Are Businessmen Criminals? Yes, if you ask Hollywood

By August 13, 2006General

Our friends over at the Business & Media Institute have released a new study called “Bad Company II.”

Its the second in a three-part look at how the American businessman is portrayed in the entertainment and news media.

Their latest report found that Hollywood directors are more likely to cast businessmen as villains, criminals, bigots and murderers. Their study reviewed the 16 films that received 2005’s 30 nominations for the top Oscar awards — Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress.

Among the more alarming statistics were that only one major character in the group of movies reviewed actively engaged in business was both successful and ethical.

Also, half of the movies earning top Oscar nominations portrayed businessmen in either primary or secondary roles committing crimes — ranging from petty drug offenses to murder, mass murder and an international conspiracy to overthrow a nation’s government.

Click here for their latest report.

This report is a follow-up to In Part I, “For American Businessmen, Primetime is Crimetime,” they found that TV dramas were overwhelmingly negative toward business by a 4 to 1 margin.

Gee, with friends like these in the media…