Has Hollywood lost touch with the average American? As more people reject the sports and entertainment machine, one must ask, are their values out of sync with the country’s? Looking at the chasm between average Americans and the entertainment industry, the answer is yes.
I read an article the other day that really made me stop and think. Many celebrities and professional athletes are clearly anti-Trump. That in itself is not an issue, because this is a free country and we’re entitled to our political views. But, many in the sports and entertainment industries seem to be violently anti-Trump — in fact, they seem to be combatively opposed to any Republican. Is their aversion to anything “conservative” based on reality, or does it stem from a close-minded bias?
The stats don’t lie. Within minutes of President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union speech, CBS News revealed their YouGov poll approval ratings on it.
- Unsurprisingly, 97% of Republican speech watchers liked it.
- More surprisingly, 72% of Independents liked it.
- Staggeringly, 43% of Democrats liked it.
- Overall, CBS reported that 75% of Americans approved of the speech.
Interestingly, 8/10 Americans in the poll felt the President was trying to unite the country with his speech and two thirds of Americans said it made them feel proud.
Less than a quarter that watched said it made them feel scared or angry.
Contrast this reaction with the instant and so tediously predictable blind rage spewed by the world’s liberal celebrities on social media before, during and after the address.
From my own unofficial poll – i.e. my own eyes on Twitter – I’d say 99% of them were so furious at the speech they could barely think straight.
‘I was told darkness could not exist in the light. But here it is, for everyone to not see,’ tweeted Sarah Silverman.
Jim Carrey tweeted an illustration of sharks across a map of America, then another of a weeping Abraham Lincoln and the caption: ‘It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to.’
Andy Lassner, producer of the insufferably smug The Ellen Show sneered: ‘Good luck ‘Saturday Night Live’ on trying to make this any more f***ing ridiculous than it already is.’
Jeffrey Wright raged: ‘Can’t even watch this vile, deceitful fraud and his bizarre cult of self-interested sycophants.‘
Patton Oswalt seethed: ‘I’m gonna fact check this speech: whatever he just said was bullsh*t.’
Jessica Chastain urged people not to watch the speech at all.
Billy Eichner fumed: ‘The President is a lying, incompetent, racist, misogynist sack of sh*t.’
And George Takei spouted: ‘I’m not watching some frothing orange gorilla read off a teleprompter.’
On and on it went, with these stars and many more assuming America agreed with them.
But it turned out the vast majority of Americans DIDN’T agree with them, which suggests they’re no longer listening to what celebrities say about politics or Donald Trump.
The article goes on to say that Americans are increasingly turning against our celebrity-obsessed culture, pointing out that viewership for the Grammy’s was at an all-time low, adding:
Why? Because Americans are sick and tired of entertainers preaching about politics at awards shows, particularly when they’re all preaching from the same liberal Trump-loathing handbook.
It’s hard not to agree with White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders when she said yesterday: ‘I think if Americans cared what celebrities thought then Hillary would be president but they clearly don’t. Frankly, I feel sorry for these people. They’re so focused on hating this president that they’re missing all of the great things that are happening in this country.’
I wonder, were these and other celebrities even listening, or were they so focused on mindlessly rejecting everything outright, that they pounded their tweets out in an oblivious rage?
The gist of the article, which you can read here, is that celebrities, whether they be actors, singers or sports stars, are increasingly out of touch with the general wishes of the American people. Moreover, these celebrities are perceived as pushing their views on the average American — most of whom do not boast a net worth in the $millions and most of whom do not live in mega-mansions with fences, security systems and bodyguards.
But it also speaks to the American people being increasingly fed-up with the whole Hollywood mystique and what they perceive as elitist hypocrisy. Just this week, Robert DeNiro and other celebrities attended “The World Government Summit“ in Dubai. According to news reports, Mr. DeNiro and other American celebrities in attendance, immediately launched into an anti-American rants, with DeNiro quoted as saying:
“I flew here last night from a backward country, a place where science once reigned and lately has been replaced by ignorance.” He drew applause after predicting that Trump would be voted out in the 2020 election. Last year, at the summit he said that Trump has caused America to lose its position as a global ambassador in the fight against global warming because “we have a leader who’s not leading, that doesn’t know what he’s doing.”
So what does this have to do with positivity?
A great deal.
Being a positive person and having an open mind go hand-in-hand. Positive thinkers are generally confident enough in their own beliefs to not feel threatened when they hear other views. Plus, learning and expanding one’s horizons are hallmarks of being a positive person. Forcing one’s views on another is not the trait of a positive person — being pretentious and dictatorial are polar opposite to being a positive person.
Many celebrities seem to be rejecting everyone and everything they don’t like, without any consideration of facts — they’re lashing out and as the expression goes, throwing the baby out with the bathwater.” What’s worse, they use the platform of their star power to try and force everyone else to agree with them.
This is not about politics or President Trump; I’ve been very open that I am not a fan of Mr. Trump. However, he is the President and as an American citizen, I believe my obligation — my duty, is to have an open mind. I will never see any politician as our great savior, but what harm does it to do at least listen, consider, compare, question and then, after due diligence, make my own conclusion?
I believe that our pop-obsessed society has reached a turning point. People who work hard to make a better life for their family are starting to reject what they see as brow beating from an out-of-touch elite who live obscenely opulent lives. Hollywood and professional sports are seeing a drastic decline in their revenue and as people stay home and tune out, the sports and entertainment industries are watching their power and influence decline — this most assuredly scares them
President Trump isn’t perfect, but no politician is, nor will they ever be. When we close off our mind and impulsively reject and attack anything they do or say, we’re ultimately only hurting ourselves. That’s why for me, the best approach is to listen, question, verify and then, conclude for myself what I will and will not accept. Hollywood celebrities and professional athletes should consider how they are being perceived by the average American — entire industries have been brought to their knees through popular “revolt,” and I think we’re seeing that revolt quietly and peacefully unfold now.