I suspect the “Golden Age of Hollywood” would not have been so golden if today’s technology were available.

Back in the classic era of the American entertainment industry, actors and singers would have agents who would control their appearances to avoid embarrassing episodes that would go public and alienate potential fans. Now, armed with an i-phone and selfie sticks, there is no such layer of protection between celebrities and their buffoonery.

In the most recent example of mass celebrity foolishness, some of Hollywood’s most special snowflakes butcher a Gloria Gaynor hit song, “I Will Survive” as a trite anthem against the impending Donald Trump presidency.

With the inauguration fast approaching, an all-star cast of Hollywood celebrities come together to improvise the 1979 hit “I Will Survive.” Among those channeling their inner Gloria Gaynor are Emma Stone, Natalie Portman, Amy Adams, Matthew McConaughey, Chris Pine, Hailee Steinfeld, Felicity Jones, and Taraji P. Henson, the stars of the season’s finest films, and of W’s annual Best Performances portfolio.

There is one data point on the Youtube link I found especially entertaining:

https://youtu.be/bTYidWBC8-4

 

Despite all the anti-Trump drama, twice the viewers disliked the ad (17,097) compared to those who liked the production (6,087). The reasons for this result are likely varied: The horrendous singing, the insipid gestures, and the political posturing are enough to repel even those who are not Trump supporters.

However, the response shows many conservatives are willing to battle back. In other words, conservatives are now engaging the progressive entertainment industry in a movement I refer to as: Anti-Star Wars.

To begin with, because independent conservatives have had only the new media to spread our message, our “celebrities” have better videos with hilarious responses to the supposed A-listers.

Furthermore, the entertainment community is going to discover that conservatives have maintained their communication networks after the supposed demise of “Tea Party”. In other world: We have survived.

We are also planning to respond with our recreational choices. In other words, “virtue signaling” stars will hurt the bottom line of any productions in which they participate, because a good portion of the intended audience will be “anger signalling.”

As an example of what anger signalling looks like, in terms of entertainment choices, I need to reference one of the most galling offerings in the post-election drama: The video in which B-Listers tried to push-back on the election results, and implying that anyone who supported Donald Trump for President was a racist, sexist, xenophobic idiot. It featured Martin Sheen and Debra Messing.

The ad was also quite useless, as the impending inauguration of Donald Trump demonstrates. Yet in its wake, I have noticed that the first bit of information my conservative friends now want to see when one of these banalities is produced is the list of quasi-stars who appear in these videos. Universally, they will avoid spending money on any form of entertainment featuring these virtue-signalers.

In this particular instance, I need to note that I was once a big fan of Will and Grace, the comedy featuring Messing. There is talk of a revival of that show. If that should pass, I will not be in the audience. I suspect I won’t be the only one making the decision, either.

And I will never go to another movie starring Meryl Streep, either. And there will be many others who will be joining me.

But there are larger repercussions. Streep is slated to star in a new television series, The Nix. But given her anti-Trump/anti-football/anti-MMA tirade during the Golden Globes, there is now a very large segment of the potential viewership that will not be tuning in.

Streep is at the end of a long and successful career, so this possible loss on audience probably won’t be a problem…for her. However, the other cast members, production crew, and marketing team are likely not in that same, sweet position. Her social justice drama may have obliterated their careers.

However, entertainers who recognize their purpose is to entertain and not politicize will be rewarded. When young singing sensation Jackie Evancho agreed to sing the national anthem at the inauguration, her album sales shot up. That’s a valuable free market lesson actors and singers may want to mull over before filming the next video or going on a progressive rant during an awards ceremony.

One last thought for the corporate executives who make the fiscal decisions in the film, television, and music industries. My teen son,  deemed by the pompous progressives you pay as having “white, male privilege”, is your future customer. Here is the complete list of his entertainment selections for the past year.

  • Films seen in 2016: Two – Star Trek/Beyond and Rogue One.
  • Television programs viewed in 2016: How the Universe Works with Mike Rowe and 30 minutes of Fox News.
  • Music albums purchased or songs downloaded: Zero.

Additionally, he made no requests nor did he purchase any of the associated entertainment merchandise.

Finally, to progressives, I say: insulting half (or more) of your audience is a bad plan.  Really bad.  Let the anti-star wars begin!

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