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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

This election cycle has been unusually vicious and angry, and therefore, of course, the controversy is as well. Meryl Streep has delivered a rebuke to Donald Trump, and now social media is convulsed by debate over a blandly unobjectionable point: Trump was wrong to make fun of a disabled reporter's handicap.

Out of self-protection, some commentators retreat to the meta-debate: Should entertainers even make political statements?




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This is an industry whose whole job is to invent magical collages of images, words and music. How is it that when they start in on politics, they go so terribly wrong?

Because when Hollywood people make movies, they're thinking about the audience. They know that if they want to keep making movies, they have to get butts in seats and eyeballs on screens. Every choice they make is disciplined by a single question: "Is the audience going to be moved by this?" And they use their domain knowledge to answer that question. They don't always get it right, but they do a lot better than a random person off the street would.

When they start talking about politics, however, they're not thinking about the audience; they're thinking about themselves. They're exactly as effective at reaching an audience as your average Washington staffer is with those screenplays he scratches out in his spare time.


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It certainly worked for Trump.

#1 | Posted by memyselfini at 2017-01-11 02:17 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I have to agree that the debate over Celebrity opinions is kind of moot considering folks just put one in the White House.
Obviously, the Righties feel that Hollywood Celebrities know more than they do. After all, they elect most of them to office.

#2 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2017-01-11 02:27 PM | Reply

The rightie PC bunny snowflakes resent (LPFOS) "Liberal People's freedom of speech".

Ted Nugent...? Fine.

Chachi...? Hells yeah.

Libs...? Awww, now cut that out. We dont wanna hear it!

Suck it up Buttercups!

#3 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2017-01-11 02:54 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Should entertainers even make political statements?"

Hahahaha, should entertainers even become President of the United States?

Let's imagine Meryl Streep being as "humble" as Trump always is:

"I'm the best thing that's ever happened to Hollywood. I only get the best parts. Nobody, trust me, has been more successful. I'd have the most Oscars if it weren't for the crooked Academy."

#4 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2017-01-11 03:02 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

"Hahahaha, should entertainers even become President of the United States?"

It only encourages them.
Trust me.
I know.
~ Bonzo

PS. That goes for grifter-swindlers as well.

#5 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2017-01-11 03:22 PM | Reply

These articles are such junk. Complete nonsense.

Since Trump became a thing I've seen too many people try to twist their minds into strange shapes to rationalize ideas that kowtow to conservative nonsense.

#6 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-01-11 08:01 PM | Reply

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