Just get over it, conservatives. Hollywood is never going to give us a fair shake. Sunday’s telecast of 67th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards, which drew the worst ratings of all time, is just the latest example.
The glitterati went out of its way to alienate the more than 43 percent of Americans that identify themselves as “Republican” by trashing frontrunner Donald Trump and the rest of the GOP presidential field.
It was host Andy Samberg’s friendly way of saying: “We’re just better than you people watching at home. You’re all a bunch of racists. Now enjoy the show!”
Never mind how America’s middle and working classes are getting fleeced to extermination by a government more concerned about the health and welfare of non-citizens and the safety of Sunni Muslim “refugees” from Syria.
In the fearful days following 9/11, the Bush Administration made it its mission to protect this nation from future attack by al-Qaida and its radical Sunni ideology. Now the Obama administration is sending them a golden ticket Evite.
Who exactly are the 100,000 Sunnis the administration plans to “resettle” in the U.S by 2017? Will we ever know?
Worrying about these immediate threats to our existence and the impact on future generations apparently brands us the crazy, racist “uncles” Samberg mocked in his opening monologue, likely penned in the safety and security of his $6.25 million Gothic mansion, Charlie Chaplin’s former digs, in Hollywood Hills.
Still right-leaning commentators like Bill O’Reilly, who is Emmy-less after 19 years running, have asked the question: Can a conservative win an Emmy?
From my own experience in winning an Emmy, I can answer that question with a qualified yes: as long if you win one before the Emmy committee knows you are a conservative.
I had learned this lesson early as the lone conservative at Chicago’s famed Second City Conservatory where I butted heads with a then unknown Tina Fey.
Sorry, Bill O’Reilly, you may be out-of-luck.
But why do we, as conservative media and entertainers, look to a hostile industry for validation anyway?
Let’s dispel some myths: Hollywood isn’t a meritocracy. It isn’t egalitarian. There has always been a “talent” glass ceiling based on Hollywood lineage and personal connections.
If Hollywood really was a meritocracy, “American Sniper” would have won for “Best Picture,” Clint Eastwood would not have been snubbed for “Best Director,” and Jon Stewart (who just received a “farewell Emmy”) would still have plenty of room on his Emmy-crowded mantel.
There’s no more time for conservatives to whine about getting a fair shake from Hollywood. We should simply produce our own content and let’s just have our own Emmy ceremony next year – I would be more than happy to host.
William J. Kelly is an American producer, television and radio host, commentator, media strategist, and critic. In 1994, he ran for U.S. Congress, and in 2010 for the seat of state comptroller for Illinois. He is the founder of RevDigital, an independent TV and documentary production house. Kelly is a frequent contributor to The Washington Times, American Spectator, and others. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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