At last: a story that isn’t about COVID-19! Instead, it’s about movies; the US Department of Defense; the People’s Republic of China; and a bill, introduced last week by US Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), with an absurdly tone-deaf name.
The bill is known by its acronym, SCRIPT. Here’s how Cruz touted it on Twitter.
The SCRIPT Act will serve as a wake-up call by forcing Hollywood studios to choose between the assistance they need from the American government and the dollars they want from China: https://t.co/EmqdC5H012— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 28, 2020
Not so bad, right? But wait: Here’s the full name of the proposed act.
Yes, it’s the “Stopping Censorship, Restoring Integrity, and Protecting Talkies” Act.
Imagine coming up with SCRIPT (in the first place: why?) and then having to reverse-engineer an acronym (that is, a backronym) for it. You get all the way to T and you’re stumped. What are we protecting? Truth? Trust? Trademarks? Taste? Taxes? Telecommunications? Twinkies?