Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Hollywood

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Support Donald Trump

To say that Donald Trump is being attacked this political season is a gross understatement. Almost $40 million was spent in just Florida on negative ads against the GOP frontrunner.

The attacks have spread to his supporters. Those bold enough to say they stand with Trump are opening themselves up to attacks and will be called racist and ignorant. They will especially be attacked if they go on Facebook or Twitter to support the Donald.

We know political people who have climbed on the Trump Train. People like Chris Christie, Sarah Palin, and even Ben Carson. They are expected to rally behind a candidate, but what about those celebrities that have a fan base?

Who from the liberal worlds of Hollywood, music and professional sports have teamed up to support the former Apprentice host?

Let’s take a look at the celebrities who are proudly supporting Donald Trump and don’t care what anyone thinks.

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oscar nominations

Racist antagonist Al Sharpton took to the podium this week to complain about the lack of diversity of Academy Award nominees.

The Oscar nominations were released earlier this week and no African Americans were included in the nominations of the top 20 actors.

Sharpton, the community activist turned talk show host, told the media, “Hollywood is like the Rocky Mountains, the higher up you get the whiter it gets.”

The Reverend Al continued his rant on Twitter:

Notably missing from Sharpton’s rant was recommendations of black actors who deserved recognition.

“Black” movies that qualified for this years Oscars included “The Wedding Ringer,” Will Smith’s “Focus,” “Magic Mike XXL,” and “Straight Outta Compton.”

Sharpton also failed to complain about the lack of diversity with the Heisman Trophy awards, where a disproportionate five of the last eight winners of the award were black.

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Hollywood sign

The Left loves studies – especially those with an author pedigree that hales from liberal academies like the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In this case, the latest study revolves around the topic of ethnic and gender diversity in Hollywood in film, television and executive ranks.

According to the second annual Hollywood Diversity Report by UCLA’s Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, lead author Darnell Hunt says Hollywood diversity is improving but not fast enough.

This is in keeping with the liberal ethos that says to understand a society, you need to divide it black against white, rich against poor, male against female, gay against straight – whatever characteristic is required to establish a fairness issue to fuel the grievance industry.

According to Hunt and his co-authors:

“The U.S. population is about 40 percent minority and slightly more than half-female”. . .”but women and minorities are represented onscreen and behind the camera in drastically lesser proportions” the study of Hollywood diversity in 2012 and 2013 indicates.

The study blames the lack of diversity on agencies, guilds, studios and networks — “an industry culture that routinely devalues the talent of minorities and women. . .”

Hunt based the study on the top 200 films by global box office in 2012 and 2013 and every broadcast, cable and digital TV series of the 2012-13 season.

Tale of the tape

In movies, “minorities were underrepresented more than 2-to-1 (less than half as much as their share of the U.S. population) in lead roles and 2-to-1 as directors, and women lagged 2-to-1 as leads and 8-to-1 as directors”.

Television “remained white-heavy onscreen and behind the camera, with minorities underrepresented nearly 6-to-1 in lead roles on scripted broadcast shows and nearly 2-to-1 as leads on cable (relative to their share of the U.S. population), more than 3-to-1 as cable series creators and more than 6-to-1 as broadcast creators.”

Women were underrepresented about 2-to-1 as broadcast and cable creators, and their frequency as leads on broadcast dipped below 50 percent; they also remained outnumbered on cable. Both groups were underrepresented in reality programming.

Executive diversity fairs worst in study for 2013

According to the study, the executive class of TV networks and studios were 96 percent white and 71 percent male and major and mini-major film studios were 94 percent white and 100 percent male.

Perhaps in an effort to inoculate themselves from the harsh criticism bigotry and sexism, the study received the financial backing of major studios and networks including the Walt Disney Co. and Time Warner. These studios then used study outcomes as a guide to address diversity disparities in the entertainment industry.

By way of redemption, executives have made changes to their corporate structure creating vehicles like HBOAccess:

“. . .a mentorship program for diverse writers and filmmakers, which Time Warner executive director of diversity and corporate social responsibility Jonathan Beane says was inspired largely by the report. “I want to make sure that what I’m preaching, I have data to support it. [The report] does that,” he says.

Beane also agreed with researchers that:

“. . .the problem stems from executive attitudes during the hiring process, which perpetuates the lack of diversity in executive suites — even if unintentionally.” “I don’t believe it’s malicious,” says Beane. “It’s just that people have a better eye for talent when it looks like them and has the same background as them.”

Whether or not these efforts to improve diversity are window dressing to ingratiate the study authors to film and television industry executives in subsequent studies going forward remains to be seen.

What is known is that diversity for its own sake will not result in equal artistic and entertainment outcomes that can only be decided by an actor unmentioned in the study’s text or footnotes – the people who buy tickets.

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American Sniper Widow

Proving once again that Middle American patriotism should not be underestimated, the Clint Eastwood film ‘American Sniper’ opened in wide release over the Martin Luther King weekend to filmgoers who plunked down a record-breaking $105 million in domestic box office to see a film that cost producers just $60 million to make.

The life story of a former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle pulled best in theaters located in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, New York and California according to weekend data provided by Rentrak Corporation, a global media measurement and research company serving the entertainment industry.

“This is staggering. Its blockbuster numbers in January, the sort of numbers usually reserved for summer films and superhero movies,” said Rentrak senior analyst Paul Dergarabedian in USA Today.

Dergarabedian added, “this was maybe the most underestimated film of all time, considering that it did about twice what estimates predicted.”

“It shows the depth of the movie. It is playing in both red states and blue states,” Warner’s domestic distribution chief Dan Fellman told Hollywood Reporter analyst Brian Porreca.
Fellman continued:

“It’s the biggest opening of all time for a war film, but people don’t view it as a war film. It is about a true hero, and family and patriotism. It doesn’t matter that the movie is R-rated, which is sometimes a problem in smaller towns. This is the first real superhero movie.”

There was some disagreement among the Hollywood Left, which has led to Chris Kyle’s widow, Taya Kyle, cancelling appearances.

An event organizer that was hosting the widow told the Star Tribune, “Her reps just called me and apparently due to some comments made by Michael Moore, they are cutting off her press.”

Moore’s comments as well as the legal battle between Chris Kyle’s estate and Jesse Ventura have put a chill on candid conversations with Kyle’s widow.

Ventura sued Kyle’s estate in 2014 for defamation and won a $1.8 million verdict. The lawsuit money awarded to Ventura will go against Kyle’s widow and the two children the Navy Seal left behind after his death in 2013.

While Taya Kyle will continue some interviews, questions regarding Moore’s comments, Ventura and the ongoing murder trial of her husband’s killer are now off of the table.

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