The Smithsonian Museum recently granted exclusive commercial access to Showtime networks. Showtime is now using Smithsonian Museum materials to create television programming that will lead more viewers to watch the pornography and other smut programming Showtime airs.
If you do not subscribe to the Showtime cable network, or live near Washington, DC, you will not be able to watch Smithsonian programming created by Showtime. Sign up for Showtime now so that your family can watch shows with these titles: Masters of Horror, Penn & Teller: Bullshit!, Queer As Folk, Sexual Healing, Sleeper Cell, The L Word, The Underground Weeds, and White Boyz in the Hood after a Smithsonian Museum special on American History!
Showtime promotes boxing, an activity prohibited in most U.S. states. There is nothing to prevent Showtime from using Smithsonian archive materials to draw more viewers to watch boxing. What a great way to use the contents of our national museum!
From this point forward, all other commercial uses of Smithsonian materials will be subject to extreme scrutiny. If any commercial organization plans to use just a little too much Smithsonian content, that project will be stopped. How much Smithsonian content you can use will be determined by a secret contract between Showtime executives and Smithsonian Museum curators. In the meantime Showtime will profit from the Smithsonian Museum and share only a fraction of the profits with them.
Members of U.S. Congress know all about this dirty deal. They plan to do nothing about it. In fact, your Representatives and Senators are allowing the Smithsonian to cover-up the details of this sleazy affair.
The reason few people have heard of this deal is because the contract between the Smithsonian and Showtime is secret. The taxpayers that support the Smithsonian are not permitted to see the content of this contract.
How much longer will it be before you have to subscribe to Showtime before being admitted to the National Air and Space Museum or the National Zoo?
Write your Congressman or Senator to object to this sell-out of your national treasures. Write them before our national museum becomes nothing more than another cable TV channel.
The Smithsonian mission statement reads:
The Smithsonian is committed to enlarging our shared understanding of the mosaic that is our national identity by providing authoritative experiences that connect us to our history and our heritage as Americans and to promoting innovation, research and discovery in science.
but only through Showtime networks!!!
GAO Government Report
Washington Post article
Smithsonian materials only available to Video On Demand subscribers
Educational Use of Smithsonian To Be Prohibited