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Hollywood Forget our hypocrisy

At the Golden Globe, Hollywood took a stand against sexual harassment and gender pay gaps wanting you to forget that they are among the worst offenders in both categories. Natalie Portman thought is necessary to highlight the all male categories for Best Director, thus undermining the winner of the award whoever that was. Many wore black for their new “Times Up” campaign in demand of equal pay. Poverty is apparently sexist. Oprah stole the show teasing a presidential run. And more “activism” against sexual harassment persisted. All the while, for one night, Hollywood pretended that they weren’t the perpetrators of that which they protest against. They want us to solve an industry problem they face because this is the easiest way to deny personal responsibility.

All Male Directors

Natalie Portman felt the need to emphasize the nominees’ genders. This was an immature and cowardly move. It’s not their fault females weren’t nominated. And it’s also not their fault that fewer women are directing movies in Hollywood than men. If Natalie Portman wants to solve this problem instead of shaming people, she should direct a movie herself. She has a reputation. She can win backers. But this sounds like actual work. Instead she would rather undermine the directors who did put in work just because a female director wasn’t chosen to be among them. This also perpetuates the Hollywood mentality that being nominated for something has significant value. In the words of Ricky Bobby, “First or last.” Celebrating being nominated for something is as valid as celebrating a participation trophy.

Natalie Portman could write, direct, and produce her own movie, or at least two of those things. It’s not like women are incapable. To say that women need special encouragement to take more leading roles is ridiculous, especially when Hollywood. Natalie Portman is both lazy and childish. Instead of trying to score with the media, she should take constructive steps to solve the problem.

Time’s Up: Hollywood pay gap

Hollywood has one of the most persistent wage gaps in the US. However there are valid reasons for this. Many of the highest paid actors are true hustlers. How many movies was Dwayne Johnson in? The other thing is the market for talent. It’s the same reason why quarterbacks in the NFL make more than running backs or receivers. Now there have been valid concerns of an unfair wage gap in Hollywood. For instance two equally talented stars should make about the same amount of money if they have the same level of reputation. For instance, I wouldn’t deny sexism if Lena Headley on Game of Throne was making less than Kit Harrington. But the fault is Hollywood’s, not ours. Normal people have nothing to do with Hollywood wage differences in movies where male and female actors of equal reputation make a different wage. Hollywood needs to take the tree out of its own eye before demanding legislation that already exists. Or perhaps butthurt over economics drives the Time’s Up movement.

Poverty Is Sexist

I don’t think I need to explain this one a whole lot.

And for the record, it’s ugly.

Me Too

Terry Crews remains one of the most believable voices to come out since Me Too. Why? Because he’s actually interested in solving the issue and is headed to court. He wants to resolve the problem. Many other voices just want to be heard which is why normal people think they just want attention. Also, normal people also don’t sympathize with people who used sex to get movie roles. But again we, normal males, are the problem. To us it seems like Hollywood is trying to cover up for the bad PR Harvey Weinstein brought. But lets not forget the infamous photo of Oprah kissing Harvey and the standing ovations for Roman Polanski. And Woody Allen wasn’t booted from the industry either. James Franco is still in the business too.Hollywood perpetuates their hypocrisy by protecting their own until it’s too late. They all knew what Weinstein was and did little. I suppose being strong is easier on screen than when it really matters.

The other hypocrisy is the condemnation of men not joining the women in the MeToo speeches. Damned if they do, damned if they don’t. This is what I call a PC pretzel. If men don’t speak about a topic, they are contributing to the problem and warrant condemnation. If they do speak about something, they are “mansplaining” and warrant condemnation. There is no winning in a PC world.

Takeaway

Hollywood can expect to lose relevance as they become more focused on activism. The American people see right through their sad facade. We are tired of their insistence that we are responsible for their industry, their culture. We are tired of hypocrites who buy a $380 sweatshirt to preach on poverty, and we are tired of people who enabled sexual misconduct telling us that we are the problem. The last couple of months weren’t some Bill Cosby cocktail party. We still remember that pedophiles and sleezebags roam Hollywood and go unchallenged by those who know. We won’t forget so easily.

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  1. Paul Garrett

    January 9, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    Finally, someone who called out this shit show for what it is.

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