By Irene F. Starkehaus -
No doubt about it. This year's State of the Union Address should have you deeply concerned, but this is sort of water under the bridge. It's wise to remember that President Barack Obama would have been completely unelectable had it not been for the hard sell of media elites who saw to it that his obvious flaws as a leader were never discussed in any meaningful way. Barack Obama and our entire federal system own responsibility for the abysmal state of our national affairs, but pop culture decay sold the American people on this bill of goods. Isn't that our real problem?
While it's true that pop culture often fails to challenge or provoke meaningful thought, we all know – especially members of the political Left Wing – that positive representation in the media and entertainment industries ultimately leads to representation in our government. To that end, the lack of any meaningful conservative opinions coming from the entertainment industry denotes a cultural handicap that could lead to the extinction of the conservatism as a political movement.
To control the Billboard top 40, contemporary film or television output is to control the narrative and ultimately the turnout on Election Day. Used effectively, the entertainment industry can convince a woman that it's heroic to kill her baby or a whole generation of Millennials that free political speech is the root of all evil. To be left out of or misrepresented in the political dialog that takes place on social media or in films, music, TV, literature is to be made invisible, obsolete or worse – a villain who has no right to live.
As conservatives can well attest, pop culture is dominated by an angry, liberal agenda. Liberals use the media to sell their political ideology by giving envy a hot, slutty makeover. They pick winners and losers by acting out scripted fantasies that serve as twisted passion plays for social justice. In this way, they reveal more about their own hostility than anything close to who you are. Nevertheless, it's your conservative belief system rather than their mania that takes the reputation hit.
Every political, religious and socio-economic view that Americans hold in one way or another is influenced by how ethnic, religious and economic values are depicted in the media. The entertainment industry is responsible for manufacturing the fences that keep people enslaved in their assigned roles.
The other day, I heard popular Illinois defense attorney Sam Adam Jr. being asked whether he would go see the film Selma, which – in case you are living under a rock and haven't heard – is about the life and times of Martin Luther King Jr. Mr. Adam has a mixed race heritage, and so the cultural bias was that – well, yes. Mr. Adam would be right there – first in line to watch the film and revel in the wonder of white privilege. To not be there would represent a betrayal to the ongoing plight of people of color.
But instead giving the preapproved response, Mr. Adam offered a sort of "Meh. I'll wait for the video."
I'm not sure why his answer evokes astonishment: What's that? I don't understand. Isn't this your history that we're talking about here? You're supposed to be excited that Hollywood deigned to tell the story…but Sam Adam Jr. wasn't having any of that.
I don't think that he was rejecting MLK or the important struggle within the Civil Rights Movement. And I would never try to put words in a lawyer's mouth (Heaven forbid) but it seemed that Adam was trying to convey that his history is more than just a one note samba. It seemed he was expressing his frustration that every African American movie rendered down to the same plot of victimhood and paralysis…that in the great tapestry of American culture, African Americans have been pigeonholed as perpetual culture slaves so that no other story has permission to be told. Simply put, he seemed ready to explore other facets of diversity in film.
And in accepting that principle of diversity, you might also agree that this view is held by other pigeonholed groups as well. A couple years back, I made the decision that I would no longer bear witness to white culture as the punchline for every joke told by the race baiting industry. I would happily watch shows and films starring people of color, but the second that someone fell into the overworked rhetoric of "You know how white folks are…" I would stop listening. I'm of Western European descent. I'm familiar with how white folks are, and I'm done with the droning tutorial that comes from the mouths of the race peddlers.
Try the experiment for yourself for a few weeks. You'll be amazed at how downright vaudevillian the comedic and dramatic landscapes have become in terms of race, creed, color and gender and how little you'll be left watching. Every storyline boils down to the exact same antagonist who is always the same Wonder bread, capitalist, racist, sexist, homophobe, and you always find yourself being dragged to the same well of "You know how white folks are…Oh, and take my wife please."
I speak now to conservatives of every race, creed, color and gender that are persistently underrepresented or battered by the pop culture elites who hope that we can be eradicated through neglect. With the same "anti-you" storyline being promoted in infinitum, it drives one out of one's comfort zone and into the wild frontier looking for something akin to nuance. The tendency is to rally around any story or celebrity that accidentally stumbles into traditionalism thereby lending persona to the feelings you have.
Consider Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting of the TV show Big Bang Theory. Cuoco-Sweeting accidentally implied that she is not a feminist in an interview for the February 2015 edition of Redbook Magazine. Yikes. You'd have thought she had come out in favor of slaughtering kittens for their fur or something. Ho-lee-cow. Talk about kneejerk reactions. Liberal feminists immediately pounced. Conservative feminists immediately rallied to their new pop culture hero, and I'm sitting there thinking, "This is the same Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting who wore a Hillary in '08 tee shirt during the filming of a BBT episode? Yeah. Not hitching my cultural identity to her. Thank you."
Guess what? It only took a week for Cuoco-Sweeting to recant and confess her culture sins. She apologized on Instagram…which you should understand is the modern confessional in the Age of Technology and then told People Magazine that she was taken out of context when she said she wasn't a feminist.
"If I could say all the words I wanted to, it was really meaning that as independent as I am – and I've made a career on my own without a man – I love being a wife. I love cooking for my husband. I feel like I have it all."
Whether the liberal feminists will ultimately absolve her of her sins against womankind depends greatly on whether the BBT writers can write an impromptu abortion for her character before her haircut controversy is resolved methinks. For Penny-Penny-Penny... the future remains uncertain. For conservatives, you should know exactly where you stand. I mean seriously, you can't even rely on the Republicans (who promised to represent you if you helped them get elected) to represent you. Did you really think Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting was the one that would deliver you from your cultural excommunication?
The same holds true of comedian Billy Crystal who – as you remember – played the first openly gay character on television, but might have accidentally indicated, according to the UK Independent, that he's a little burned out on the gay culture and wishes that the entertainment industry would:
"Stop shoving gay sex scenes in my face… Sometimes, it's just pushing it a little too far for my taste and I'm not going to reveal to you which ones they are. I hope people don't abuse it and shove it in our face to the point where it feels like an every-day kind of thing."
In spite of the fact that Billy Crystal has been part of the incessant bombast against conservative thinking since the 1970s, I kinda feel sorry for him about this. I really do. I don't know if he thought that his liberal pedigree protects him from the politics of personal destruction or if he didn't realize how bad political correctness has crippled our nation's First Amendment principles. But his words were ill-considered. As you might expect, the response from the LGBT community goes something like:
"Hey @BillyCrystal...I hope your sh**y new show isn't "shoved in our face like an everyday thing" you ignorant homophobe."
Because, as we are all destined learn, it's not enough to advocate for gay rights or gay marriage. You'll have to like watching gay sex scenes too or you might be labeled an ignorant homophobe. Crystal will now receive his dressing down as his liberal titles and medals get stripped away, but conservatives shouldn't rally to his free speech defense just yet. He's already got the spin cycle working hard:
The actor later sought to clarify his remarks, saying they were taken "out of context."
The article doesn't mention whether he looked for absolution on Instagram or chose Twitter instead. The point isn't which social media site will act as the emancipator of forgiveness once he's made proper apologies and restitution to the gay community. The point is that he would rather receive a thousand lashes from the imams of progressive media than ever be on the receiving end of your unclean sympathy.
Hollywood doesn't like you. Celebrities don't want their names used in the same sentence with the word "conservative." They will never promote any idea that might be construed as amenable to traditional ideals. If you want to see your values reflected in the popular culture, don't wait for them to invite you into their liberals-only club.
Start producing conservative music, art, films, literature and television representing what you believe. It won't be any worse than the pabulum that Hollywood is spoon feeding us, so you've got nothing to lose but the progressive shackles that enslave you.