Kanye West may think that George Bush hates black people (oh so that’s why he tripled the amount of aid to Africa from the Clinton presidency!) but it seems as though the more pertinent truth may be that Hollywood hates Conservatives.
In his latest book, Harvard Law School grad Ben Shapiro reveals what many of us have suspected all along: Liberal bias exists in Tinseltown. Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV is based on a series of more than 100 interviews with Hollywood power players including Larry Gelbart (M*A*S*H), Fred Silverman (former president of ABC Entertainment, NBC, and vice president of programming at CBS), Marta Kauffman (Friends), David Shore (House), and Mark Burnett (Survivor).
The interviewees reveal with apparent relish that not only is liberalism predominant in the entertainment industry, but that they aim to push that agenda on America through their shows. Leonard Goldburg, a former ABC executive and producer of hit series such as Charlie’s Angels and Fantasy Island admits straight up that there’s no question about a liberal agenda being pushed on TV:
I don’t know about the content being pushed, but in terms of the thought about various matters social and political, it’s 100% dominant … and anyone who denies it is kidding or is not telling the truth … everyone is on one side.
Mr. Goldburg also tells the author that coming from a different politic perspective is absolutely a barrier to entry into Hollywood. Oh libs, it would be so nice if you practiced what you preached and showed some tolerance.
Not only do the liberal Hollywood elites shut out conservatives, they like to openly mock them as well. Friends creator Marta Kauffman admits that hiring Candace Gingrich (sister of Newt) to officiate a lesbian wedding on the show was a direct “’F*ck you’ to the right wing.”
Right, because Republicans hate gay people. Insert eye roll here.
Shapiro’s book is enough to make one long for the days when performers were called jesters, existed to entertain, and were never taken seriously. Can you imagine Sheryl Crow trying to explain to Queen Elizabeth that we could save the planet by only using one square of tissue to wipe?
Well, she might have laughed. I laughed when I heard that. It’s ridiculous.
Shapiro says he wrote the book as a “plea for openness in the industry.” He added, “Hire people from the other side of the aisle once in a while, or at least stop mocking them.”
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