As entertainers flock to NOT perform at Donald Trump’s inauguration, I am compelled to wipe my personal entertainment slate clean. I’ve always maintained a degree of separation between a performer’s perspectives and their entertainment value. I loved watching Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in La La Land even though both are liberal Democrats.
Between the onslaught of attacks against Trump and undying support for Hillary Clinton throughout the campaign, the desire to boycott most movies, television, and music grew. Since the election, they’ve taken their political rhetoric up several notches. From the inauguration garbage to their brief flirtation with Federalism, it’s clear that they believe they are untouchable.
Maybe they are. Maybe Americans are so addicted to entertainment that we can’t imagine not having it available. Maybe entertainers know this all too well and are now challenging conservatives to withhold our dollars. If I thought enough people would do it, I’d be calling for it, but unfortunately most need their diversions. Instead, I’m calling for the opposite. Let’s make any star who performs at the inauguration even bigger than they were before.
For the record, I did not support Trump in the primaries nor did I vote for an actual candidate in the general election (I wrote in Roy Moore, FYI). However, he is going to be the President of the United States and I will treat the office with the respect it deserves. I will praise his good moves and oppose his bad ones. My beef right now is with the entertainment industry.
The fact that the vast majority of entertainers are liberals should instantly reduce their opinions in the eyes of most Americans. I’m not just talking about conservatives. Even liberals should be concerned. The vote shows around a 40/40/20 split between Republicans, Democrats, and Independents or third-party supporters. If Hollywood is roughly 90% liberal, that means that there is essentially zero diversity in opinions. That means there is no discourse. That means they’re less informed than your average office worker contending with the 40/40/20 split.
Having fame and money does not equate to having specialized knowledge in the complex affairs of state. If anything, their detachment from real-world problems faced by hundreds of millions of Americans makes their opinions less valid.
It is my hope that one of two things happen at the inauguration. Either Trump gets stuck with B-List talent and helps to propel them to the A-List through their performances or his team is able to book A-Listers who we can then single out to support. The leftist narrative is that no A-List talent would dare play at the inauguration for fear of boycotts. My narrative, the one that is much more likely, is that any A-Lister who plays will be instantly vaulted to the top of the list of entertainment consumption for conservatives.
We have the power of the purse that matches or exceeds the left’s, but that reality is buried because mainstream media wants it to be buried. Remember when Chick-fil-A was going to tank, according to many in mainstream media, because of their owners’ support of Christian values? I, for one, have eaten more Chick-fil-A in the last couple of years than the rest of my life combined. The same will happen for any brave souls who break ranks to perform at Trump’s inauguration.
To any A-List entertainer who inadvertently stumbled on this article from a conservative website: If you want to be an entertainment hero for 40% of the population, this is the way to do it. Will you be bashed on social and mainstream media? Of course. Will you be blacklisted by many of the powerbrokers in Hollywood and New York? Yes. Here’s the thing. Powerbrokers can only point the dollars in certain directions. It’s the people who actually spend the money. Anyone who takes the career risk of playing the inauguration will experience a career transformation for the better.
I’m not alone in despising the entertainment industry’s attempts to quash conservative thought. Many of us would love to spend our entertainment money on those who either share our perspectives or who are brave enough to set aside their ideological differences in order to do their job. Who wants our cash?