The American entertainment industry, from Hollywood blockbusters and HBO TV series, to late night and comedy shows, has done an outstanding job of challenging and mocking right-wing bigots, and depicting a positive progressive vision for America.
For decades, Hollywood movies have painted a picture of a free and equal world, in which women and minorities are cast as dignified, intelligent and strong characters, who occupy positions of power, while white men are portrayed as the pathetic, bickering, jealous and insecure people that they truly are. These narratives have been hammered into the psyche of the American people, leading to a greater awareness of the social challenges that face our society, such as the empowerment of women and minorities to the roles that they play in movies, and encouraging white men to check their privilege and be apologetic and sensitive towards the collection of victim groups that they have wronged for centuries.
TV celebrities also routinely endorse Democrats and express their disapproval and outrage at Republicans, helping Americans stay informed about the political landscape. This year, Hillary had the backing of an all-star team of celebrities, from Robert De Niro and Stephen King, to Lady Gaga and Beyonce. Together, these celebrities reminded millions of young people that the Democrats are cool and in tune with their generation, and that the Republicans are old, out of touch and uptight prudes.
And lastly, perhaps the most influential people in the entertainment industry are comedians such as John Oliver, Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah. These people repeatedly drive their liberal audiences into hysterics by mocking the stupidity, clumsiness and backward views of Republicans, while demonstrating their superior liberal wit and mastery of current affairs. For example, many of us will remember that John Oliver famously dredged up Trump’s original last name, Drumpf, with its embarrassing Nazi connotations and lack of charm. These comedians make liberals feel smart, and teach them to deal with right-wingers using a combination of snarky remarks, sarcasm, eye rolling and distasteful adjectives.
The entertainment industry has contributed immeasurably to American progress and has helped develop our country by leaps and bounds. We as progressives owe the industry our thanks and gratitude for always backing us up, and delivering devastating blow after devastating blow to our enemies. Without them, this country may look considerably different.