Monday, January 09, 2017

Why do we care?

Why do conservatives care at all when Hollywood nitwits like Meryl Streep and others gather together to congratulate each other for being so great and then use the platform to wag their fingers at those they disagree with?

There is a reason that 33 states have Republican governors and 32 have GOP majority legislatures, and I detailed that reason two posts below; and this simple truth should make us question why it is that what someone who acts for a living (and is very successful at it) gives a lecture on politics, we should even bother to be annoyed.

Well we should, at least a little bit.

I realize that these days everyone's outraged all the time, but it's okay to be put off by Ms. Streep's sanctimonious proclamations and here's why.

No one wants to be lectured on politics, least of all when they are in a venue that is supposed to be primarily a-political.  Allahpundit on Hot Air put it brilliantly, and I'm paraphrasing - Imagine you walked into a bank to do business and the teller took time out from the transaction to lecture you on politics and they happened to be political views that you disagreed with.  You would be significantly put off.  The simple incongruity of the time and place would be enough to say 'Huh?" regardless of which side the bank teller was coming from.

Now I get it that movies are very often overtly political, and I'm absolutely fine with that.  Art is often political in nature; but in my mind the best kind of entertainment and incidentally the most likely to change minds isn't a preachy screed ("Ms. Sloane" anyone?) but rather a story geared towards a general audience, in this case Americans.

We go to the movies to get away from our problems, to escape into a story and be entertained, enlightened and/or sometimes educated.  The latter two only work if the first point is present.  Movies must be entertaining to be relevant in my opinion.  If they are righteous and indignant about a political point of view, they become something else.  They could very well be good and important, but really that's what documentaries are for.

Political films are not necessarily bad, but easy enough to avoid if you don't care to endure them.  It is usually very clear in marketing what agenda a film may have, and if it isn't we are lucky enough to be in an age of information where we can readily learn what's going on before we plop down our hard earned cash to see a flick.

So movies represent our culture as Americans, the best of them can be a shining example that all Americans can look to for inspiration and passion that stirs the heart.  In this way, Hollywood is all of us.  It is one face, a very prominent face, to the world.  And we recognize these movies by having elaborate and very expensive television productions to hand out awards.

When someone in their moment of being adulated seizes the opportunity to shame others for their political or moral views, only the people who agree with them get anything out of it, and that is typically little more than smelling their own farts.  The rest of us are put off, just as everyone would be if they didn't agree.   So in this way the celebrity is actually hurting, not helping their cause.

Artists should have learned in 2016 that making one of those absurd videos with famous people in front of a blank background repeating the same words and sentences do great damage to what they are trying to push.

Here's the thing famous people, Americans are not impressed with what you have to say on politics because you are no more qualified than any of us to give an opinion.  And in many cases (Lena Dunham anyone?) it's painfully obvious that you are actually far less qualified than most of us.

So take a tip limousine liberal celebrities, if you want more and more Republican governors, state legislatures and the 8 full years with Trump, by all means keep right on what you're doing.  Keep making asinine and repetitive videos, keep getting up on soap boxes on awards shows to show us how ignorant you are.  It will keep this country red for a long, long time.

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