Subject: News for Pop-Fart: Wingnut Snowflakes v Hollywood
Since the dawn of motion pictures, Conservatives have been at
war with Hollywood — from early censorship bills to conservative
studio heads attempting to kill unions and police the behavior
of their biggest stars to the creation of the Motion Picture
Production Code (AKA the Hays Code) and through the blacklisting
of suspected communists in the industry. It’s been going on
since forever, and it went on before that with other forms of
art. Hell, it goes on in every high school in America.
But today’s conservatives are trying to rewrite the script.
Rather than acknowledging that yes, people who go into creative
fields just tend to be more liberal, they have decided that the
absence of conservative artists is part of some vast conspiracy
on the left to keep them out of these industries.
Last night, during the Academy Awards, Glenn Beck was one of
many conservatives to publicly kvetch about all the Hollywood
actors being too liberal:
Thnk U, @jimmykimmel. It's official: There is no
place in Hollywood 4 conservatives-except as the
butt of jokes.And thats fine. We'll make our own
Hollywood. We won't be victims, We will not react,
We will create. From this, Magic. Life is happening
for us, not to us.
This tweet is exactly why conservatives don’t have their own
Hollywood, and it’s why Glenn Beck’s attempt to start his own
movie studio failed. Because they think art is both easy and
ultimately useless for anything other than propaganda.
Did Dana Loesch have any acting training when she pitched Guyot
the idea for her show? Not really! She had experience being a
conservative talk show host. She just looked at other people
with television shows and thought, “Oh, whatever, I could
totally do that. That’s not real work.”
That is insulting. It is insulting to everyone who has worked
their asses off for years simply to get a one line role on “Law
& Order: SVU,” to everyone out there right now spending their
free time doing community theater, to everyone who has actually
worked for it.
It is not the fault of “Liberal Hollywood” that Dana Loesch did
not get her “hot mom sitcom.” It is her own damn fault for not
having been an actor. There is not some liberal cabal that bans
young conservatives from taking acting classes or joining drama
club or participating in community theater. There is no one
stopping them from hosting their own comedy open mics. No one at
the music store is going to ask you who you voted for before
they will sell you a guitar. There is not some Hollywood Fairy
that hovers over Schwab’s Drugstore looking for random liberals
to make into superstars. The people who work in Hollywood are
there because it’s something they actually worked for and
Republicans love voting to defund arts education. They mock
people who major in artistic pursuits in college, or who want to
be actors or writers or artists instead of being hedge fund
managers. They find these things unnecessary because they do not
think that art involves any kind of actual hard work or study.
That is why they are bad at it. Because if you do not ever work
at something, it is highly unlikely that you will become good at
it. It is even more unlikely that a career in it will be handed
Also, they are often uncomfortable with LGBT people, who make up
a large portion of those in creative fields. They make fun of
empathy, they make fun of people having feelings — qualities
that are absolutely necessary to producing the kind of art that
resonates with other people. They get very confused about
performance art and think that it is evidence of actual Satanic
What, exactly, about any of this is going to lead to them being
major players in Hollywood or any other artistic industry?
Compounding this is the fact that most “conservative art” is
made only for conservatives. Take Jon McNaughton. It’s not like
he’s a conservative who also happens to paint things. All of his
“art” is politically conservative art, like this weird picture
of Donald Trump clutching a dirty flag.
He doesn’t make art for love of art alone. That’s the
Even when conservatives do actually dedicate themselves to
making art, when they try to make “conservative art,” it really
doesn’t work. Look at David Zucker’s “An American Carol.” David
Zucker has made things that were good and funny, but when he set
out to make a conservative movie for conservatives, it was
painfully bad and not funny.
That wasn’t the fault of liberals. We didn’t force David Zucker
to make a movie that wasn’t funny, he did that on his own. That
was his choice.
A career in the arts involves taking more risks than
conservatives are often comfortable with. It involves risking
being “the weird kid” in high school who joins drama club or the
literary magazine or starts a band rather than playing sports
and going to keggers. It involves dedicating your time to
something that will almost definitely not result in you actually
being a superstar, just because you actually love doing it. If
they are not willing to take these risks, they do not deserve
Click the link if you want to see bad art, the embarrassing Dana Loesch
bit, or the truly godawful trailer for Zucker's "An American Carol", all
of which are highly NOT recommended.