Niagara Falls film critic battles with publisher over movies with “strong women”
The Toronto Star
Friday November 23, 2012
This story is timely because it happened today. The proximity is this happened within the community of journalists. This involved Frank Parlato, a prominent editor of a Niagara Falls newspaper. This is important because the subject potentially goes against journalists’ principles and practices. This story breaks from routine because it’s put this editor in controversy.
When a freelance film critic, Michael Calleri, noticed that his reviews weren’t getting published in a Niagara Falls, New York newspaper he contacted the editor to ask why. Frank Parlato, editor of the Niagara Falls Reporter, responded saying he didn’t want to publish reviews of movies with strong female leads.
I am not interested in supporting the reversing of traditional gender roles.
That quote was taken from The Star.
When I read the caption on the photo of the two men I was shocked. It’s not often that an editor is accused of being a misogynistic pig. Reading through the article I learned that this is not the first time Parlato has been the centre of controversy. This last summer a sports column in the paper criticized the NHL for promoting homosexuality. Parlato stood by that article. From reading this article and a couple others that I found, Frank Parlato sounds like a hateful man.
I thought of this news from a journalistic standpoint as well. Is it not our job to be fair, balanced, and report all sides no matter our personal biases? I guess what I’m getting at is I do not agree with how Parlato runs his newspaper. He claims he does not want to publish reviews of movies portraying women as alpha, men as beta. He also says that he does not want reviews of movies with men as alpha either. So… you’re going to publish nothing? It’s obvious to me the almost all movies have a strong lead character, sometimes male, sometimes female. There is no such thing as equality in movies. If there are two lead characters one is always less intelligent, less skilled, or some other short coming.
Secondly, that claim is contradictory to everything else he has said and done. He has proven himself to be demeaning of women and homosexuals with his editorials and selective publishing. I don’t understand why Parlato can’t publish a variety of movie reviews with strong leads of both genders.
Like I said before, what Parlato is doing with this newspaper goes against the principles and practices that all journalists are to live by. It has raised many questions for me. Is this man dedicated to delivering unbiased and fact-based news to the public? Do his opinions influence citizens who read his paper?
Stick to the rules, Parlato, don’t use your own personal opinions to run a newspaper or you end up looking like a jerk.
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