If you're a conservative and have ever wondered what Hollywood really thinks of you, wonder no more.
In a newly released book by author Ben Shapiro, Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV, one learns that Hollywood isn't just a bit liberal - it's very liberal.
On Tuesday, The Hollywood Reporter released details of just a few of the interviews that went into creating the book, giving a whole new meaning to the term, 'Hollywood Liberal.'
Paul Bond writes:
In one video, Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman says that when she cast Candace Gingrich-Jones, half-sister of Republican former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, as the minister of a lesbian wedding, “There was a bit of ‘f**k you’ in it to the right wing.”
Kauffman also acknowledges she “put together a staff of mostly liberal people,” which is another major point of Shapiro’s book: that conservatives aren’t welcome in Hollywood.
Maybe that’s because they’re “idiots” and have “medieval minds.” At least that’s what Soap and Golden Girls creator Susan Harris thinks of TV’s conservative critics.
However, the ranks of dumb right-wingers has dwindled, according to Harris, whose video has her saying: “At least, you know, we put Obama in office, and so people, I think, are getting – have gotten – a little bit smarter.”
Bond writes that some of the revelations are "rather obvious," but one reveals what the creator of America’s Funniest Home Videos thinks of the lack of conservatives in Hollywood:
When Shapiro asks what he thinks of conservative critics who say everyone in Hollywood is liberal, Di Bona responds: “I think it’s probably accurate, and I’m happy about it.”
In one video, producer Leonard Goldberg tells Shapiro that being a conservative is "absolutely" a barrier to entry in the television industry.
Shapiro - taking his cue from Andrew Breitbart - is releasing videos of interviews he held with television and movie executives a bit at a time. The results of the videos are stunning to say the least.
Shapiro released two videos Tuesday, one featuring COPS creator John Langley saying he’s partial to segments where white people are the criminals, and the other has Fred Silverman, the former head of ABC and later NBC, saying “there’s only one perspective, and it’s a very progressive perspective” in TV comedy today.
Imagine the howls of racism that would erupt if this were a Fox News programmer admitting such a thing. One wonders where Al Sharpton is when he is really needed.
Sesame Street, with its loveable and fuzzy characters, is really a mouthpiece for the left’s agenda. That’s the conclusion of author Ben Shapiro, who after interviewing hundreds of industry insiders found that many of Hollywood’s most popular shows, including the popular kids program, are inundated with secret political messages. And he got top executives to admit it.
Ujala Sehgal writes at the Atlantic Wire:
But Sesame Street, which targets us when we're young, is worst of all. Shapiro quotes Mike Dann, one of the show's founding executives, saying it "was not made for the sophisticated or the middle class." Early episodes featured the character Grover breaking bread with a hippie. Oscar, who lived in a rubbish bin, was supposed to address "conflicts arising from racial and ethnic diversity." Dann also told Shapiro he used the program in the wake of 9/11 to highlight how there were peaceful alternatives to war. Shameful! Criminal, even! In fairness to Shapiro, however, Sesame Street was criticized in the past for having an anti-right agenda in 2009, when it mockingly referred to America’s Fox News channel as "Pox News."
It wasn't that long ago Democrats on Capitol Hill used PBS children's characters to demagogue a Republican plan to cut spending - including taxpayer money going to PBS.
One might wonder why Hollywood leftists would be so willing to speak so openly about this. According to the Hollywood Reporter, most of those Shapiro spoke to simply assumed he was one of them.
“Most of them didn’t Google me. If they had, they would have realized where I am politically,” he said. “I played on their stereotypes. When I showed up for the interviews, I wore my Harvard Law baseball cap — my name is Ben Shapiro and I attended Harvard, so there’s a 98.7 percent chance I’m a liberal. Except I happen not to be.”
While Shapiro says he did not disclose his intent to release the tapes, those he interviewed have no cause to complain.
“I asked them for permission to tape, and there’s no reasonable expectation of privacy when you’re being interviewed for a book,” Shapiro said.
“If they’re going to be shocked at something, it should be themselves, not me,” Shapiro said. “They should be shocked that opinion is so one-sided in Hollywood that it’s OK to say, ‘I’m fine with discrimination.’”
“My whole book is a plea for openness in the industry,” he added. “Hire people from the other side of the aisle once in a while, or at least stop mocking them.”
Several videos can be seen at The Hollywood Reporter, and Shapiro says he has more. One video attacking radio talk show host Sean Hannity is set to be aired when Shapiro appears on Hannity's Fox News program.
The revelations by Shapiro give a whole new meaning to the phrase "Democrat-media complex."
It's almost enough to make one turn off their television completely.
At the very least, consumers of television programming will look at those favorite programs and sitcoms with a more critical eye.