Host Stephen Colbert speaks at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Donald Trump Lives Rent Free in Hollywood’s Head

I did not watch the Emmy’s last night. I have never seen The Handmaid’s Tale, though I have unfortunately read the exceedingly overrated book and luckily escaped without the paranoia and brain damage most feminists have apparently gotten from it. I have not seen Big Little Lies. I have not seen an entire episode of Veep, though at least I have it on a list of shows I intend to watch.

Based on reviews, it seems the highlight of the night was the reunion of Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, and Jane Fonda who starred together in a movie from 1980 that was capable of making political points without rubbing people’s noses in it. And that is Hollywood’s big problem. As its box office and viewership decline and segment, it decided it needed to forego subtly in favor of more: more sex, more profanity, more violence, more slams against conservatives, more slams against Trump, more slams against Christians, and more slams against anyone and everyone else who is not them.

Hollywood has lost its ability to relate to anyone not those who reside there. It used to have television shows that made people feel welcome and now boxes people into small categories with certain undesirables treated with disdain. The line at top about paranoia and brain damaged feminists was intentional. In Hollywood that joke can be made about conservatives, Christians, or President Trump, but no other group, particularly humorless feminists.

There are still shows out there that people, regardless of politics, connect to. Game of Thrones has massive appeal around the world. Netflix’s Stranger Things and The Crown transcend politics of the day and tell interesting stories. But those shows do not really make Hollywood feel good about itself, because virtue signaling is in and people with real virtue are out. So other shows and the hosts who cater to the virtue signaling of Hollywood get the attention.

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Erick Erickson

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