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Celebrities Make It Official: Pick Trump or Us

For a while one message rang out from Team Hollywood in the Age of Trump. The industry didn’t want you as a customer if you wear a red MAGA hat.

Oh, celebrities didn’t actually mouth those words. Instead, they embedded their disgust for both President Donald Trump and his admirers in nearly everything they did.

  • Movies.
  • TV shows
  • Late night monologues.
  • PSAs
  • Press interviews
  • Social media

We got the message, even if they didn’t actually say it.

Denver audiences heard it loud and clear when liberal comic George Lopez appeared at the Carousel Ball Oct. 7. The diabetes fundraiser hired Lopez to be the emcee and he quickly launched into some presidential barbs. Trump-friendly booster Greg Maffei of Liberty Media dropped $250,000 toward the cause while asking Lopez to cut the political barbs.

Lopez ignored the request. The booing commenced.Local media personality Ed Greene took over for Lopez as the night’s emcee but not before the comic spat out lines like this:

“Thank you for changing my opinion on old white men, but it doesn’t change the way I feel about orange men,” Lopez cracked. “Listen, it’s about the kids . . . I apologize for bringing politics to an event. This is America — it still is. So I apologize to your white privilege.”

He might as well have said, “if you like Trump, I don’t want you in my crowd.”

Now, two stars are literally saying just that.

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Eminem appeared at the BET Awards this week to do more than plug his new album. He unleashed a four-plus minute rap against President Trump.

That’s hardly worth a news item alone. Virtually every player at every level of the entertainment world is against this Commander in Chief. Trump. Some announce it in verse. A few have wished him dead in colorful ways.

Eminem didn’t go that far. Instead, he turned some of his ire against Trump towards those who support the president.

And any fan of mine who’s a supporter of his

I’m drawing in the sand a line: you’re either for or against

And if you can’t decide who you like more and you’re split

On who you should stand beside, I’ll do it for you with this:

F**k you!

Not to be outdone, Meyers offered up a clunky rap response of his own.

“And I was inspired by that, so tonight, I say to any fans of this show who are also big fans of Donald Trump, it’s time to make a decision,” said Meyers. “Get off the fence. Do you support him or do you support this show, that constantly mocks and denigrates everything about him? I know it’s a tough call, but the time has come to make a decision. Now, I’m not much of a rapper, but here it goes. My name is Seth and I’m here to say, if you like Trump, then go away.”

Who’s next? Stephen Colbert? George Clooney? Amy Schumer? Heck, she already compared Trump supporters to KKK members, so taking the next step is a modest effort.

It’s now not enough to slam the president’s every move now. You have to make audiences pick sides.

It’s reminiscent of President George W. Bush’s famous “you are either with us or against us” speech after 9/11. Ironically, liberals shrieked over that comment for being too black and white.

Suddenly black and white is A OK. The press adulation for Eminem’s rap proved considerable. Take CNN. The left-leaning network served up the clickbait-worthy “11 Fiercest Lines” roundup of the rapper’s lyrics.

Few, if any, in the press spoke out against Meyers’ rant.

Jimmy Kimmel, who turned from the Everyman yukster to fierce progressive over the past few weeks, is leaning toward the Eminem approach.

“I want everyone with a television to watch the show, but if they’re so turned off by my opinion on health care and gun violence, then … I probably wouldn’t want to have a conversation with them anyway.”

“Good riddance?” Smith asked.

“Well, not good riddance, but riddance,” Kimmel said, laughing.

There’s an interesting psychological game going on here, and it’s one Hollywood, Inc. might not relish. The more teeth gnashing we see out of both the press and Hollywood, the more reluctant Trump supporters side with him.

Why?

Entertainers should entertain. The mainstream media should report the facts, not take sides. Seeing both fail to fulfill their duty makes some citizens sympathetic to both President Trump and his histrionics.

We’re already seeing some of the results of this “choose him or us” playbook. Box office numbers are cratering since Trump took office. The president’s Twitter war against NFL players refusing to respect the National Anthem is turning into a slaughter.

We may see more stars follow the Meyers and Eminem route. It’s either Trump … or us might be the next “resistance” meme for celebrities.

Only stars might not like the results. Nor will their accountants.

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore via Foter.com / CC BY-SA

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44 Comments

  1. It’s interesting what is happening in entertainment and sports (or are they just the same?). Interest, ratings, and box offices are down significantly. Even if you can say it’s because of more entertainment choices, the NFL and Hollywood better think long and hard with taking this kind of stance. There is a price to pay from exercising what they might feel like is there 1st Amendment right (even when they are idiotic when doing so). They forget that they should be doing everything they can to at least keep audience they have.

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    2. The First Amendment does not protect one from the consequences of promoting falsehood, especially when it starts to be perceived by one’s audience as such.

      The NFL wants me back? Have their oppressed millionaires repudiate not only the false narrative of BLM, but the entire narrative of systemic white-on-black racism as THE problem holding people of color down … when in fact, it is actually that narrative, used to justify the enabling of dependence instead of the shouldering of responsibility, that has done more to hold people of color down than the KKK could ever dream of.

      As for Hollywood … the most that will get out of me these days, is the residuals from watching your older movies, made before they went full-on SJW while they knew Weinstein was hiding in the potted plants. And that isn’t much, when you consider I can watch a lot of them from my media server where the views and ads do not make them any more money.

      When you get down to it, though, the best reason to ignore such as these:

      They seek to lord it over us … even as they condemn a President for merely talking about deeds that Weinstein and Clinton DID … because he does not seek to lord it over us as they would like.

      Remind them of that … and demand that they get down off their pedestals and walk with us “deplorables” in search of liberty, and the governance that will sustain it.

  2. At least when Bush said it, it was directed not at the people of the Middle East, but at their leaders. It was one politician talking to others. When these rich and famous liberals do it, they’re targeting everyday people, the very definition of punching down.

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  3. Somebody, I can’t remember who, suggested that they are doing this because they are already dying. At least this way they may be able to secure the rabid left.

  4. No one spoke out against Seth Meyers because he doesn’t have any fans to speak out.

    Look, I love movies, books and music. But if the choice is presented like that? Easy.

    Trump.

  5. Conservative viewers are similar to abused wives, bur Hollywood is making it easier for us to leave by not even bothering with half-hearted apologies. No flowers after a slap, no promises to be a changed man. Nope. It’s all “you deserve it, bitch,” with no respite.

  6. While I am already skipping the performances of most of them, I can’t help but want to say: “Oh,now you want to tell people they can’t enjoy your song/movie/sport because their beliefs don’t match yours? Shut up and bake the dang cake! And please refrain from your lectures while doing it.”

    1. “Shut up and bake the dang cake!” Oh, that was good, and I can’t believe that nobody else has upvoted you. Soup for you!

  7. Since 2008 democrats have lost over 900 state legislative seats, 12 Governorships. 69 House seats, 13 Senate seats and the Presidency. LOL…Keep hating on the working/middle class Hollywood the democrats hold fewer elected offices than at any time since 1922. You’re on a roll.

  8. I will stand with the President and as far as the rest of you fool go pound sand. Your job is to make me laugh, stop doing that I stop watching you and your show.

  9. Heck, even if I didn’t support Trump I wouldn’t tune into these idiots. If their loyalty to their fans is conditional for any reason they are camel dung to me.

  10. I’ve already personally boycotted celebrities who offend me for many years, by not paying at the box office, or purchasing DVDs or CDs, all this will do is spread my reaction. I’m not even a huge Trump fan, criticize what he does bad, cheer what he does good, but I instinctively defend against the crazed Left when they attack half of the country.

  11. This is a no brainer…pick some vapid moron who doesn’t really give a crap about my ideals and what I care about, or the President, who is trying his best to clean up this country. Think I’ll stick with the President.

  12. I would be concerned if it were 1965 and we only had 4 channels to watch. But there are plenty of other alternatives. Did these rocket scientists (not meant to be a dig at real rocket scientists) realize that their pay comes from advertisers paying the network to run adds, and that those add are not just targeted at 50% of the population? This is what happens when skilled entertainers equate comedic talent with knowledge and open their pie holes. Maybe a few big spending advertisers need to pull some money. Show these egomaniac clowns who really pulls the strings.

  13. Well that’s easy. I didn’t vote for Trump, however, compared to the elite Hollywood Progressive nut jobs I would choose him every time.

  14. The idea of giant safe space “life” bubbles and the social castes that are necessitated by those have taken root. I guess we will ultimately have public bathrooms and water fountains that are reserved for only the elite minded PC crowd while the deplorables will have equal but separate facilities out of site around the back.

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