Cultural Winners & Losers: Tues. November 8, 2016
This year marks the first anniversary of the historic upset victory of President Donald Trump. And it also marks a new piece for Tuesdays, Cultural Winners & Losers. Let’s start off this piece with the winner for this week.
Winner: Sony Pictures Entertainment; The Star
Christmas is coming, and everyone knows what that means. Smaller content providers for movies and TV are gearing up for the season to put up some of the best of the best when it comes to seasonal fare. As demonstrated yesterday, one of them – the Sony-owned Affirm Films – has decided to do an animated re-telling of the Nativity story which focuses on the birth of Jesus Christ. It’s told from the point of view of a donkey and his animal friends – essentially wanting it to be kid first, which is understandable. But, a Christian cartoon movie – and a theatrical Christmas film at that – is definitely a welcome relief from all the sequels, remakes, and far-left propaganda with graphic sex and violence that seems to infiltrate Hollywood. And for that, it is a cultural winner. It will be in theatres November 16.
Loser: Disney-ABC Television Group; Institutionalized Liberalism
On the loser front, a media story worth following. As everybody knows, the American Broadcasting Company – ABC – is on the verge of collapse. If their annual Christmas lineup (as well as sister network Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas) fails this holiday season, then the whole ABC network will be in trouble for yet another year. Disney-ABC Television chief Ben Sherwood has ruined that once-popular network. And now, desperation is setting in. Not only is ABC in last place, their cable operations are losing droves of subscribers. Disney Channel lost over 4 million subscribers over three years, while ESPN – their worst-performing brand – lost over 480,000 subscribers last month. Incredibly, the latter is blaming Fox News for their ratings free fall. This continues to be an embarrassing situation for The Walt Disney Company, which continues to see success with its flagship feature animation and theme park divisions.
This morning on ABC, Good Morning America co-anchor George Stephanopoulos said that Democratic victories in Virginia and New Jersey were a repudiation against Trump, and allowed a panel to claim that Republicans lost for being against diversity and inclusion. That should tell you everything you need to know about the entire ABC situation. Loser doesn’t begin to cover it.