Last night, Hollywood conducted its annual ritual of worshiping at the altar of self-indulgence and self-love, the Oscars.
As part of this cultish ritual, the event included the traditional parade of political leftist propaganda. The liberal elites of Hollywood take to the microphone to tout whatever the leftist cause de jour happens to be, as the rest of Hollywood eats it up with standing ovations.
For anyone who has an ounce of critical thinking ability (critical thinking, not PC dogmatic zombism), it’s almost unbearable to watch (it’s like watching sausage being made, with rotten meat, and then watching someone eat it, on prime-time TV).
Hollywood is very skilled at making very entertaining movies that promote its leftist agenda. It’s even more adept at patting itself on the back for promoting that agenda.
And last night was no exception.
The linty of liberal propaganda at the Oscars was on full display. For example, consider that American Sniper, based on the life story of American war hero Chris Kyle, was almost completely snubbed (winning only an award for sound editing after being nominated for many of the top honors). Juxtapose that to the Oscar for Best Documentary being gleefully handed out to Citizenfour, which glorifies the life of American traitor Edward Snowden.
But it was more than the pacifistic, anti-war, America is bad mantra; it was the bizarre fabrication of cultural problems and obsession with reliving the problems of the past.
Imagine if instead of creating a strawman of a liberal cause, what if Hollywood used its stage to give voice to a real issue.
What if Hollywood stunned the world by going on a rant about how Christians are being exterminated throughout the Middle East? What if an actress said this award wouldn’t have been possible if my mother chose to abort me? What if the Academy chose to award a movie that promoted family values? What if it chose to reward a movie that elevated an American hero instead of a traitor as the centerpiece of a movie? What if an actor called on President Obama to do more for persecuted Christians like American Pastor Saeed Abedini in Iran?
Hollywood is so self-indulged, such an echo chamber of liberal, leftist, elitist groupthink, that it makes a caricature of itself. It misses real problems. If it wants to use its voice to help the defenseless and downtrodden, it can. But it doesn’t.
It is so focused on the propaganda of political correctness, that it misses an opportunity to bring America – not a room full of smug ego-crazed professional fakers – to their feet, to touch the soul of the nation, to inspire real change.
They should try it sometime. They are, after all, actors; I’m sure they could pull it off.
Matthew Clark is Associate Counsel for Government Affairs and Media Advocacy with the ACLJ. A lifelong citizen of the Commonwealth of Virginia, he lives with his wife and three boys in Northern Virginia. Follow Matthew Clark: @_MatthewClark.