Hollywood celebrities believe that because they have a platform that they also have a responsibility to be the arbitrators of what is fair and good in our society…for some reason. Of course, the land of pedophiles and rapists has no business telling us, the American people, what the definition of virtuous and fair is, but they do it anyway because, frankly, they’re too bubbled and out of touch to know any better.
Taking it upon themselves to know what’s best for the American people and its culture, over 100 Hollywood celebrities signed a petition to encourage NBC to move President Trump’s scheduled time slot for his town hall, because it interfered with Democrat candidate Joe Biden’s town hall airing on ABC.
According to Variety, the list of Hollywood names is extensive and filled with A-listers:
The lengthy list of petition signees includes Ava DuVernay, J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, Aaron Sorkin, several cast members of NBC’s “This Is Us” and many more who have worked with NBCUniversal at some point. The protest letter was addressed to Comcast CEO Brian Roberts, NBCUniversal chairman Jeff Shell and Conde.
“We have always thought of NBCUniversal as both a terrific creative home and a brand that stands for the best in entertainment and broadcast journalism. This is why we have been devastated to learn that you have chosen to air President Trump’s town hall this Thursday night at 8 p.m., directly opposite Vice President Biden’s town hall,” the letter says. “This is not a partisan issue. This is about the political health of our democracy.”
NBC’s decision to air Trump’s town hall came after the president refused to participate in the second debate against Biden. Both nominees elected to host their own virtual town halls, with ABC first announcing Biden’s event for Thursday at 8 p.m. and Trump and NBC following suit at the same time.
“President Trump refused to participate in the virtual debate scheduled for Thursday night by the Presidential Debate Commission,” the letter says. “By agreeing to air his town hall as counterprogramming opposite Vice President Biden’s town hall on ABC, you are enabling the President’s bad behavior while undercutting the Presidential Debate Commission and doing a disservice to the American public.”
While the pressure is likely going to get a lot of attention, and NBC will likely suffer some serious backlash for it, NBCUniversal chair Cesar Conde has already responded to Hollywood with a “no,” and made it clear that the reason they are doing this is to maintain some semblance of fairness, as Biden enjoyed that exact time slot when NBC gave him a town hall:
“We share in the frustration that our event will initially air alongside the first half of ABC’s broadcast with Vice President Biden. Our decision is motivated only by fairness, not business considerations. We aired a town hall with Vice President Biden on October 5 at 8pm. If we were to move our town hall with President Trump to a later timeslot we would be violating our commitment to offer both campaigns access to the same audience and the same forum. We hope voters will watch both discussions — ours will be available at any time, free and on-demand on YouTube, Peacock and all our digital news platforms,” said Conde.
Some things need to be addressed here concerning the reasoning from Hollywood celebrities as to why this town hall needs to be moved.
They use language to make it seem like NBC airing Trump’s town hall when they do is going to deteriorate the health of our political democracy, and that this is a “disservice” to the American public.
I think that’s rich, given the fact that, at every waking moment, celebrities are speaking out or creating some tired political video that features them supporting a candidate, a cause, or something that always leans to the left. They consistently mock Republicans and right-of-center voters then clutch their pearls that everyday Americans would have to take out a mortgage to afford ,when their political side suffers any kind of setback.
The last thing I need is Jim Carrey of all people to tell me what constitutes healthy behavior in our political discourse. He’s demonstrated he has no concept of what that is.
Secondly, Trump had to resort to this town hall, because he wouldn’t participate in a virtual debate, and he shouldn’t. Doctors have cleared him of any danger of spreading the virus he had last week so Biden has nothing to fear from him. A live debate should have been in the works, but they wouldn’t accept that, so this is what we’re left with. They keep insinuating Trump is the coward, but to be honest, I wouldn’t trust a virtual debate from any of these hostile networks. Trump was smart to deny them that. So many things could go wrong, and it’s best that Trump not allow them to put him at any disadvantage.
If Hollywood truly wants healthy political discourse in our country, then it can do a few things. It can keep its political opinions to itself and stop acting as a political activist institution bent on getting Democrats elected. It can stop submitting petitions or creating activist videos that only highlight how out of touch they are. They can allow the American people to decide for themselves what they want to watch and whether or not they’ll believe what the candidate says. They can stop using the power of the Hollywood stage as a cudgel to beat a political party over the head with.
If Hollywood is so confident in Biden, then why won’t they trust that he’ll garner far more views than Trump? Why do they feel the need to speak out anyway?