Why has Conservatism inexplicably become our generation’s Hollywood Squares?
“On Monday morning, Romney’s local team in Dayton was eagerly preparing to host the candidate the following day. A high school gym had been reserved, a stage had been rented, and a pair of celebrity guests — country singer Randy Owen and NASCAR driver Richard Petty — had been booked.”
“Cameras flashed nonstop when Lindsay Lohan appeared on the Pink Carpet. Though she was not able to see the Vice Presidential debate, Lindsay Lohan voiced whom she planned to vote for: “I just think employment is very important, so, as of now, Mitt Romney, as of now.”
Meat Loaf confirmed his support for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney at a rally in Defiance, Ohio, yesterday by belting out a strained rendition of “America the Beautiful.” The singer was joined by country musicians Randy Owens, John Rich and Big Kenny.”
Can someone explain to me why there is such a huge disparity in Democratic and Republican celebrity endorsements year after year? As national polls show, our country’s population is fairly evenly divided between those leaning conservative and those leaning liberal. And yet if I said to you, “One of the top gossing entertainment stars came out today and urged people to vote _________,” you’d fill in that blank with “Democrat,” right?
It’s not like conservatives don’t consume just as much entertainment as liberals, so you would think that PR and sales demands alone would necessitate more big (non-country music) stars stumping or shouting out for the GOP cause. But if I were to tell you that the cast of the #1 rated TV show or this summer’s biggest grossing film held a presser to endorse Romney, you wouldn’t believe me, would you? Even if I threw popularity out, and simply said that the most critically acclaimed artists had gathered for Romney you’d have quickly googled to see if I had been fooled by an Onion piece. But you wouldn’t even bother to check before believing me if I said they had done so for Obama. Despite my own endorsement of Obama, this seems to be skewed way beyond proportion (and, frankly, a little sad as well).
Which is not to say that there aren’t any elephantine endorsements for conservatism out there. You do have a few true masters such as visionary Clint Eastwood or the phenomenally talented John Voight, but after that it’s a pretty big fall all the way down to talk show hosts, NASCAR drivers, washed up 80’s B-list actors and musical artists whose song titles you try to remember when you see they’re playing at your local county fair. There’s just no Jennifer Anniston/Barenaked Ladies/Luke Wilson-level middle ground at all; it’s all either (pretty vacant) penthouse or cellar. I find this weird.
Could this be because our entertainment industry is dominated by liberal strong-arms, the way many conservatives suggest? Is it possible that, outside of country music and Branson, MO, there are only two kinds of openly conservative celebrities the entertainment industry allows: people that are so talented and respected no one will dare cross them, or people so starved for spotlights long since faded that they’ll say they’re conservative just to get gigs like talking to Sean Hannity for five minutes? For entertainers, is being conservative the equivalent of a sex tape – something that you only allow to be “leaked” if you’re so powerful you don’t care or so desperate for attention you’ll do anything to get people to talk about you again?
Or is it that in their desire to win populist votes and donations, conservative movers and shakers have spent so much time demonizing the arts that actors, musicians, painters, sculptors, novelists and poets see them as the enemy and act accordingly – even if so many of their customers are, in fact, Republicans?
Or is it just that there is something inherent in the creation of art that requires both a yearning for a different future and a rejection of the status quo, and that as such, right or wrong, artists will always be predisposed to opposing their culture’s conservatism – even to their own detriment? In other words, is it possible that creative people endorse liberals for no other reason than creative people tend to be liberal?
I seriously have no clue; all I know is that it feels like these endorsements shouldn’t always be so one-sided.
LoOG Bonus Fun Factoid! Hey, those of you that get their political news exclusively from talk radio, the Daily Caller and Drudge! Did you know that in addition to getting endorsements from Jay Z, Beyonce, Snoop Dogg, Oprah and Will I Am, Barack Obama also get endorsements from the majority of white A-list celebrities? It’s true!