“You gotta be real careful around here,” actor Tim Allen said on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” after stuttering through a confession that he attended President Trump’s inauguration. “You get beat up if you don’t believe what everybody else believes. This is like ’30s Germany.”
This is interesting commentary by Tim Allen, a Hollywood professional who unremarkably continues to get work. But let’s stick to the interesting part here in the advent of Trump. The disdain Allen senses in the now “liberal Hollywood” who Allen akin to as 1930s Germany’, whatever that means, is a false equivalence in every sense possible. I used the word sense purposely because fairly rational and knowledgeable people know that trusting your senses is an unreliable concept and an irrational position to hold. And, Hollywood is far from liberal.
Hollywood productions predominate with the white savior narrative or center around those endearing characters who engage in quite a bit of othering with their casting and portrayals. Statements shared by Allen and company do in fact micharacterize Hollywood with the recent appearance of minorities in films that have been highlighted or whose leading and supporting actors have won major academy awards. One can easily be fooled by what is just a sudden awareness but statistically these occurrences end up like anomolies either in totality or in the grand schemes of Hollywood.
But Allen himself has complained of network censorship when his protagonist, an alpha-male family man whom the actor has called ‘an educated Archie Bunker,’ tries to go after liberal icons.
Allen “admits he has gotten more than one warning to stop calling President Obama a ‘communist,‘” the TV Page reported in 2015.
While most anti-Trumpists feel that Trump’s attitudes and beliefs are an insult to their intelligence individually and collectively–and in most cases rightfully so–it is merely an insult to intelligence more broadly that is rather infuriating or frustrating about a Trump presidency. There appears to be this segregating of knowledge surrounding this phenomena that is bereft of mental reflection and steep in denialism which has lead to bad judgement which is the antithesis of having any credibility.
“What I find odd in Hollywood is they didn’t like Trump because he was a bully,” Allen told Megyn Kelly. “But if you had any kind of inkling that you were for Trump, you got bullied for doing that. It gets a little hypocritical.”
Kelly agreed. “I know many of them who are part of the Hollywood conservative underground,” she said.
What escapes many Trump supporters and anti-liberal enthusiasts is Trump’s credibility. Aside from the tribalism, they seem more focused on the sensory–the boisterous, flamboyant, condescending, machismo, and paternalistic stylings of Trump and his presidency as a remedy for what ails them, it is devoid of progressing American values and ideals forward. A fairer, egalitarian society is a revolting thought. That is why there is this need to make America great again’. Worst, they believe it serves as a correction to an Obama presidency. However, this about face and turn of events (anti-immigration rhetoric targeting Muslims, protectionism, anti-intellectual…) is and should really be seen as hugely hypocritical. This is not sound reasoning, this is an over-reliance on the use of simple minded inductions from crass generalizations–flimsy, emotional appeals to insensitive beliefs.
What is even more disturbingly interesting is that there can be no truths found in the less than 100 days of the Trump Administration thus far.