Your work need not reflect this specific piece.  We are looking for creativity within the form and originality.  Your work simply must reflect the vision of H.O.P.E.  Have fun, and we will update reguarly with details.

Donations / Online Store

H.O.P.E. FUNDRAISER

BUY H.O.P.E. Shirts

http://www.cafepress.com/hopeforall

We’ve recieved many e-mails over the past few weeks asking about ways you can financially support what H.O.P.E. is doing.   Any money donated to the movement will be chaneled directly into ad campaigns, protests, national commercials, and funding of the arts that support the mission of quality entertainment as we put a stop to the Britney Spears and Ashlee Simpsons of the world.  Understand there are many ways to spread the word of H.O.P.E. and your efforts are equally appreciated, this is simply one way to help out.

Mission Statement / H.O.P.E. Board

MISSION STATEMENT

We at H.O.P.E. have a simple stated mission: to bring quality to the world of entertainment while working outside of the traditional network, record label, and studio structure.  It is our “hope” that by voicing our feelings and concerns to the powers that be a better tomorrow, and not The Day After Tomorrow, is only around the corner for the good people of the United States of America, the world, and beyond.
H.O.P.E. is an association of entertainment and media professionals, students, journalists, and citizens that are fed up with the face of popular culture and mainstream entertainment. H.O.P.E.’s membership believes that with all the progress we have made in technology, music production, art, and film, these industries are capable of producing things much greater than what they’re giving to the world.  H.O.P.E.’s members will not stand by idly and accept celebrities that are only famous because they are rich, musicians who do not sing at their performances, or any form of culturally bankrupt entertainment that the entertainment industry attempts to force down the public’s throat.  H.O.P.E. is of the people, by the people, and for the people… and just getting started.

Founder

Chris Jackson

Board Members

James Chenifer

Sue Denim

Ben Hoth

Greg Johnson

Simone Johnson

Jingo Lemon

Hahu Lemon

Ryan McMichael

Scott Scrilla

Eriik Illstorm

Tina Tillstorm

Member Quotes

“These people are doing a service for the common man….raising the bar for the good of all those who desire to be entertained. ”

- Christy Potter…. H.O.P.E. member
“Hundreds of words and many phrases that we all use today were coined by William Shakespeare, four hundred years after the fact.  It’s easy to see why.  Creative works of substance steer our whole culture; they shape the way we see things, they change the way we say things.  I see the music industry trying to stifle music.  I see the film industry acting like McDonald’s.  I see the same publishing houses that printed Mark Twain now printing novels written by Pam Anderson.  All around me there is good entertainment that should be our new culture; and it is being drowned in POD albums and Friends reruns.  In a world where media is accessible like never before, it is our moral duty to reject bad entertainment.  What if you had a child and he turned into Robin Williams?  Is that what you want people to be like in another 400 years”
– Ben Hoth… H.O.P.E. member
“I can honestly and truly say I am recovering!  The truth is though, I always knew and said to all who cared to listen, I would never watch that crap if I wasn’t paid to.  And that’s the truth!”Mary Pringle… H.O.P.E. member

“These social and cultural re workings pulled over on us by these lesser minded of our youth, that have become like modern day gods influencing us straight into the toilet, with a million and one different versions of vanity and uselessness parading around as if the ultimate resource.  We must replace their replacement, and do it with love, and bravado.   Everything has become like a modern day, crappy sweet valley high novel, entertainment in no way representing a shining example of greatness, or what one can become, but rather our stars are people that one wouldnt want to end up being.  Pseudo heros, selling stale , imitation art.”
Devin Lashay …. H.O.P.E. member
“It sounds like a good and worthy cause.  I am a journalism student, work at a design school, think Paris and her doggy resemble each other and don’t care for her new book… Everyone in my camp feels pretty much the same.”
Angela James …. H.O.P.E. member
“I have this terrible recurring nightmare where everyone I know communicates through idiotic catch phrases and one-liners.  Where I feel completely disenfranchised from the rest of the world and where the popular culture is of which I can’t relate.  Where I feel like every joke I’ve heard, every story I’ve been told and every conversation I’ve been a part of with no originality or thought behind anything that’s being said and done.  And then I wake up and realize it’s my life and I fell asleep in front of According to Jim  God, deliver me from this evil.”
– Mike Patrick …. H.O.P.E. member

Contact / How to Join

There are a number of ways to join H.O.P.E. and help the American public  and world get its voice heard against the Hollywood elite.  We need chapter presidents, internet campaigners, the world over.  No matter who you are, where you live,  or what financial or social status you are perceived as having, you can make your voice heard and help.  Keep your eyes on the website for updates, and e-mail us at Hopeinfilm@aol.com.  We will be posting shortly a list of ways to join the fight and have some fun in ridding the world’s airwaves of these culturally bankrupt and talentless celebrities. 

 

We are also always looking to fund motivated people in their efforts of fighting for good entertainment.

Ashlee Simpson CD Exchange

H.O.P.E. MEMBER BETHANY DECKER’S

STOP ASHLEE SIMPSON PETITION GAINING MOMENTUM

8,452 SIGNATURES AND COUNTING

http://www.petitiononline.com/StopAsh/petition.html

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ASHLEE SIMPSON CD EXCHANGE

H.O.P.E OFFERS ASHLEE SIMPSON CD TRADE IN

H.O.P.E. (Horrified Observers of Pedestrian Entertainment) is offering the good people of America who have been duped into buying Ashlee Simpson’s CD a reprieve; the opportunity to turn in her CD for one of a higher entertainment quality. Elvis Costello, The Ramones, X, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, Aretha Franklin, Mr. Bungle, Ray Charles, Abe Lincoln Story, Neil Hamburger, Joni Mitchell, and Brian Wilson.  These are not endorsements of the CDs we are sending.  If you receive a CD and it doesn’t appeal to you, you are welcome to exchange it until you get one you like.

Due to the overwhelming response, and the public’s suggestions of other substandard artists for trade, this exchange will continue indefinitely and will be expanded to include other artists who are detrimental to the public’s well being.

Starting immediately we will also accept any Britney Spears,  Jennifer Lopez, Nick Lachey, Jessica Simpson, Creed, Paris Hilton, Limp Bizkit, and any boy band albums for trade.

If you’re in a city outside NYC or L.A., contact Hopeinfilm@aol.com or visit www.hopeinamerica.com for an exchange.

For the people of New York, the Knitting Factory’s run is over due to circumstances beyond our control, but we will be updating shortly as to other locations for the exchange.

Please be advised we are accepting exchanges based on the low entertainment quality of her music as well as her live lip-synching.

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THE SPIRIT OF THE EXCHANGE

www.hopeinamerica.com/wst_page8.html

 

 

 

 

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H.O.P.E. profiled on CNBC’s “Squak Box” and ”Power Lunch.”  Chris Jackson interviewed.

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H.O.P.E. AND PEOPLE OF THE WORLD WINNING AGAIN!!!

“Further confirming that Ashlee Simpson is this generation’s answer to the Yugo, a group in Los Angeles has gone to great pains to determine her trade-in value, which is surprisingly generous, if you ask us. In the wake of her lip-sync debacle, a gaggle of concerned music lovers — dubbing themselves Horrified Observers of Pedestrian Entertainment, or H.O.P.E., for short — has arranged for the singer’s fans to get something more than just a thank-you note from the trash man for copies of her Autobiography album. All folks have to do is swing by New York City’s Knitting Factory club between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. (or go to the hopeinamerica.com Web site) and they’ll be able to trade the coaster for an album featuring real singing. We wouldn’t mind seeing what we could get for our stash of tunes by Ashlee’s big sis — a couple bags of pork rinds seems fair to us . “

 

– Rolling Stone – Nov. 12, 2004

 

 

Thanks to the good people of America and the world over, hundreds of Ashlee Simpson CD’s have been traded in with potentially thousands more to come.  Over 4,000,000 visitors have come to the site, with massive amounts of letters and e-mails flooding into the H.O.P.E. offices voicing support for the cause.  Thanks to ABC, NBC, MTV, Rolling Stone, Yahoo Launch, Google News, MSNBC, Access Hollywood, E!, and many, many more for helping spread the word.

A great piece from E! online:

http://www.eonline.com/News/Items/0,1,15359,00.html?tnews

News of the trade in has spanned the globe, with coverage on ABC Australia, the BBC in England, as well as outlets in Spain, France, New Zealand and India all chipping in to spread the word.  You, the good people of America and the world, are making a difference!  Your voice is finally being heard!

If you haven’t received your exchange so far or we haven’t responded to your e-mail, please hang tight folks, we’re swamped here and should be able to get to everyone shortly.  Over 300 Ashlee CDs have been exchanged so far with many, many, more to come.

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 LETTERS FROM GREAT PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD REGARDING THE ASHLEE SIMPSON CD EXCHANGE

EVERY WEEK WE WILL PUBLISH SOME OF THE GREAT E-MAILS WE RECEIVE FROM AROUND THE WORLD AND ON THE HOMEFRONT

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Hey, I just wanted to tell you all that you are doing a great job of rooting out such talent-less so call celebrities.  I am from South Africa, and even here all you see in magazines and on satellite TV is Paris friggin’ Hilton.  The first time I saw her first thought was – what have you done to be so famous?  The mind boggling thing is that she has done absolutely nothing to be considered famous.

I second that Ashton Kutcher should be relegated to the back of the line.  He is truly a no-talent hack.  He is shamelessly grasping on to the limelight by hanging onto that other no-talent has-been Demi Moore.

Anway, keep it up.

Heather

SOUTH AFRICA!

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Hello,

I live in London and I’d love to get involved with HOPE campaigns over here.

I think you’ll be interested to know that HOPE is being promoted on BBC Radio 4 tonight, 6:30pm on a
topical satire programme called The Now Show. The comedian Mitch Benn has discovered your site and has
written a little set and a song about it. I was at the recording of the show, and I really hope it gets
broadcast so other people hear about all this! I look forward to hearing about how I can join up,
until then, keep up the good work!

Fiona Wilkie.

 

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Hi my name is Knut and im from Norway.  It’s always nice to see americans taking responsability for the hell you have unleashed on the world in the shape of Ashlee and Jessica Simpson, Britney Spears, Cristina Aguilera and the rest of the second rate entertainers of America.

regards

Knut-H Nordskog

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hi there.

when I heard of HOPE I couldn’t stop smiling, well done.

Leo
Australia

 

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you people are awsome

i heard you on Triple j on A.B.C in australia, but more importantly so
did my girlfriend. she asked me if she can borrow my amiee mann C.D.

after 1 1/2 years i’ve never manage to enlighten her.

you guys did it in a 5 min. segment at 5:45 e.s.t on the 23/11/04.

you people are awsome!

Thanks guys

C. Mcfarlane

P.S

please let me know how to join

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Hello,

Good work!

Sara, Oslo, Norway

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I just want to support your cause. I think it’s great that you are trying to expand people’s minds.  It’s about time and we deserve good music!!! And good t.v.!!!

Inbal
Israel

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Hi there,

I produce a talk show on Beat 102-103, we cover the South of Ireland. I came across your website today and found it very entertaining – I would love to give it some coverage on the show, and wondered if someone involved in the site would be around someday to have a chat with us on the air. We’d love to find out more about what the site is all about, how it got started, and how listeners can get involved.

The show is called Beat Talk, the presenter’s name is Niall Power, and telephone interviews usually last around five minutes.

Let me know if you are interested and we can set up a time and day.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Patrick Haughey

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Hello,

I just saw HOPE on CNBC Squawk Box.  I think what you guys are doing is great and I think the message is good, about needing talent to be successful… or next we’ll have Britney running for political office and winning. (perhaps only in California, but nonetheless.)

Please place me on a mailing list if you have one.

Thanks

Ross

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Hi my name is Cyna Strachan
I am 13 years old and I live in Australia.
I really beilieve in what you guys do.
I constantly have to watch bad music being produced
especially going to an all girls school…!!

I absoultley love the ramones they are my faviurite band ever.
I would really like to become a memeber, even if i am in australia

Cyna

2004 HOPE Awards

The 2004 H.O.P.E. Awards

A fitting tribute to the stars of our generation.

In a world where media is accessible like never before, the evening brought together people who actively desire to reject bad entertainment.  The Cabaret Voltaire (cabaretvoltaore.org) put on the night that was hosted by comedian Neil Hamburger who the Onion says has created:  “three of the smartest, funniest, and most inventive stand-up albums of the past decade “  Hamburger kept the audience on it’s toes and the night was an overwhelming success.

Awards were voted on by the audience prior to the show and absentee ballots were accepted from H.O.P.E. members not in attendance.  Paris Hilton led the award winners with four including Most HOPELESS performer.

Most Hopeless Album

Ashlee Simpson — Autobiography

Remake that Shouldn’t Have Been

The Real Gilligans Island

Worst List Show

Barbara Walters Presents — 10 Most Fascinating People of 2004 (Featuring Paris Hilton)

Most Hopeless Book

Paris Hilton — Confessions of An Heiress

Career Most Likely Over by this time Next Year

Robert Blake

Most Ill Conceived Concept

The Real Gilligans Island

Most Overexposed
(Tie) Paris Hilton

and

Lindsay Lohan

Most Appropriate Comment by an Entertainment Critic

Over the course of its bloated, nearly 80-minute run time, Snoop Dogg’s self-professed Masterpiece only intermittently comes close to matching its grandiose title. Then again, the more honest Rhythm & Gangsta: The Mediocrity just wouldn’t have the same ring.

Nathan Rabin — The Onion

Most Hopeless TV viewing

Pharmaceutical Commercials

Most Unnecessary Product

Britney Spears Perfume

Most Mindless Reality Show

The Benefactor

Performer With Year’s Biggest Decline

Ashlee Simpson

Saddest Decision by Actor to Accept a Role

(Tie) Dustin Hoffman — Meet the Fockers

and

James Belushi — According to Jim

Most Hopeless Film

Christmas with the Kranks

Most HOPELESS Performer

Paris Hilton

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H.O.P.E.’s Erik Illstorm Launches BLOG With Daily Updates

  http://hopeinamerica.blogspot.com/

 

This is a great site that will, without a shadow of a doubt, be updated daily.  Please be patient with us as we are in a site redesign.  We are expecting to launch next monday.

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STOP ASHLEE SIMPSON PETITION

TOP SIGNED PETITION OF THE YEAR WITH 155,808 SIGNATURES!

PETITION CREATOR AND H.O.P.E. MEMBER BETHANY DECKER INTERVIEWED BY NEWSWEEK.

http://www.petitiononline.com/StopAsh/petition.html

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H.O.P.E. LAUNCHES

WWW.STOPBRITNEY.COM

She’s Baaack!

From the thousands of e-mails of support we’ve received in the last month one thing has become abundantly clear to the staff at the H.O.P.E. offices:  the people of the world have had enough of Britney Spears and she must be stopped.   Amazingly, for a performer who was supposedly “retired”  H.O.P.E. received an inordinate amount of e-mails asking us to help put an end to this meaningless, yet persistently annoying career.  To be honest, it was a bit shocking to us the demand to stop Britney as we thought she was doing a fine job of ruining her career on her own and would simply fade out of the public eye.

I guess we were just being naive.

Britney is back and worse than ever.

– Britney presented a new song titled “Mona Lisa” to Los Angeles radio station KIIS-FM.

 

– Britney’s in the process of working on a new album, which she hopes to have released sometime before summer. 

 

– Britney has a music video that’s to be released shortly. 

 

– Britney’s writing a musical about her time in Hollywood titled Hollywood.  

 

– Britney’s working on turning her husband, Kevin Federline, into a hip-hop star.   I promise, this isn’t a joke. 

 

These are all projects that will undoubtedly turn into disasters which we, the public, will have to suffer through on the evening news, and just about every other media outlet available as this trash is shoved down our throats in multi-million dollar advertising campaigns and promotional tours.  Let’s stop the madness before it starts again.

 

Visit the site www.StopBritney.com for further details and how to help by writing reviews of her albums, signing a petition to keep her out of the news this time around, and donating $1 to buy her a month’s worth of vocal lessons and a one way ticket out of the country, both which H.O.P.E. will present at her doorstep in the form of an oversized check and ticket.

The people of America and the world over did a great job in letting their voice be heard and letting everyone know that they’re sick of Ashlee Simpson through the H.O.P.E. exchange and booing her off stage at the Orange Bowl.  Based on these events we have much less Ashlee Simpson in our face than we did even a month ago and probably will never hear from her again.  I know we can do it again and let’s turn her break into a permanent retirement!.

Keep fighting the good fight!

Chris Jackson

H.O.P.E. Founder

www.StopBritney.com

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H.O.P.E. MEMBER BETHANY DECKER’S

STOP ASHLEE SIMPSON PETITION GAINING MOMENTUM.

FOUNDER CHRIS JACKSON PROMOTES ON CHICAGO’S MANCOW SHOW, DREW AND MIKE IN DETROIT, AS WELL AS AUSTRALIA’S TRIPLE J.

8,452 SIGNATURES AND COUNTING

http://www.petitiononline.com/StopAsh/petition.html

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H.O.P.E. SCORES TWO MORE VICTORIES ON TUESDAY NIGHT!

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The Silent Majority Speaks Out Against Ashlee Simpson;  False Idol Booed Off Stage at the Orange Bowl.

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FROM REUTERS

Amid a chorus of protests from child-adoption advocates and sneers from critics, the general reactionviewers to the controversial Fox special “Who’s Your Daddy?” seemed to be “Who Cares?”

The tear-soaked 90-minute special, featuring an attractive young woman picking her biological father from a lineup filled out with impostors, proved to be a ratings flop, according to preliminary figures on Tuesday from Nielsen Media Research. The Fox show drew a mere 6.3 million viewers, ranking fourth in its Monday night time slot against competing broadcasts on CBS, ABC and NBC. “Daddy” also trailed its Big Three rivals in ratings for its target audience of viewers aged 18 to 49, the group most prized by advertisers. Critics roundly panned the show as tasteless and exploitative. It opened with a young woman named T.J., who had been adopted as an infant, being introduced to a panel of eight older men, including her real father. Through three elimination rounds of questioning, the seven pretenders did their best to fool the contestant into thinking they were her true dads. Impostors stood to win $100,000 if they tricked the adopted girl, who would get the $100,000 herself for a correct pick. Some reviews noted the staging in a lavish mansion with lots of candles bore a creepy resemblance to such reality dating shows as “The Bachelor” and “Joe Millionaire.” In the end, however, T.J. prevailed. Weeping through much of the program and dressed for the occasion in a slinky black halter gown, she zeroed in on her real birth father. After granting him forgiveness, she walked away with a cash prize of $100,000. And in a final twist at show’s end, Daddy presented T.J. with her real birth mother, along with three younger daughters he fathered by his marriage to another woman. Word of the show before it aired sparked a deluge of letters and e-mail correspondence from adoptees, parents and national adoption organizations branding the program’s concept offensive and urging Fox to cancel it. They said the show makes light of the sensitive emotions surrounding adoption. But producers defended their work, saying all involved were willing and informed participants and they had taken care to conduct the program in a tasteful manner. A Fox spokesman, Scott Grogin, said the network also heard from numerous adoptees “who found the show useful and empowering.” “The past 24 hours, on our Web site, we’ve gotten dozens of requests from adoptees saying if we do decide to do another show they’d love to be a part of it,” Grogin said.

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   Who’s Your Daddy?

 

           I’m tellin’ ya Darnell, we got a hit on our hands! 

Now get Rocket Science on the phone and see when “World’s Wackiest Abortions” is gonna be ready! 

 

 

DISCLAIMER:  We are sympathetic to Deborah Cantone and the plight of all those who are personally offended by this show’s treatment of the adoption process, however, we at H.O.P.E. object to the show purely on the grounds that it is unimaginative, talentless, and boring reality drivel.   The American public deserves programming with thought, effort, and creativity behind it… not rehashed Springer episodes.

 

 

The following story was sent to us by Simone Canterbury, the head of the Australian branch of H.O.P.E.   It was taken from the Australian publication The Age and I can assure you that it is NOT a joke or a prank byThe Onion.    Following the article is a link to an e-mail campaign attempting to stop a hideous show scheduled to air in the U.S. on January 3rd by the name of Who’s Your Daddy?   The campaign was started by Deborah Capone CEO and president of  a charity organization that goes by the name of “As Simple As That.”   The groups mission is to “foster self-esteem in children and teach them to accept, respect, and celebrate all cultures, choices and abilities.”  Their objection to the show is that it turns the adoption process into a hideous game show.   Again, we will reiterate that H.O.P.E.’s objection is that this show is the definition of pedestrian entertainment and we and the American public are bored to tears of being shocked to death.  Who’s Your Daddy? is like Ricki Lake to the 5th power and that’s a tired act we’ve seen.

 

The campaign already has 5,000 signatures and although Fox has filmed 6 episodes, due to the onslaught of negative publicity have only scheduled one to air.  Let’s join in and put this monstrosity away for good.  It worked when people protested The Beverly Hillbillies reality show and due to the negative press Fox has received already advertisers are starting to pull out of the show.  If we keep making our voice heard, and they start losing money on this trash, they’ll get the picture eventually and start looking for the next Seinfeld instead of the next Who Wants to Marry My Dad?  

 

Again, be advised this is not a moral stance on the show and if you are signing the campaign through H.O.P.E. please indicate that.

 

Following the article you can find the link to the campaign.

 

 

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Who’s Your Daddy?

                                                                                   December 23, 2004 – 10:22AM

- Reuters

Plans to air a television game show in which an adopted woman picks out her father from a panel of impostors have thousands of people deluging Fox TV with letters and e-mails to get the show shelved.

The “Who’s Your Daddy?” show, in which a young woman given up for adoption as a child gets a $100,000 prize for picking out her biological father from a line-up, is the latest in America’s obsession with reality TV programming.  News of the show sparked both a grass-roots campaign among adoptive parents and protests from national adoption organizations who called the idea offensive, voyeuristic and exploitative.

Six episodes have been filmed but so far only one has been scheduled for broadcast, on January 3.  Fox, a unit of News Corp Inc, has yet to respond directly to its critics but said in a statement that although the title was “attention-grabbing” it was not indicative of the content.

Deborah Capone, a single mother with a 5-year-old adopted daughter, is behind an e-mail campaign that has generated more than 5,000 messages to Fox in a week asking for a meeting and for the show to be axed.

“By turning adoption reunions into a game show, ‘Who’s Your Daddy?’ takes an intensely personal and complex situation … and transforms it into a voyeuristic display,” Capone said.

Capone said she was astounded at the response although she has heard nothing from Fox.  She next plans to encourage her supporters to target potential advertisers and Fox TV affiliates to persuade them to abandon the show.

Adam Pertman, executive director of the Evan B Donaldson Adoption Institute, wrote to Fox describing the show as “destructive, insensitive and offensive” to the tens of millions of Americans with adoption in their families.  ”The very idea of taking such a deeply personal, complex situation and turning it into a money-grubbing game show is perverse, destructive and insensitive to others,” he wrote.

Kevin Healey, one of the show’s executive producers, said he was taken aback by the reaction given the fact that the participants, their biological parents, and their adoptive parents were all willing and informed.

“Knowing what we did and the lives that we changed for the positive, I was very surprised. I expected there to be a reaction to the title but I felt people would watch it and then make their decisions,” Healey told Reuters.  Healey said the idea was inspired by a friend who is adopted. “It came from a very pure place not from a place of trying to embarrass or harm anyone,” he said.

Reality programming, in which ordinary people put themselves in embarrassing or emotionally charged situations, has dominated American television for the past three years, producing efforts such as “Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire”, “Survivor”, “My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance” and “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.”

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WHO’S YOUR DADDY?  E-MAIL CAMPAIGN

Click the link below to access the Who’s Your Daddy? e-mail campaign.  You will see the Simple As Thatpeople have provided a form letter to use to address Fox.

Under the link you will see we at H.O.P.E. have provided our own form letter that better reflects our mission and problems with the show.  Simply copy and paste our text over the Simple as That form letter or write your own letter in that space to make your voice heard.

 

                                                                       COPY AND PASTE THE FOLLOWING

 

To Mr. Chernin, Ms. Wilson, Ms. Shapiro, Ms. Jacobs, Mr. Pierce, Mr. Hallock and Mr. Healy:

I am outraged that Fox Television would consider airing Who’s Your Daddy? in January.  The show is not only demeaning to countless adoption groups, but also to anyone with some form of intellect or a desire to be entertained.

The idea that the people at Fox are so bereft of quality ideas that you have to turn the adoption process for a show is a scary thought indeed.  The fact that you keep churning out shows like The Littlest Groom and The Simple Life while brilliant and talented people sit on the sidelines is not lost on the American public.  You are flirting with disaster and turning people off to the medium of television by the day.

The fact that one of the producers is “very surprised” by the overwhelming negative reaction to the showWho’s Your Daddy? says it all.  So out of touch with reality are your makers of reality programming, we’ve reached a point where it takes massive e-mail campaigns by citizens with much better things to do to keep your trash off of the air.

This programming is offensive on so many levels — from concept, language, to the perpetuation of biases — that you must not broadcast it.   Apparently this time you’ve really pulled a major hat trick of incompetence:  you’ve managed to not only offend the intellect, but also the morality and sense of decency of a large enough group of people that you’re having a hard time getting advertisers.

When Fox TV announces that this offensive and thoughtless program is shelved-permanently we will all rejoice.  Please, just give it a rest with The Running Man routine, stealing other networks shows, and the animals attacking.  Hire some quality producers, intelligent writers, and gifted actors and get the hell out of their way.  The American public, and the world, deserves better.

We are aware that many of the other groups associated with this campaign are requesting meetings to discuss the issue.  Please do not contact H.O.P.E. in any way, shape, or form.  We have had enough and until you turn your substandard and cheap network around we have nothing to say to you.

 

 

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One H.O.P.E. members take on reality programming.  A great read.

 

 

A DOSE OF REALITY

 

by Ben Hoth

H.O.P.E. Member

 

What are people going to do in 20 years when they are trying to dress up for a 2000′s party?  I’ve often wondered that.  What is going to be on classic rock stations in the year 2020 when Im driving my 2.3 kids around in my SUV?  What will my generation be remembered for?  What will my grandchildren study in American Lit?

 

I have terrible suspicions about the answers to these questions, but I know beyond a shadow of a doubt who isn’t asking them.  I know for a fact who isnt interested in the pervading cultural theme of my life…the people who decide what on what it’s going to be:  the people who determine what will be on the radio when I turn it on, the people who publish books by Paris Hilton, the people who read the script for Meet Joe Black and decided Brad Pitt could probably sell enough tickets anyway.

 

It would take too long to speculate on how we got to this point exactly, although I often spend time thinking about it.  I think the bottom line is that for at least a decade now all of the evolution that has driven pop culture is toward lower costs.  Television and music producers have responded to the explosion in competition (cable TV, the internet, piracy, etc.) by flooding television with reality TV garbage and mass music artist signings by genre.  The cornerstone of reality television is the cheap production cost.  You would think from the volume of reality shows that your friends and neighbors really have an interest in this stuff, but what is being pitched to the studios is bottom line numbers.  In an era when genuinely good shows earn less than they used to because of the amount of competition, studios and investors are turning easier bucks by putting out more reality crap.  Why is reality so much cheaper?  The actors aren’t considered actors since the shows are “real”, as such, the cast and crew are all non-union which sidesteps all of the SAG requirements.  The onscreen personalities are paid in “celebrity”, i.e. just enough money to keep them going and the opportunity to be on a big television show.  Many times they are put in the role of quasi-”contestant” and they compete for an amount of money that may seem large but is exponentially cheaper than paying a dozen C-list onscreen personalities.

 

The most effective producers in this paradigm are the most brutal accountants, the people who are able to squeeze the most from people for the least.  That spark of creativity and ability to do something unique stopped being the hot commodity in Hollywood, and we all have to suffer through the substance vacuum.

 

The thing that we lose sight of is that we aren’t contributing anything anymore.  There is almost nothing that major studios and labels offer that is thought-provoking or insightful or even very funny.  For every hour we spend watching someone eat goat crap or play dodgeball, we are just treading water.  Wasting time.  That is the goal of all our modern entertainment.  Turn off your brain for a couple hours.  What is more…that is our pervading cultural theme.  That is what we will be remembered for…wasting time.  I appreciate people trying to make a buck, but America should demand more for its attention.  When I look back on my life I won’t give a damn about Full House reruns or Who Wants to Marry a Douche Bag?…and I hope my life is important enough to me to not waste too many hours that I could have been making memories with.

 

 

ASHLEE SIMPSON CD EXCHANGE

H.O.P.E OFFERS ASHLEE SIMPSON CD TRADE IN

H.O.P.E. (Horrified Observers of Pedestrian Entertainment) is offering the good people of America who have been duped into buying Ashlee Simpson’s CD a reprieve; the opportunity to turn in her CD for one of a higher entertainment quality. Elvis Costello, The Ramones, X, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, Aretha Franklin, Mr. Bungle, Ray Charles, Abe Lincoln Story, Neil Hamburger, Joni Mitchell, and Brian Wilson.  These are not endorsements of the CDs we are sending.  If you receive a CD and it doesn’t appeal to you, you are welcome to exchange it until you get one you like.

Due to the overwhelming response, and the public’s suggestions of other substandard artists for trade, this exchange will continue indefinitely and will be expanded to include other artists who are detrimental to the public’s well being.

Starting immediately we will also accept any Britney Spears,  Jennifer Lopez, Nick Lachey, Jessica Simpson, Creed, Paris Hilton, Limp Bizkit, and any boy band albums for trade.

If you’re in a city outside NYC or L.A., contact Hopeinfilm@aol.com or visitwww.hopeinamerica.com for an exchange.

For the people of New York, the Knitting Factory’s run is over due to circumstances beyond our control, but we will be updating shortly as to other locations for the exchange.

Please be advised we are accepting exchanges based on the low entertainment quality of her music as well as her live lip-synching.

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THE SPIRIT OF THE EXCHANGE

www.hopeinamerica.com/wst_page8.html

 

 

 

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H.O.P.E. profiled on CNBC’s “Squak Box” and ”Power Lunch.”  Chris Jackson interviewed.

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H.O.P.E. AND PEOPLE OF THE WORLD WINNING AGAIN!!!

“Further confirming that Ashlee Simpson is this generation’s answer to the Yugo, a group in New York City has gone to great pains to determine her trade-in value, which is surprisingly generous, if you ask us. In the wake of her lip-sync debacle, a gaggle of concerned music lovers — dubbing themselves Horrified Observers of Pedestrian Entertainment, or H.O.P.E., for short — has arranged for the singer’s fans to get something more than just a thank-you note from the trash man for copies of her Autobiography album. All folks have to do is swing by New York City’s Knitting Factory club between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. (or go to the hopeinamerica.com Web site) and they’ll be able to trade the coaster for an album featuring real singing. We wouldn’t mind seeing what we could get for our stash of tunes by Ashlee’s big sis — a couple bags of pork rinds seems fair to us . “

 

– Rolling Stone – Nov. 12, 2004

 

 

Thanks to the good people of America and the world over, hundreds of Ashlee Simpson CD’s have been traded in with potentially thousands more to come.  Over 4,000,000 visitors have come to the site, with massive amounts of letters and e-mails flooding into the H.O.P.E. offices voicing support for the cause.  Thanks to ABC, NBC, MTV, Rolling Stone, Yahoo Launch, Google News, MSNBC, Access Hollywood, E!, and many, many more for helping spread the word.

A great piece from E! online:

http://www.eonline.com/News/Items/0,1,15359,00.html?tnews

News of the trade in has spanned the globe, with coverage on ABC Australia, the BBC in England, as well as outlets in Spain, France, New Zealand and India all chipping in to spread the word.  You, the good people of America and the world, are making a difference!  Your voice is finally being heard!

If you haven’t received your exchange so far or we haven’t responded to your e-mail, please hang tight folks, we’re swamped here and should be able to get to everyone shortly.  Over 300 Ashlee CDs have been exchanged so far with many, many, more to come.

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 LETTERS FROM GREAT PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD REGARDING THE ASHLEE SIMPSON CD EXCHANGE

EVERY WEEK WE WILL PUBLISH SOME OF THE GREAT E-MAILS WE RECEIVE FROM AROUND THE WORLD AND ON THE HOMEFRONT

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Hey, I just wanted to tell you all that you are doing a great job of rooting out such talent-less so call celebrities.  I am from South Africa, and even here all you see in magazines and on satellite TV is Paris friggin’ Hilton.  The first time I saw her first thought was – what have you done to be so famous?  The mind boggling thing is that she has done absolutely nothing to be considered famous.

I second that Ashton Kutcher should be relegated to the back of the line.  He is truly a no-talent hack.  He is shamelessly grasping on to the limelight by hanging onto that other no-talent has-been Demi Moore.

Anway, keep it up.

Heather

SOUTH AFRICA!

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Hello,

I live in London and I’d love to get involved with HOPE campaigns over here.

I think you’ll be interested to know that HOPE is being promoted on BBC Radio 4 tonight, 6:30pm on a
topical satire programme called The Now Show. The comedian Mitch Benn has discovered your site and has
written a little set and a song about it. I was at the recording of the show, and I really hope it gets
broadcast so other people hear about all this! I look forward to hearing about how I can join up,
until then, keep up the good work!

Fiona Wilkie.

 

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Hi my name is Knut and im from Norway.  It’s always nice to see americans taking responsability for the hell you have unleashed on the world in the shape of Ashlee and Jessica Simpson, Britney Spears, Cristina Aguilera and the rest of the second rate entertainers of America.

regards

Knut-H Nordskog

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hi there.

when I heard of HOPE I couldn’t stop smiling, well done.

Leo
Australia

 

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you people are awsome

i heard you on Triple j on A.B.C in australia, but more importantly so
did my girlfriend. she asked me if she can borrow my amiee mann C.D.

after 1 1/2 years i’ve never manage to enlighten her.

you guys did it in a 5 min. segment at 5:45 e.s.t on the 23/11/04.

you people are awsome!

Thanks guys

C. Mcfarlane

P.S

please let me know how to join

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Hello,

Good work!

Sara, Oslo, Norway

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I just want to support your cause. I think it’s great that you are trying to expand people’s minds.  It’s about time and we deserve good music!!! And good t.v.!!!

Inbal
Israel

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Hi there,

I produce a talk show on Beat 102-103, we cover the South of Ireland. I came across your website today and found it very entertaining – I would love to give it some coverage on the show, and wondered if someone involved in the site would be around someday to have a chat with us on the air. We’d love to find out more about what the site is all about, how it got started, and how listeners can get involved.

The show is called Beat Talk, the presenter’s name is Niall Power, and telephone interviews usually last around five minutes.

Let me know if you are interested and we can set up a time and day.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Patrick Haughey

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Hello,

I just saw HOPE on CNBC Squawk Box.  I think what you guys are doing is great and I think the message is good, about needing talent to be successful… or next we’ll have Britney running for political office and winning. (perhaps only in California, but nonetheless.)

Please place me on a mailing list if you have one.

Thanks

Ross

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Hi my name is Cyna Strachan
I am 13 years old and I live in Australia.
I really beilieve in what you guys do.
I constantly have to watch bad music being produced
especially going to an all girls school…!!

I absoultley love the ramones they are my faviurite band ever.
I would really like to become a memeber, even if i am in australia

Cyna

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H.O.P.E. FUNDRAISER

Look out Britney, there’s some people out there who think you might be next.

We’ve received many e-mails over the past few weeks asking about ways you can financially support what H.O.P.E. is doing.  We are a non-profit organization and any money donated to the movement will be chanelled directly into ad campaigns, protests, national commercials, and funding of the arts that support the mission of quality entertainment as we put a stop to the Britney Spears and Ashlee Simpsons of the world.  Understand there are many ways to spread the word of H.O.P.E. and your efforts are equally appreciated, this is simply one way to help out.

Visit:

http://www.cafepress.com/hopeforall

If there are items in the store you’re interested in but can’t afford to make the donation for,  e-mail www.hopeinfilm@aol.com for details.

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PARIS HILTON UPDATE

PLAYING TAPS FOR PARIS

ANOTHER VICTORY FOR H.O.P.E.
We received e-mails from H.O.P.E. operatives this week that another victory was scored for H.O.P.E. over Paris Hilton and the forces of evil, this time at the club The Velvet Underground in Miami.  Interviews with those in attendance to come.

Coverage was taken from the Sun – England’s largest paper.

                         HILTON BOOED OFF STAGE
Blonde socialite PARIS HILTON’s attempts to establish her pop career failed miserably at the weekend (02-03OCT04) when she was booed off stage. Long known in her native America for her partying and shopping exploits, Hilton is keen to have a serious career since becoming an international name last year (03), when her sex tape with ex-boyfriend RICK SALOMAN was leaked onto the internet. Revelers in a Miami, Florida nightspot were disgusted with THE SIMPLE LIFE star’s rendition of her debut single SCREWED, which according to Britain’s THE SUN newspaper, was ”lip-synched”. Clubbers ignored Hilton’s cover versions of DAVID BOWIE’s FAME and a BLONDIE track. One reveler says, ”Paris quickly left.”

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Book sales for “Confessions of an Heiress” are down as is her rating in the Yahoo Buzz index. H.O.P.E. however has recieved over 200,000 web hits in the last month alone and has received thousands of positive e-mails from all over the globe.  We’re winning, America!

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H.O.P.E. A BIG HIT IN CANADA

This article was taken from the National Post — Canada’s version of USA Today

                              Paris Hilton must be stopped!

                                        B Y SA M A N T H A G R I C E
The group considered waiting for National Lampoon’s Gold Diggers to make its red carpet premiere. And they also thought about christening their new organization with a US$18-million fundraiser to stop Steve Martin from selling himself out in stupid, substandard movies. But when H.O.P.E (Horrified Observers of Pedestrian Entertainment) learned Paris Hilton would be signing copies of her new “book,” Confessions of a Heiress, at Book Soup in West Hollywood, they knew this was just the kind of offensive cultural event they had been waiting for. “It was perfect,’” recalls Chris Jackson, the group’s founder. “Of course, it presents a dilemma because how will we ever find something to match this again?” he says, explaining that for a good portion of his life he’s felt dissatisfied with the quality of pop culture in his country. Jackson rallied the troops to the Sunset Strip (the heart of bad culture) where they set up camp across the street from the book signing. Their mission: better entertainment for Americans. “We’re almost like a consumer advocacy group, service,” says Jackson.

More than a hundred people showed up and used Hilton as the scapegoat through which to express their exasperation with bad sitcoms, mind-numbing reality television and talentless celebrities. Their signs asked questions such as “Why?” or more specifically, “Why are you famous?” And offered advice such as, “Read a book, Don’t write one.” Others skewered the hotel chain princess with “You Can’t Buy Brain Cells,” and “I’d rather watch a Stephen King Porn than Read a Paris Hilton Book.” They also saved a few words for the entertainment reporters there to cover the event, “Media: This is not news. Go Cover Something Important!”   And they chanted — “Prose before Hos.” Cars honked, the police were supportive and the talking heads from E! and ET interviewed Jackson. He jokes he’s never felt more of a connection with the world than at the Paris protest. “I thought to myself, ‘I live in a good world! And I would have never known that by watching TV.’ ”

Lined up in Hilton’s corner, among the sad, celebrity-obsessed middle-aged men and women, were a family of devout Christians looking for an autograph. When asked how they think Hilton supports Christian ideals, they responded that when Paris signed their book, they would tell her that she was in her prayers. “They’ve done this at every celeb book signing they’ve gone to,” explains Mollie, a H.O.P.E. member.

Another thrilling triumph for the group came when they managed to deprogram a couple of teenagers who had initially crossed the street to defend their favourite celebrity against H.O.P.E.’s seemingly unfair attack. “They were smart girls,” says Jackson.

“It’s not so much that we hate Paris Hilton, just the fact she is destroying our culture,” he explains. “But she is symptomatic of a larger problem. It’s not just her.” It’s also Ashton Kutcher, J.Lo, Ben Affleck, P.Diddy and company. “It’s anyone who doesn’t have any real talent or ability who is being mass-marketed and shoved down our throats,” he says. “With Ashton it’s as simple as he is not a talented person. He is not a good actor. I know the producers of Punk’d and they make it look like he writes the show but he doesn’t. And he makes it seem as though the show is his entire brainchild, but if you sat down with him for 10 minutes you’d see that anything funny is not his.”

With Hilton, what rankles the group — and almost everyone who is aware of her presence on the planet — is she is famous because she is rich. She has enough money to buy fame. “And on her show she insults middle America and she hasn’t done anything to warrant that,” says Jackson. “And then we’re told to worship her because she has so much money.”

On the bright side, he says, fewer people than you think watch these shows. We are led to believe they are popular and newsworthy because they are marketed so heavily. “And think of your life on a normal day, how many people do you come across that would actually go to a Paris Hilton book signing?”

If you’re wondering how H.O.P.E. feels about Britney Spears, well, of course, they think she’s awful. But in her case they don’t think they will have to intervene as Spears is doing a fine job of falling out of public favour all by herself. “They are all going to fall off eventually, we are just trying to accelerate the process,” says Jackson. “But even more than that, try to put a stop to the next one.”

   If you would like to join the H.O.P.E. protest of crime against the entertainment landscape go to www.hopeinamerica.com
National Post
www.hopeinamerica.com

A protestor asks an excellent question, the answer to which is: Porn and money.

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VICTORY FOR H.O.P.E!

Paris Burned!!!

A massive victory was scored for H.O.P.E., the good people of America, and those who want better entertainment around the globe as over 100 members showed up to protest the Sept. 13th Paris Hilton book signing in Los Angeles.  Entertainment Tonight, EXTRA, MSNBC, E! Television, The Defamer, and KPFK were among the media who covered the event.  The voice of the people was heard!  Americans finally have a voice regarding their entertainment, and it is H.O.P.E.

“If you think all publicity is good publicity talk to O.J. or anyone associated with Gigli.”

 Kara Palmer — H.O.P.E. member

PARIS HILTON’S BOOK-SIGNING

at

Book Soup in Hollywood

Join us as we protest this crime
against the entertainment landscape…
and humanity.
SLOGAN:
Read a book. Don’t write one!
BREAKDOWN:
Monday, Sept. 13 at 7:00 p.m.
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Blvd., in West Hollywood
Paris Hilton of “The Simple Life” will appear
in person to sign copies of her new book
Confessions of an Heiress
…and we will be there too.
For Further Details or if you’re interested in becoming a member and participating
in this and other upcoming HOPE events, e-mail us at  HopeInFilm@aol.com.