Sunday, January 8, 2017

Really, seriously, totally Hollywood is staying relevant in the age of Trump!

Hollywood is a bubble. The artisans in charge of caretaking the Intellectual Property that entertains the masses have very little interest in understanding those people. They believe that they are more enlightened than the average person. And they’re proud of it. As George Clooney famously speechified when accepting his Best Supporting Actor Academy Award,

And finally, I would say that, you know, we are a little bit out of touch in -- in Hollywood every once in a while, I think. It's probably a good thing. We're the ones who talk about AIDS when it was just being whispered, and we talked about civil rights when it wasn't really popular. And we, you know, we -- we bring up subjects....This Academy, this group of people, gave Hattie McDaniel an Oscar in 1939 when blacks were still sitting in the backs of theaters. I'm proud to be a part of this Academy. Proud to be part of this community, and proud to be out of touch.

This attitude permeates the entertainment industry, and it’s only gotten worse. With the “surprise!” election of Donald Trump as president, we’ve witnessed meltdown after meltdown, embarrassing videos by celebrities grasping at crackpot ideas to prevent Trump’s ascension to the presidency. They don’t believe that these meltdowns are embarrassing. They don’t think that these ideas are crackpot. Because the vast majority of those in the entertainment industry are leftists, or at least liberals, and they have no friends who might disagree with their most cherished knee-jerk political espousals. Those who disagree with them aren’t worth understanding.

When you have artisans creating entertainment who have no interest in learning how their fellow humans think and feel, you enter a dangerous situation where people ignore their artists. Nevertheless, these artists will struggle to remain “relevant,” if only to ensure they make just enough profit for their particular entertainment conglomerate to get hired on the next show or film or video game. And they’re willing to show-not-tell you just how relevant they really are.

At the Television Critic’s Association winter press tour, the streaming service Hulu had two panels, one for their returning program “The Path,” and another for their upcoming miniseries adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel The Handmaid’s Tale, at which the creators insisted that their projects were ESPECIALLY relevant in “Trump’s America.” But is that true, or is that the opinion of people who are out of touch with the real-life ideals of people in “flyover country?”

Regarding "The Handmaid’s Tale":

Samira Wiley, who plays Offred’s best friend Moira in the series, called it particularly relevant to “the social climate now,” especially for women in the United States. “Specifically women and their bodies, and who has control of that. Do we, or does someone else have control over that?”

Well, yes, I suppose that it’s relevant to wonder who has control over women’s bodies. But then, wasn’t that question especially relevant when the government started taking over the nation’s healthcare system through the Affordable Care Act? When the government runs healthcare, your body belongs to the government. Which means that the government has total control over you. That’s kind of scary, no? (Even if you don't think that's scary, can you at least understand why some people might find that scary?) But the ACA was passed in March 2010—why did this question become relevant now?

Remember back in December of 2010, the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, stated that the “obesity epidemic” was a “national security issue”:

“Military leaders tell us that when more than one in four young people are unqualified for military service because of their weight, childhood obesity isn’t just a public health threat, it’s not just an economic threat, it’s a national security threat as well.”

No less than the First Lady herself was saying that the government has a claim on your body because too many of our citizens are too fat to participate in her husband’s wars of convenience and military adventurism. That sounds awfully scary, doesn’t it?

There was no Handmaid’s Tale adaptation in the offing back then. There is one now.

And there’s this about “The Path”:

“I have no idea what’s going to happen” [show creator Jessica] Goldberg said of a Trump presidency. But, she noted, cults and religious fanaticism are “what people do when they’re not feeling included in their country…Our show deals with a lot of those questions.  I think we’re also living in a country where faith  is much more important than we all know about,” she said.

Goldberg and at least one member of the TCA, seem to imply that Trump, his fans, and his presidency, have certain aspects of a cult. Maybe Trump inspires cult-like devotion in his followers (as Kek wills it!). Of course, there were a lot of people sounding an alarm about the behavior of certain intensely devoted fans of “The One” back in 2007 and 2008.

Those concerns were met with derision from liberals and leftists.

And I find it interesting that so many of the behaviors of leftists—smearing anyone who disagrees with them, making excuses for the corruption of their own party members, cutting off friends and family members who stray from the accepted narrative—resemble those of cult members.

No, really, there was nothing to satirize or criticize in the eight years of Obama's tenure. People in the mainstream media behaved totally rationally where he was concerned.

For crying out loud, Obama claimed that his election would change the climate. Can you understand why some might find that a little bit cult-leader-ish, even if you don't?

Our artists need to hold a mirror up to our culture, and critique those who claim the power of life and death over us. It’s crucial that President Donald Trump be held accountable for the way in which he wields his power.

When Barack Obama was re-elected, concerns among Republicans and conservatives that the country they loved was changing for the worse were dismissed, often as “racist.” Now that Donald Trump is the President-elect, concerns among liberals and leftists that the country they love is changing for the worse are met with concern and, well, *RELEVANT* entertainment. Funny how that works— it’s almost like the people creating our entertainment couldn’t care less about half the country.

What it boils down to is, Hollywood plans to remain relevant in the "AGE OF TRUMP" by creating entertainment that flatters its own sensibilities and indulges its own prejudices. Strap in; the next eight years will be full of hectoring and hatred.

Speaking of which, I’ve written two mystery novels that satirize Hollywood’s out-of-touch hypocrisy: First, The Misadventure of Dreama and the Rednecks, in which a redneck falls in love with a Hollywood train wreck and discovers that, for all their smug condescending judgment, people in the entertainment industry will put up with an awful lot of amorality. Then there’s The Misadventure of the Busted Reboot, about a gender-swapped reboot (a “she-boot”) of a beloved 1980s horror/science fiction comedy film and the attempts by the movie studio to co-opt feminism in order to promote it, and the horrible murders that ensure. I promise you they’re better than 90% of the out-of-touch stuff being produced in Hollywood right now.

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