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How The Golden Girls Manipulated A Generation

I loved the Golden Girls in the 80s, even though I was young and didn’t understand what those old ladies were going through, they were hilarious. I was also a liberal in the 80s, and so I never paid attention to the “jokes” they made about mostly Quayle, but other Republican politicians as well. I’ve been watching them in re-runs for the past year, and I physically wince when I hear them and wonder why I didn’t hear their barbs before. It is apparent that Hollywood uses their medium to attack Conservatives/Republicans.  They’ve been doing it for years. I can turn on just about any comedy show from the 80s and be assaulted by jokes tearing down Republicans while bemoaning the fact that there are no good Democrats. There is one episode that brings this into focus; the Golden Girls episode where Dreyfuss, the dog, is sent to look for a “great” Democrat candidate to run for President. I suppose they thought they were slick – and they were – and how ignorant were we to allow them to put their hate into their shows to manipulate a generation?  This shows how childish they were, and how stupid and compliant we were, as well. How Hollywood Writers Manipulate You.

The Hollywood Reporter obtained several of the not-yet-released clips, embedded below. Each contains a snippet of an interview, usually some historical footage of the TV shows the interviewee was responsible for and, naturally, a plea to purchase the book, “Primetime Propaganda” by Ben Shapiro and published by Broad Side, an imprint of HarperCollins.

In one video, Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman says that when she cast Candace Gingrich-Jones, half-sister of Republican former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, as the minister of a lesbian wedding, “There was a bit of ‘fuck you’ in it to the right wing.”

Kauffman also acknowledges she “put together a staff of mostly liberal people,” which is another major point of Shapiro’s book: that conservatives aren’t welcome in Hollywood.

Maybe that’s because they’re “idiots” and have “medieval minds.” At least that’s what Soap and Golden Girls creator Susan Harris thinks of TV’s conservative critics.

However, the ranks of dumb right-wingers has dwindled, according to Harris, whose video has her saying: “At least, you know, we put Obama in office, and so people, I think, are getting – have gotten – a little bit smarter.”

Some of the videos have executives making rather obvious revelations, like when Larry Gelbart and Gene Reynolds talk about pacifist messages in M*A*S*H or when MacGyver producer Vin Di Bona says anti-gun messages were a recurring theme in that show.

But an additional video has Di Bona, who also created America’s Funniest Home Videos, becoming remarkably blunt about his approval of a lack of political diversity in Hollywood. When Shapiro asks what he thinks of conservative critics who say everyone in Hollywood is liberal, Di Bona responds: “I think it’s probably accurate, and I’m happy about it.”

Another video has Leonard Goldberg — who executive produces Blue Bloods for CBS and a few decades ago exec produced such hits as Fantasy Island, Charlie’s Angels and Starsky and Hutch — saying that liberalism in the TV industry is “100 percent dominant, and anyone who denies it is kidding, or not telling the truth.”

Shapiro asks if politics are a barrier to entry. “Absolutely,” Goldberg says.

When Shapiro tells Fred Pierce, the president of ABC in the 1980s who was instrumental in Disney’s acquisition of ESPN, that “It’s very difficult for people who are politically conservative to break in” to television, he responds: “I can’t argue that point.” Those who don’t lean left, he says, “don’t promote it. It stays underground.”

I cannot begin to express how much the internet has freed up the thinking of individuals, and allowed Conservatives, who have always felt ostracized in society because of the Hollywood leftists mocking them, to be able to out the insanity and get the truth out. Hollywood will NEVER again be able to slide in attacks on Conservatives/Republicans without being called out and mocked themselves. The Internet now aids in giving our side FREEDOM. We have proven our ability to make Hollywood pay. Remember all those anti-war movies made during President Bush’s terms?  They lost millions of dollars – no one wanted to see their hate filled, anti-American rants.  We won’t stop them completely, but we will make it too expensive for them to make their trash. They will be forced to do them as “Indie” films, and not get the distribution they need to make the money they want! Two can play this game and now is our turn.

JadedByPolitics
Whoever has his enemy at his mercy & does not destroy him is his own enemy

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  1. I was a conservative then and didn’t really notice.
    Having checked out of TV at home for about 10 years I am amazed when watching those old reruns how much I missed.
    I see it at Grandma’s house and its all I need to keep the TV gone from mine.

  2. My dad hated Bea Arthur because of Maude, and I guess I kind of followed his lead, because I never watched Golden Girls. I can’t remember exactly when it was on. I may have been in college then, and if so, I didn’t watch because…seriously? Golden Girls for college kids?

    Anyway, I’ll tell you where I noticed it worse. It was in that Quincy MD show, or whatever it was called, where Jack Clugman (Oscar) was a medical examiner. He was on his liberal soap box in absolutely every show. I watched the show at first, and then it started showing up more and more and more. Then it was constant. Then I quit watching. If you want to send a message, call Western Union. If I want to watch entertainment, I want to be entertained. They’re not going to indoctrinate me with a stupid 30 min sitcom.

    Now, I won’t let the kids watch any network TV at all. Nothing. The last show I watched was probably 10 years ago and it was some crime drama, where a lady was a crazy murderer. They finally were able to pinpoint it on her when the camera caught (with dramatic music accompanying the find) a BIBLE on the floor just under the edge of the bed. She was a crazy Sunday School teacher who took her deviance to the next level and started murdering the little bastages.

    Final nail in the coffin for me and my family. No more network TV. Ever.

    • Well Bea Arthur was beloved by my mother because of Maude and well Golden Girls was as well and I really do enjoy the show and did then as much as now but it is seriously sickening to me to listen to the old shows and pick up all the leftist claptrap that used to just swish right past my brain cells…lol!

  3. So far, it’s unanimous. I threw my tv away about ten years ago, too. Once in a while I catch a show while I am out and it more than confirms my decision. At one point, I used to watch Mash reruns every evening from 10pm to 11pm. I happened to watch it about a week ago and I literally cringed. Can’t say I remember watching GG more than a couple of times at the most. But, the silliness of most shows and the topic content convinced me I had much better ways to use my time.

  4. IMO, it was bad then but it is even worse now. I stopped watching TV about 2 years ago, but I caught an episode of House with Hugh Laurie last week. There was so much medical paternalism written throughout the entire plot that I vowed I’d never waste my time watching that show ever again.

    LOL, I’ve got some male sports fans in my family who are getting so irritated with the constant infusion of leftist commercials during games (like the commercials praising Gov’t Motors for doing such a fabulous job, and all the “Green Energy” stuff that comes out of different companies), that these mega-males now watch the games with the sound muted.

  1. I was a conservative then and didn’t really notice.
    Having checked out of TV at home for about 10 years I am amazed when watching those old reruns how much I missed.
    I see it at Grandma’s house and its all I need to keep the TV gone from mine.

  2. My dad hated Bea Arthur because of Maude, and I guess I kind of followed his lead, because I never watched Golden Girls. I can’t remember exactly when it was on. I may have been in college then, and if so, I didn’t watch because…seriously? Golden Girls for college kids?

    Anyway, I’ll tell you where I noticed it worse. It was in that Quincy MD show, or whatever it was called, where Jack Clugman (Oscar) was a medical examiner. He was on his liberal soap box in absolutely every show. I watched the show at first, and then it started showing up more and more and more. Then it was constant. Then I quit watching. If you want to send a message, call Western Union. If I want to watch entertainment, I want to be entertained. They’re not going to indoctrinate me with a stupid 30 min sitcom.

    Now, I won’t let the kids watch any network TV at all. Nothing. The last show I watched was probably 10 years ago and it was some crime drama, where a lady was a crazy murderer. They finally were able to pinpoint it on her when the camera caught (with dramatic music accompanying the find) a BIBLE on the floor just under the edge of the bed. She was a crazy Sunday School teacher who took her deviance to the next level and started murdering the little bastages.

    Final nail in the coffin for me and my family. No more network TV. Ever.

    • Well Bea Arthur was beloved by my mother because of Maude and well Golden Girls was as well and I really do enjoy the show and did then as much as now but it is seriously sickening to me to listen to the old shows and pick up all the leftist claptrap that used to just swish right past my brain cells…lol!

  3. So far, it’s unanimous. I threw my tv away about ten years ago, too. Once in a while I catch a show while I am out and it more than confirms my decision. At one point, I used to watch Mash reruns every evening from 10pm to 11pm. I happened to watch it about a week ago and I literally cringed. Can’t say I remember watching GG more than a couple of times at the most. But, the silliness of most shows and the topic content convinced me I had much better ways to use my time.

  4. IMO, it was bad then but it is even worse now. I stopped watching TV about 2 years ago, but I caught an episode of House with Hugh Laurie last week. There was so much medical paternalism written throughout the entire plot that I vowed I’d never waste my time watching that show ever again.

    LOL, I’ve got some male sports fans in my family who are getting so irritated with the constant infusion of leftist commercials during games (like the commercials praising Gov’t Motors for doing such a fabulous job, and all the “Green Energy” stuff that comes out of different companies), that these mega-males now watch the games with the sound muted.

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