While conservatives own an ironclad argument that Hollywood discriminates against our kind, we are certainly not blameless for the predicament.
The most frequent snipe thrown our way by industry stalwarts and Huffington Post bloggers (when presented with the overwhelming evidence that the entertainment industry tilts dangerously to the left) is to say that we sound whiny.
The truth hurts.
The victim card - liberalism’s reliable ace in the hole - is not a winning ploy for conservatives who want to make inroads in Hollywood. David Geffen certainly owes it to no one to produce work that runs contrary to his point of view. Until artists and entrepreneurs work together to make a stream of successful products openly rebelling against the status quo, then the game isn’t even on.
When conservative icon Paul Weyrich wrote in 1999, “we probably have lost the culture war,” he was grossly mistaken. We never fought it.
What a terrible message Mr. Weyrich sent to young foot soldiers looking for a battle plan at the end of the subject-rich Clinton years. If Bill Clinton couldn’t spawn a cultural revolution, then who can?
Where are the young playwrights that romanticize freedom over servitude? Where are the brash Gen Y artists mocking baby boomer excesses? Where are the scholarships cultivating fresh talent? Where are the venture capitalists ready to fill the void? Where are the movie stars telling the press gaggle at Cannes that America is still beautiful?
While it’s mostly true that the conservative experience in Hollywood is long on diagnosis and short on remedy, what sets us apart from our liberal counterparts is that we don’t ask for a legislative fix.
Surely there’s an affirmative-action program that can put Republicans to work in the entertainment industry at ratios similar to our numbers in the general population.
Or how about a “Fairness Doctrine” that extends beyond talk radio to TV, film and music?
Conservatives who allegedly embrace free markets need to take responsibility for allowing the left to become the dominant pop cultural force, and for granting homogenized radicals creative control over America’s second-largest - and arguably most important - export.
If we encouraged our young to consider careers in the arts, we would begin to reap the benefits in short order. Instead, we waste valuable time complaining and now are knee-deep in our enemy’s dogma and have the indignity of paying for their products. Too much time has been lost navel-gazing about why things haven’t fallen our way.
Had Mr. Weyrich and other leaders encouraged participation in the commerce of entertainment, instead of acting like defeatists or the puritanical parents in “Footloose” (how Hollywood truly envisions conservatives), we’d have a new generation of players pushing their scripts - and truth be told, their reality-show gimmicks - through the development process right now.
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