This is not another post about Meryl Streep or her speech. It is; however, a thought or two on what the entire Golden Globes mess says about the larger socio-political climate in our country. I always try to find something good, and if not good – of value, when reading, watching, or simply hearing about things said by good ole Meryl, Jimmy Fallon and many other progressives speaking last night from the stage who are known but to entertainment insiders and perhaps God Himself.
Hollywood is valuable in that in it can be observed a microcosm of the progressive left and one of its most insulated echo chambers. It is the Democrat Party, concentrated and on steroids. They were all in for Hillary and have produced two pathetic videos begging the Electoral college and Democrats in Congress to save them from TrumpHitler, just as they begged to be saved from DubHitler, DaddyBushHitler and ReaganHitler before him.
Was there any evidence last night that they learned anything from this past election season?
Not that I could see.
I learned that in spite of the self-congratulatory attitudes and the penchant for giving each other awards, if you judge by movie receipts, the general public is telling the priests and priestesses of Hollywood that they aren’t in alignment. “Miss Sloane”, the anti-gun picture made with the help of the Brady Campaign, flopped at the box-office despite having a big name, Jessica Chastain, helming it. “Miss Sloane” had a box office opening weekend total of $1.8 million – while Chastain’s “Zero Dark Thirty” retelling of getting Osama bin Laden grossed $24.4 million and a #1 ranking for movies opening in wide release that weekend. “Miss Sloane” was #11 and recorded the 79th worst ever opening in per theater average of any movie since 1982.
Hollywood tried the same thing in 2007 with an anti-war, “Bush lied, people died” barrage of movies helmed by big name stars, among them were “Lions for Lambs” – starring Robert Redford, Tom Cruise and guess who? Wait for it…Meryl Streep! LFL was joined by “In the Valley of Elah” – starring Al Gore’s college roommate, Tommy Lee Jones and South African hottie Charlize Theron and “Rendition” – starring Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal and you guessed it – Meryl Streep – again! Meryl was busy with her outrage generation in 2007.
Remember those movies? Yeah, me neither.
I guess all but “Lions for Lambs” are still on Netflix if you want to punish yourself.
Contrast and compare the opening weekend takes of “Miss Sloane” ($1.8 million), “Lions for Lambs” ($6.7 million), “In the Valley of Elah” ($1.5 million) and “Rendition” ($4.1 million) with the total for “American Sniper”, the biopic of Chris Kyle starring Bradley Cooper. Opening weekend take – $89.3 million, 5 times more than those 4 movies combined.
Another thing I learned from it was they really, really, really hate Donald Trump. I mean viscerally and with every bone in their body – but I don’t think most of the hate is because he won, but because he won as a Republican. They clearly see him as a traitor – because until he decided to run for president as a Republican, he was one of them. He had a successful TV program, he moved in the same New York orbit as they did, he supported Democrats and Democrat causes.
Trump should have been on that stage last night. He should have been nominated for best actor in a comedy, drama or a documentary for the role he has pulled off in 2015 and 2016 – and they hate him for that.
A word about The Donald – I believe he is playing a role. History says so – but I get it – I don’t really care what role he is playing as long as he keeps to his promised agenda. Just like Hollywood, I don’t have to like the star to recognize a good script and like the movie.
Progressivism is a religion and there is no place it is more fervently and rigidly practiced than its Holy City of Hollywood. Like Islamists, the Hollywood Taliban reserve a special kind of hatred for apostates and non-believers. Their hatred for all of us who have rejected them and their religion was palpable and on full display last night.
They learned nothing from 2007, so why should 2016 be any different?