The Culture War has not ended. It is escalating. The Thought Police are marshalling their resources against the 61 million people who voted for Donald Trump.
‘Hamilton’ actor Brandon Victor Dixon exposed this elitist cultural divide when he treated Vice President-elect Mike Pence to an on-stage bullying scolding.
“We, sir, we are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights,” Dixon said.
It was yet another liberal temper tantrum over Trump’s historic victory.
To Dixon, Pence’s simple act of attending a Broadway show was an act of criminal trespass. Pence is a foreigner, an outsider. He didn’t belong there, or so the progressives believe, and he isn’t the only one.
In today’s America, working class Americans don’t visit “the theater” and I would bet most have never even been to a Broadway show. That is a luxury that they can’t afford. The ‘Hamilton’ actors live in a different world – a privileged world – where they can afford to be insufferably self-consumed. It is this privileged class that is, even now, fighting to keep a tax provision that allows live-theater backers deductions in a show’s first year. Sen. Chuck Schumer is the architect of the Broadway’s tax break.
Who pays for Broadway’s tax write-off? Middle-class taxpayers.
Brandon Dixon apparently didn’t get the memo.
I won’t hold my breath waiting for Broadway or Hollywood or progressives or the violent anti-Trump protesters to learn tolerance for free speech and thought. They’ve already condemned us, calling supporters of Donald Trump racists, sexists, misogynists, homophobes, haters, and Islamophobes. That we hate the poor. That we are against inclusion. That we are against equality.
Why? Because our existence threatens the globalist quest for one world government and redistribution of wealth. Because we are still free and they don’t want us to be.
As an alum of Chicago’s Second City with Tina Fey and an Emmy award-winning producer, I’ve witnessed the industry bigotry and hatred first hand. This ruling class celebrates censorship. They criminalize speech and thought. They destroy the reputations and finances of those who dare to think differently. Friends of Abe – the secret society of Hollywood conservatives – exists because conservative actors have to hide for fear of industry retribution.
Why wasn’t liberal actor Alec Baldwin banished in Hollywood for 10 years after making an anti-gay slur like conservative Catholic director Mel Gibson was after his drunken tirade?
But he is an Obama supporter so that makes everything is A-OK.
From Broadway to Hollywood and every state, federal, or public-private entity that doles out grant money or tax breaks for artistic endeavors, conservatives are persona non grata. President-elect Trump has an opportunity to change this, defund the NEA and crack down on industry tax breaks.
In 2009, the NEA was caught soliciting artists to create works of art that supported the President Obama’s domestic policy agenda. At least seven groups that served on Obama campaign’s Arts Policy Committee received arts funding, including Nancy McCullough, Obama’s law school classmate, who received a $50,000 grant. Under Obama’s reign, groups like San Francisco-based CounterPULSE received $25,000 in federal stimulus funds for a “pansexual performance series” called “Perverts Put Out,” which asks its audience to “Join your fellow pervs for some explicit, twisted fun.”
This is why the term “conservative artist” is an oxymoron. In the public funding of the arts, we do not belong.
For decades, efforts to abolish or defund the NEA have failed to win congressional support. If we aren’t going to defund the ‘Hamilton’ Left, let’s level the funding playing field and give conservative artists and producers a chance to succeed.
Anything has to be better than “Perverts Put Out.”
William J. Kelly is the midday host of “The Citizen Kelly Show” on AM 1590 WCGO and the Director of Remember America Action, which trains and educates conservative artists and filmmakers. He is an Emmy award-winning TV producer and frequent contributor to American Spectator, The Washington Times, Breitbart.com, and writes “The Chicago Rules,” a monthly column for Newsmax.