Larry O’Connor of Breitbart TV, S.E. Cupp, and Bill Whittle of PJ Media described the inherent rot on the left that resides in Hollywood. In addition, they also detailed the left’s inability to bash conservatives in the media figures meant to discredit American values. For example, Norman Lear, a big liberal in Hollywood and creator of All In The Family, originally intended (or hoped) for Archie Bunker to be loathed by American audiences. Lear literally tried to make Bunker look like Angelina on Jersey Shore. Whittle stated how the portrayal of Bunker’s blue collar conservatism was suppose mock the right, but American audiences liked him!
Whittle also detailed how culture has driven the political narrative since the times of Shakespeare with plays critical of the Catholic Church that eventually lead England’s break with the Vatican and the creation of the Church of England. The late Andrew Breitbart understood this and Whittle reiterated the fact the the culture war is located in Hollywood, not in Washington. All to often, we now have movies, television series, and music disseminating content that does not adhere to American values of decency, honor, and service. I’m a die-hard cultural conservative, but there is something to be said when every villain is personified as a greedy Wall Street banker, a rogue CIA operative, a sociopathic soldier, or a corporation peddling an evil, surreptitious agenda. I completely agree with Whittle.
In essence, the Hollywood Left thinks conservatives are “retarded.” In a perspicacious analogy concerning the film Forrest Gump, Whittle stated how Forrest’s “slow” minded character is what liberals visualize when they think about conservatives and our values. Forrest is a typical country bumpkin who played football for Alabama who joins the army to fight in Vietnam where (spoiler alert!) he receives the Medal of Honor for bravery. Jenny is the left-wing sweetheart, who experiences a deluge of drug use, promiscuous sex, and liberal activism. However, her life has no direction. Forrest fights for our ideals and always makes the right life decisions, despite his handicap, while Jenny’s free love lifestyle ends with her contracting AIDS and dying from it. Whittle also makes note the parasitic relationship Jenny has with Forrest. She crawls back to him, he takes her in, and then she dumps him.
He feels no feelings of anger of rage and continues with his life. He finds success through shrimping and becomes a philanthropist. The character encompasses the ideals of hard work, honor, and public service. These are inherently American values that the film,directed by a liberal and starring a liberal, attempted to trivialize, but failed for the simple fact that conservative values are un-malleable . A point that Whittle vociferously made at the closing of the discussion.
Concerning how the left responds to religious films, S.E Cupp detailed how the media was troubled about the release of the first Chronicles of Narnia film that had overt Christian undertones. A non-controversy since the United States is majority Christian nation, which was a point comically made by Cupp. However, when The Golden Compass was released, the media apparently drooled over its release as the first secular film that is more palatable for American audiences. Well, the atheist movie bombed and Narnia was a financial success. It also didn’t help that Compass, in general, was not a very good movie.
What was the most disturbing portion during the panel’s discussion concerned how conservatives deal with working in a hostile work environment. All three were in agreement that conservatives must tread carefully if they wish to maintain their careers. They also noted that support for causes, like caring for our wounded veterans or thanking them for what they do, is construed as “conservative” by the Hollywood liberals. Whittle detailed stories of how some of the people he knows in Hollywood who were forced to “look at their shoes in make-up rooms” and overhear vicious bashings our men and women in uniform as rapists and psychopaths. Smearing so brutal that it brought some to tears. However, if they wish to work, they had to keep their mouths shut.
While the panel was not convinced that Hollywood was unsalvageable, they did make the point that this is the long fight. However, O’Connor quoted Breitbart’s statement of “more voices, not less” when it comes to these situations. The panel also made a note that back in the late 1980s, conservatives use to add to the liberal media to fight it. Produce competing material so the narrative wouldn’t become too dominated, hence the reason the panel argued why Greg Gutfeld’s Red Eye should be broadcasted at 10pm. A suggestion that brought an enthusiastic applause. That’s one of the many ways to fight, unlike our adversaries who call for outright banning of material they hate.
In conclusion, the war with the Hollywood liberals is a long, slow, and bloody affair, but one that is not un-winnable.