Jacob Comello

Contributing Writer


Jacob is an intern at Media Research Center. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University and worked formerly for the NC Republican Party and the Civitas Institute.

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The showbiz left, secure in their swanky California and Manhattan digs, can’t honestly be expected to care much about border security. But, the most strident voices have chosen recently to outright denigrate it, too assured of their inherent goodness and cosmopolitan virtue signaling. Here are some Twitter highlights:



In May 2018 Billboard reported that Fifth Harmony, the girl group who heated up the summer charts in 2016 with “Work From Home,” were going on an indefinite hiatus to allow members to work on solo projects. For their brunette bleater Lauren Jauregi, spreading the “woke” was apparently one of those things worth pursuing. Billboard Magazine did a profile on Jauregi’s activism in their Dec. 15 issue, which was titled “‘We’re All Living Through This Reality Together’” but might as well have been named “Conservatives Are Bad, Men Are Bad.”



Midterms might be long over, but Betomania is still burning hot. O’Rourke is still a darling among actors, comedians, other Democrats, and anyone (read: journalists) who who thinks skateboarding, playing punk rock and fleeing the scene of a DWI accident makes for a compelling political resume. Cries of “Beto for Senate” have effortlessly transformed into “Beto 2020,” and many odds sites suggest he is near the top for the blue nomination.



It’s beginning to look like the Motion Picture Academy can’t find anyone virtuous enough to spend three hours stroking celebrity egos. After Kevin Hart caved to public pressure against gay-joke Tweets made almost a decade ago, it’s hard to imagine who is so unspotted as to deserve the job.



Where do you go to find solace if you’re an actress who’s perpetrated a tasteless, gory publicity stunt? The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Kathy Griffin, a comedian who became a household name only after her infamous photoshoot where she grasped the hair of a disembodied, bloody model of President Trump’s head, was welcomed by CBS’s Stephen Colbert on Dec. 7.



For the Hollywood left, there is no forgiveness, let alone consistency. There is only a volatile mob mentality that, if dissented from, will get one’s career destroyed. Kevin Hart, an African American comedian who has appeared in Scary Movie 3, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, and other comedies, announced on Tuesday that he had been selected to host the 2019 Academy Awards, according to Huffington Post. Almost immediately, opposition to the Academy’s decision came pouring in from left-leaning journalists, many of them LGBT types. The reason: people had discovered tweets the comedian made years ago which contained gay jokes.



The Golden Globes are deceptively influential. While they are presided over by only a handful of journalists from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, they precede the nominations for the Oscars and thus put the Press Association in a position to whisper names into the ears of Academy members.



Just when you thought People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) couldn’t get any more crazy, they decide they would be doing our furry friends an extreme disservice if they didn’t make a few entries into the Newspeak dictionary.



Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is known for his succinct explanations of esoteric scientific concepts, and his derision of anyone who questions the left’s cult of climate change. However, it appears his recent responses to three allegations of sex abuse or misconduct are not so succinct, and the #MeToo derision is all but absent.



In a little over a month, we’ve seen HBO hire an “intimacy coordinator” to ensure that scenes of graphic sex and abuse can go on camera uninhibited, and subsequently saw Elevation Pictures release a film whose heroine unabashedly journals about the “sugar baby” lifestyle. If it seems like the opposite of #MeToo’s grand vision is what is materializing on screen, we’re not done yet.



The Handmaid’s Tale, the 1980s novel hailed by all feminists as a tome filled with insight into a dystopian (read: Republican-led) future, will soon be getting a sequel. Apparently, the screen adaptation on Hulu wasn’t enough fear fuel for the franchise’s fans.



Whoever decided that people should take the political opinions of comedians seriously forgot to tell the comics that their opinions should be worth serious consideration. Take Trevor Noah (please).



Do you believe in life after Trump? Legendary songstress Cher isn’t sure she does, according to an interview with The Washington Post.



Taylor Swift is undeniably talented, but she seems to have been struggling with identity for the better part of her career. Her days of strumming tunes about lost high school love into the hearts of country audiences are very long gone, and since the early 2010’s she has been trying to reinvent herself as a pop princess of the same strain as Katy Perry and Ke$ha. Simply put, Swift is a revolving door for labels.



If someone could manufacture a celebrity specifically to send the left into convulsions, Latino comedian Paul Rodriguez would be that celebrity. Not only is his humor acclaimed throughout both Latin America and the USA, but his celebrity activism goes far beyond the petty Twitter spats of Bette Midler and Debra Messing: He heads up a water rights coalition in California and fights for better access.



Hollywood has become synonymous with cynicism, entitlement, hypocrisy and group think. Its products and its people seem to be in a race to the bottom.



When a man dies, you’re not obligated to celebrate his life, but you shouldn’t denigrate it, either (Fidel Castro excepted). And it’s really counterproductive to take cheap shots while trying to convince people of your maturity.



Increasingly, readers of news across the US will find that the “heat” behind a mainstream journalistic “hot take” is usually contained completely in the headline so to draw as many clicks as possible. The actual text of the article will contain a weak argument, questionable statistical evidence, and needless speculation.



Singer-actress Bette Midler can belt things out. Not just her schmaltzy show tunes, but her Greatest Hits: her fiery, unhinged hits on conservatives, Trump, and pretty much any person who is not a member of the show biz left. She’s usually uninformed, always strident and pretty hateful. Here are five hits that, in the past year, have led people (even liberals) to question her sanity, chide her on Twitter, or simply roll their eyes.



Some speculate that 007 might get an ethnic makeover.