Andrew Breitbart, the media entrepreneur who most recently has created Big Hollywood, took note of the continuing left wing domination of Hollywood illustrated at the Oscars Sunday night. Then he had a modest proposal.
The Oscars, as we have previously noted, had a slate of Best Picture nominations that were chosen as much for their political subtext as for their artistic merit.
“This year Gus Van Sant and his gay marriage public service announcement “Milk,” garnered eight nominations while Clint Eastwood and his objectively conservative box office titan “Gran Torino” got completely shut out. Except for the expected (and deserved) posthumous Heath Ledger best supporting actor nomination, the good-vs.-evil international sensation “The Dark Knight,” also was passed over by the Academy.”
Mile did not win best picture, though Sean Penn got a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of the 1970s era gay politician Harvey Milk. Nevertheless, Milk sort of set the political theme for Sunday night’s Oscars.
“This year´s cause celebre was not the ailing American work force or the heroic and underappreciated U.S. military, but an attack on California´s just passed traditional marriage amendment – as represented by the white ribbon worn by pliant celebrity throngs. Dissenters in the midst dare not wear their contrarian ribbons for fear of more punitive Proposition 8 backlash.”
Sean Penn gave the most overtly political acceptance speech of the night. “For those who saw the signs of hatred as our cars drove in tonight, I think that it is a good time for those who voted for the ban against gay marriage to sit and reflect, and anticipate their great shame, and the shame in their grandchildren’s eyes if they continue that way of support. We’ve got to have equal rights for everyone. And there are these last 2 things. I’m very, very proud to live in a country that is willing to elect an elegant man President…”
Sean Penn’s ascribing shame and hatred toward supporters of Prop 8 is rather rich, coming from someone who is an admirer of Hugo Chavez. His characterization of Barack Obama as “elegant” was also just a tad bit bizarre, especially coming from someone who has occasionally dealt with people who irritate him, like overly intrusive paparazzi or, it is alleged, Madonna when he was married to her, with fisticuffs.
Andrew Breitbart ended his piece with a modest proposal of how the one party film and TV industry can be liberated.
“There are thousands of creative and business minds toiling in anonymity in Hollywood who want the conservative movement to bring them aid, cover, money and a mission to finally take on a generation of one-party creative rule.
“The conservative student movement that in the Reagan-era 80s encouraged action in the legislative world must commit to heading to Hollywood to begin to change things in the creative world.
“The millionaires and billionaires who feed the conservative think tanks and underwrite those who run for office need to join their high-rolling liberal brethren like Barry Diller and David Geffen and realize their political dollars are better spent making movies and nurturing the culture. “
An attempt to establish some kind of ideological balance in Hollywood would be a noble one, but fraught with peril. The purpose of cinema is to tell an interesting story in visual form, not to make a political point. The famous movie mogul Samuel Goldwyn once said, “If you want to send a message, use Western Union.” That is as true whether the message comes from the left or the right.
Even so it might be refreshing, for a change, to see films that have American soldiers, conservative politicians, businessmen, and religious people as heroes and, conversely, Islamic terrorists, liberal bureaucrats, and even atheists as the heavies. There is likely a lot of such material out there, waiting to be made for the screen, big and small. Perhaps Andrew Breitbart is on to something.
Sources BREITBART: ‘And now for something completely different, please’ Andrew Breitbart, Washington Times, February 23rd, 2009
Sean Penn, Wikipedia
Sean Penn Acceptance Speech Transcipt and Video