Celebrities Have No Business Hating Their Conservative Fans
Seth Meyers, Eminem, Jimmy Kimmel, and others merely want a liberal echo chamber for themselves — at their own peril
“If you like Trump, then go away,” said late-night host Seth Meyers to his audience during a recent installment of his show.
There was more in that vein from Eminem. “Any fan of mine who’s a supporter of [Trump], I’m drawing a line in the sand. You’re either for or against, and if you can’t decide who you like more and you’re split on who you should stand beside, I’ll do it for you with this. F*** you,” the rapper said in a recent freestyle track that aired during the 2017 BET Awards.
And there was this from late-night host Jimmy Kimmel to CBS, during an interview: “I probably wouldn’t want to have a conversation with them anyway,” he said, referencing conservative fans lost because of his recent political rants.
At a time that the country is so culturally and politically divided, it's highly curious that some artists are working so hard to invent echo chambers for themselves.
Artists create their work — whether it's written, musical in nature, performance-based, or otherwise — because they have a unique voice and a truth or message to share. It's the goal of most artists for that message to reach the widest audience possible — and people who will challenge it or be challenged by it.
Meyers, Eminem and Kimmel have no interest in that, apparently. They want to preach to the choir. They don't want to grow as artists, and they certainly don't want to be challenged.
The artistic community should be able to look beyond politics. Art is based on empathy and intellectual growth; yet there is a movement among anti-Trump celebrities to deny all of that and simply use public platforms to promote a specific political agenda.
No one is helped by insulting half of one's fan base (or more) or by cursing out such fans, whoever they may be. Meyers, Eminem, Kimmel and others are adding fuel to a cultural fire that has been burning for too long.
It's curious, too, that the only celebs writing off their fans are on the "tolerant" Left. You won't find conservative artists such as Kevin Sorbo or Dean Cain cursing at their fans — or telling liberal viewers to go away.
The current anti-Trump and anti-conservative hysteria among much of the Hollywood elite is helping no one. It's hurting an industry — but sadly that seems to be the goal of Kimmel and others. They want to simply play to an extreme left-leaning crowd and get pats on the back and applause when they trot out the latest trending social terms — or bash middle America.