There is little doubt that the debasement of American culture over the last fifty years has in large part been driven by the same cultural lowering of standards in entertainment.
Mostly gone are the pre-countercultural themes of adults dealing with adult issues. They have been replaced with a victim mentality, superhero fantasy, and a loathing of traditional American values.
That decades long campaign to change America, and not for the better, has taken its toll across the U.S. cultural, intellectual, and political landscape.
But now, given the much decreased attendance at theaters due to public health precautions, and the possible attendant drop in film ticket sales, the question is legit: Is a temporary respite from the drumbeat of left wing cultural propaganda a good thing for America?
The short answer? Yes.
No sane person wants to see anyone lose a job or any business lose money. However, what if that business is a net minus to the national dialogue? Will this time of national trial, when the president is leading the nation with decisive action, foment a reappraisal of Hollywood’s priorities? Or will it just go back to the old tired scripts where anybody to the right of Pol Pot is considered an enemy fit for any kind of slur or slander?
More traditional fare, or at least a balance of it, has always played well at the box office. Witness the financial success of Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” and the burgeoning Christian film industry and audience as proof of it.
No one should call for censorship of any kind. But one wonders, is the entertainment industry capable, do they have the maturity, have they even a shred of national concern left, to start bringing to the public a more balanced view of America and its people?
If not, then this temporary dip in profits may become more permanent, as the public realizes that when Hollywood had chance to step up and mend their biased ways, they chose to do otherwise.