Skip to comments.Andrew Breitbart: 'Something's Desperately Wrong' in Hollywood
Posted on 07/16/2008 10:10:38 AM PDT by Mobile Vulgus
Andrew Breitbart, CEO of Breitbart.com, had a great op ed in the Washington Times yesterday about how Hollywood oppresses Republicans and conservatives in La La Land. Detailing the travails of Republicans in Hollywood -- including destruction by Hollywood's liberals of personal property owned by identified Republicans -- Breitbart laments the "bullying" the self-proclaimed tolerant lefties mete out to those who walk the Republican side of the street.
Breitbart says of this ideological inbreeding:
But Los Angeles is a one-company town. And because of bullying (or what Democrats would call blacklisting or political discrimination if the shoe were on the other foot), Hollywood has become a one-party town. History will show this dynamic hurt both the creative and the political processes. In the absence of checks and balances we end up with a system that creates a mainstream film about Ronald Reagan -- written, produced and directed by narcissistic and myopic partisans who only viewed the Gipper through the lens of partisan AIDS activism. Like anyone would watch an epic movie about Americas victory in the Cold War.
Hollywood is so left-wing that it hurts its own bottom line by constantly producing films that no one wants to see. Especially their current crop of dreck about the war in Iraq. Breitbart mentions the many failures of these left-wing, anti-Iraq war films.
More than a dozen box office failures vilify the troops without a single counter-perspective seeing the light of day. Yet one impactful and heartfelt pro-war film, Brothers at War, dares to tell the story of a noble and patriotic American family yet cant find a distributor.
But there is another way to see how little America cares for these anti-American bombs. It is instructive to take a quick look at the box office takes for these unmitigated disasters to see how Americans have reacted to these films....
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Ya think????? LOL!
((South Park episode: 'Smug Alert' comes to mind))
They have too much money and I am doing my part to correct his imbalance.
Antonio Gramscii. He’s the man. Look it up.
Abstract: Gramscii was an Italian communist who suggested that the strength of Western culture prevented the transformation of society from capitalist to socialist. His solution was elegant. Those who were socialist should occupy positions of influence in communications, education, religion, and other elements of culture in society, and slowly, over time, socialism would replace capitalism without the need for revolution or sudden change. He called the process “the long march through the institutions.”
That was 70 years ago. If you think Hollywood is singularly focused on leftist ideology, try living in the American school system or the university-colleges throughout the United States. Ditto the media, although the power of conservative talk radio still bedevils the leftists. Think about the changes in the Protestant churches during the past half century.
Gramscii isn’t a wild conspirator. He offers a strategy. He wrote about it. His writings are part of many college classroom curriculla, and they’re available on the Internet.
Interestingly, Gramscii didn’t predict Islamic thinkers would adopt his methods to institute Sharia law and subvert non-Islamic cultures. Gramscii also didn’t predict that some of us are taking our own long march through leftist institutions, acting like termites in the foundation of their thinking in the media and schools. For instance, by the time students get through my senior English class, they’ve been exposed to Solzhenitsyn and confronted with the horrors of Mao and Pol Pot, and hopefully they’re inoculated against whatever leftist propoganda they’ll face in college or university.
And about the topic - if no one is seeing these leftwing antiwar films, does it matter? Propoganda only works with exposure to the viewer. In the meantime, how many people have purchased “Veggie Tales” and seen the few G-rated films being produced? The theater was filled to the brim when I took my son to see “Prince Caspian.” Gramscii and his buddies follow thinking which sounds good from the inside of a library; the real world is a far more complicated place.
I am proud to say that except for taking my five year old daughter to a few Disney movies the past three years, I have NOT been to an “adult” movie in more then seven years as I do all I can to NOT voluntarily support hollywood...
...and our universities perhaps...
...our k-12 high schools perhaps...
...our major news media perhaps...
Equality is a one way street for leftists.
During the NBA finals, most of the ads shown were for either video games or coming movies this summer and I could not tell the difference.
When is the last time you heard Pelosi or Reid complaining about a Hollywood (puke)star making too much money on a picture? Personally I don’t care what they get, if they can get that much money fine and dandy, but if oil companies make too much money than so do movie(puke)stars. 16 million to stand up and say what someone else has written and most of the actors today wouldn’t make a pimple on the a** of the greats of the past or even some of the mediocre actors and actresses of days gone by.
I just went to my local movie listings because my husband and I thought we’d take one in. There is absolutely nothing I’d pay to see. The only one that looks even the least bit entertaining, WALL’E is about a computer that exists after people ruin the Earth, correct? Hollywood is the only group that believes they’re the only ones who are entitled to make money. Really.
We’ve seen about 5% of the number of movies we used to.
The rampant leftist dogma in just about every movie, is something I’m not going to pay to support.
I wouldn’t mind seeing a few of the studios go under, and Disney is not absent some serious problems IMO.
The only way Hollywood will make a movie supportive of the military or America is if it’s about a black, lesbian, vegan, non-smoking female soldier who single-handedly saves the world from global warming while driving a Prius.
Well done. We have to remember, though, that as important as it is to avoid those works which celebrate marxism and nihilism, we must reward those that propagate traditional Western Judeo/Christian values: love of God, country, family, and neighbor; humility, charity, faith, courage, and hope.
It’s easy to boycott. It’s harder to seek out the good and help promote it.
I took my daughter to see Wall-E and shook my head throughout the entire flick- while the animation is outstanding I really expected to see “movie inspired by algore” when the credits rolled...humans are depicted as fat, slovenly and lazy..
my advice is don’t bother...
It's just the setting. I didn't find it to be preachy at all, but just a fun story about a silly robot who winds up becoming a hero.
Criterion is going to release Costa-Gavras' MISSING later this year. My dad hated anything by Costa-Gavras because of his left-wing bent, but MISSING is a very moving story about two completely opposite types--Sissy Spacek and Jack Lemmon--coming together over a family tragedy.
There is alot going on in the film about life, and near the end a U.S. official speaks a devastating line about the reality of sticking your nose into dangerous places. I can live with a film that includes the whole drama of life instead of a narrow, ridiculous vision of it.
Three Days of The Condor, which I saw not too long ago, also has a seemingly leftist, anti-government bent that is tempered by the cold words of assasin Max von Sydow and a truthful bombshell by Cliff Robertson's CIA creep.
These two films are miles above the narrow-minded visions we're getting of late.
‘...acting like termites in the foundation of their thinking in the media and schools. For instance, by the time students get through my senior English class, theyve been exposed to Solzhenitsyn and confronted with the horrors of Mao and Pol Pot, and hopefully theyre inoculated against whatever leftist propoganda theyll face in college or university...’
Good for you!! Sadly, the liberals in our schools have the opportunity to indoctrinate our children with leftist philosophy or simply omit any teachings that support America and her good history.
Never heard of Gramscii.....thanks for the education. imho, you are spot on....socialists are infiltrating our way of life without obvious revolution. And, most frightening, we may soon have a President who subscribes to a socialist philosophy. I pray Americans wake up before it’s too late.
Changr the term “HUMANS” to “AMERICANS”
So, the original planet of the Apes should be boycotted because we screwed things up? Terminator? Blade Runner? Running Man? All the other movies that depict a dystopian future?
The movie has two very positive stories in it. The reason the humans are fat was explained in the movie. Not because they were lazy, but because of the effects of micro-gravity and bone loss.
Realistically, the environment should be a conservative issue. There is nothing conservative about waste, over-consumption, trashing things just because you can. It's the manner in how the environmental issues are dealt with that makes us different from the lefties. We were told to be good stewards, but also to have dominion over the land and animals.
I'm as concerned about clean air and water as the liberals, I just don't think draconian laws that inhibit business are the solution, but rather that business is the solution.
Years ago, 1969 to be exact, I worked with a guy who went to see Costa-Gavras’ propaganda piece “Z”. He told me that the film taught him a lot about what was going on, which taught me how Leftist’s propaganda infects the mind.
“Weve seen about 5% of the number of movies we used to.”
DEFUND HOLLYWOOD! Watch their movies for free on Movie6.net. And you won’t send a nickle to the traitors in Hollywood.
Btw, how have you been?
Stalin said (gist) by using the media Communism would take over a generation and then the country.
Yet nobody on the right has tried the obvious. For even a tiny budget of under $1M, they could go to Iraq with war veterans as no-name actors, hire Iraqis as extras, and make a movie that might bring in over $100M, even direct to DVD.
For plot, use the war stories of the veterans—a thousand times more stories than you could possibly use, and at very low cost. And by being honest about the professionalism of US soldiers, the military would gladly give full support for the production, as well as supply vast amounts of stock footage.
Probably the biggest expense would be in the makeup involved in showing al-Qaeda crimes against Iraqis. The Iraqis would be more than glad to portray the hated al-Qaeda as the beasts they are. No need to show *any* sympathy for al-Qaeda at all.
And there would be no problem in translating the suffering the Iraqis endured at the hands of the villains. Their memories are very fresh of having family members slaughtered, and this movie would be a memorial to their loved ones, and show the depth of their sadness and anger.
It would be acting, but it isn’t acting. No actor could fake that.
Ironically, while it would be an American war movie, the Americans would pale against the Iraqis themselves, expressing what they endured, and their hopes for the future.
No bones about it, as well. The would be a pro-America, pro-military, pro-Iraq war, and pro-democratic Iraqi movie. And while Hollywood would bitterly shun it, they would have no hand in it.
And no amount of leftist hate and vitriol would stop people from seeing it, either.
If the Fairness Doctrine gets pushed in talk radio, can we force hollywood to also be fair to both sides of an issue?
Seems to only be “fair”
Not exactly Hollywood, but has anyone seen “Generation Kill” on HBO?
I watched the first installment last weekend.
Do you not read books for adults? Only children’s books? Or listen to music for adults?
Wall E argues that if people become over dependent on a benign goverment that gives them everything they become fat and lazy and unproductive. Hard to argue with that.
If you have cable and tons of movie channels and read the descriptions, most have ridiculously liberal tones, evil corporations, gays, gays, gays, more movies about gays, more evil corporations, anti war, anti war, etc.
I always wonder WHO are the idiots who bought these pitches, it seems like you could sell ANYTHING to hollywood and get it produced, as long as it strictly adheres to hard left storylines.
You mean steal?
Book?? not fiction, mainly biographies, American military books or magazines....
Music??? yes- but I mainly buy my CD’s on e-bay for a fraction of the price they sell them in stores....
“You mean steal?”
If it was stealing they would shut the site down. Go to the web site, watch the movie. You dont download it. What was stolen?
The point being you consume literature and music that isn’t just for children. Why shouldn’t there be films that aren’t for children.
no- my point is I do all I can not to support hollywood....reading a book, magazine of listening to a Led Zeppelin album does not equate to supporting hollywood...more times then not seeing a big screen movie does...
You missed my point. What’s the different between the film industry and the music industry?
Antonio Gramsci is seen by many as one of the most important Marxist thinkers of the twentieth century, in particular as a key thinker in the development of Western Marxism.
Hegemony was a concept previously used by Marxists such as Lenin to indicate the political leadership of the working-class in a democratic revolution, but developed by Gramsci into an acute analysis to explain why the ‘inevitable’ socialist revolution predicted by orthodox Marxism had not occurred by the early 20th century. Capitalism, it seemed, was even more entrenched than ever. Capitalism, Gramsci suggested, maintained control not just through violence and political and economic coercion, but also ideologically, through a hegemonic culture in which the values of the bourgeoisie became the ‘common sense’ values of all. Thus a consensus culture developed in which people in the working-class identified their own good with the good of the bourgeoisie, and helped to maintain the status quo rather than revolting.
The working class needed to develop a culture of its own, which would overthrow the notion that bourgeois values represented ‘natural’ or ‘normal’ values for society, and would attract the oppressed and intellectual classes to the cause of the proletariat. Lenin held that culture was ‘ancillary’ to political objectives but for Gramsci it was fundamental to the attainment of power that cultural hegemony was first achieved.
In Gramscis view, any class that wishes to dominate in modern conditions has to move beyond its own narrow economic-corporate interests, to exert intellectual and moral leadership, and to make alliances and compromises with a variety of forces.
the bourgeoisie was regarded as hegemonic within capitalist society by Gramsci, who believed their power depended on the permeation by bourgeois values of all organs of society.