COLUMN: Hollywood Even More Unhinged
Since he was a candidate, President Trump has been constantly sending the media into a tizzy with pundits, anchors, and reporters accusing the President of racism. Last week, he made a deal with Democrats to keep some parts of DACA.
Stef: Do you have your DACA card on you?
Agent: Are those those same kids?
Agent #2: South exit, check the vehicle heading your way. Over.
Stef: Where are you?
Callie: They said they were gonna take her after you process her. I didn’t know what to do.
A.J.: They’re on us.
Callie: ICE is following us.
Stef: Where’s Ximena?
Callie: She’s down in the back. A.J.’s driving.
Stef: Okay, they’re not sure that you have her, or they would have pulled you over. Just drive carefully, please. Under the speed limit. Do exactly as I say.
That scene is frustrating but nonetheless not surprising considering Hollywood’s thirst for exploiting this controversial issue. As previously demonstrated, Freeform other Disney-owned cable assets like Disney Channel and ESPN are in dire straits. The problems plaguing the latter have continued to drag down shares for the company and are even leading to layoffs. Incredibly, these networks continue to double down on leftism in what’s supposed to be escapist TV.
Here are some consequences. Ratings for The Fosters were down 14 percent for season five, while the decrease was even worse in the crucial 18-49 demographic at 18 percent. Year to year, they’re up. One could that tell that this is pretty bad and when the show first premiered, more than one million people tuned in. While HBO’s Game of Thrones and AMC’s Into the Badlands have not surprisingly beaten The Fosters, the Hallmark Channel’s When Calls the Heart had more viewers in its fourth season than The Fosters did last season. How embarrassing is that?
However, Freeform isn’t alone. The CBS All Access streaming service is debuting a new Star Trek series called Star Trek: Discovery, which is set for release this month. Its show runner Aaron Harberts decided to bash Trump and his supporters on the issue of immigration.
Of course, that kind of plot line is going to turn off a lot of people who grew up with the original Star Trek back in the 1960’s. CBS should be embarrassed at themselves for letting Harberts do something like that on such an established and iconic television franchise. For the record, Gene Roddenberry often tacked issues such as race-relations and current events in the original series, but it wasn’t heavy-handed unlike what the creators of the latest installment have in mind.
Then there’s the kids’ television industry, which has not only been coarsened by liberal Hollywood, but has also been on the anti-Trump bandwagon even before the president even got elected. Here’s an example using an interview with the show runner of the DreamWorks Animation cartoon, All Hail King Julien – which uses a song they consider an anti-Trump allegory:
The song ‘Don’t Touch Our Stuff’ is essentially about building a wall to keep other animals away because Julien and the lemurs feel they are taking away their jobs even though the lemurs don’t work, and taking their housing even through there are plenty of trees, and eating their food even though there is more than enough for everyone.
Earlier this month, DreamWorks’ parent company NBCUniversal launched a kids’ channel called Universal Kids, which currently airs reruns of King Julien and will be competing with Cartoon Network, the Disney Channel, and Nickelodeon. They might want to think twice before driving away conservative parents to the extent they have (as well as this particular show), it could be very bad for this new upstart.
I could go on about Hollywood’s anti-Trump propaganda when it comes to the issue of immigration, but it has come to a point where it is now common on TV (and in movies) to find plot lines bashing anything that doesn’t disagree with its radical progressive worldview. One has to wonder why people are cutting their cable subscriptions and not going to the movies that much anymore.