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A Tale of Two Cities:Washington and Hollywood, both tone-deaf to American attitudes

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Andrew Klavan
A Tale of Two Cities
Washington and Hollywood, both tone-deaf to American attitudes
23 March 2010
Washington, D.C. and Hollywood are two cities suffering from the same condition: they’ve not only become completely alienated from the people they’re meant to serve, they’re bizarrely blind to the fact of that alienation. Like deranged narcissists in a hall of mirrors, both our lawmakers and our culture-makers blow kisses at their own reflections, see a million kisses coming back their way, and think, “Oh, look, they love me—love me!”

For glaring proof in Washington, we have the passage of the health-care bill. Recently the Washington Post ran an op-ed by former Carter pollster Pat Caddell and former Clinton pollster Douglas E. Schoen expressing their amazement that Obama and the Democrats would go forward with this bill in the face of overwhelming evidence that the public doesn’t want it. Caddell—a moderate Democrat who sometimes sports a T-shirt reading I’M GRUMPY BECAUSE YOU’RE DOPEY—and Schoen are baffled that the Democrats continue to grow and grow and grow the government despite polls that show Americans feel the federal apparatus is now an immediate threat to their civil rights and is no longer operating with the consent of the governed.

And yet, even after losing a Senate seat in blue-on-blue Massachusetts almost entirely because of the health care and big government issues, the Democrats plunged forward, certain that we’re going to like what they’re forcing us to eat.

To get a sense of the psychology behind this self-destructive self-deception, let’s take a look at a similar act in D.C.’s ideological sister city, some 3,000 miles away. Here, Universal studios recently released Green Zone, a $100 million anti–Iraq War movie, despite the box-office failures of over a dozen similarly themed films. Matt Damon stars as the soldier who discovers—though in reality, this is provably untrue—that the Bush administration lied about Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction in order to drag us into war. Operation Shock and Awe was nothing compared with the way this picture bombed. HBO’s World War II series, The Pacific, also did only modest business, its chances possibly poisoned by executive producer Tom Hanks’ idiotic remarks that America had “wanted to annihilate [the Japanese] because they were different,” and that this made the war in the Pacific similar to today’s wars against Islamic terror.

As a result of these two failures, showbiz trade magazine Variety ran an almost hilariously purblind article saying that Hollywood was calling a “truce” on making war films because “with U.S. troops embroiled in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, American audiences continue to suffer from war fatigue.”

Yeah, that must be it. It couldn’t be that we’re nauseated by a bunch of showbiz yahoos depicting our troops and leaders as evil while they’re in the field defending us. Or wait, maybe it is: the one film—the single film—that, while taking no political position on these wars, nonetheless treated our military with deep honor, respect, and patriotism—HBO’s brilliant Taking Chance—was one of the network’s signal successes despite the mainstream media’s blithering negative reviews.

Here’s the thing. The American people want government that acts in keeping with our principles of free markets, self-reliance, and individual liberty. The people want culture that depicts the moral order as we know it is, not as sequestered elites dream it should be. But in Hollywood and in Washington, they can’t hear the people because they’re making too much noise talking to themselves, confirming themselves, and loving themselves.

They say that Washington is Hollywood for ugly people. But as long as our leaders and artists are displaying such blindness, arrogance, and narcissism, they’re all ugly.

Andrew Klavan is a City Journal contributing editor and the author of such best-selling novels as Don’t Say a Word and Empire of Lies. His new thriller for young adults, The Long Way Home, is out now.
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Never going to stop unless people start boycotting Hollywood. But who wants to go out of their way to do that?
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Never going to stop unless people start boycotting Hollywood. But who wants to go out of their way to do that?
I really try not to encourage their shitty movie making these days.

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Or atleast, people stop watching movies of Hollywood stars. That's not realistic though. Polls show that people were against this, yet even after they pass the bill, the stars are still looking down on people who don't agree. They don't understand the fact that this is a Center-Right country. They think that this is a Center-Left country, or else they wouldn't still be "preaching" to the people.
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I really try not to encourage their shitty movie making these days.
The last movie I saw in a theater was Hangover, and before that, it was 5 or so years since I had been in a theater.
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Hollywood is the spoon feeder of Washington bullshit and future ideas to the sheep.

Our government needs our help, they have an addiction. Our government is addicted to our money. Since they always have our best interest at heart it's time we return the favor. We need to have an intervention, for the governments own good of course. It's just irresponsible for us to let people with a known money addiction continue to handle our money. Lets have an intervention now so we can help these sick individuals.
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I honestly can't remember the last time I saw a movie at the theater or even what it was.
I get plenty of horror shows lately on CSpan though.
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I take my boys to see kid shows. Outside of that they get zero of my dollars. Won't even rent movies.

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Is porno considered Hollywood or more like Modesto?

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Wow did tom hanks really say that moronic shit? I always liked him, seemed like a decent guy.

I shouldnt be suprized, i read all the time about how horrible we are for nuking them. Like invading japan and gets millions of people killed on both sides would have been any better.

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Hasn't seen a movie since the dark knight and doesnt seem to have missed much.

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Is porno considered Hollywood or more like Modesto?
More like Fort Lauderdale.

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More like Fort Lauderdale.
Now I understand the move to the ATL. Shorter commute.

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