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Why has Hollywood forsaken conservatives?

Hollywood’s liberal bias is offensive – and bad business. It’s time conservatives changed this.

By Chris W. Bell / January 29, 2010



Detroit, Mich.

I don’t know what my butcher’s political beliefs are, and I don’t want to know. I pay him for his services and we are both happy. I want the same arrangement with my entertainers.

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If my butcher constantly mocked my values, I’d soon take my business elsewhere.

Yet Hollywood regularly mocks conservative values. Me – and a lot of other conservatives in America – are ready to take our business elsewhere.

The entertainment industry’s depictions of various characters and values add up to one message: Conservatives are bad for our country. What does that teach our children about respecting the right to hold dissenting opinions?

When I watch TV, I often cringe at the thought of how many people don’t know they’re being sold a philosophy under the guise of entertainment. Some of it is subtle, such as the passing comment on “Lie to Me” about torture at Guantanámo. Some is blatant, like the pro-liberal values on “Boston Legal,” or when “Saturday Night Live” or another comedy show makes below-the-belt fun of a conservative one time too many.

Look at the way business is portrayed: Hollywood would have us believe that all big businesses are run by heartless men who would kill us with their dangerous products and pollution if they had a chance, all for the sake of earning money.

Drug companies selling overpriced and dangerous drugs, oil companies destroying the environment, banks ripping us off, and manufacturers exploiting workers, all hiding behind high-priced lawyers have become clichés on modern dramas.

When was the last time TV showed big businesses doing what they normally do: give millions to charity, invent groundbreaking products, and create thousands of new jobs? Hollywood behaves as if we need television characters to protect us from the very businesses that employ us.

Consider TV comedies. How often do you see liberals being made fun of, as opposed to conservatives?

Think about what you have heard recently on Jay Leno, David Letterman, Conan O’ Brien, and Jimmy Kimmel about Sarah Palin. Mainstream comedians attack her incessantly. Notice that their jokes are not usually about her positions, but rather they are personal – meant to make a laughingstock out of her. These comedians are molding a public opinion of Palin that insists she is stupid, ignorant, unsophisticated, and dangerous.

Try to recall a comparable barrage of spiteful jokes at the expense of other vice-presidential candidates like Joe Lieberman or Joe Biden – it’s not as easy.
It wasn’t always this way. Comedians of old, such as Bob Hope, made fun of politicians, but he included both sides. Dick Van Dyke also stayed light-hearted.

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