The Right Take is a biweekly video commentary by TruthRevolt editor Mark Tapson on the intersection of politics and culture. This time, Mark looks at celebrity hysteria over their loss of political influence.
Welcome to The Right Take – I’m Mark Tapson.
As everyone has heard by now, last Sunday actress Meryl Streep devoted the acceptance speech for her Golden Globes lifetime achievement award to a tirade of virtue-signaling before her fellow left-leaning celebrities. She vented her outrage about the prospect of four years – or more – of Donald Trump as President.
She even declared that celebrities are “the most vilified segments of American society right now,” which will surely rank as the most jaw-droppingly out-of-touch statement of 2017 – and we’re not even halfway through January.
Streep’s peers found it a brave and inspiring message, because nothing says courage quite like standing in a high-security roomful of privileged multi-millionaires and lamenting how vilified you all are.
In truth, it was perhaps the most prominent example yet of celebrities melting down in the wake of Trump’s stunning election victory.
Before last November’s presidential election, celebrities threw their lot in with Hillary Clinton, of course. All the cool Hollywood kids were supremely confident they could sweep her into the White House on the power of their fame and hipness. Hillary thought so, too; even in the final days before the election she was hanging onstage with Jay-Z and Beyonce instead of selling herself convincingly to the American people in the flyover states.
Then came Hillary’s loss, and the world turned upside down for horrified celebs. They grasped desperately at straws, like creating a video to beg the members of the electoral college to change their vote. When that didn’t influence anyone either, they created another annoying video begging Congress to obstruct Trump at every turn. Yeah, that’s not going to work.
Celebrities who never had a problem with Bill Clinton suddenly seem to have found a sense of morality, and they’ve been railing against Trump at every opportunity since.
The fact of the matter is that the celebrity hysteria over Trump stems not so much from moral outrage as from panic over the growing sense that their cultural relevance and power are slipping out of their grasp.
Hollywood celebrities are coming down hard from an eight year-high during which they enjoyed unprecedented access to the White House, unprecedented interaction with the President, and unprecedented cultural and political influence.
Even after the election loss, celebs still packed the White House for a star-studded going-away party for their messiah Barack Obama.
But as Mike Tyson once said, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” And when all the entertainment industry’s efforts didn’t secure the Oval Office for Hillary, that reality check was their punch in the mouth, and they’ve been staggering around the ring ever since.
They can't fathom a world in which they aren't important enough anymore to sway elections and hang with the President. They're reeling over the realization that the flyover Americans they have spent decades treating with open condescension and contempt have finally pushed back hard. Those Americans were mad as hell and weren’t going to take it anymore.
The fact that Meryl Streep said celebrities are the most vilified segment of society right now is very revealing about their state of mind. Trump’s election victory rocked their world. You almost have to feel sorry for them. OK, no you don’t.
But conservatives can’t afford to be complacent about this apparent cultural shift. The left still owns the culture and likely always will, because it’s simply the nature of the arts to lean liberal.
But that doesn’t mean conservatives can’t and shouldn’t expand our cultural influence. We’re empowered now. We have the cultural momentum and now it’s time to assert our presence.
So keep calm, Hollywood, and carry on. We just wanted to let you know we’re tired of being bullied and vilified. Maybe the next time you receive an award, just say thanks.
And that’s the right take. I’m Mark Tapson. See you next time.