BOZELL: Hollywood Rebels Under Trump
Just as the liberal “news” media have doubled down on fierce liberal activism since President Trump’s inauguration, Hollywood is pushing the leftist agenda. Variety celebrates the crusade — that is what this is — in an article headlined “TV Gets Woke: How Scripted Series Are Confronting Social Issues Like Never Before.”
It is not that Hollywood should be political; it is that the industry must be political. Even the sitcoms need to be political. “Social media is in a constant conversation about things,” proclaimed NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke. “It doesn’t feel authentic to not address what’s going on in the world and what people are really talking about. I think that’s a sweet spot for comedy in general.”
She points to “The Carmichael Show” on NBC, which, like so many series advancing left-wing causes, is not a hit but features plots about hot topics like gentrification. A character defined it saying: “Gentrification is essentially when developers look at a neighborhood the way Richard Gere looked at Julia Roberts in ‘Pretty Woman.’ You know, you see past all the flaws of the past. You see a perfect spot for a Starbucks or an Ethiopian restaurant run by non-Ethiopians.”
This is what John Q. Public wants when he wants to watch TV? (Did we just say “he”?)
The new CBS show “Superior Donuts” features one episode plot wherein the neighborhood dry-cleaning shop owned by an Iraqi-American (played by Muslim comedian Maz Jobrani) is vandalized with graffiti that says, “Arabs Go Home.” Naturally, another character says to Jobrani’s character, “I’m going to miss you when America is great again.”
ABC’s “Black-ish” drew liberal praise for a January episode in which the black characters confronted the Trump victory. “We didn’t just want to be a family comedy show,” Anthony Anderson, one of the show’s stars, explained. “We wanted to be substantive and have a conscience and have something to say without beating you over the head with that message.”
That depends on how you define “beating you over the head.” Decide for yourself. During the episode, when a white woman says she voted for Trump, she is shamed for hating women. She fights back by suggesting that since blacks wouldn’t vote for Dr. Ben Carson just based on race, she wouldn’t vote for Hillary Clinton. The black characters slam Carson, saying, “Dude is a weirdo,” and “Is he even black?” A character played by Wanda Sykes adds, “As long as she knows that a vote for Trump is a vote for racism!” When the Trump voter protests saying, “I have black friends!” the blacks collectively howl. One hectors, “It’s racist to say that!”
The lectures come in the dramas, too. Fox has a new drama coming soon called “Shots Fired,” inspired by the Trayvon Martin shooting and the Black Lives Matter movement. Co-creators Reggie Bythewood and Gina Prince-Bythewood were recruited by Fox after the Ferguson riots. “It’s not enough to preach to the choir,” Gina Prince-Bythewood told Time magazine. “You have to speak to everybody.”
She told Variety: “these things were fueling us in wanting to say something to the world, and how we could use our art as a weapon to speak on this. … One of the mantras we have is that anyone can portray reality, but an artist portrays what reality should be.”
Their show was filmed before the election, and since then, “there’s been a 180-degree change,” says Prince-Bythewood. “Now the Dept. of Justice is absolutely under siege under this new administration. Will it even have the ability or the desire to look into cases of injustice?”
They have consulted with experts like former President Obama’s attorney general Eric Holder and, for supposed balance, former New York Police Department Commissioner Ray Kelly. But there will be no balance. As seen on “Black-ish,” they may have a marginally sympathetic white character to offer some sign that they’ve listened before filming. But that nagging ideological temptation to use your art as a weapon is sure to come barging through the TV again and again. And again.
L. Brent Bozell III is the president of the Media Research Center. Tim Graham is director of media analysis at the Media Research Center and executive editor of the blog NewsBusters.org. To find out more about Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.
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Founder and president of the Media Research Center, Mr. Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America. Established in 1987, the MRC has made “media bias” a household term, tracking it daily and printing the compiled evidence biweekly in its well-known Notable Quotables, as well as the daily CyberAlert intelligence report on the Internet. His most recent book, Whitewash: What the Media Won’t Tell You About Hillary Clinton, but Conservatives Will, was released in November 2007. His previous book, Weapons of Mass Distortion: The Coming Meltdown of the Liberal Media, was released in July 2004.
In 1998, Mr. Bozell launched CNSNews.com, an online news service with an emphasis on investigative journalism. CNSNews.com has become a major Internet news source with a full staff of journalists in its Washington, D.C. metro bureau, with other correspondents around the world. In October 2006, Mr. Bozell founded the Culture and Media Institute (CMI), whose mission is to thwart the efforts of the liberal media to subvert America’s culture, character, traditional moral values and religious liberty. CMI complements the MRC’s Business and Media Institute (BMI), founded in 1992 to bring balance to economic reporting and to promote fair portrayal of the business community in the media.
Mr. Bozell has also launched a number of other websites under the MRC umbrella including www.mediaresearch.org, www.timeswatch.org, www.mrcaction.org and www.Newsbusters.org, a “blog” site that became one of the top 15 blog sites in America within two months of its launch in 2005.
Founder and former president of the Parents Television Council, Mr. Bozell established the largest Hollywood-based organization dedicated to restoring responsibility to the entertainment industry. The PTC at http://www.parentstv.org features the “Family Guide to Prime Time Television,” which aids parents in making informed viewing decisions for their children. PTC conducted the largest national newspaper ad campaign in history with late Honorary Chairman Steve Allen, and has mobilized almost one million parents and other concerned members behind its efforts.
Mr. Bozell is a nationally syndicated columnist whose work appears in publications such as Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The New York Post, The Los Angeles Times, Investors Business Daily and National Review. He is regularly invited to provide media expertise on news programs by all the major networks and cable affiliates. He is frequently invited to appear on Fox News Channel shows such as Fox & Friends, Hannity & Colmes and The O’Reilly Factor, and other appearances include NBC's Today show, CNN's Inside Politics and Larry King Live, ABC's Good Morning America, C-SPAN, CBN and Entertainment Tonight. He has appeared as a guest and guest host on hundreds of radio shows, from local talk shows to ABC Radio, NPR’s Morning Edition, the Michael Reagan Show and the Rush Limbaugh Show.
Named the 1998 Pew Memorial Lecturer by Grove City College, Mr. Bozell is a frequent speaking guest on school campuses and for civic and political organizations around the country.
Mr. Bozell received his B.A. in History from the University of Dallas, where he was named the 1998 Alumnus of the Year. He is married, with five children and two grandchildren.
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