Intellectual Lightweights For Obama
The Hollywood Left
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
I happen to reside in that geographic section of North Carolina
sometimes known as "Hollywood East." Several movies and TV series are
being shot all around me currently. A number of movies were shot, in
part, just blocks from my office.
Many years ago, it was exciting to see actors "live" and out of
character. But that didn't last very long. It soon became apparent
they were just people -- warts, wild hairs, and all. Some, it turns
out, were real pains in the derriere!
Many years ago, during my misspent youth, I had the opportunity to MC a
live country music road show headlined by many of the then famous Grand
Ole Opry stars. I must have passed muster for I was asked back a second
year to MC that year's performance, as well.
I met a number of real country music stars and I was, and still am to this day, struck by their connectedness to reality.
I had numerous conversations with both male and female stars, just
conversations, not interviews, just the two of us sharing a smoke, a
drink, just a few minutes relaxing and talking to each other. (A couple of them later became Hollywood stars.)
But here is what I came away with after informal meetings with those highly talented people: They ALL seemed to understand just how lucky they were.
Their talent and hard work, LOTS of hard work, had finally paid off and
they were at, or near, the top of their profession at that time.
I had/have no clue what their political inclinations were. I didn't ask
and they didn't volunteer that information. I didn't care then and I
don't care today. It was enough that they were accomplished entertainers
who strove to give their fans their money's worth every time they took
Now, here's they thing: Not once did any of them punctuate their
performances with political diatribes. It simply wasn't done. It would
have been considered an affront to their fans -- and one can be
reasonably sure a good portion of the audience would have left the
Today, some fifty years later, we are constantly made aware of some performers' political inclinations and, quite often, in profane terms.
Leftist Hollywood actors are, without doubt, the absolute worst at
portraying themselves as "learned" political activists. Political
activists -- yes. Learned -- NO.
Let me be clear: Give them a script and they can, and will, make you
believe they are geniuses at politics. Without a script they come
across as mental lightweights -- ESPECIALLY concerning politics.
Often, they don't know enough to be embarrassed by the fact that they
DON'T know enough to speak meaningfully, let alone authoritatively, on
the politics of the day. As it happens, some seem to have no clue how America, as a constitutional representative republic, works.
So much of what comes out of Hollywood today is driven by leftist
politics. The same is true of TV productions. At least two shows
currently running on TV reek of leftist/progressive propaganda. There
are more, but those two shows are right up front about it. It is as
though they are thumbing their noses at the American public. And,
honestly -- I think they are.
Someone once said: "A wise man speaks because he has something to say. A fool speaks because he has to say something."
I think of that often today as I try to watch a show on TV, or I read
in the newspapers, or on the Net, how some famous actor felt the need to
spout-off about his/her hatred for a particular politician, left or
You would think they'd be more judicious, wouldn't you. I mean, it is ONLY
their fans they are insulting -- you know, the people who pay good
money to purchase tickets to watch them play-act the part of some hero
Maybe it's just me, but once I have heard one of those intellectual lightweights spout their hate of conservatives I don't forget it.
It is never out of my mind when viewing, or listening, to them practice
their art. An actor who spews hatred for conservatives, for instance,
and then asks me to accept him as the character he/she is currently
portraying on the big screen, or the TV screen, is asking me to do the
impossible. I simply cannot do it.
I am convinced that one of the reasons the Liberal left is so prominent
in Hollywood is the tendency of liberals to base their politics on
feelings, on emotions, not fact and reality.
Actors, make a living emoting, using THEIR emotions and
playing upon the emotions or "feelings" of the public. It is the most
natural thing in the world for "emoting" actors to side with the
political party of emotions. One could hardly be surprised at that.
Now, please don't remind me that all Americans have freedom of speech.
As a commentator, I know that, already! They have the freedom to speak
anything they want. But… I have the freedom not to listen, and, in the
case of the actors, not to buy a ticket to one of their movies. And I don't.
Some of us "old timers" still remember the days of the great Hollywood
studios. Actors were under contract to the studios. There were all
sorts of clauses in those contracts to protect the studios. Actors who
made their politics known, let alone publicly supported one political
party or the other, would quickly find himself/herself without a
contract and out on the street. Why? It hurt the studio's business --
that's why. Plain, simple, and straightforward.
The truth is -- it STILL hurts their business. The difference, I think, contributes to the trash the film makers turn out today. Compared
to the epic movie's of yesteryear, the movie fare offered the public
today is little more than the scribbling of a hormone driven teenage
male scratched on the stall wall of a men's restroom somewhere. Much of
the language in those films is fit for the same venue, as well.
Honestly, I believe the public would have more respect for actors if
they replied to questions concerning their political inclination with a
simple: "That's none of your business."
Alas, I live in the real world and in the 21st century it is but a pipe
dream to think that today's practitioners of the performing arts, namely actors,
would refrain from making unseemly fools of themselves by bloviating on
political subjects they know little, or nothing, about.
On the other hand, their vacuous prattle ofttimes lends assistance and
reassurance to those of us on the right side of the political spectrum.
For that -- we are truly thankful.
J. D. Longstreet
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