01/06/2009 (8:30 am)
Today marks the introduction of a group blog worthy of our support. Andrew Breitbart, founder of the Breitbart.com and Breitbart.tv news services, launches Big Hollywood, a conservative community aimed at changing the entertainment industry.
Changing pop culture is more important than we can imagine. In the project of rescuing Western civilization from terminal rot, it’s second in importance only to changing education. Even the most stable among us are vulnerable to the constant hammering of demands for corrosive social change that we hear in the popular media. We’ve come to accept casual sex as passe’ simply because of unbroken repetition; today, we live in the most sexually libertine culture in the history of the planet, and barely bat an eyelid when we hear that 20% of the American population carries incurable viral STDs. This was accomplished through pop culture, by repetitive portrayals of casual sex among the young.
Social corrosion could be reversed in the same manner, if the right people had the right influence in popular media, and there are some signs that that could happen. Mystery writer Andrew Klavan, front and center on the site today, recounts some of the positive news from 2008 for conservatives:
Spider-Man 3, a pro-American, pro-responsibility film with deeply Christian overtones topped the box office in 2007. 300, which said a lot that needed to be said about the war on terror, came in at number ten. Even more amazing, the Oscar winner for the year was No Country for Old Men, a decidedly conservative film that linked the evil of its nihilist serial killer to the decline of morals since the 1960’s. “Once you stop hearing sir or ma’am,” says the film’s lone moral voice, “the rest [of the evil] will follow.”
It was pretty much the same this year. Top of the box office so far: the blatantly pro-war on terror Dark Knight. The Christian Prince Caspian is at number eleven. The pro-abstinence Twilight is currently at sixteen and still hot. And perhaps most delightfully, and of course most ignored by the MSM: the Christian pro-marriage film Fireproof, despite suffering from its shoestring budget, still out-performed such favorites of our media elites as W, Religulous and Stop-Loss.
Now yes, it’s aggravating that good values have to go disguised as super heroes or vampires or Spartans while those who hate America and God can speak out plain. But if liberals in the arts sometimes bully conservatives into silence, it’s partly because conservatives let it happen. When the people whose welfare policies helped destroy the black family call us racist, we cower. When the people whose sexual revolution helped spread the plagues of divorce and STD’s call us sexist, we quail. When the people who blame 9/11 on America call us warmongers, we get defensive.
Well, to hell with that. They’re full of it. We ought to spit in their collective eye.
We’re beginning to get that idea. The very existence of this website is evidence of it. Andrew Breitbart’s not afraid of these clowns. Neither is John Nolte. Neither are the rest of us who’ll be blogging here. And I’m willing to bet that once we start talking out loud, there’ll be more of us and then more.
We could cite a lot of negatives about that list of positives. It’s hard to celebrate the “good values” of films so bruising to the soul as No Country for Old Men and Dark Knight, and the “Christian” Prince Caspian was largely de-Christianized by its script-writers. However, it would be foolish in the extreme to expect balance and harmony overnight after nearly a century of socially progressive corruption in the arts. We need to treat the burgeoning social conservatism of Hollywood as we would treat a toddler — applaud loudly every gain while gently correcting errors and imperfections, no matter how glaring.
Stick Big Hollywood in your bookmarks, and pay them a visit from time to time. This is a good start.