everybody should read
Conor’s new piece for AFF on Andrew Breitbart and the conservative/Hollywood divide. I think his analysis is exactly right.
To the young conservatives he counsels, I think the question is, what is your goal? If it’s to work in Hollywood and media and remain a dedicated and vocal conservative, no worries. It’s doable; it’s being done, by people like Gary Sinise and Vincent Gallo and the insiders Conor mentions in his piece. If your goal is to bring about a left/right balance in Hollywood, or the category “the arts,” I think you should reconsider. The fact that the arts are a bastion of liberalism isn’t some historical accident, but rather a consequence of certain essential elements of art and the artistic temperament– a preference for the new, the desire to shake the establishment, the elevation of physical and aesthetic pleasure, the studied outsiders air that is apolitical policy-wise but in tension with the conservative regard for the family. (A regard I share, by the way.)
Incidentally, I think this is somehow connected to the discussion. (Video extremely NSFW.) Hollywood types like to party. (While watching that video, I couldn’t believe that the people I was watching were guilty of two crimes; hard not to shake your head at the continuing absurdity of anti-drug and anti-prostitution laws curtailing the behavior of people who want to privately act in the way they want to.)