(About the photo … if it’s not clear, that’s the back of the famed Hollywood sign from the top of Mt. Lee I took last month while visiting my hometown.)
I love movies … a lot.
It’s a hobby for me guessing who should be nominated for major awards and who should win.
I love this so much I subject myself to watching awards shows … even though some of the winners use the opportunity to blather their liberal viewpoints.
Many of my conservative friends refuse to watch the Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the Oscars and Emmys for that reason.
And I can always mute Patricia Arquette when she comes up to get another award and be the poster child for arrogant liberal opinion.
That’s what made what Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais said at the beginning of the show Sunday so interesting.
You may have missed the show, but you’re probably aware of his comments because almost every conservative person I know on Facebook has posted a link to a story about those comments.
“If you do win an award tonight, don’t use it as a platform to make a political speech, right?” Gervais said, which was reported by multiple sources. “You’re in no position to lecture the public about anything. You know nothing about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg. So, if you win, come up, accept your little award, thank your agent and your god … No one cares about your views on politics or culture.”
He also said:
“Apple roared into the TV game with ‘The Morning Show,’ a superb drama about the importance of dignity and doing the right thing, made by a company that runs sweat shops in China. So, well, you say you’re woke, but the companies you work for – I mean, unbelievable, Apple, Amazon, Disney. If ISIS started a streaming service, you would call your agent, wouldn’t you?”
I took out the part where he used the F-bomb.
There’s a huge disconnect between Hollywood liberals and people living in places like Lubbock.
There’s a huge disconnect between the majority of people in our big cities and the majority of people living in places like Lubbock.
I should know, being from Hollywood. I grew up 20 blocks south of the famed Chinese Theater.
And I was liberal growing up there.
But like a lot of people, as I got older, started paying taxes and hearing other viewpoints as I lived in different states, my views moved a bit right of center.
As I’ve said before, if you look at the editorial page opinions of the Avalanche-Journal from 2006 to 2015 my views are fairly close to the editorials that appeared in the paper over that time.
The other thing you respect when running a newsroom is free speech.
I may not agree with Patricia Arquette, but she has a right to say whatever she wants.
And recent comments at awards shows about the Me Too Movement are welcome. Ironically, so many of the terrible actions that led to the movement came from the entertainment industry.
What bothers me the most about Arquette and others like her is an arrogance they are right and those of us who don’t agree are fools who live in the ignorant backwaters of America. Or, as Hillary put it … deplorables.
Some liberals are all for diversity of opinion until it doesn’t agree with their opinion.
I don’t believe I live in an ignorant backwater of America. I live in a place where the majority of my neighbors love their country, believe government is not the answer to everything and value people who works hard. I love it here.
I have a few friends in Southern California in the entertainment business who have conservative views and have to be careful talking about them so they can get work.
Hollywood is welcome to its liberal positions … but, as Jeff Bridges said playing “The Dude” in “The Big Lebowski” … “Yeah, well, you know, that’s just, like, your opinion, man.”
It doesn’t mean you’re right.