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One would have thought that this yearís lackluster ratings for The Academy Awards television broadcast would have sent a strong message to liberal filmmakers. With vast majority of nominations having gone to dreary films that extol perceived benefits of a liberal utopia, millions of viewers tuned out. They just didnít watch. Now, it seems, same thing is happening at box office. People arenít watching by millions. Those who do canít stomach morality lessons enough for a second viewing.
Apart from liberal themes, there are liberal actors. Sean Penn recently traveled to Iran to observe and report on elections there for a major American Newspaper. One wonders why? Perhaps he hoped to find another dictatorial utopia for America to leave alone? He and many of his liberal friends seemed to feel that Saddam Hussein had created some sort of socialist Muslim heaven on earth that America had no right to disturb.
Liberal actors, musicians and artists all joined together in past couple of years for what they were sure would be a successful effort to prevent War with Iraq and keep President Bush from serving a second term. Most were devastated when these efforts failed miserably. Perhaps they felt that what they were doing was akin to Hollywood Canteen and War Bond drives of World War II fame? If thatís case, they were wrong.
Bad mouthing President and trashing our troops is not way to win hearts and minds of most Americans. Holding tyrannical dictators like Castro and Saddam up as socialist miracle workers is crazy. Creating entertainments that trash values held dear by any faction of Americans is wrong, counter productive and irritating. People donít go to movies to be irritated.
What will it all come to? King Kong gets a non-traditional marriage to Godzilla and adopts Mothra who saves whales from Republican Fishermen? Liberals have every right to share their vision of what America should be. Itís no crime and never should be for them to express their frustration at prejudice faced by those living in non-traditional situations. Itís also just as fair for those who beg to differ with their views to avoid entertainment venues that extol liberal values.
A native New Yorker now living in Arizona, Bill Knell is a forty-something guy with a wealth of knowledge and experience. He's written hundreds of articles offer advice on a wide variety of subjects.