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Paramount CEO Bob Bakish warns that censoring entertainment to ‘reflect different feelings’ was a ‘mistake’

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Paramount CEO Bob Bakish said on Monday that his company will not censor its old content for material that might offend modern audiences.

Bakish commented on the overseas launch of Paramount+’s streaming service and discussed the company’s large and historic catalog.

“By definition, you have some things that were made at different times and reflect different feelings,” Bakish explained, according to a June 20 article in The Guardian.

He continued: “I don’t believe in censoring art created historically, that’s probably a mistake. It’s all on demand – you don’t have to watch what you don’t want to.”

LOS ANGELES – MAY 16: Top Gun movie directed by Tony Scott. Here Tom Cruise as Lieutenant Pete “Maverick” Mitchell rides a Kawasaki GPZ 900 R. First shown in theaters May 16, 1986. Screenshot. Paramount Pictures. (CBS photo via Getty Images)

Paramount has recently seen the appeal to American nostalgia make big bucks as Top Gun: Maverick, the sequel to Paramount Pictures’ 1986 Top Gun (also starring Tom Cruise), breaks box office records.

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American actor Tom Cruise on the set of the film

American actor Tom Cruise on the set of the film “Top Gun” directed by Tony Scott. (Photo by Paramount Pictures/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)

As the popularity of classic movie streaming services has risen in recent years, many have grappled with the rapidly changing social mores of today’s society.

HBO Max briefly pulled Gone with the Wind from its programming following the death of George Floyd in 2020, leading The Look co-host Whoopi Goldberg to criticize the idea of ​​censoring old films about America’s past.

“Personally, I think if you put things in a historical context — because if you start pulling every movie… you have to pull all the black exploitation movies because they don’t portray us right,” Goldberg said. at that time.

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Clark Gable (1901–1960), American actor, and Vivien Leigh (1913–1967), British actress, in a 1939 advertisement for Gone with the Wind  Drama directed by Victor Fleming (1889-1949), Gable played Rhett Butler and Lee played Scarlett O'Hara.  (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)

Clark Gable (1901–1960), American actor, and Vivien Leigh (1913–1967), British actress, in a 1939 advertisement for Gone with the Wind Drama directed by Victor Fleming (1889-1949), Gable played Rhett Butler and Lee played Scarlett O’Hara. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)

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Netflix has made some recent changes to distance itself from the liberal agenda after realizing it was hurting their bottom line by losing subscribers. In May, the streaming service laid off 150 employees, canceled several projects and sent out a memo telling employees to quit if they were offended by the company’s content.

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