Matt Norcross is a blogger at Carolina Culture Warrior
Matt Norcross is a blogger at Carolina Culture Warrior, where he exposes the subtle liberal narratives in everyday popular culture. In addition to being a P.R. professional in Washington D.C., he is 2017 graduate of Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina with a degree in communictions. He works as a fundraiser for the RJB Education Equity Foundation and the National Charter School Initiative (CSI). Previously, Matt worked on NC law official Phil Berger Jr.’s Congressional campaign.
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All too often, talking about the American entertainment industry can be disheartening but especially since President Trump’s election in November 2016 with the rise of the Resistance. Here’s a recent example. As MRC Culture’s Matt Philbin reported on February 4, CBS is developing a TV series based on the life of former Attorney General Eric Holder with Holder himself serving as executive producer.
Ask the hard-working animators and artists at Walt Disney Animation Studios or its sister studio Pixar what good storytelling is, and they’ll give you an unrivaled description. But ask their ideological corporate cousins at the cable channel Freeform, and they will say a good story means graphic sex scenes, vulgar dialogue, and SJW propaganda that makes MTV look like Little House on the Prairie.
By now, the shock and awe of Rupert Murdoch’s December 14 sale of 21th Century Fox to Disney has set in, so it’s worth a look back at how Murdoch built Fox into the mammoth film and television force it’s become today. Born in 1931, the Australian-born Murdoch has he left an indelible mark on the media industry. After inheriting his father’s media empire, he eventually acquired a slew of television stations, as well as the iconic movie studio 20th Century Fox from oil magnate Marvin Davis.
By now, you’ve probably heard the news. The Walt Disney Company has announced a definitive mega-deal to merge with Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox, which includes the FX cable channel and – more importantly – the 20th Century Fox motion picture studio. The deal is worth over $50 billion, and is set to close by the end of next year. It does not, however, include the FOX Broadcasting Company, FOX News, FOX Business, and channels such as FS1 and FS2 — all of which will be spun off into an independent company.
In the case of this holiday season, content creators are especially getting out of their way to cash into the spirit. So, for this space’s debut edition of Winners & Losers in Entertainment, there are two winners and two losers.
It’s a story that continues to embarrass The Walt Disney Company and affect its bottom line. The Disney-ABC Television Group has been unrelenting in using ABC plus cable networks like ESPN, Disney Channel, and Freeform to push far-left propaganda onto the masses.
As previously stated previous, mainstream Hollywood has had quite a dry spell in putting out Christmas movies. Sure, you have the recent A Bad Moms Christmas from the Chinese studio Huayi Brothers, but is there honestly a wide audience to see a sequel to a movie about a group of mothers who engage debauchery and consumption of drugs and alcohol? Lo and behold, along came The Star, an animated re-telling of the Nativity from Affirm Films (a division of Sony Pictures).
It’s almost that time of year. Christmas is a time where people put up trees, decorate their houses in some of the most eye-popping ways possible, build gingerbread houses, spend time with their families. Of course, for many, what they truly celebrate is what Peanuts comic character Linus pointed out in the classic special A Charlie Brown Christmas – celebrate the birth of Christ.
For those who have visited Florida’s Walt Disney World, there is an attraction at the Magic Kingdom called the Carousel of Progress, a tribute to an original attraction Walt made for the New York World’s Fair in 1964. There, you’ll find a scene set in the 40’s where the narrator reads: "But we do have television—when it works. Gives you something to do after you come home. I kinda like it, y’know? Guy named John Cameron Swayze gives us all the news, and then they have all this singing and dancing. A lot of fluff, but it’s fun."
Hollywood, California is considered the entertainment capital of the world with characters and names such as Walt Disney, Audrey Hepburn, Mickey Mouse, and The Loony Tunes belonging the pantheons of cinema. There are any number of equivalents in television, even if some were more opinionated than others. At the end of the day, Hollywood has largely succeeded due to its mission of entertaining people.
Since he was a candidate, President Trump has been constantly sending the media into a tizzy with pundits, anchors, and reporters accusing the President of racism. Last week, he made a deal with Democrats to keep some parts of DACA. The problem is balancing young people who came here through no fault of their own with violent criminals who start committing crimes once they emigrate here – and that’s where ICE and the Border Patrol come in.
Just in time for Oscar season, the Paramount Pictures film Suburbicon will be released this coming October. The film, starring far-left bomb throwers Matt Damon and Julianne Moore and directed by George Clooney, focuses on an Eisenhower-era couple’s move to the suburbs, expose their racism to those around them. In the process, the film will purport to exposes the racism that supposedly lurked in American neighborhoods of that era.
When Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, some Americans thought the Electoral College rigged the presidency for Trump, and that hatred persists to this day. Once Trump became President, Syria’s latest chemical weapons attacked transpired and though most Americans supported that decision to bomb Syria, the radical left did not. In Hollywood, the level of post-election bitterness has only grown. Therefore, the entertainment elite has purposefully created content insulting millions of thanks to their severe cases of Trump Derangement Syndrome.
Earlier this year, this space spotlighted the embarrassing predicament that ABC and its cable operations (including Disney Channel and ESPN) have gotten The Walt Disney Company in: “Most television executives would have stopped the corruption going on at both networks a long time ago, but [Ben] Sherwood might be looking for a way to profit from the liberal bleed infecting both broadcasters.”
The stakes have raised in the feature animation industry these days. Pixar and its older sister Walt Disney Animation Studios continue to make wonderful, apolitical family movies that everyone from kids to adults can enjoy. Other studios have tried, but only put up mediocre job in trying to match their competitors.
As previously documented, The Walt Disney Company – although continuing to have box-office hits – continues to be hurt by the collapse of its leftist Disney-ABC Television Group. If none of their outfits continued to allow the persistent liberalism, then the whole division will be doomed, let alone cause even more problems for the entertainment conglomerate.
As previously demonstrated in this space, the “big three” networks of ABC, CBS, and NBC are relentless in attacking conservatives, Christians, and President Trump. Here’s the thing: It’s not just in their morning and evening newscasts, but also their primetime scripted programs.
On Thursday, ABC cancelled the Tim Allen sitcom Last Man Standing, which had been running on the network for six seasons. During the 2012 election, ABC censored a joke on the show calling then-president Barack Obama a communist. And now ABC has cancelled Last Man Standing allegedly because of a dispute by the show’s distributor 20th Century Fox.
It’s fair to say most people missed the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards from March 11. That being said, the show was so trashy and off the charts, it made last year look tame by comparison. The hits included sexually-charged musical performances and drug use references. While Nick would argue that their target audience was eight or ten to 16, most watching were in the six to 14 age range.
As most readers may know by now, one of the biggest Trump-haters in Hollywood is television producer Shonda Rhimes, a fanatical progressive who has created the highly successful prime time soap operas Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal for ABC. Rhimes is now admitting she is in a “trauma” as a result of her candidate in Hillary Clinton, losing the 2016 presidential election.