For the most part, I could care less about Hollywood. I know more far more politicians than movie stars. I never watch the Golden Globes or other award programs because, to me, they are quite boring. This said, I do have contact with Hollywood insiders from time to time, mostly due to travel and my interests in music and politics. Over the years I’ve formed an opinion about the true motivation of the Hollywood elite: Making big piles of money.
Right-wingers seem to think they have a different motivator.:
CHRISTIAN groups have launched a furious campaign against Hollywood, claiming the Golden Globe Awards promote films with gay or “leftist” themes to serve a political agenda.
The criticism was made after Brokeback Mountain, a film about the forbidden love between gay Wyoming cowboys that stars Australian Heath Ledger, won four awards on Tuesday.
Other winners included Philip Seymour Hoffman, named Best Actor for his portrayal of the homosexual writer Truman Capote; and Felicity Huffman, the Desperate Housewives star who played a transsexual with a gay prostitute son in Transamerica.
“Once again, the media elites are proving that their pet projects are more important than profit,” Janice Crouse, of Concerned Women for America, said.
While the movie industry may be a bit left-leaning, I’ve met my share of conservatives, libertarians, greens and people who simply don’t care about politics in Hollywood. Again, my perception of the common factor in the industry (like most others) is that they wish to earn a lot of money. The exception seems to be the occasional fundraiser for the cause du jour, and I’m not so convinced the cause is the prime motivator for most participants, anyway.
Whatever the motivation of Hollywood may be, the motivation of the Christian right is clear. They wish to disregard states’ rights with a federal ban on abortion, outlaw homosexuality, force public school children to recite Christian prayers in school (before you start arguing with me on this point, I still recall my Jewish classmates in Alabama being forced to recite the Lord’s Prayer), censor broadcast media and install their radical interpretation of the Bible, as opposed to the Constitution, as the ultimate law of the land.
Today’s article illustrates my point:
Stephen Bennett of Straight Talk Radio said: “When Hollywood is pumping out anti-family movies with sexually explicit, twisted and perverse themes that glorify homosexuality, transsexuality and every other kind of sexual immorality – then awarding itself for doing so – Middle America better take note.
“Hollywood (has) exposed its own corrupt agenda. (It) is no doubt out on a mission to homosexualise America.”
As a straight male (evidenced by bruises on my shin caused by my wife’s shoe) I’m not too concerned about being “homosexualized.” That the right has to dwell on this topic so much makes me wonder if they are afraid of their own latent tendencies.