Readers know I am a vociferous and vocal critic of the behavior, attitudes, hypocrisy and, well, leftism of Hollywood in general and the entertainment industry’s more prominent players.
Thursday’s inclusion of trash-mouth rapper Eminem at the Grammy Awards is an example of the kind of behavior I’m talking about. Personally, I couldn’t care less if this toad ever sells another album, but the fact that so many entertainment industry types went along with honoring this bozo with Grammys and the grace of their company is beyond disgraceful and hypocritical.
Remember, it was the prominent Hollywood and entertainment crowd that beat up so badly on Dr. Laura Schlessinger for her correct observation that biblically and morally speaking, homosexual behavior is abnormal and, in some cases, destructive. She never once advocated smacking them around or denigrating them to the point of becoming objects of physical violence.
Yet, this same group of industry hypocrites doesn’t mind appearing at an honors and awards show seen by nearly a billion people worldwide with a guy who “raps” (that’s not really music anyway, is it?) about hating gays and lesbians. What a bunch of twofaced cowards.
Forget the “First Amendment” and “free speech”; this isn’t about “rights.” Nobody is attempting to shred the Constitution here.
No, this is about decency, integrity and taking some blessed responsibility for the filth being marketed to our society and, most importantly, our society’s children (another favorite Hollywood lefty “cause”). Showing up at an event that honors anybody who “sings” about raping his mother, treating women like dung and advocating hate against gays and lesbians is a loser, period — and he or she doesn’t deserve the wealth and riches America provides them.
Were it not for our lucrative market, nobody in this “business” would have a dime to their name or a pot to urinate in.
In a perfect world, Eminem’s diatribe wouldn’t make a hill-o’-beans worth of difference to society because nobody would take him seriously. In a perfect world, a guy like Eminem would have never gotten near a recording studio, let alone have been signed by a major recording company.
But we don’t live in a perfect world — and as a parent of teen-agers who is already up to my earlobes in the battle against inappropriate content, this latest insult by a juvenile delinquent and his supporters in the entertainment industry is just one insult too many.
Note to Emimen: Don’t show up at my place. That camouflaged and well-armed man in the weeds near the front door is me.
Not that it will matter to these purveyors of moral decay, but I “caught” one of my daughters recently listening to this goofball’s album; I couldn’t count the number of pieces left on her bedroom floor after I grabbed the CD from her player and shattered it with a single blow, demanding that I never hear this “garbage” in my home ever again.
And this is what I’m talking about. My wife and I closely monitor the kinds of things our kids watch, do, listen to, and attend. And still this crap got into my home.
I’m angry about that, and I’m tired of fighting it — like parents don’t already have too many other things to worry about in regards to caring for their children.
Yet, the entertainment industry — which signs these kinds of “artists” to profitable contracts, then spends millions manufacturing their albums and marketing them to the public — is trying to claim no responsibility for that invasion of my home.
What will entertainment types do if someone, someday — acting on the “advice” Emimen raps about in his albums — actually does rape one of their mothers? Or seeks out and beats up a homosexual or lesbian? Or treats a daughter like Eminem suggests that women be treated?
Will these boneheads then get the message that this is not about “rights” but more about doing what is right?
Last week, after I wrote a particularly scathing anti-Hollywood column based on the ignorance recently demonstrated by actor Martin Sheen, I received an e-mail from a “Hollywood insider” who basically said, “Wait — we’re not all like that.”
She explained that behind the scenes personnel — writers, technicians, stage hands, producers, directors and a few “stars” — are nothing at all like the Sheen-types who have the star power to draw a crowd and, most importantly, the abysmally lax attitude of “no responsibility” for the PC-driven drivel they consistently spew.
“It must be frustrating to see the vocal liberals getting all of the press,” she said. “It is a sick system but there are shades of it in other industries. It is a fact of life that when you are in the minority, you may have to take some care in expressing your views until you are at the top of the heap.
“If an actor before he is well established, lets his non-left political thinking be known, he risks never making it to the top of his profession,” she said. “Not only is this a personal tragedy for any artist, it means that his views will never be heard from that elevated platform that stardom affords.
“I expect most people never consider that Hollywood includes only a handful of stars and a huge number of artisans, craft and support people who make that ‘magic’ happen. Most of the people I know in The Business, moved here from other parts of the country if not the world … and brought with them the traditional values with which they were raised,” she wrote.
“The liberal tools of the Hollywood or entertainment community look like fools for their outspoken excesses. If they alienate the audience, they are no longer bankable but history,” she told me.
“The famous here are the actors and a few directors and producers,” she said, noting that there are “writers who take every opportunity to include themes of integrity, morals and sound ethics in their work.” It’s just that they have to do it “covertly.”
A producer friend of hers also said similarly encouraging things.
“I generally avoid the subject of politics, as it is an issue (especially post-election) about which people in this town can be very emotional. In casual conversation I usually hold my tongue, as I don’t see the point in unnecessarily antagonizing the people I work with. On the other hand, if an issue is pertinent to my work, i.e., if someone wants me to incorporate a viewpoint I don’t agree with in my work, I don’t hesitate,” he said.
“Interestingly, I’ve never had anyone fight me on this — they just look at me, a little stunned, and quickly move on to another subject. What they think in private, I don’t know and don’t much care,” he said.
“Will my conservative viewpoints, which inevitably find their way into my work, be challenged at some point? Perhaps, but I doubt it,” he wrote. “In spite of appearances, one thing that people in this town have a rather surprising respect for is talent — especially if that talent is on their team — and creative people, even with opposing political viewpoints, will cut each other a lot of slack out of deference to that person’s creative abilities.
“That doesn’t mean that I won’t be invited to contribute to Democratic fund-raisers and feel obligated to attend. But it doesn’t mean they won’t be asked to donate to conservative causes either,” said the producer. “Those conversations, when they come, will no doubt be awkward. Still, I have no doubt that as long as I deliver a valuable service to this industry, there will be a place for me in whatever camp I choose to work in.”
Small victories, perhaps, but in a town and an industry so corrupted by love of self, self-desire, and irresponsibility to the public it serves, I’ll take any victory I can get.