George Clooney is still following the “film made them do it” narrative. The following is from Newsbusters:
“Freedom of speech means you have to allow idiots to speak, and that’s the unfortunate thing," Clooney said. When he saw the video that is said to denigrate Muhammad, Clooney stated that him angry, and he’s not a Muslim. “It made me mad for the quality of film that it was, more than anything. But the simple truth is that in order to make [democracy] work, the idiots get to have their say, too. And that’s unfortunate.”
Who gets define who’s an idiot, and who gets to censor the idiots? Of course it’s liberals like George Clooney.
Hollywood has always seen itself as the voice of truth, the guardian of all that’s good and right in the world, a good and right that only they get to define. Even President Obama acknowledged this. Of course, he was raising money from the Hollywood elite at $40,000 a plate. He told the entertainment big wigs that their efforts and money will be crucial to winning in November. The president capped his talk with this typical elitist claim: “You’re the tie-breaker. You’re the ultimate arbiter of which direction this country goes.”
Consider these comments from Francis Ford Coppola, best known as the director of the three-part Godfather saga. Although said 30 years ago, they are the basis of much of how Hollywood thinks:
My dream is that the artist class — people who have proven through their work that they are humanists and wish to push for what Aldous Huxley called the desirable human potentialities of intelligence, creativity and friendliness — will seize the instrument of technology and try to take humanity into a period of history in which we can reach for a utopia. Of course, it is possible for the technology to be misused — we could end up with a Big Brother — but we could also have a balanced society, with an artist class leading the culture toward something approximating a happy family or tribe. At the moment, the nation is in a fog, and we’ve got to put our headlights on. Artists — those who rely on their intuition — can be the nation’s headlights.
The First Amendment protects the good, bad, and ugly of the film industry. Clooney is obviously aware of the blacklisting that went on in the film industry decades ago But it’s a brave new world: Freedom for me but not for thee. During the 1940s and 1950s, Hollywood producers, directors, and actors were being scrutinized for their political beliefs. The period of “red hysteria” put people’s jobs in the film industry in jeopardy. “Artists were barred from work on the basis of their alleged membership in or sympathy toward the American Communist Party, involvement in liberal or humanitarian political causes that enforcers of the blacklist associated with communism, and/or refusal to assist federal investigations into Communist Party activities; some were blacklisted merely because their names came up at the wrong place and time.”
The Hollywood blacklist era has outraged liberals for more than 60 years, but this hasn’t stopped modern-day liberals from creating their own version of a blacklist of conservatives and political ideas. Look what happened to Kirk Cameron when he expressed his views on homosexual marriage or Stacey Dash came out in support of Mitt Romney.
- “A Conversation With Francis Coppola,” U.S. News and World Report (April 5, 1982), 68. [↩]