Hollywood is infested with leftism. The infestation is so bad that many have begun refusing to attend movies that star a certain actor for fear of it being mistaken for translating to support for them.
For instance, Sonic the Hedgehog recently got a makeover for his first Hollywood film and, as I write this, many on Twitter are expressing how pleased they are that a studio actually listened to the fans and fixed the problem, but still might not see the movie because it stars Jim Carrey, one of the most insufferable people in Hollywood right now.
I’m still going to see the movie because I want to reward Hollywood listening to Americans about what it wants to see despite Carrey, but I digress.
But if there’s one thing I noticed, it’s that ignoring the more leftist parts of Hollywood helps Hollywood succeed. In fact, straight-up defiance is probably the most helpful.
I can give you several recent examples with comedian Dave Chappelle being the first. Given the constant pattern in today’s society, it’s highly likely that Chappelle knew exactly what he was doing when he wrote “Sticks and Stones.” He knew that discussing the LGBT community, knocking cancel culture, and even speaking approvingly of guns was going to cause the hard left to start foaming at the mouth.
Yet he did it, and then held is ground when it came to free speech. Sure enough, the social justice left couldn’t stop raging against Chappelle in almost every review and critique, yet the rest of America was drowning out the tantrums with thunderous applause.
Chappelle’s comedy special wasn’t just the shot heard round the world, it was a wakeup call. We needed very badly for people in and out of Hollywood to see that free and independent thought still exists on the nation’s loudest platform.
But we need not just look at one example of how people can succeed in spite of the tyrannical left. Look no further than the success of Joker.
Joker ran into the wrong side of the left from the moment the first trailer dropped. They accused it of being a movie that may encourage incel violence and glorifies the struggle of the forgotten white man. When the movie was set to release, the hysteria around it caused some theaters to put up extra security just in case a shooting happened, just like it did in Aurora, Colorado, at The Dark Knight showing in 2012.
Only nothing happened. People walked in and out of theaters safely, with the only thing disturbing them being the movie itself — which was a masterpiece, btw.
What probably helped is the fact that the outrage generated groundswell for the movie. Even those who had little interest in watching Batman’s biggest villain get an origin story may have gone to see it to see what all the fuss was about. What helped, however, was that director Todd Phillips and lead actor Joaquin Phoenix, didn’t cave to the pressure.
At one point, Phoenix walked out of an interview that confronted him about how his movie is dangerous. Phillips directly took on the SJWs and cancel culture in his interview, saying that Joker may have even been inspired by his “eff-you” attitude toward outrage culture.
“Go try to be funny nowadays with this woke culture,” he said. “There were articles written about why comedies don’t work anymore—I’ll tell you why, because all the f***ing funny guys are like, ‘F**k this shit, because I don’t want to offend you.’ It’s hard to argue with 30 million people on Twitter. You just can’t do it, right? So you just go, ‘I’m out.’ I’m out, and you know what? With all my comedies—I think that what comedies in general all have in common—is they’re irreverent. So I go, ‘How do I do something irreverent, but f**k comedy? Oh I know, let’s take the comic book movie universe and turn it on its head with this.’ And so that’s really where that came from.”
That attitude earned Joker the love of America and garnered so much income that it overtook every other R-rated movie and became the number one top-grossing film in that rating bracket.
Good things happen when leftist Hollywood is defied.
And I don’t just mean screens of any size either.
I need not remind you that Kanye is currently tearing up the billboard charts after openly supporting President Donald Trump and releasing a Christian music album on top of that.
The key to moving this forward, however, is with you. If we want more defiance of the boundaries leftist Hollywood has set on itself, then we need to be voting with our wallets at every chance we get. Reward movies that do right by us. Speak out in favor of them. Despite the fact that these Hollywood big shots like to pretend that they’re above caring about things like money, money talks the loudest in their ears.
Hollywood ran out of ideas because they won’t let any ideas infiltrate their psyche that may push boundaries. Meanwhile, the gaming community is releasing content that is so original it’s showing Hollywood doesn’t have any excuses. Right now, I’m playing Death Stranding and as weird as it is, it’s so refreshing to see and I can’t help but wonder why a movie like this hasn’t come out in some time.
I realized it’s because Hollywood won’t let ideas like this through. Paying to defy norms and let in stories we want to see is one of many steps we need to take in order to break the left’s hold on Hollywood.