The Politics of Hollywood
I’ve got a new piece up today at The Atlantic‘s website, “Hollywood’s Real Bias Is Conservative (But Not in the Way Liberals Often Say),” that I think League readers will probably dig. Here’s the lede — hope it whets your appetite:
This past year was one of the best in memory for people who are both movie buffs and political geeks. Many of 2012’s offerings from Hollywood were overtly political, with more than one major blockbuster concerned with what President Obama might call “big things.” Class, race, gender, economics, even the art of politics itself—movies such as The Dark Knight Rises, Les Mis, Zero Dark Thirty, Lincoln, Django Unchained,andArgo all touched upon these one or more of these themes, sometimes adroitly, sometimes not-so-much.
But in the understandable excitement to see these movies and join the debate, something fundamental has gone (mostly) forgotten: the ideology of Hollywood itself.