Hollywood is run by fear, and nothing is scarier than breaking free from woke orthodoxy.
The most powerful actress in Hollywood, Scarlett Johansson, once groveled for forgiveness when she did just that. The same proved true with literary superstar Stephen King after he suggested excellence mattered more than scoring diversity points.
Now, two famous starlets are speaking out, albeit carefully, on how what Elon Musk dubbed the “woke mind virus” interrupts the creative process.
Eva Longoria is best known for the ABC smash “Desperate Housewives.” Now, she’s behind the camera for the factually wobbly but conservative-leaning “Flamin’ Hot.” The film tells the alleged true story of the Mexican immigrant behind the spicy Frito-Lay chip.
Longoria, doing the press rounds to support the film, admitted Hollywood couldn’t create a show like “Desperate Housewives” in today’s woke climate.
Even if she never uttered the “W” word in the process.
“I don’t know if we could do the show today,” she said. “I think we’d get canceled. I mean, not canceled on TV, but like canceled in culture, because it was so groundbreaking. We said and did so many things that were shocking at the time.”
Longoria owes her career to that show. Without it, she’d never get the chance to direct a major Disney+ film or share the stage during DNC events.
And, from her tone, she doesn’t sound happy about the new Hollywood normal. Neither does Jennifer Lawrence.
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The Oscar winner stars in “No Hard Feelings,” a quasi-raunchy comedy about a woman who agrees to “date” a 19-year-old misfit to prepare him for adulthood. Lawrence laments the current lack of big-screen comedies, and she hints at the reason why the R-rated comedy spigot slammed shut.
“I think it’s time for a good old-fashioned laugh and it really is hard to make a comedy where you’re not offending people,” Lawrence told Sky News on Wednesday. “Everybody in some sense will be offended by this film — you’re welcome.”
To be clear, “No Hard Feelings” isn’t as “offensive” as the actress suggests. It’s a smart marketing device given our collective hunger for raunchy humor, but the film is a blend of woke bromides and R-rated high jinks.
It’s still rare to hear stars complain about the creative atmosphere in this fashion. Stars either bow to the woke mob or stay quiet, knowing how punitive Cancel Culture types can be.
Need more examples where creators lashed out at woke overreach? What about Tom Hanks decrying sensitivity readers who censor classic tomes by Ian Fleming, Roald Dahl and Agatha Christie? Or Steven Spielberg doing the same while regretting his decision to censor his own 1982 classic, “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial?”
Will more actors speak out against a virus that limits the stories that can be told? Stay tuned.