An an­gry cloud of snowflakes

They gained weight gorg­ing on snacks, and it’s all Trump’s fault

The Washington Times Daily - - EDITORIAL -

Into each life a lit­tle rain must fall, as an­cient wis­dom teaches, and some­times, when the sea­son is right, the rain turns to snow. Many of th­ese pre­cious snowflakes fall on cam­pus, but not all, and some­times the snowflakes (mostly frag­ile mil­len­ni­als who imag­ine them­selves, like snowflakes, unique) fall on un­likely places. South­ern Cal­i­for­nia is the last place to ex­pect a heavy snow­fall, but it hap­pens. We can blame Pres­i­dent Trump, ap­par­ently not global warm­ing.

A group of tele­vi­sion “cre­ators,” to use their word, col­lected in Austin, Texas, the other day to com­mis­er­ate about how the pres­i­dent is mak­ing their jobs dif­fi­cult. They even put on a show, with pan­els, tes­ti­mo­ni­als and lots of mu­tual ap­plause, to talk about life in the pot­hole lane.

“How can I pos­si­bly fo­cus?” com­plained Javier Grillo-Marx­u­ach, a writer for the show “Lost.” He con­fides to En­ter­tain­ment Weekly that he suf­fers from the worst af­flic­tion in Hol­ly­wood. “There’s a lot of stress eat­ing in­volved.” Oh, dear. Food is full of calo­ries and who knows what calo­ries can do to a mid­sec­tion. “More than any­thing else, the tor­rent of news and in­for­ma­tion is about the stuff you do to mit­i­gate your stress to be ef­fec­tive.”

The di­rec­tor of “Royal Pains” agrees, and ob­served that he im­posed a rule that no com­put­ers or cell phones are al­lowed in the writ­ers’ room when snowflakes are com­muning with their muses. “But the mo­ment there’s a break, we’re all talk­ing about how hor­ren­dous and de­press­ing it is, then we’re back to work try­ing to be funny.”

The pro­duc­tion su­per­vi­sor of “The Vam­pire Di­aries” says the Novem­ber elec­tion brought about “ab­so­lute sor­row, hor­ror, and de­pres­sion” and pro­duced un­told mis­ery be­hind the scenes of the show, which a naive observer might think would be a good thing be­hind the scene of a drama about vam­pires. Count Drac­ula, af­ter all, was never a bowl of laughs. The good thing is that Julie Plec, the su­per­vi­sor — or “showrun­ner,” in the ar­got of tele­vi­sion — says she feels a height­ened re­spon­si­bil­ity to “dou­ble down on mak­ing it OK to be in­clu­sive and not OK to be a bigot in her sto­ry­telling given ‘the cur­rent cul­ture.’”

Beau Wil­limon, iden­ti­fied as the “cre­ator” of “House of Cards,” a pop­u­lar knock-off of the orig­i­nal Bri­tish drama, says he early on rec­og­nized catas­tro­phe com­ing. “It felt like the whole coun­try was slapped across the face with a two-by-four.” Any­one who rec­og­nizes a two-by-four — a piece of lum­ber mea­sur­ing two inches by four inches — prob­a­bly wouldn’t use it to slap any­one across the face. A two-by-four is a blud­geon, best used on con­trary mules, and only when Peo­ple for the Eth­i­cal Treat­ment of Animals is not look­ing.

When the mod­er­a­tor of one panel asked about the ob­ser­va­tion of many con­ser­va­tives that “the Hol­ly­wood cre­atives” live in a bub­ble where they keep out of touch with real peo­ple, the pro­ducer of “House of Cards” dis­agreed.

“We have a pres­i­dent who has never known what it means to hold a real job and to strug­gle,” he says. “I think some stereo­types are true, Hol­ly­wood does lean left, but ask your­self why it does. Artists are peo­ple who read a lot.” What could a man who built a bil­lion-dol­lar busi­ness and em­ployed hun­dreds of men and women, know about a real job. Has he ever writ­ten a script?

One of the pan­elists tried to be philo­soph­i­cal. “There’s a strong pos­si­bil­ity that great art can come out of [the Trump catas­tro­phe] and we can all be OK. The only way we sur­vive is be­ing the most hon­est ver­sion of our­selves and tell the world to [go have sex­ual re­la­tions with it­self] if they don’t like it.”

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