The Culture Current: Close Trump Ally To Save The Weinstein Company!
That title got you dancing to the tune of “Hooray For Hollywood” yet? Okay…bear with me.
So the proverbial ink had barely dried on my last article about what Conservatives SHOULD do about the whole Weinstein situation…when no later than the very next morning, lo and behold…somebody followed my lead!
Okay, okay, I’m not that conceited. But after years of finding the calls of Culture Warriors like myself, well, going decidedly unanswered…well, when something like THIS happens, something inside of me just itches to toot my own horn.
Well…not necessarily my own by itself—but also the horns of Andrew “Supreme Overlord” Klavan, Bill Whittle*, Ben Shapiro (“Thug Life™!”), John Nolte, Alfonzo Rachel, Glenn Beck…and of course, the late, lamented Andrew Breitbart himself. Assuming they’d let me.
Behold, dear readers…and prepare to rejoice:
Reeling from allegations of sexual harassment and assault against its co-founder Harvey Weinstein, the Weinstein Company announced Monday that it will receive an immediate lifeline from Colony Capital, the private investment firm founded by Tom Barrack, a longtime friend of Donald Trump.
Barrack’s involvement with Weinstein is notable, given how much political capital Republicans have sought to extract from the scandal over the last week. White House aides and Trump allies have gleefully alighted upon the fact that Weinstein was a major Democratic donor, and slammed Hillary Clinton for not repudiating him sooner. Barrack, after all, is hardly a bit player in Trumpworld: the billionaire real-estate developer spoke at the Republican National Convention last summer on Trump’s behalf, served on Trump’s inaugural committee, and was a top Trump fund-raiser during the 2016 election. (Boldface mine)
That’s the “who”. The “what”? Well, there’s the bailout…but hold onto your seats:
Colony is also in talks to buy either some or all of T.W.C., including its movie and television rights, putting an end to the Weinstein Company’s decade-long run as Hollywood’s top independent film group.
Well, actually, Vanity Fair…no to that “end” point. See:
“We will help return the company to its rightful iconic position in the independent film and television industry,” Barrack said in a statement announcing the preliminary deal.
In other words…were Barrack and his crew to solidify the takeover of TWC, they won’t change the company’s role in Hollywood—but rather, Make It Great Again.
Mind you, Barrack’s got some street cred in Tinseltown, too—he led an investment group that ran—yes—Miramax for six years. Thus, he’s been hovering around the Weinstein power network for a long time, now. And at long last, the time’s right for him to make his move: The Weinstein Company at the end of its rope, and he—a Trump confidant—swoops in to save the day.
(Now…a quick note: Yes, I should add for full disclosure that he’s not 100% with The Don on everything. He’s not fully sold on The Wall, and he doesn’t care for the Twitter stuff. Still, all things considered? We can go with the Reagan Rule. Big step up from the Hard Leftism of Weinstein, am I right?)
All right, folks, maybe I’m getting too excited for comfort. But seriously, I can’t help it. Words can’t begin to express how valuable this victory has been. And even if a dark miracle occurs for the Left, and somehow TWC turns down his offer…
Well, that would be the stupidest move imaginable, as pretty much no one else wants to go near the company and spend all the resources necessary to clean up the mess Harvey left behind. But even besides that—think of the symbolic victory we’ve already achieved: A Hard Lefty has nearly destroyed the most powerful institution in Hollywood this side of Disney…and a Trumpist has saved it. In all likelihood, he’ll go on to do even more.
And if he does buy it up—it’ll be, as I said last time, perhaps our greatest victory in the Culture War in years. To borrow Bill Whittle’s analogy, we haven’t conquered Mordor just yet…but at the very least, we’ve taken Isengard.
Stay film-friendly, my friends. And CELEBRATE:
*(Apologies to Bill for putting his name after “that miserable lowlife”…but the thing is, as I’ve often said, Klavan’s classic article “The Long Game” was my call to become a Culture Warrior, and I answered it. Had I seen your videos on the subject before that, Bill, I’d have put your name first. Probably.)
Eric was raised by Conservative Christian parents, but first became especially passionate about politics in high school, through reading up on economic theory. He also first read The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged around this time, for the ARI's essay contests. He now owns a great deal of Ayn Rand's work. Also included in his library are the collected works of Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Ann Coulter, etc.
Eric is no stranger to writing commentary, as the writer of the Conservative Considerations column on CampCampaign.com, and as a film critic and commentator on FlickRev.com. He has also carried on the Conservative tradition of talk radio commentary, as the host of "Avengers of America" for the USF student radio station, Bulls Radio. In the meantime, he is practicing what he preaches: Striving to enter the professional realm of Hollywood, he has already written and directed short films for the Campus MovieFest, which can be found on his YouTube channel, Hard Boiled Entertainment.
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