During the 2016 presidential campaign, at least 167 Hollywood elites endorsed Hillary Clinton. This fact was reported by Ed Rogers, in an October 17, 2017 article in The Washington Post. This comes as no surprise for anyone who follows politics, even just a little, on the national level. Everyone knows of the parasitic relationship that Hollywood and the Left seem to enjoy. Despite the elitism and arrogance Hollywood and the Left constantly demonstrate, I have to say I like a good movie as much as the next guy.
Lately, though, Hollywood seems to have revved up the level of hate for those of us on the right. Christian Bale and Amy Adams are getting good reviews for their portrayal of Dick and Lynne Cheney in Adam McKay’s Vice released on Christmas Day of 2018. The Hollywood Reporter, in a December 17, 2018 article, refers to Cheney as “the most powerful and dangerous vice president in the history of the nation.” The article disingenuously asserts, “the 2000 election is (pick one) won, finessed or stolen, W. gets a full eight years in the Oval Office as opposed to his father’s four” which is what brought Cheney into even greater prominence. The article concludes that McKay’s work is brilliant, meriting Golden Globe nominations, by noting, “Even though the film is devastating in its assessments of Cheney’s attitudes and decisions, it’s so buoyant, its general mood so exhilarating, that it rarely seems like it’s resorting to cheap shots or gags for effect.”
Ben Shapiro, in National Review on November 20, 2018, pegged it exactly right. He wrote, “Here’s the reality; the same Left that despises President Trump despised George W. Bush long before him.” He continues, “those on the cultural left despise those who aren’t on the political left. They see them as idiots and rubes (W.), or as evil manipulators (Cheney).” Shapiro asserts the Left views President Trump as “the latest iteration of the dastardly conservative movement that launched with Nixon, extended through Reagan, grew to Bush, and now culminates in Trump.”
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It’s clear that Hollywood will do all it can to trash those on the right. Contrast that to how Hollywood treats political figures on the Left.
On the Basis of Sex is the story of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It, too, was released on Christmas Day of 2018. The Hollywood Reporter, fawning over the movie, writes, “On the Basis of Sex follows a young Ginsburg — who currently leads the liberal wing of the Supreme Court — and her husband (Armie Hammer) as they work to bring a landmark gender discrimination case before the U.S. Court of Appeals. Ginsburg’s nephew, Daniel Stiepleman, penned the script.” In a USA Today review on December 26, 2018, the scriptwriter and Ginsburg’s nephew revealed his purpose in writing. “I was writing a movie about a leading feminist.”
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The critics have fallen all over themselves to praise the movie and Justice Ginsburg. The Rotten Tomatoes website notes that more professional critics like the move than do “regular” people. Ty Burr of the Boston Globe writes, “The movie could be considered a useful footnote to the documentary ‘RBG,’ which came out earlier this year, itself a footnote to the long, legendary career of the Supreme Court justice.” Brian Lowry of CNN says, “Ruth Bader Ginsburg has become a cultural icon, as the fine CNN Films documentary ‘RBG‘ made clear. Yet a new movie chronicling an early chapter in the Supreme Court Justice’s career, ‘On the Basis of Sex,’ proves more dutiful than delightful, only stirring to life toward the end.” It’s a lukewarm review, but hard to miss that Lowry calls Justice Ginsburg “a cultural icon”. Nora Lee Mandel writes, “On the Basis of Sex is the feel-good movie of the year.”
Nothing I’ve written here is a big surprise to the regular folks who support our president and value law, order and decency. I think it’s good, though, to be reminded, from time to time, what those who oppose us are doing. As one who values history and truth, it is hard to watch as Hollywood rewrites and spins the truth. Samuel Goldwyn once said, “Pictures are for entertainment, messages should be delivered by Western Union.” Hollywood seems to have forgotten that.