#SMH. That’s all I can say.
They started by laughing at him – then progressed to sneering and snarling. Now that he’s President-elect Donald Trump, they’re in full panic mode.
This is reflected in the decision of the Hollywood PR powerhouse Sunshine Sachs to cancel its annual Christmas shindig.
CEO Shawn Sachs explained that “being the diverse workplace that we are, many of us felt under assault” by Trump’s victory.
In such circumstances, the firm that represents stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Affleck and Natalie Portman felt it couldn’t be holiday cheer as usual. Instead, the money for its annual fete will be donated to the ACLU, the Human Rights Campaign, the Environmental Defense Fund and Planned Parenthood.
That these groups are awash with cash (Planned Parenthood got an estimated $4.3 billion in government funding between 2005 and 2015) is irrelevant. Hollywood wants us to know its commitment to causes that make the average American physically ill.
With Trump’s candidacy, Hollywood’s hatred for middle-class normalcy reached a fevered pitch. It started with a full-page ad in The New York Times in January (“#StopHateDumpTrump”) where the so-called progressive community expressed its loathing for the real estate mogul.
They launched a petition to “call out Donald Trump (they’re always calling out someone; it’s getting boring, really) for his hatred, misogyny, Islamophobia and racism and to give platform (sic.) for the voices of the silent majority of Americans who do not and will not stand for it.” The idea that Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Danny Glover and their friends speak for the silent majority is like Anthony Weiner being a voice for decency and marital fidelity.
The petition went on to indict the Donald for “inciting hatred against Muslims, immigrants, women, the disabled,” “unleashing a lynch mob mentality against protestors, and calling for the expulsion of Muslims from the country, bullying, and fear-mongering.” It somehow forgot drowning puppies and stealing from Salvation Army kettles.
After telling us how vulgar and crude the candidate was, the Botoxed ones proceeded to give us examples of class and refinement.
Cher tweeted a string of insults including calling Trump “a pompous a—hole” and “a complete idiot.” Matt Damon said he was “xenophobic” (for wanting to staunch the flow of criminals and drugs over our southern border), “dehumanizing” and “disgusting.” George Clooney charged “He’s just an opportunist. Now he’s a fascist; a xenophobic fascist,” as opposed to an inclusive fascist.
Amanda Seyfried (best known for baring her body on screen) asked the rhetorical question, “Why are we still watching a delusional, racist man-child run for dictator?” Robert De Niro called Trump “a punk,” “a dog,” “a pig,” “a con,” and “a bullshit artist.”
“If Donald Trump becomes president, that will be the end of the world,” “The Hunger Games” Jennifer Lawrence predicted. A few months later, on a late night show, she said that if she ever meets the president-elect, the only words she’d want to say to him are “fu—you.” Lawrence puts Shakespeare’s sonnets to shame.
All of this had the impact of a popgun trying to stop the D-Day landings.
Anti-Trump hysteria is the latest mutation of Hollywood activism stretching back to the Vietnam era. In a TV interview at the time, Jane Fonda charged we were in Vietnam to get its “tung and tingsten” (sic).
Most Hollywood savants are hollow heads atop beautiful bodies. One of the few actors who seriously studied political issues –he actually read books—was the late Ron Silver. And he became a conservative.
Hollywood sees the world through pink-tinted contacts: Guns cause crime and terrorism. Republicans cause wars. Corporate greed causes poverty. (Actress Tina Fey says to her colleagues, “Why are you yelling at me about corporate greed? You’re all so rich.”). Opposition to abortion up to the moment of birth is misogynistic, and transgendered bathrooms are the next frontier in civil rights.
In this worldview, evangelical Christians are the knuckle-dragging products of decades of inbreeding. Saying Islam and terrorism in the same sentence is akin to Kristallnacht. NRA members are “heartless motherf—kers unwilling to bend for the safety of our kids,” tweeted Jim Carrey in 2013.
Fidel Castro was Cuba’s George Washington. During his lifetime, everyone from Costner to Spielberg made the pilgrimage to Havana. Sean Penn had a man crush on Saddam Hussein and Kevin Spacey thought Hugo Chavez was swell.
Criticism of Barack Obama is racist. The Tea Parties were racist. Tax cuts are racist. To question the authenticity of Obama’s birth certificate is the equivalent of a cross-burning and a book-burning. “The functionally retarded adults, the racists – with their cries of ‘I want my country back.’ What they’re really saying is ‘I want my white guy back,’” sputtered Janeane Garofalo, in what for her was a particularly clever turn of phrase.
For all the good it did, they might as well have spent their time snorting cocaine and playing musical spouses – two of Hollywood’s favorite pastimes.
Besides his stunning Electoral vote win, Trump carried states that haven’t gone Republican in decades – Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania among them. He pulled in enough down- ticket Republicans to allow the GOP to defy the odds and keep control of the Senate. From before the first primary until the eve of the election, Trump had rallies that drew tens of thousands, with nary a celebrity in sight. The bitter-clingers and deplorables had their revenge and the Reagan Democrats came home.
Hollywood activism is a huge turn off. Who wants to be lectured on morality by serial polygamists and hear greed indicted by those who sign eight-figure movie deals? It could be argued that every time a Matt Damon, a Danny Glover or a Cher opened their mouths, Hillary lost votes.
Mark Wahlberg told his colleagues to shut up and go back to acting.
“You know, it (the last election) just goes to show you that people aren’t listening to that (Hollywood drivel) anyway,” Wahlberg mused. “They might buy your CD or watch your movie, but you don’t put food on their table. You don’t pay their bills.”
The star of “American Sniper” added, “A lot of Hollywood is living in a bubble” – a glitzy, A-list, red-carpet, stretch limousine bubble. “They’re pretty out of touch with the common person, the everyday guy out there providing for their family.”
The Trump election was the revolt of the masses against the elites – against Washington D.C., the network newsroom, the corporate boardroom, academia and Hollywood. Their reaction to Trump’s victory shows they have the survival instinct of lemmings heading for the nearest cliff wearing cement overshoes.