Hollywood representatives were left confused by President Clinton's call to the entertainment industry to "do its part" not to glorify drugs, saying that there are few if any recent examples of such depictions.
In his Saturday radio address, President Clinton said he regretted that movies, music videos and magazines often promote "warped images of a dream world where drugs are cool." The president also touted an "unprecedented" prime-time media campaign of anti-drug public service announcements, toward which the government will allocate $195 million.
"I cannot answer the president, because I really don't know what he's referring to," Motion Picture Assn. of America President Jack Valenti said Sunday. "I can't think of any picture in the last several years that glorified drugs."
Valenti acknowledged that drug use has been shown in such films as "Pulp Fiction" and "Natural Born Killers" but said that in those cases the consequences were also shown, depicting drug use as "a horrifying spectacle."