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Emmy Griffin / October 4, 2021

Is Hollywood a Good Influence? Hardly

The rulers of the silver screen hold too much power and wealth to be redeemed anytime soon.

Hollywood and the actors and actresses are the original “influencers” of our society. They have a platform based on fame and varying amounts of talent that they use to hawk political opinions. But all that fame and influence has done them no good at all.

According to a recent Rasmussen survey, the public isn’t at all impressed by Hollywood’s activism — in fact, most respondents thought it was not a positive influence on society. Of course, this isn’t shocking to anyone who’s not part of this country’s elite class. Aside from Hollywood’s political activism, the core concepts and ideas it depicts in its films and the out-of-touch lives that actors lead contribute to this sentiment.

Most respondents to the Rasmussen survey (56%) recognize that Hollywood is full of political leftists. To be sure, its political activism ranges from completely nonsensical to outright evil. Take actress Busy Philipps, who back in 2020 screamed her abortion in front of the Supreme Court building, saying any success she had was because she had an abortion at 15 years of age.

Or take vocal actresses Alyssa Milano and Amy Schumer of the #MeToo movement, which claims to support women who are victims of sexual assault … yet is now deafeningly silent as horrors are enacted on the women of Afghanistan. Most recently, actress Uma Thurman reacted to Texas’s Heartbeat Act by first saying she herself had an abortion and that she regrets it and mourns the loss to this day — and yet she condemns the legislation. Each of these women in their own way has declared that their worldviews are based on getting ahead career-wise.

Hollywood hasn’t put out a truly worthwhile film in many years. Not only is it ruining old films with remakes by infusing woke agendas (i.e., “A Wrinkle in Time” and “Beauty and the Beast”), but films with fresh ideas are hard to watch because the content is hopeless (i.e., “Our Friend” and “Judas and the Black Messiah”). The vision of the world it tends to portray is often the most dark and least wholesome. Furthermore, films that are marketed for teens and children have mature themes and profane language that would have warranted an R rating in a bygone time. Naturally, audiences are tired of it.

Hollywood bigwigs no longer understand how to communicate with the average American. Their solutions to some of the perceived problems in this world illustrate as much. Joaquin Phoenix said in a recent Oscar speech: “We feel entitled to artificially inseminate a cow, and when she gives birth, we steal her baby. We take her milk that’s intended for her calf, and we put it in our coffee and our cereal. And I think we fear the idea of personal change because we think that we have to sacrifice something.” Such condescension is typical for people like him who don’t live in the real world. Going vegan or buying milk alternatives is not always a viable option for the average American — nor is it necessary or somehow the “moral” choice. This is just one of many examples of these celebrities’ comically obtuse attitudes.

Hollywood is a bad influence on culture, and most of the “bourgeoisie,” if you will, recognize this fact. America needs a renaissance in our filmmaking, and we need a media that doesn’t reward the Hollywood elite with attention to their bad ideas. Sadly, though, the rulers of the silver screen hold too much power and wealth to be redeemed anytime soon.

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