How Woke Will the Entertainment Industry Get?
Last week in his Hollywood in Toto blog, film critic Christian Toto chronicled the unfortunate backlash former Superman actor Dean Cain got when he pointed out how being patriotic is pretty much out of fashion in today’s entertainment industry:
The culture has changed dramatically, and for the worse, since King wrote that panel. Americans are tearing down statues of Presidents Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, and Mt. Rushmore may be canceled next if The New York Times has its way.
Patriotism is problematic, unless it’s sung by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Very sad indeed. And there is also emerging evidence that all the major media conglomerates are willing to follow these woke Hollywood trends; case in point, Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Chapek, the newly-appointed successor to longtime chief Bob Iger. More recently, he announced that the company he took over will re-theme the classic Disney ride Splash Mountain after what is (in my personal opinion) one of the most underrated films Disney has done, The Princess and the Frog. This is a good idea, as not a lot of people know about this film. In 2009, Toto pointed out how the film is “conservative at heart” due to its themes of hard work and perseverance.
That being said, this is indeed being done due to the fact that the film it was previously themed after, Song of the South, had themes that had alleged aspects of “racial injustice.” That’s absurd! True, there were parts of Song of the South that are indeed problematic by today’s standards, but that’s why Disney shouldn’t erase the film from its history and should re-release it again. Erasing the movie from history means that the wonderful performances by talent like James Baskett and Oscar winner Hattie McDaniel (Gone with the Wind) are also being erased. Not to mention when problematic aspects of our history – especially film history – are censored, they’re doomed to be repeated.
Even Whoopi Goldberg, one of the lefty co-hosts of ABC’s The View, has advocated for Disney to release the film again:
I’m trying to find a way to get people to start having conversations about bringing Song of the South back, so we can talk about what it was and where it came from and why it came out. I want people to start putting the crows in the merchandise, because those crows sing the song in Dumbo that everybody remembers [“When I See an Elephant Fly”]. I want to highlight all the little stuff people sort of maybe miss in movies.
Goldberg is correct. If they can release Dumbo with a disclaimer regarding the kinds of cultural depictions Hollywood would never be able to get away with today, they can release Song of the South with that same kind of disclaimer. But, don’t expect a guy like Chapek to listen to anyone but the social justice fanatics in Hollywood. After all, not only did he give one of those fanatics – Colin Kapernick – a platform for his anti-American diatribes, he also let a producer at the company make this video:
Chapek’s company isn’t the only one to go woke, however. In light of the shooting of George Floyd in Minnesota this past Memorial Day, ViacomCBS – the new company formed by the re-merger between CBS and sister company Viacom (the latter of which being the parent of MTV and Nickelodeon) – issued this statement on, not just their own social media pages, but the pages of all of their subsidiaries as well:
Of course they’d announce donations to organizations that promote far-left causes. With a statement like this, ViacomCBS is just one of many big media conglomerates that has shown its true colors, and has exposed itself as one of many propaganda arms of the far-left. And there is no downside to any of it, outside of COVID-19 related revenue losses due to movie theatre chains (especially Showcase Cinemas, which is controlled by the same family that runs ViacomCBS) being closed in the United States since March.
And with future movies being made to fit today’s SJW standards, it’s safe to say that the entertainment industry has completed its alienation of all audiences outside of blue states, as well as big cities like New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. This is really unfortunate for those who want to escape from how ugly the world is today. When Hollywood can’t release a movie, TV show, or even a video game without inserting some kind of leftist lecture, you know the American entertainment industry (and the media as a whole) is in a lot of trouble.