So­cial­ism in Hol­ly­wood

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Opinion -

Hol­ly­wood is now ob­sess­ing about in­creas­ing eth­nic and gender di­ver­sity. Good. There’s been nasty racial and gender dis­crim­i­na­tion in the movie busi­ness.

Un­for­tu­nately, Hol­ly­wood has no in­ter­est in one type of di­ver­sity: di­ver­sity of thought.

In most ev­ery movie, cap­i­tal­ism is evil.

Greedy min­ers want to kill na­ture-lov­ing aliens in “Avatar.” Direc­tor James Cameron says: “The mining com­pany boss will be the vil­lain again in sev­eral se­quels . ... Same guy. Same mother——er through all four movies.”

One re­viewer calls a scene in the re­cent “Star Wars” movie “a beau­ti­ful cri­tique of un­reg­u­lated cap­i­tal­ism.”

“Un­reg­u­lated cap­i­tal­ism” is such a stupid cliche. Mar­kets are reg­u­lated by cus­tomers, who have choices; we rou­tinely aban­don sup­pli­ers who don’t serve us well.

In the movie “In Time,” rich peo­ple live for­ever by buy­ing more time, which they hoard while ar­rang­ing for higher prices so poor peo­ple die.

I guess rich movie peo­ple feel guilty about be­ing rich.

In the new Amazon se­ries “Jack Ryan,” the hero asks a good ques­tion about Venezuela: “Why is this coun­try in the midst of one of the great­est hu­man­i­tar­ian crises in his­tory?”

Be­cause so­cial­ism ru­ined the coun­try’s econ­omy! But no, that’s not the an­swer Jack Ryan gives.

“Na­tion­al­ist pride,” not so­cial­ism, is named as the cul­prit — and the politi­cian who will fix things is an ac­tivist run­ning “on a so­cial jus­tice plat­form.”

The pro­duc­ers re­versed re­al­ity, por­tray­ing left­ists as Venezuela’s sav­iors rather than as the peo­ple who de­stroyed it.

Hol­ly­wood re­serves praise for peo­ple who share their pol­i­tics. A doc­u­men­tary about Supreme Court Jus­tice Ruth Bader Gins­burg is full of peo­ple gush­ing praise, call­ing her things like “the clos­est thing to a su­per­hero.”

“RBG” is a good doc­u­men­tary and Gins­burg is im­pres­sive. But so is Jus­tice Clarence Thomas. Hol­ly­wood would never praise him like that.

Re­cently, my for­mer bosses at ABC sur­prised me by in­ter­view­ing Thomas. Pro­mo­tion for the video sug­gests that they ac­tu­ally let Thomas speak, with­out sneer­ing at him. Good. But I’m sure no one on the show will be al­lowed to call Thomas “a su­per­hero.”

Hol­ly­wood’s love for the left frus­trates ac­tors who lean right. Most fear say­ing any­thing be­cause they fear they’d lose work.

Ac­tor Kevin Sorbo spoke out about his con­ser­va­tive views.

Then, re­counts Sorbo in my video this week, “all of a sud­den, less and less calls. My agent said we’d bet­ter part ways. And I made a lot of money for these guys!”

Sorbo says in Hol­ly­wood, be­ing a con­ser­va­tive Chris­tian is “like be­ing a dou­ble leper.”

He was even banned from a comic book con­ven­tion.

“They’re the ones who say, ‘We need to be tol­er­ant; we need to have love,’” ob­serves Sorbo. But “they’re the most anti-tol­er­ant peo­ple... Ev­ery movie, ev­ery TV show ... there’s al­ways some point, some­place, where they’ll pretty much de­grade any­body who’s con­ser­va­tive or

Repub­li­can.”

When a Repub­li­can is shown — some­one like pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush in 2018’s “Vice” — Sorbo says, “They make him as dumb and as hick-y as pos­si­ble.”

Sorbo’s also an­noyed that movies like the lat­est “Ghost­busters” film shove women into what had been male parts. In the most re­cent “X-Men” movie, an ac­tress says: “Women are al­ways sav­ing the men around here. You might want to think about chang­ing the name to X-Women!”

“What’s wrong with that?” I pushed back. I like watch­ing fe­male su­per­heroes.

Sorbo replied, “It was cre­ated as ‘X-Men.’ We’re in this busi­ness now of rewrit­ing ev­ery­thing . ... It’s not even po­lit­i­cally cor­rect; it’s po­lit­i­cally in­sane.”

Hol­ly­wood’s re­cent movie about man’s first trip to the moon chose to leave out the Amer­i­can flag. When asked about that, the film’s star, Ryan Gosling, said, “This was widely re­garded in the end as a hu­man achieve­ment.”

“An Amer­i­can hu­man achieve­ment!” replies Sorbo.

Sorbo’s re­sponse to Hol­ly­wood’s re­jec­tion was to make his own movies. He says his Chris­tian drama “God’s Not Dead” cost $2 mil­lion to make but earned $140 mil­lion.

Other con­ser­va­tive and Chris­tian movies have done well. Mel Gib­son’s “The Pas­sion of the Christ” is Amer­ica’s high­est-gross­ing R-rated film ever.

Those aren’t my kind of movies, but I’m sure glad Hol­ly­wood doesn’t have mo­nop­oly power.

Maybe com­pe­ti­tion will make Hol­ly­wood a lit­tle less nar­row-minded.

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