WASHINGTON, March 31, 2018: America is fighting back. The election of Donald Trump as president was a right hook to the glass jaw of America’s once dominant, liberal culture. Last Tuesday evening, the Rosanne Barr reboot delivered a devastating gut-punch to Hollywood. A reboot of Hollywood’s dominant political culture. Willowing away at the political correctness atmosphere.
But more on that later.
Say bye-bye to political culture, political correctness
It appears America’s political culture has broken free from the chains of political correctness; the authoritarian version of Miss Manners, which tells us what is and isn’t proper political or social discourse.
The same year we elected Donald Trump as president, the University of Chicago came under fire when John Ellison, the university’s dean of students, issued a letter welcoming the freshmen class. He underscored the institution’s “commitment to academic freedom” by rejecting “trigger warnings.” Ellison refuses to “cancel invited speakers because their topics might prove controversial. His statement that we do not condone the creation of intellectual ‘safe spaces’ where individuals can retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own” met with cries.
One sensitive snowflake rebuked Ellison, saying students “should not expect to have their life experiences belittled by the very person who is tasked with advocating on their behalf.”
Begging the question, why not?
Time to judge and ridicule
Many a truth has been said in jest. If a student’s “life experiences” are worthy of serious consideration, they are certainly worthy of scrutiny. And, if found wanting, serious ridicule.
Telling the rest of humanity to shut up and accept their worldview is unacceptable in a free society. A society free to judge.
In fact, ridicule, until recently, was almost the exclusive domain of the left. Just ask the bipolar late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel. He jumps from weeping jags to snark and back again with alacrity.
The trigger? Any time Trump threatens a plank of President Obama’s tenuous legacy.
When his acting out led to the loss of television viewers, Kimmel told CBS “60 Minutes,”
“I probably wouldn’t want to have a conversation with them anyway. Not good riddance, but riddance.”
You see, Kimmel would rather see those who belittle his “life experiences” just fade away.
The Donald Trump as President factor
But a seismic shift occurred on the evening of November 8, 2016.
According to Ben Sherwood, president of ABC television,
“We looked at each other [after Trump’s election] and said, ‘There’s a lot about this country we need to learn a lot more about, here on the coasts,” he told the New York Times.
Last Tuesday night, ABC’s revived “Roseanne” show, with its lower-middle-class matriarch in full support of President Trump, saw a 5.2 rating among those 18-49 years of age. In Hollywood, this translates into 18.2 million viewers.
NBC’s Faulty gaydar
NBC’s reboot of “Will and Grace,” which many on the cultural left saw as a voice for the Trump “resistance,” has seen a drop in ratings to 1.1. Or an audience of 4.1 million viewers.
“Well,” said CBS “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert mockingly, “I would like 18 million people to watch my show… I take everything back. I apologize. Donald Trump is a great president, come on.”
Colbert recently received a rating of 0.45, or 2.3 million viewers.
Cultural Cretaceous ends in a flash
After the 2016 presidential election, the New York Times presented its readers with a map (HERE) of what it called “Clinton’s America.”
Its landmass is similar in size and shape to what geologists say North America looked like during the Cretaceous period – with its vast inland sea and marauding Tyrannosaurs.
“Trump’s America” (HERE), on the other hand, looks like the Cenozoic, with a vast, landed continent teeming with triumphant mammals. All bearing brains much larger than a walnut.
The dinosaurs are losing the culture war, while the much smarter mammalian programmers at ABC grow their ratings and advertising revenue presenting a more realistic portrait of Trump’s America.
Top images: Roseanne Barr giving an interview in the 2010 documentary, I Am Comic. John Goodman speaking at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con International in San Diego, California. Photos: Gage Skidmore offered as free use/Creative Commons Maps Courtesy of https://www.zerohedge.com/ used under fair use educational doctrine