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.Â 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?Â 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, â€œPrimetime Propagandaâ€ 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, â€œThere was a bit of â€˜fuck youâ€™ in it to the right wing.â€
Kauffman also acknowledges she â€œput together a staff of mostly liberal people,â€ which is another major point of Shapiroâ€™s book: that conservatives arenâ€™t welcome in Hollywood.
Maybe thatâ€™s because theyâ€™re â€œidiotsâ€ and have â€œmedieval minds.â€ At least thatâ€™s what Soap and Golden Girls creator Susan Harris thinks of TVâ€™s conservative critics.
However, the ranks of dumb right-wingers has dwindled, according to Harris, whose video has her saying: â€œAt least, you know, we put Obama in office, and so people, I think, are getting â€“ have gotten â€“ a little bit smarter.â€
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 Americaâ€™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: â€œI think itâ€™s probably accurate, and Iâ€™m happy about it.â€
Another video has Leonard Goldberg â€” who executive produces Blue Bloods for CBS and a few decades ago exec produced such hits as Fantasy Island, Charlieâ€™s Angels and Starsky and Hutch â€” saying that liberalism in the TV industry is â€œ100 percent dominant, and anyone who denies it is kidding, or not telling the truth.â€
Shapiro asks if politics are a barrier to entry. â€œAbsolutely,â€ Goldberg says.
When Shapiro tells Fred Pierce, the president of ABC in the 1980s who was instrumental in Disneyâ€™s acquisition of ESPN, that â€œItâ€™s very difficult for people who are politically conservative to break inâ€ to television, he responds: â€œI canâ€™t argue that point.â€ Those who donâ€™t lean left, he says, â€œdonâ€™t promote it. It stays underground.â€
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?Â They lost millions of dollars – no one wanted to see their hate filled, anti-American rants.Â 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.