Hollywood's Right to a Political Voice

2018 Academy Awards.
2018 Academy Awards.

Identity politics. Leftist propaganda. Fake news. Hollywood. We've heard Trump and fellow Americans berate Hollywood time and time again for using their celebrity platform to brainwash viewers into a leftist political agenda. Their job is to entertain, not inform. They are actors, not activists.

Ah, but you foolish Republicans. Don't you remember the celebrity who lead the greatest political campaign of all?

Donald Trump was a celebrity before becoming President of the United States. Remember when you supported that movement?

If you argue celebrities have no place in politics, explain how Trump got elected.

If you argue films should not promote racial issues, explain how Black Panther--the first Marvel film to have an all-black cast--reached a box office profit of 786.3 million dollars.

If you argue musicians should not validate the #BlackLivesMatter movement, explain how Hip-Hop--which explicitly narrates black culture--became the most popular genre of music in the United States in 2017.

If you argue actresses should have no power in Penal Law reform, explain why the Republican Congress quickly passed their own bill to prevent sexual assault within Congress following the #MeToo movement.

These political reforms are happening because people want to promote content that is relevant to their lives--not just the lives of generic, English-speaking white men who got a college degrees in the 70's and enjoy their white collar desk jobs.

Acting is an art form. In the same way an artist strokes their emotion and opinions onto a canvas, an actor flaunts their emotions and opinions on the stage.

The arts, literally, by definition are "subjects of study primarily concerned with the processes and products of human creativity and social life, such as languages, literature, and history."

Social life. Hmm. I wonder if racism, sexism and politics could affect someone's social life enough to affect their art. #obviously

If you don't like what you hear next time you watch The Oscars, maybe you should take a look in the mirror. Are you willing to listen to the voices of others? Are you willing to support minorities? Are you willing to stand up for women? If the answer is no, then Hollywood doesn't want your viewership. Turn off your TV.