A&E Converts TV from “Instrument of Peace” to “Instrument of Hate”
My grandfather, Harry Warner, President of Warner Bros. Studio for over 50 years considered the medium of film and television “an instrument of peace.”
May 30th 2017
George W. Bodenheimer
Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks
New York, NY 10023
Dear Mr. Bodenheimer:
I just received news that your A&E Network has chosen to do another season of the Leah Remini series. How very unfortunate!
My grandfather, Harry Warner, President of Warner Bros. Studio for over 50 years, considered the medium of film and television “an instrument of peace.”
My family came to this country to escape religious persecution, so I find it terribly distressing to hear that you are choosing to do a biased, one-sided piece on the Church of Scientology and Scientologists.
A&E, which is partly owned by Disney, is creating a highly bigoted and discriminatory attack which furthers a campaign that I know to be utterly false and degrading to a religious philosophy I have been practicing for 45 years. I hold A&E responsible for the 430 hate phone calls, emails and threats to kill Scientologists that flooded in during the airing of that series.
Your program recklessly incites hate, violence and bullying against those I dearly care about—my family and my friends. If you substitute “Scientology” for “Judaism” or “Hinduism,” etc. it becomes obvious the degree to which you are condoning discrimination. I would think you would reconsider creating this effect as there is already enough dastardly hatred and misinformation happening in this country.
Besides, I find drawing more attention to—and paying—Ms. Desperate-for-Attention Remini a GREAT disservice.
I do hope you will change your mind.
I would like a personal response to this letter, please.
Jeffrey W. Hamill