The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment has a new campaign to make New Yorkers feel bad about downloading movies.
In one spot, a vendor at a table offers free movies in Union Square. Take one, he warns, and the haggard boom operator standing next to him will lose her job.
“What’s more important: a movie, or this human being?” the man asks. The boom operator pleads silently with her eyes.
A man in a navy suit decides: A movie! “I’m gonna just take three,” he said, and walks off with his stack. He is told he is “what’s wrong with everything.”
But the pretty girl in the maroon jacket and hoodie pauses, shakes her head and closes her eyes as she struggles with the choice. “Nah, no. No, thank you.”
There is decency left in New York.
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