April 06, 2018
If you're looking for the bad guy in the Avengers movie, check behind the camera. Director Joss Whedon may not be part of the cast, but based on his Twitter account, he's a pretty convincing villain in real life. This week, after a year and a half of vile anti-Trump rants, the Hollywood liberal finally took it too far. "Die, Don," he tweeted.
Even for Whedon, who's used to creating drama, it was a sinister turn. The man who shocked everyone last year by posting that he's "grateful" his mom has "the gift" of death so that she doesn't have to see what a "tub of [profanity] our country's become" seemed even more unhinged than ever. "Donald trump is killing this country. Some of it quickly, some slowly, but he spoils and destroys everything he touches. He emboldens monsters, wielding guns, governmental power, or just smug doublespeak. Or Russia. My hate and sadness are exhausting. Die, Don. Just quietly die."
And Hollywood says we're the haters? A major motion picture director is openly calling for the death of the president. Imagine, PJ Media's Jim Treacher wondered, if someone famous had said that to Obama. "Not just some Flyover Country bumpkin blogger like me, but a guy who directs blockbuster movies. He'd be run out of Hollywood on a rail. He'd never work again. His career would be deader than Kevin Spacey's." Instead, the mainstream media yawns and goes back to calling out conservative "intolerance," as if believing in marriage is the same thing as wanting the leader of the free world dead.
Whedon, for his part, has no shame. The self-proclaimed "feminist" publicly called Ivanka Trump a dog -- and industry peers said nothing. He told followers he wanted to see a rhino sexually assault House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) to death. Crickets. Only when he unleashed on a group of childhood cancer survivors, insisting they must be in D.C. for the "White House wife hunt" except they were "not a 10," did he take any heat. Finally, liberals objected. He offered a faint apology, but the damage had already been done.
For Hollywood, the hypocrisy is no act. This is an industry that wants to be considered a serious political actor, while everything they do reeks of smug insincerity. They fly thousands of miles on private jets and then complain about the fuel creating global warming. They protest the Second Amendment, only to load their films with out-of-control gun violence. They talk about black lives mattering or women mattering, only to show up at a Planned Parenthood fundraiser and encourage the extinction of both.
And while not everyone is as spiteful as Whedon, most of Hollywood lost touch with American values a long time ago. They don't understand, Salena Zito wrote after Meryl Streep's Middle-America shaming at the Oscars, that the majority of us "simply don't want or desire the same things that these people hold up as valuable; they don't need a mansion, they don't rack up frequent-flyer miles... They don't want to leave their hometowns to come to Silicon Valley or Washington, D.C. or Manhattan. They want different things -- a place to live, a decent job, education for their kids... That's not hate, that's not stupidity, that's not racism -- it's their own version of the American dream."
Ironically, it's that version of the American dream that helped elect the man Whedon wishes dead. Arrogant elites take that personally, Zito says. She's right. In the end, what Hollywood really despises isn't Trump. He's just the infuriating reminder of what they do hate: our nation doesn't share their radical views.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.