COLUMN: Why is the Hollywood Left Doubling Down on Bashing their Audience?
When Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential Election, some Americans thought the Electoral College rigged the presidency for Trump, and that hatred persists to this day.
Then Syria happened and most Americans supported that decision to bomb Syria – but the radical left did not. Even though Trump continues to follow through most of the national security promises he made during his campaign, that bitterness will never stop. In Hollywood it’s even worse, because now we have a situation where the entertainment elite is making content purposefully insulting a majority of Americans because they hate Mr. Trump so much.
The first example is a recent movie that was released called Bushwick, which stereotypes the entire state of Texas as backwards thinking racists who want to withdraw from the United States. This could not be further from the truth, as there are many companies based in the state – most of which employ many people with diverse backgrounds (i.e. AT&T) – that have become generous enough to donate money to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Houston (Funimation – the Dallas/Fort Worth-based entertainment firm behind importing the wildly popular Japanese anime Dragon Ball Z – donated over $10,000 to that effort for example).
The film’s clichéd plotline has earned it mixed reviews from critics according to Rotten Tomatoes, but that hasn’t stopped such publications as The New Yorker, and Vanity Fair from praising the movie’s vicious stereotyping of the Southwest. Here’s a little snippet from The New Yorker‘s snide praise of the film:
Sometimes you want to go to the movies for a midnight buzz, and for the smack of cheap thrills. And sometimes, as with “Bushwick,” the thrills cut close to home.
Needless to say, Condé Montrose Nast would be appalled to see his magazine empire denigrate to leftism like this.
Here’s another example. According to Christian Toto, liberal A-listers George Clooney, Matt Damon, and Julianne Moore (who, coincidentally, plays the main villain in the new Kingsman sequel, The Golden Circle) have teamed up with Paramount Pictures for a movie set for October that portrays suburban neighborhoods – especially in the 1950’s – as a place where racism was acceptable. There’s no question that this movie will incite social and political tensions across this country to continue to escalate, but Clooney, Damon, and Moore don’t seem to care as Clooney in particular demonstrated when he revealed the film’s heavy-handed plot line:
The genesis of the screenplay [came when] I was watching a lot of [Trump] speeches on the campaign trail about building fences and scapegoating minorities,” Clooney told reporters Saturday in Venice, Italy, during the film’s post-screening press conference. “I started looking around at other times in our history when we’ve unfortunately fallen back into these things, and I found this story that happened in Levittown, Pennsylvania.
The 1950’s, which is the decade where this film takes place, was a time when Suburban neighborhoods were in their prime, and when housewives stayed at home while the kids were at school and dad was at work (the kind of culture portrayed in shows that were released at the time such as Leave it to Beaver and The Andy Griffith Show). The presumption that this was a backwards time is understandable (the Civil Rights Movement in which Martin Luther King, Jr. helped successfully launch racial equality among African-Americans and Caucasians didn’t take place until over a decade later). And needless to say, we have progressed a lot as a society. If you ask me, it’s all for the best.
However, that is no excuse to paint the 50’s as a horrible time period, and suburban areas as racist places. These kinds of movies are perfect examples of how out-of-touch Hollywood is when it comes to the rest of the country. Even if you disagree with the president or Republican politics as a whole, no one should be supporting someone who incites racial hatred against America. For some reason, George Clooney has a grudge against traditional Americans of all colors and creeds. In a free society he is entitled to that, but he is not entitled to fan the flames of political and/or social hatred.