An excerpt from Joseph Breen’s Motion Picture Production Code of 1930:
The enthusiasm for and interest in the film actors and actresses, developed beyond anything of the sort in history, makes the audience largely sympathetic toward the characters they portray and the stories in which they figure. Hence they are more ready to confuse the actor and character, and they are most receptive of the emotions and ideals portrayed and presented by their favourite stars.
Sourced from Pre-Code Hollywood, Thomas Doherty, 1999.
Which is true enough (see Richard Dyer’s Stars, for one), but doesn’t detract from the parochial conservatism that dictates his formation of this belief. And the rest of the sickening morality that he parades around in the Code.