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Hate the Player, Change the Game

Joe Ranvestel

Posted on October 21, 2018 20:36

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It seems Hollywood elites have decided to change the rules for the rest of us in America. The big question is why.

In a recent interview with Kiera Knightly, she explained the terrible patriarchal message behind Disney’s Cinderella, which shows a woman being rescued by a man. An interesting observation from a woman who has, notably, played women being rescued in movies past.

Similarly, we’ve seen Howard Stern, a man who has been embroiled in legal battles over offensive speech, likening free speech to the facile “shouting fire in a crowded theater” analogy.

We’ve seen Sarah Silverman, a woman under fire from the Asian American community for racially based jokes, telling us to “get with the times.”

We have Hank Azaria apologizing for Apu in The Simpsons, telling us how telling someone to "grow a thicker skin" when it comes to comedy is wrong.

It seems that many celebrity figures have taken it upon themselves to change what’s acceptable and what isn’t. It was ok for them to do it before they got their money, but afterward, they tell us how inappropriate it has become. The old saying of “do as I say, not as I do” resonates throughout Hollywood and media.

Now hypocrisy is nothing new within this realm of people, but here we see something different. When a celebrity is caught being hypocritical, and doing something wrong, the public is at least treated to an insincere apology as whichever figure clings to their public image (and the wealth that is connected with it). But when they change the rules on us, it impacts the next generation instead.

While the current establishment enjoys the benefits of free speech and expression, they want to take it away from the rest of us. To make it better, they get to virtue signal and show us what good people they are by condemning any person unable to keep up with the rules that change at the establishment whim.

Now, why might a comedian or actor campaign for less freedom for the rest of us? A theory is that they’re afraid of the competition, and they want to close the door on any rising star coming after their money. A little conspiratorial, but possible.

But a different, more confusing prospect, is the idea that it is all done to capitulate the masses. As much as the entertainment media shapes public ideas, public ideas also shape the media.

So the question becomes, are they shifting ideological values on us to further some agenda, or is it a misguided attempt to capitulate to the fans? For better or worse, it seems only time will tell.

Joe Ranvestel

Posted on October 21, 2018 20:36

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