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Liberals Are Failing In The Culture But They Don't Care

Emmys

Over the weekend, the Hollywood Left suffered not one, but two high-profile flops. The 2017 Emmys, which were basically a three-hour anti-Republican bash-fest, had their lowest ratings of all time. And ultra-liberal actress Jennifer Lawrence’s latest film, an artsy anti-Christian torture porn mess called mother!, bombed with Lawrence’s worst mainstream opening of her entire career.

Conservatives are understandably taking a victory lap over these left-wing failures, citing them as proof that leftist culture is a failure. Well, they’re definitely right, from a conservative, business-oriented point of view – unabashed liberalism doesn’t sell, not in any aspect of the culture it infects. Consider:

-Liberal movies are bombing everywhere they open (see mother!, Bushwick, the Inconvenient Truth sequel, Miss Sloane, the Ghostbusters remake, and on and on and on), and actors’ constant attacks on Trump and his supporters are hurting their movies, big-time.

-The media’s ratings are way down, all across the board.

-Both ESPN and the “kneeling for the flag” NFL it reports on have their respective viewerships down.

-Comic books, which are mainly written as far-left SJW propaganda these days, are selling a tiny fraction of what they sold 20 years ago, when the industry suffered a catastrophic crash.

-Michael Moore’s latest documentary and his Broadway show both flopped.

-Left-wing corporations that shove their opinions down customer’ throats find their stocks tanking.

-Enrollment and alumni donations are way down in liberal colleges like Evergreen and Mizzou.

And so on, and so forth. It’s not an accident that the few entertainment outlets that are consistently doing really well – video games and streaming TV – are genuine free marketplaces of ideas. For every liberal Bioshock Infinite, there’s a conservative Halo; for every liberal Orange Is The New Black, there’s a conservative The Ranch.

So yes, liberal culture is failing everywhere it exists. But here’s the thing: liberals don’t care. They really, really don’t. And it’s not because they’re ignorant, it’s because they’re not looking at any of this from a financial perspective. Their goal isn’t to tell stories or entertain people or to make a successful product. Their goal is to push their politics down as many people’s throats as possible. Everything else, including profitability, is a distant second to them.

They are not artists, and they’re certainly not entertainers. They’re soldiers in a culture war. That is their primary reason for being. And like every war, the objective is to take over as much territory as possible. Thus, making a liberal-themed movie or TV show with other liberals is its own victory, whether it is financially successful or not.

I know what you’re thinking – “how can it be a success if it fails with audiences?” That’s because you’re not thinking like a leftist. Take, for example, “Miss Sloane”, a piece of leftist anti-gun propaganda that came out late last year. If you haven’t heard of it, I don’t blame you – nobody has. It bombed, making only $9 million WORLDWIDE on a $13 million budget. The investors lost their money, no question about it. But the liberal filmmakers and actors who made it did not lose anything. They’ll keep right on making movies – the film’s star, Jessica Chastain, has 9 more movies lined up, according to IMDB. They are accountable to no one for the movie’s financial success – the studios blame audiences, marketing, etc. – anything but the people who made it.

And more importantly, they probably sold around a million movie tickets, mainly to other liberals who got to have their political opinions confirmed on the big screen, a few centrists that might have been nudged slightly to the left on the issue, and a few conservatives that they could give the metaphorical middle finger to. So they reached a million people, and they did it using other people’s money. In a culture war, that’s a victory, my friends.

It’s all about taking territory, gaining as much ground as possible. Every time they make an album like “American Idiot”, or produce an episode of Law & Order that bashes Christians, or hijack an awards show speech with an anti-Republican rant, that’s not ridiculous to them. That’s taking another hill in the culture war. Reaching as many people as possible via camera or microphone and shoving their opinions down their throats, indoctrinating young and/or impressionable people into becoming more leftist, that is always a win in their book. ALWAYS.

To put it plainly: they’re not in the money-making business, they’re in the propaganda business. It really is just that simple.

I know, I know – how can they possibly keep that going? Eventually driving away customers and public good will has gotta come back to bite them financially sooner or later, right? Well, not really, because (a) most of them are already rich and don’t care about their future income, (b) many of the people who would normally hold them accountable for their failures do not because they share the same politics, and (c) they only fail if the whole industry fails. And that’s not going to happen. Movies are a multi-billion-dollar business that has been around for over 100 years. Do you really think it’s going to go under if enough Trump supporters boycott it? Not bloody likely. Profits will be hurt, sure, but the studios will limp along and keep employing propaganda artists just the same.

Yes, some people lose their jobs when these products fail. But liberals don’t care. From their perspective, this is a war, and they are taking hills. Try telling a General that “we lost some men taking that hill!” The General will just say, “people die in war.” A culture war costs jobs, just as a real war costs lives. Liberals are perfectly fine with putting other people out of work if it means getting their message out there.

I’m not saying we shouldn’t boycott or avoid supporting the liberals who go out of their way to offend us. By all means, spend your money on whoever you want. What I’m saying is, it’s not going to make them change. They don’t care, because they’re in it for the cultural indoctrination, all the way, and they’re going to keep it going as long as humanly possible. Politics is downstream from culture, and they’re playing the long game.

What WILL work is if we start taking our culture back. Like Muslim jihadists, liberals know they’re in a war, even if their opponents don’t. The best thing we can do is realize we’re in one, too, and act accordingly. Andrew Breitbart understood that, which is why he made Big Hollywood the first site on his news page. If we really want this constant bias and indoctrination to stop, then it’s time for us to get in the game and start taking some hills of our own.

Pumping Iron

Hopefully this didn’t involve curls.

A man in Germany… Worms to be exact got his schwanstucher stuck in a weight plate. Story at the link above…

The Helmer Zone!

A new classic, my friends.

Okay, I know I already talked about this in yesterday’s OT, but it’s so unbelievably cringe-inducing it just needs its own post. If Trump had secretly paid the Dems to sabotage themselves, I don’t think they could have come up with anything worse than this campaign ad for a state rep trying to primary another Democrat in Virginia. It really must be seen to be believed.

Watching this massive douchebag trying to be all hip and funny while destroying my childhood memories of Top Gun and wearing a t-shirt that says VETERAN on it (subtle), I wish the MST3K guys were available to give it the roasting it truly deserves. But that said, some questions do come to mind:

-Why does his Veteran shirt have an American flag with only 11 stripes on it?
-Why is he mocking another Democrat for reaching across the aisle and appealing to the middle? I thought that was supposed to be a good thing, especially in a red state like Virginia.
-Did he seriously say that Obamacare and Planned Parenthood are “centrist”?
-If a Republican had made an ad about himself leading an entire bar in smugly bullying a woman to her face like this, is there any way feminists would let him get away with it?
-What are the odds that we could convince Tom Cruise to give this tool a beating, Jack Reacher-style, for ruining his best movie? Just asking.

Oh, and the best part? The masters of YouTube were so convinced that this ad would be popular that they actually pushed it up to Trending (giving it maximum visibility), but now that people are actually seeing it, it’s getting hilariously ripped. Currently the dislike-to-like ratio on the video is more than 2-to-1. That’s unbelievably bad, like, Ghostbusters Remake Trailer bad. Guess that didn’t work out the way they expected!

For the record, this is what a military veteran’s campaign ad looks like when done right:

Tuesday Open Thread 

People climbing around on the Great Pyramid. Egypt 1880.

Steely Dan Lyric or Hard Boiled Detective Novel Quote?

“Babs and Clean Willie were in love they said. So in love the preacher’s face turned red.”

ICYMI

There were a lot of mic drop moments from Ben Shapiro’s speech at Berkeley, but this one is my personal favorite.

What you see in this video is what the Berkeley Left was so afraid of, what they protested, labeled “white supremacy”, had to attend therapy for, and forced the city to spend $600,000 to keep safe: an actual, free exchange of ideas. A liberal point of view on a touchy social issue (abortion), being debated by a conservative point of view. No big surprise that the conservative destroyed the liberal’s argument with basic logic, because like a lot of young lefties, the student tried to base his argument on emotions and blind political loyalty and then work backward to make the logic fit, rather than the other way around.

Imagine a genuine free marketplace of ideas on campuses where these kind of exchanges could happen all the time, with no one being “triggered”, no one running to a safe space, no one accusing anyone else of hate speech or inherent bigotry. Just two people sharing their points of view and then seeing what happens. That’s what the universities and free speech are supposed to be about in this country. But we can’t have that, because then the next generation might not get indoctrinated into becoming liberal drones who vote to keep the Democrats in power. Still, major kudos to Shapiro and other fearless conservatives who walk into the lion’s den and remind us of what higher education is supposed to look like.

This Week's Trailer Park Round-Up

Oh hai Threedonia! We’ve got a fresh batch of trailers this week, with movies about sea creatures, horrible filmmakers, rich tycoons and Liam Neeson on a train! Enjoy:

1. The Disaster Artist. James Franco directs and stars in this goofy biopic about Tommy Wiseau (Franco) and his quest to make The Room, considered by many to be the worst movie of all time. (Seriously, if you haven’t seen The Room yet, see The Room, if only so you can be made aware that something that batshit crazy was made for people to watch.) Looks like an Ed Wood for the 21st century to me.

Also stars Zac Efron, Alison Brie, Seth Rogen, Sharon Stone, and a whole bunch of actors and filmmakers cameo as themselves.


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Monday Open Thread

Louis Armstrong plays for his wife at Giza in 1961