Interview with Alan Lupo
QUESTION 8
JACKIE SHEARER:

Now, I want to go back to the comment before when you were talking about, um, um, how people, ah, wanted the glamour of being on TV. Don't you think they understood the bad effect that it would have if what was on TV was violence?

ALAN LUPO:

I think when you're living in a tight little neighborhood, where disputes are often settled with a fist, that maybe you don't think that a fist-fight or a confrontation is such a terrible thing. You're not going to worry about your image. And I think there's at least one good reason for that. When you're living in that kind of neighborhood, and this I know personally, you begin to feel after about six or seven years old, that a lot of the folks who put you down are from somewhere else and maybe they're hypocrites. They have more money. They have more benefits. They get jobs at, ah, federal governments that they call appointments. Our kind of folk get jobs that are called patronage. You see? There's a difference there, America, and a lot of people feel that. So, you settle disputes one way, maybe by shouting, maybe by fighting, maybe by some kind of political connection. Other people settle disputes more quietly, but not necessarily more humanely. And if your back is up against the wall, or if you think your back is up against the wall, you're not going to worry about what the rest of the world thinks of you, because you figure the rest of the world isn't out there to help you anyway.

JACKIE SHEARER:

OK, Cut. Great.