The scene: “A Day of Unreasonable Conversation is a new annual event that aims to connect writers and content creators with activists, non-profits and thinkers with ties to underprivileged communities with the goal of achieving more authentic representation… Attendees at the morning panel included actresses Amy Landecker, Michaela Watkins and Sophia Bush, plus showrunners Sarah Gertrude Shapiro and Jenji Kohan.”
[Talking about Hollywood representations of people in the fly-over country] “These people who are already insecure about losing their job switch on the TV, look at the newspaper and hear that they are being described as bigots, racists. And they resent it, and the one thing I would urge you people who do this type of content is try and complete the idea of ‘the other’ being in the room because they can hear what you are saying.”
[Gasps from the audience]
“Don’t tell them everything is good. That you deserve it and that you are all basically slaveholders under their skin blah, blah, blah, which is what Hollywood is saying to them every second of the day.”
This was “an immensely tense 20-minute panel which ended in Sullivan being shouted at by an audience member, prompting the moderator to step in and end the panel.”
[Everyone but Sullivan exits stage left]
The scene: lunch break, an interview with “The Hollywood Reporter”.
“I said what I wanted to say. When you’re a struggling, white working-class person in say, Kentucky, and a Yale student says, ‘You have white privilege,’ what do you think happens? [Donald] Trump gets elected — that’s what happens. And they don’t seem to understand any of the lessons from the last time and I don’t want [Trump] to be re-elected, but I don’t think the left is helping and I don’t think Hollywood is helping.”
No, they don’t get it and they can’t help themselves. Not succeeding? Redouble your efforts! That’s how you get Russiagate. That didn’t work either? Switch to something else. Wash, rinse, repeat.
And in a world where identity politics is the king, there is no surprise that some white people eventually start looking at themselves as a group and mirroring the leftist rhetoric of grievance, victimhood and rage against the machine.
Neither here nor there, but I continue to have a soft spot for Sullivan, who was the first big blogger in 2004 to say nice things about my work. We probably now disagree on a lot more things than we agree on, but