If you needed anymore evidence of Hollywood's left-leaning tendencies, a new book, Primetime Propaganda, has hit the shelves. The book offers a slew of interviews and evidence that most shows and talent lean left, and those in the biz use their positions of power to hawk progressivism. It's an interesting book, but doesn't really offer anything I didn't already know.
Some of my favorite shows (current and past) are saturated with liberal and progressive themes, and also display talent from liberal writers, actors, and producers. One of my all-time favorite comedies, Arrested Development, is a showcase of liberal Hollywood folk and anti-conservative jokes, but hey, it's still funny. One of the ongoing themes of MacGyver was anti-guns, and M*A*S*H became a liberal soapbox in its later years. Even the multiple Star Trek series are riddled with progressive propaganda. And obviously, The West Wing was all about liberals. But who cares really? Why does it matter?
Hollywood execs, writers, and actors have been using their clout and stardom to peddle progressive ideas for years now. When audiences are constantly bombarded by such messages, it can be easy to accept those viewpoints as the norm. For example, Modern Family, which is very entertaining, has a pro-homosexual agenda. When audiences are repeatedly shown that a gay couple love each other and can be fit parents, the hope of the show's producers is that the audience's defenses will drop and things such as homosexual marriage will eventually be accepted in the country.
As a libertarian, and a firm believer in the adage "if you don't like it, don't watch it," I really don't care if producers want their shows to sell progressivism. But there is one aspect of liberal Hollywood that really irks me -- the intolerance of other viewpoints. The book I previously mentioned gives plenty of examples of Hollywood execs who have no tolerance of conservatives or conservative ideas. I find it to be complete hypocrisy that the left, who is constantly preaching tolerance, acceptance, and civility, show no tolerance or civility to those who have a different ideology.
A person's politics can sometimes be a roadblock for people who want to work in the entertainment field. There have been many instances in which certain writers, producers, and actors have been blacklisted due to their conservative leanings. I don't understand this at all. If the person is talented, and can bring in money, why not let the person have the job?
It seems that Hollywood liberals are afraid. They likely know they can't beat conservative principles in the arena of ideas, so they do everything they can to silence conservatives. If they are so confident that their argument is right, the progressive principles should be able to stand up to other viewpoints. But that isn't how it works in Hollywood -- it's the liberal way or the highway. Hmmm, that sounds a bit like fascism.
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