Wednesday, November 21, 2007

The Evil, Evil "Hollywood Left"

On Monday, Bob "reported" on an article in the Washington Times claiming that certain Hollywood actors are afraid to reveal that they give money to Republican Party candidates.

Bob, of course, is predictably outraged by all this and ranted about this "injustice." You really have to listen to his voice to fully appreciate the vitriol. In case you can't listen via the link, his rant went something like this:
I want you to keep in mind, the very people, the very Hollywood leftists who would ruin the careers or blackball any of these conservative Hollywood actors who are afraid to come out of the closet, the very people who would damage their careers are also the very people who are preaching tolerance and inclusiveness. Have you noticed this? The very same people that say, 'you need to quit being so narrow minded and so bigoted and so exclusionary in your thinking, you need to be tolerant and welcoming of all different views and opinions'; the very crowd, the very tolerance police, are the ones conservative Hollywood actors are afraid of because they don't want to come out of the closet and have their careers ruined. ... I just want you to remember this the next time you hear Rosie O'Donnell or any of the rest of them from the Hollywood left preaching 'tolerance' and 'inclusiveness'. Just remember that next time you hear that.
This is standard Bob Dutko. It happens every day on the show. But, there is so, so much stupid here, it's hard to sort out. Nevertheless, I'm going to give it a try.

First of all, Bob, and the Washington Times article, have provided absolutely no evidence that the reason that these actors don't want to talk about their political preferences is that they fear some sort of "blacklisting" or other negative effect on their career. There are numerous reasons why an actor, or anybody else for that matter, might not want to talk about their political preferences (e.g., they like to keep such things private, they don't want to alienate their fans, they're busy, they don't like nosy reporters, etc.). In fact, Bob listed a bunch of actors who do talk about their support for Republicans! Therefore, this doesn't appear to be a widespread problem.

Second, Bob goes on to claim that this persecution of conservatives is being done by some entity known as the "Hollywood left" which apparently includes Rosie O'Donnell. What in God's name is he talking about? Does he really believe that Rosie and a bunch of her associates are controlling the casting decisions in Hollywood? Is Bob delusional? Does he make this stuff up?

Third, Bob wants us to "remember" this outrage the next time the "Hollywood left" talks about being tolerant and inclusive. To be honest, I don't listen to a lot of lectures from actors, but I've never heard an actor even attempt to lecture me about being tolerant and inclusive. Personally, I think tolerance is a good thing. Does Bob?

Lastly, I just have to think that what Bob is doing here is attempting to develop hatred and division in general. Bob clearly wants his audience to hate and despise this phantom group he calls the "Hollywood left." It reminds me of the Orwell novel 1984, where the workers participate in a "Two Minutes Hate" every day to reinforce their loathing of the enemies of the Party.

Hopefully, Bob will turn away from these false, divisive tactics. Perhaps he'll recall James 1:19-20 which says, "wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God."

6 comments:

rocky said...

The Hollywood Left, its actually on wikipedia. It's too bad there isn't one for "The Tolerance Police".

I'm not necessairly agreeing or disagreeing with you but I have one question for you: Do you believe the entertainment industry is biased in favor of the left-wing?

I believe so. To me it seems overwhelming. There's a lot of young impressionable kids out there who really seem to take one side of the story hook line & sinker. MTV, Vans Warped Tour(really any big concert for that matter), Teachers, Professors all seem to be telling my peers that the right wing is evil. On the other hand you do have shows like "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" and "King of The Hill" that portray The Right Wing in a positive light. For the most part I do see the media as biased.

Jeff said...

Rocky,

No, I don't believe that the entertainment industry is biased in favor of the left-wing (whatever you mean by the "left-wing"). I believe that the entertainment industry, as well as every other industry is biased in favor of profit. And that's fine. Their shareholders wouldn't have it any other way.

In arguing that you see a bias in favor of the left-wing, you've done exactly the same thing that Dutko does. Namely, you've provided absolutely no examples or evidence whatsoever. You said, "MTV, [concerts], [t]eachers, [p]rofessors, all seem to be telling my peers that the right wing is evil." (emphasis added)

First of all, what do you mean "seem"? Are these people doing it or aren't they? Nevertheless, and I've had quite a few years of schooling, but I've never heard teacher or professor say anything like "the right wing is evil". I've had both liberal and conservative leaning professors, and from time-to-time, many have made their political beliefs and opinions known, but typically, they assert some sort of rationale for their way of thinking.

If you want to see some examples of our so-called liberal media, check out Media Matters some time...

rocky said...

Sure, I can give some examples. MTV features Rock the Vote, which favors a progressive/liberal agenda. They only featured the 2004Democratic candidates and there was nobody to represent Republicans. Only one side of the spectrum.

I find that most mainstream musicians tend to be liberal. Whether it’s on stage or as part of an interview they attack Bush and Conservatives. I mean you got Rock Against Bush. You’ve got Vote For Change Tour (Jack Johnson, Death Cab For Cutie, Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, Bright Eyes, R.E.M., The Dixie Chicks, Dave Matthews Band, Peter Frampton, Babyface, Sheryl Crow, and Neil Young). And as I’ve mentioned before, Vans Warped Tour, I’ve went for a few years. I don’t mind musicians voicing their opinions but every band there was stirring up hatred toward Bush, Cheney, The Bush Administration, Republicans, and the Right-Wing Agenda. I wanted to see at least one band tell the people that you can vote for whoever you want to vote for. And its not just alternative rock musicians or classic rock musicians, you’ve got the majority of hip-hop/rap artists, contemporary, pop/top 40 attacking Bush. Kanye West says that Bush doesn’t like black people. And the list goes on.

Personally, I’m waiting for a conservative leaning professor. I'm not saying they don't exist. I'm just saying that so far all of my professors either lean toward the left or don’t voice political views. At MCC, where I go, you’ve got groups handing out Lyndon La Rouche Packets and trying to talk to you about how horrible Bush and Chenney are. There have been countless tables set up to speak out against Bush. I've seen one table set up to join the young Republicans club. My friend who goes to OU, says there's been only one conservative rally. It was just a simple pro-life rally and after he got out of class it was turned into a pro-choice rally. From what I hear Wayne State is also the same way.

When I say “seem”, I’m not stating for certain that the media is or isn’t biased. I’m stating that based on my observation they appear to be portraying the right wing in a negative fashion. From my perspective, they imply that the right wing is bad, by attacking the bush administration and conservative ideology in general.

Jeff said...

Rocky,

MTV features Rock the Vote, which favors a progressive/liberal agenda. They only featured the 2004 Democratic candidates and there was nobody to represent Republicans. Only one side of the spectrum.

Well, I guess I'm unsure why you'd want to have a forum of Republican candidates in the 2004 election when the Republicans weren't going to be choosing a new candidate.

You've mentioned some liberal musicians. Here's some conservative/Republican ones: Neil Pert, Alice Cooper, Lee Greenwood, Gene Simmons, Martina McBride, the surviving members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, Marie Osmond, Foghat, John Popper, Charlie Daniels, Johnny Ramone, Jessica Simpson, Travis Tritt, Toby Keith, Clint Black, Kid Rock, and, of course, Ted Nugent.

You see, there's no vast conspiracy to keep Republicans out of the music or any other entertainment business. It's easy to "see" bias anywhere you look, but that does not mean that it actually exists.

At MCC, where I go, you’ve got groups handing out Lyndon La Rouche Packets and trying to talk to you about how horrible Bush and Chenney are. There have been countless tables set up to speak out against Bush. I've seen one table set up to join the young Republicans club. My friend who goes to OU, says there's been only one conservative rally. It was just a simple pro-life rally and after he got out of class it was turned into a pro-choice rally. From what I hear Wayne State is also the same way.

I'm not sure what you're trying to say here. Are you saying that conservative students are lazy, unorganized, and unmotivated? Whose fault is that?

As far as Republican professors, they are out there. But I do understand that they may be outnumbered. So your next question should be, "why is that"? Well, you can conclude, like Bob does, that there is some sort of nefarious plot to remove and keep conservatives out of academia. I think this is far-fetched. My thought is that generally, academia doesn't typically find gigantic financial rewards and therefore doesn't attract those that are motivated by financial success, such as conservatives. Furthermore, IMHO, the amount and type of politics you'll experience in college varies significantly on the department. In social science and philosophy you'll find a lot of liberals, in business you'll find conservatives, and in science and engineering, you'll be hard pressed to figure out what the political motivation of your professor is.

As for Bush and Cheney being horrible, I'm hard pressed not to agree. These men have prosecuted a war against a country which was absolutely no threat to the United States and had absolutely no connection with the 9/11 attacks. As a result of the invasion of Iraq, and the completely predictable chaos that it ignited, at least 85,000 human beings have met their death. Under Bush's supervision, the national debt has increased by over 3.3 trillion dollars; a burden that will have to be supported by you, me, and our children. While running up this debt, Bush and the Republican-dominated Congress was handing out giant tax-cuts to the richest Americans. This basically shifts the tax burden from the rich, who can afford it, to the vast majority of working Americans. To me, these things are truly horrible.

djtyg said...

I'll also point out that MTV was for the Iraq war in the beginning, at a time when the only people against it were liberals. I remember the opening days of the war when MTV news was doing nonstop reports on how we're going to kick the crap out of Saddam, and they even banned anti-war videos from being played.

Rock Against Bush was an underground album that got zero airtime from our radio stations. I don't believe this to be the results of a conservative bias, just that radio stations don't play anything that isn't mainstream.

Speaking of mainstream music, Britney Spears, the poster child of Hollywood musicians, openly supported Bush in interviews, including a televised interview in which she said "Honestly, I think we should just trust our president in every decision that he makes and we should just support that, you know, and be faithful in what happens."

And if you want to see a conservative professor, take some polisci courses of SVSU. My fiance took some courses there with a professor that openly joked that if you were a liberal you would get a bad grade in his class.

The only reason why people complain about a liberal bias anyway is because they have a boogeyman view of liberalism brought about by people like Bob. They want it to sound like things like universal healthcare, making sure people have good paying jobs, can get to college, and actually respect human rights are somehow bad things. The people claiming liberal bias are the same people who want you to think that liberalism is bad, and therefore must be resisted in the first place. It's not exactly an honest argument being brought forth by the same people who have a conservative agenda.

Besides that, liberalism is a good thing. Liberals care about human rights, helping the poor, and making sure people who work for a living can support their families and aren't exploited for profit. These are all Christian ideals.

If the media were as liberally biased as all these idiots like to claim, liberals wouldn't be using the internet to create a new media. With use of blogs, YouTube, and other areas, the traditional media (which focuses mostly on the latest missing white girl or Britney Spears' haircuts) is becoming obsolete.

Rocky, you also said "I'm not necessairly agreeing or disagreeing with you" before you said you disagreed with Jeff. Please be honest in your arguments.

djtyg said...

I'll also point out that Bush has a 21% approval rating in Michigan, so reading a pamphlet bashing him isn't liberal anymore. It's commonplace.