Hollywood and the Culture Wars

Hollywood and the Culture Wars

Photo Source: People.com

Photo Source: People.com

It is no secret that Hollywood despises the political right. On May 10, ABC chose to cancel the conservative comedy sitcom Last Man Standing starring Tim Allen. Despite steady ratings and a viewership of about 8.1 million viewers, second only to Modern Family, ABC made the decision to pull the show anyways. So what does this mean from both a cultural perspective and a show business perspective? First, let’s talk about culture.

 

It is obvious that the media and Hollywood no longer understand the conscious of the American people. If they had known that, they would’ve predicted a Trump landslide during the 2016 election. The issue is that Hollywood is no longer about entertainment but it is about an elite group of individuals communicating a narrative that only rich upper-class liberals can understand. The wants and needs of working-class Americans are no longer represented in the narratives Hollywood seeks to perpetuate. Instead they seek to lecture, take an authoritative stance and talk down on Americans, or in the case of Last Man Standing, silence their worldview altogether.   

However, the Left’s hold on culture is beginning to slowly crumble. The outrage in response to Last Man Standing is a great example. The negative response by the show’s loyal fan base has caught the attention of 20th Century Fox. Variety reported that the network is interested in pursuing the cancelled show in hopes of retaining the 8 million viewers. Again, the the hand of capitalism steps in to save the day.  

There is a market for conservative entertainment and conservative television specifically. If you don’t believe it, just take a good look at the sea of red on the electoral map of counties during the 2016 election.

What Hollywood does not seem to realize is that show business is a business. There’s a reason why Star Wars the Force Awakens is the top grossing film of all time, but nobody knows what the Oscar winning indie flick Moonlight is even about. It’s not about politics or high society culture, it’s about entertainment. Nobody cares about obscure references that only an art history or an English major would understand. People go to the movies to be entertained.

The minute you add politics to the mix, you risk alienating a majority of people. ABC didn’t cancel Last Man Standing because it failed to entertain, they canceled Last Man Standing because the show did not fit their narrative. That’s bad ethically and that’s really bad for business. For a comedy like Last Man Standing to come in second, only to Modern Family, a multi-award winning sitcom with many more sponsorships and advertisements, speaks volumes to who the audience is. The American people are tired of liberal narratives invading their entertainment. There is a market out there for a conservative filmmaker or producer to tap into. I’m hoping the hold on culture starts fading away from Hollywood and we see some more diversity in the entertainment industry.  

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